Fishing in South Dakota
There are many species of catfish and even more ways to catch
them. Adults range in size from less than a pound to hundreds of
pounds. They can be found in all types of water including ponds,
streams, lakes and rivers. There are even species which spend a
limited amount of time on dry land. Big giant catfish put up a very
noble fight once hooked.
Catfish Fishing Lakes In South Dakota
You can find catfish in most of South Dakotas major lakes including
Angostura Reservoir, Belle Fourche Reservoir, Lake Albert, Lake
Francis Case, Lake Kampeska, Lake Madison, Lake Oahe, Lake Pelican,
Lake Poinsett, Lake Preston, Lake Sharpe, Lake Thompson, Lake Traverse,
Lake Whitewood, Lewis And Clark Lake and Shadehill Reservoir. They
cal also be caught out of rivers, smaller lakes and ponds across
The South Dakota state record blue catfish was taken out of the
Missouri River and the SD state record channel catfish and flathead
catfish were both caught in the James River.
Most catfish are considered bottom feeders to one extent or another.
They will generally eat anything that can get in their mouth. Their
strongest sense is smell which they use to locate potential food
sources. Capitalizing on this sense is the primary weapon in your
search for these creatures. Aggressive catfish have been caught
on most types of fast moving bass lures so don't under estimate
their ability to catch live bait.
Catfish Organizations & Resources
U.S. Catfish Anglers
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