Fish are biting; anglers are not

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LAKE PRESON, S.D. (KELO) — The fish are biting, but unfortunately the fishermen aren’t. 

That’s what many are saying around Lake Thompson these days.  

Due to spring flooding, many anglers are keeping their distance and some businesses in the area are doing all they can to stay afloat.  

Donna Bumann owns a store and bait shop in Lake Preston.

“I love coming to work every day and meeting my customers,” Bumann said. 

But lately customers only trickle in and it’s costing her. 

“My savings is completely gone with this happening. I have to be optimistic,” Bumann said.  

It’s hard to stay positive at times, especially following a cold winter.  

“This winter was my worst ice fishing, yet, of my four years.  Just too much snow,” Bumann said. 

That snow and spring runoff has now led to widespread flooding.  

“I keep hearing it’s the highest it’s ever been; people don’t remember it ever being this high,” Bumann said. 

The water has flooded many roads.

“Anywhere around the lake is the worst parts.  We have an awful lot of township and county roads also that are bad,” Kingsbury County Emergency Manager Cindy Bau said.  

Making it hard to get to area lakes. 

“I have no way to tell people how to get somewhere; you can’t,” Bumann said. 

Bumann thinks that’s scaring anglers away. 

“This year it’s going to be tough.  The fishing is good, so we have that to our advantage, but it’s hard to get to a lot of places.  There’s going to be people staying home I’m afraid,” Bumann said. 

The high water is not only keeping anglers away, over a dozen homeowners around Lake Thompson can’t get to their places because the only road in and out of the development is underwater. 

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