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South Dakota Bass Fishing

All about fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass in South Dakota lakes.

Bass Fishing Lakes In South Dakota

You have some very fine choices for bass fishing in South Dakota. Angostura Reservoir, Belle Fourche Reservoir, Lake Francis Case, Lake Kampeska, Lake Madison, Lake Oahe, Lake Pelican, Lake Poinsett, Lake Sharpe, Lake Thompson, Lewis And Clark Lake, Shadehill Reservoir and Waubay Lake all have healthy populations of bass. Additionally, bass can be found in smaller lakes, rivers and ponds throughout SD.

Bass fishing in South Dakota

Bass are one of the most sought after of all the game fish. Its appeal spans cultures, age groups and genders to tap on the heart strings of anglers everywhere. Join us in our endeavor to offer information about bass fishing on your favorite bass lake in South Dakota.

Understanding the primary seasonal movements of smallmouth bass and largemouth bass is key to locating them on local lakes in the Mount Rushmore State.

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Catch big bass!

The South Dakota state record largemouth bass was taken out of a gravel pit and the SD state record smallmouth bass was caught in the Missouri River.

Fishing for bass In South Dakota

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

SD State Record: 9 lbs 3 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

SD State Record: 7 lbs 0 oz

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Learn the lifecycle of a bass

The more you know about the seasonal migration of bass, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit South Dakota bass fishing lakes. Bass become active in spring and begin the spawning process in shallow water. As summer arrives they move to deeper, cooler water. In fall they migrate into the shallows again and feed heavily preparing for their move to deeper water to wait out winter. Visit the bass fishing page for more in-depth information about bass activities.

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