Fishing in South Dakota

South Dakota offers hundreds of fishable waters. Purchase your fishing license today, and start planning your next fishing trip with you family and friends.

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Top Fishing Spots in South Dakota

Family Park
This park is home to Family Park Pond, which holds rainbow trout, bluegill and crappie. Kayaks and canoes are allowed in the pond as well.
Lake Oahe
Nearly 30 species of fish, plus more shoreline than the coast of California.
Lewis & Clark State Recreation Area
With 3 separate campgrounds, marinas and sandy beaches, the park is great for fishing and boating adventures.

Common Catches in South Dakota

Walleye
Walleye
The walleye is a wide-ranging, North American species that occurs virtually everywhere on the mainland.
Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
There is no doubt that the smallmouth bass rivals the largemouth in popularity.
Northern Pike
Northern Pike
The northern pike is a holarctic species, meaning that it occurs around the world in northern, or Arctic waters.
Yellow Perch
Yellow Perch
The yellow perch, unlike the so-called white perch, Morone americana, is a true perch, not a bass.
Channel Catfish
Channel Catfish
The channel catfish is very highly regarded for its food and sports value.
Black Bullhead
Black Bullhead
Despite its common name, color is not the best way to identify the Black Bullhead.

Types of Fishing in South Dakota

Lake & Pond Structures

Lake & Pond Structures

Learn about the structures in lakes and ponds. Learn where to find fish, tips and more.

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