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Big Stone Lake located on the South Dakota border is a tremendous destination for ice anglers from all over the midwest. It boasts a tremendous population of perch and walleyes and I would rate it a top-notch perch destination along with Lake of the Woods and Lake Winnibigoshish in northern Minnesota.
Big Stone has really come along well in the crappie and bluegill department as great numbers and good size fish are very common. Crappies and bluegills were never a factor up until a few years ago but they have exploded in numbers. I enjoy doing my walleye thing early in the morning, then switching over to perch during the day and then spending the afternoons chasing crappies and bluegills. Not many lakes feature such a diverse population of different species that are catchable all day long.
I prefer the northern 1/3rd of the lake just to get away from the vehicle traffic which is very common more on the south end of the lake. There are roads plowed by resorts on the south end but almost no plowed roads on the northern section. Travel by snowmobile is the order of the day pulling a pull-over portable shack. Getting away from the crowds is the key on Big Stone.
If you are thinking of a fishing destination within a couple hours of both Dakota's, Big Stone is my choice, hands down.
Steve Carney is The Flag WZFG Outdoors expert. He can be heard every Thursday morning at 8:05 on AM 1100 WZFG. Check out his weekly podcast on am1100theflag.com and hear his Outdoors Angle reports every Friday on AM 1100 WZFG. You can also visit stevecarneyoutdoors.com for more information.