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South Dakota Fishing

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The state of South Dakota offers excellent fishing for big walleyes, bass, crappies, catfish, perch and more. Plus find lots of great places to fish for them, including big lakes, small ponds, streams and rivers.

Here, you can fish for many species, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, spotted sunfish, white bass, yellow perch, coho salmon, chinook salmon, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike, paddlefish, sauger, sturgeon and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major South Dakota Lakes

South Dakota major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in South Dakota, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in South Dakota, see the list below, which also includes state records.

South Dakota Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

Angostura Reservoir is a 4,800-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 5 miles south of Hot Springs, SD.

Belle Fourche Reservoir is an 8,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Belle Fourche, SD.

Big Stone Lake is a 12,600-acre lake on the eastern border of the state, at Big Stone City, SD.

Bitter Lake is a 3,600-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Waubay, SD.

Lake Albert is a 3,600-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Lake Norden, SD.

Lake Francis Case is a 100,000-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, running from Fort Thompson to Pickstown, SD.

Lake Kampeska is a 4,800-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Watertown, SD.

Lake Madison is a 2,800-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Madison, SD.

Lake Oahe is a 370,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, running from Pollock to Pierre.

Lake Pelican is a 2,800-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Watertown, SD.

Lake Poinsett is an 8,500-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Stone Bridge, SD.

Lake Preston is a 5,400-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Lake Preston, SD.

Lake Sharpe is a 55,000-acre lake in the central part of the state, running from Pierre to Fort Thompson, SD.

Lake Thompson is a 15,000-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at De Smet, SD.

Lake Traverse is an 11,200-acre lake on the eastern border in the northeast corner of the state, 10 miles east of Sisseton, SD.

Lake Whitewood is a 4,700-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Lake Preston, SD.

Lewis And Clark Lake is a 31,000-acre lake on the southern border of the state, from Yankton to Springfield, SD.

Shadehill Reservoir is a 5,100-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Summerville, SD.

Waubay Lake is a 9,600-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Grenville, SD.

A nice Walleye being released to grow for another day

SD Walleye Fishing

To many, it's known as the Mount Rushmore State. To walleye anglers, it's walleye paradise. Click here for information on walleye fishing in South Dakota.

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State of SD Fishing Information

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks website offers a great deal of information about fishing in South Dakota. Click here for a South Dakota fishing license.

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Fish for big bass in South Dakota

Excellent largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in SD.

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Fish Species in South Dakota

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

Fishing for catfish in South Dakota

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

SD State Record: 55 lbs 0 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

SD State Record: 63 lbs 8 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

SD State Record: 99 lbs 4 oz

Fishing for crappie in South Dakota

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

SD State Record: 3 lbs 8 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

SD State Record: 3 lbs 9 oz

Fishing for walleye in South Dakota

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

SD State Record: 16 lbs 2 oz

Fishing for trout in South Dakota

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

SD State Record: 19 lbs 4 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

SD State Record: 6 lbs 5 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

SD State Record: 12 lbs 0 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

SD State Record: 24 lbs 8 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

SD State Record: 30 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for panfish in South Dakota

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

SD State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

SD State Record: 1 lbs 5 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

SD State Record: 0 lbs 12 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

SD State Record: 2 lbs 0 oz

Soptted Sunfish

Spotted sunfish

World record: N/A

SD State Record: 0 lbs 5.5 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

SD State Record: 4 lbs 12 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

SD State Record: 2 lbs 12 oz

Fishing for salmon in South Dakota

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

SD State Record: 23 lbs 14 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

SD State Record: 3 lbs 5 oz

Fishing for other species in South Dakota

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

SD State Record: 16 lbs 12 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

SD State Record: 40 lbs 0 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

SD State Record: 36 lbs 3 oz

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

World record: 144 lbs

SD State Record: 127 lbs 9 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

SD State Record: 7 lbs 7 oz

Sturgeon

Sturgeon

Estimated world record: 1,100 lbs

SD State Record: 40 lbs 0 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

SD State Record: 37 lbs 7 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

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