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Big Stone Lake is a border water between Minnesota and South Dakota.  Your SD or MN fishing license is legal no matter which side of the lake you stay!  Walleyes are the predominate fish of  Big Stone Lake - however there are nice populations of perch.  In addition, there are also some crappie, blue gill, white bass and Northern pike. We offer 4 large fishing docks for guests who opt for shoreline fishing versus a boat.

UPDATED 4/19/2015

Definitely a night bite on Big Stone Lake for the walleye season opener.  Low light hours were also beneficial. Big Stone Lake's water clarity is amazing right now which made the day time bite on Saturday a challenge. Those that reported the most success were fishing at night.

Word is the spawn is on with mostly males being caught in very, very shallow water.  The typical shallow water presentation of a jig/minnow or stick baits worked the best.  A very slow presentation also helped. The largest walleye reported for the opener was a 29" caught and released shortly after midnight Saturday morning.

Reports of perch following lures and jigs right up to the boat, but so far, they are keeping their mouths shut. Appears to be a good year class of northern pike in the 3-4 pound range as a couple of them have been hooked right off our docks. One angler was able to put together a northern and a couple of 16-17 inch walleyes right off the docks just before sun up.

This is just the beginning of a great season of setting the hook on Big Stone Lake.

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Mike caught these two fish off the docks just prior to sun up on Saturday morning. Kicking off the fishing opener!

Bucket of perch caught last Thursday!

Jim and Ron get a nice assortment of perch, crappie, blue gill and
even a couple green sunfish.

Trent and his pile of perch


Brock, Don and Rod and their pile of perch, a northern and couple of dandy bluegill!


A 10 inch blue gill


Gail and Roy get one of their limits of nice perch!

Jerry and Barb also get on some nice perch and go home with plenty
 for the freezer!

Craig has a limit of perch after a windy day on the water.

Don and Justin are very happy with their first net full of fish.

Bob and Jim always find the fish when they hit Big Stone.

Kevin gets his fish before heading home Sunday.

Justin gets a net full of perch with dad Don

Gabby and her grandfather hit a honey hole on perch Friday just prior to the weekend.  Gabby had to share with her friend, Rae Ann.

With their perch limit full, Gabby and grandpa seek out the blue gill and do well.  

Rich and Gary show off the 9 inch and 10 inch blue gill from their
pile of perch caught anchoring.

Gary, Barry, Gene and Chad have a table full to clean

Barry displays the 26 inch walleye caught pulling crankbaits

Gary, Barry, Gene and Chad after a walleye focused fishing nice 25 incher starts the line up

The Stansbury/Macland family hit the honey hole for this
nice assortment of perch.

Rick and Larry get a few dandy perch and a super blue gill
in one outing on Big Stone.

Giessinger family hit a Big Stone hot spot for just over 30 perch.

The Vankirk's got their limit of perch just before the rain showers set in.

Doug and Dustin have a blast casting for white bass.

Leon and Dusty work the spinners hard to get three nice walleye,
a northern and a few perch.


Greta shows off the bluegill dad caught along with the perch....
good job Dad!

Ken and Lester hit the honey hole on perch

Donna adds her perch to the cleaning table

Ashley's all smiles over her 18" walleye

Dixie, Renee and Ashley hit the perch

Troy and Ron could not be out done by the girls... here is their perch!

Sedrick and Jesse show off their walleye.

Roger a Louie head west to a Glacial Lake and target the northern bite. They hit the bullseye!

Trei and Sedrick cast for some dandy largemouth bass

Dave, Corey and Jason with a few walleye and some very nice perch!

Dylan, Riley and Jennifer show off the catch from the three families boats that targeted the Hartford Beach area

Kevin and Mike focus on the perch and do well in the Lagoona Beach area

Larry's one over 20" er

The Saufferer family did well on their first Big Stone outing

Riley shows off the catch from his families boat early in the week

This angler found some perch!

Shawn shows off the day's catch with Grandma and Grandpa

Nick's 26.5 walleye caught and released

Bob's 27 walleye caught and released

The day's catch made for a busy fish cleaning house

Cleaning a limit of walleye and a perch

Team Reese catch three nice walleye

Hansen family's three person limit

VanDenTop family go fishing with Jim and get a table full of fish

Brian's Largemouth Bass

Todd shows off one of Big Stone's walleye

Danny gets a northern off the dock!

28" walleye caught and released 5-11 on Big Stone.
Rich caught it with a jig and minnow in 7 ft of water!


Kevin got a limit of walleye on Saturday evening!

Photos from the 2013 Season...

A great catch off the docks for the Hanes'.

An 15 perch limit in just over an hour

 Don's 21 inch walleye

A couple nets full of fish ready to clean from the boys out of Kansas!

Steve and Jeannie do well their first afternoon out on the lake

A 15 perch limit in just 2 hours off the Grape Vin