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Here is a story written about The Roost and featured in the Aberdeen News along with some pictures of activity at the Roost.
For great multi-species fishing in an area full of nature and wildlife, you need to check out the Glacial Lakes Region of Northeastern South Dakota. Whether you want a scenic and relaxing get away, catching fish till your arms are sore, or grilling out and letting loose a bit, you should look into taking a vacation there.

My choice of lodging when I am in the area is The Roost. I spend over a month of the year there. Patti and Skip treat their guests like family, making sure you feel welcomed and comfortable. The cabins are truly set up to make you feel at home including patron's pictures with their catches hanging on the wall and photo albums to bring back memories of previous stays. Also included are tv's, stereos, vcr or dvd player, and a bunch of movies to watch from the couch or recliner. The cabins are clean, beds made, and include all the necessities such as fresh towels and cooking utensils. There is even a washer/dryer in each cabin in case you decide to fish into the rain to get your limit. Each cabin also has a grill and outside electricity to plug in battery chargers for the boats. There is a spacious fish cleaning facility with electricity and running water.

The Roost does a great job of keeping their patron's current on the fishing reports by occasionally sending out an email or leaving a message to let you know there is a hot bite going on. Their honesty shows through when they will call before you come and tell you if the fishing is slower so that you know what to expect or may consider rescheduling to another time when fishing picks up. The Roost is centrally located to many of the good fishing lakes. While staying there, a few of the regular bites I check out are the walleyes and jumbo perch on Waubay Lake, the slab crappies on Pickerel Lake, and the huge northerns on Bitter Lake. There are many other close lakes to explore in addition to these. One can be the only person on a lake with all natural non-developed shore and be catching fish. Many of these lakes offer the best fishing from shore, so you don't even need to bring the boat. In addition to shore fishing, you may consider the incredible ice fishing. The Roost can help set you up with a fish house rental if you don't have one along. I have had great stays at the roost with just shore fishing or renting a fish house.

In addition to being centrally located to the lakes, The Roost is also close to any of the places you may need to go during your stay. The bait/gas store is just a few blocks away. If you need gas after hours, there is a pay at the pump in nearby Roslyn. If you don't feel like cooking, you can go to the Pickerel Lake Lodge and have a great meal, (while there ask them about the Pickerel Lake Tea). The city of Webster is near if any other shopping or services are desired. A few other things to do that may give a break to the fishing or hunting (be sure to ask Patti & Skip about the hunting) include going to the Waubay Wildlife Refuge lookout tower or going to see historic Fort Sisseton. If it fits your schedule, you can go during Fort Sisseton Days and enjoy the festival with the locals whom you will find to be very wonderful and friendly people, just like Patti and Skip of The Roost.

Nathan L Hanson
Waseca, MN
2007 The Roost