Early March South Dakota Report

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With it being March 12th we are almost to mid march, although it feels like mid january lately. Switching weather systems, extreme wind, and some small snowstorms have made fishing a pain at times. The fish however have been worth it. We have been moving alot to find fish, but the schools are of great size, and one can usually pull alot of fish out of a school before they move on. This past week we have had some great days with 100 plus fish days when the whole group of guys gets on the fish. Early march every year we try to do a perch bonanza with friends and family from MN. This past weekend we had 9 guys out on the ice drilling holes and moving so there was no shortage of manpower. It was especially nice to have my younger brother come up from brookings. to get on some fish as his time is limited this day with college obligations.

We have continued to find fish on deep transistion lines from gravel/sand to mud fishing mostly 21-22 feet of water and fish are more active in early morning evening hours. With daylight savings time adding the extra hour at night it is alot of fun to have another hour to fish. Tactics remain the same. Slender spoons in silver with red and silver with green continue to produce along with swedish pimples in silver and mother of pearl along with do-jiggers in silver chartuese working at times. 1/8oz size is turning bigger fish with aggressive jigging sweeps sometimes up to 5-6 feet off bottom gets the biggest aggressive fish in the school to slide up and hit it. We had a blizzard saturday so huddled up in shacks and stayed put and waited em out. We had a great day catching alot of fish and everyone had a good time. With the 30mph plus winds and snow we were not able to get any good photo opportunities, but did get one hero shot back at my place. With ice thickness up to 30 inches I am hoping we will be fishing into early april as in years past. Tight lines and slimey hands – Q

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Quintin Biermann

A master of the shallow-water, flat-land bites of South Dakota’s Glacial Lakes and Prairie Region, Quintin Biermann, or QB as he’s known to friends, lists the walleye as he’s favorite species. “Mostly because of the savvy it takes to Full Bio ›


  1. trying to round up a snowmobile or two for the weekend, sure looks like sun screen weather. Really nice report.

  2. Any update on conditions? Never been out to the Webster area, but am thinking about making the drive this weekend and fishing until Wednesday next week.

  3. I think they even had some more snow Sunday night and no warm up in the near future. If you have a sled you can get around, if not walking out is the only other option, and that may be why I’ll be packing a set of jumper cables to shock me back to life.

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