Nelson Reservoir Professional Review and Guide
"Nelson Reservoir provides northern border anglers with ample opportunity to ply their trade. In addition, nearby Hewitt Lake and Lake Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuges provide spectacular waterfowl observation sites. Canada geese are a common sight on Nelson Reservoir as well as at the nearby refuges. Pronghorn antelope and mule deer abound in the surrounding glaciated plains, and upland game birds such as ring-necked pheasant and sharp-tailed grouse are common in nearby grain fields.
The surface area of Nelson Reservoir is approximately 4,500 acres. The Bureau of Reclamation maintains a rather nice campground here, and there are plenty of sandy beaches and shallow shorelines for family water sports. Fishing for northern pike, walleye, and yellow perch is best April through November, with prime time coming early in spring when the ice breaks up. Late in the fall, just before freeze-up, fishing activity picks up again."