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Lake Sharpe, SD

Notorious for big walleye and smallmouth bass, Lake Sharpe is populated with quite a variety of fish species. Fishing enthusiasts can pursue bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, white bass, perch, salmon, pike and sturgeon.

This is an 80-mile long impoundment of the Missouri River. There are over 55,000 acres, and 200 miles of shoreline, so there are plenty of places to wet a line. Sharpe Lake is located in the central part of the state, running from Pierre to Fort Thompson. There are plenty of camping and lodging option, mostly gathered nearby the cities at the two ends of the lake. Boat ramps are located at numerous spots around the lake with the launch ramp at Fort Pierre getting high praise for the fish cleaning station. There are plenty of places to fish from the bank at recreational areas, campgrounds and other public access areas. Local fishing guides offer a variety of trip packages, the most popular ones focus on walleye and smallmouth bass fishing.

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What to fish for...

Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, white bass, yellow perch, Chinook salmon, northern pike, sauger and sturgeon at Lake Sharpe in South Dakota.

Primary fish species residing in Lake Sharpe

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Most Popular Bass Lures
Most Popular Bass Lures

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye White Bass Yellow Perch Chinook salmon Northern pike Sauger Sturgeon

Lake Sharpe Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Fishing Boat Rentals

Ft Randall Marina
Rentals: Kayaks and pontoon boats
605 491-1003

Fun Time Rentals
Rentals: Pontoon boats
605 222-5995

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Cedar Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off State Route 1806, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Chapelle Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off 312th Avenue, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Farm Island State Recreation Area Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Boat Ramp Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Joe Creek Bay Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Joe Creek Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Little Bend Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off County Road 3, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

North Shore Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, east side, off N Shore Drive, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Northwest Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, west side, off E Main Avenue, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Pierre Marina Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, east side, off S Washington Avenue, this is two, two-lane, concrete ramps with docks and paved parking.

Tailrace Recreation Area East Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, east side, off Power House Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Tailrace Recreation Area West Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, west side, off Power House Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Soldier Recreation Area Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, west side, off State Route 47, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

South Iron Nation Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off South Iron Nation Boat Ramp Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

West Bend State Recreation Area Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Westbend Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Marinas

Downs Marina
800 S. Washington
Pierre, SD 57501
605 224-5533

Click here for a South Dakota Fishing License.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Oahe Downstream Recreation Area Campground - 605 223-7722

Farm Island Recreation Area Campground - 605 773-2885

Fischers Lilly Park Campground - 605 223-7690

West Bend State Recreation Area Campground - 605 773-2885

Left Tailrace Campground - 605 245-2173

River View RV Park - 605 280-6266

Lake Sharpe SD Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

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Contact Information

Lake Sharpe
Downs Marina
800 S Washington Ave
Pierre, SD 57501
605 224-5533

 

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