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Guide to fishing for smallmouth bass, channel catfish, white crappie, walleye, sauger, white bass and yellow perch at Lake Francis Case in South Dakota.

Lake Francis Case, SD

Over 100 miles long with 540 miles of shoreline, Lake Francis Case is a fertile section of The Missouri River. This 100,000-acre lake runs from Pierre on the north end, to Pickstown at the south end.

The purpose of this page is to deliver an overview of this lake, the fishing options, and area amenities. Our goal is to provide info to first time visitors, as well as beginner and novice anglers. We gathered details from personal experience, numerous trusted websites that each offer select bits of information, and videos of fishing activity on the lake. These websites include the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, marinas at the lake, campgrounds, boat rental agencies and others. By consolidating this information to one page it allows visitors to see the entire picture, all in one place.

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Lake Francis Case is a massive reservoir situated in central South Dakota, formed by the Missouri River. It spans a considerable stretch of the river and offers anglers and outdoor enthusiasts a wide range of recreational activities.

One of the main attractions of Lake Francis Case is its fantastic walleye fishing. Anglers from all over visit the lake to try their luck at catching these prized fish. The lake's nutrient-rich waters provide an ideal habitat for walleye, making it a top destination for anglers seeking a memorable fishing experience.

In addition to walleye, Lake Francis Case is also well-known for its smallmouth bass fishing. These feisty and aggressive bass are abundant in the lake, offering anglers an exciting challenge and plenty of action. Smallmouth bass fishing is especially good during the warmer months, making summer and early fall the best times to target them.

The lake is also home to various panfish species, including white crappie, yellow perch, and sunfish. These fish provide great fun for anglers of all ages and skill levels and are a popular target for families and youth fishing trips.

Numerous campgrounds and recreational facilities line the shoreline, providing ample opportunities for camping and enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

Bank fishing opportunities exist by the hundreds, and numerous boat launch ramps are scattered up and down the lake providing boating access from most any direction. Marinas, campgrounds, RV parks, bait & tackle, convenience stores, restaurants and lodging can be found throughout the area.

Fishing Boats For Rent In South Dakota

Primary fish species residing in Lake Francis Case

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Smallmouth bass Channel catfish White Crappie Walleye Sauger White Bass Yellow Perch

Lake Francis Case Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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For those interested in catfishing, Lake Francis Case offers excellent opportunities to catch channel catfish. These hard-fighting fish can be found throughout the lake and provide an exciting challenge for catfish enthusiasts.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Ft Randall Marina
Rentals: Kayaks and pontoon boats
605 487-7272

Fun Time Rentals
Rentals: Pontoon boats
605 222-5995

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

American Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Rodeo Avenue, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Buryanek State Recreation Area Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Buryanek Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Dude Ranch Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, west side, off County Road 6, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Fort Thompson Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, north side, off Old Fort Thompson Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Left Tailrace Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, below the dam, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Missouri River Boat Ramp Cedar Shore
Located in the northwest section of the lake, west side, off George Mickelson Shoreline Drive, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

North Point Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off Northern Pike Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Snake Creek Recreation Area Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, at the east end of the State Route 44 Bridge, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

South Shore State Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, off US Highway 281, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Trailwaters Recreation Area Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, below the dam, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

West Bridge State Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, at the west end of the State Route 44 Bridge, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Whetstone Bay Recreation Area Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off State Route 1806, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Marinas

Fort Randall Marina
29675 381st Ave
Lake Andes, SD 57356
605 487-7272

Click here for a South Dakota Fishing License.

Lake Francis Case is not only a paradise for anglers but also a haven for boating and camping enthusiasts. With its expansive waters, the lake is perfect for all kinds of boating activities, from leisurely cruises to water sports.

NORTHERN Section Campgrounds & RV Parks

Left Tailrace Campground - 605 245-2173

Arrowwood Cedar Shore Campground - 605 734-5273

American Creek Campground - 605 234-5151

Camp Pleasant Campground - 605 234-1500

Oasis Campground - 605 234-6959

Keiners Kampground - 605 234-6826

SOUTHERN Section Campgrounds & RV Parks

Vacation Haven Campground - 605 487-6040

Pease Creek Recreation Area Campground - 605 487-7046

Platte Creek Recreation Area Campground - 605 337-2587

Snake Creek Recreation Area Campground - 605 337-2587

Buryanek State Recreation Area Campground - 605 337-2587

Lake Francis Case SD Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Francis Case
Pease Creek Recreation Area
293rd St Geddes, SD 57342
605 487-7046

 

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