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South Dakota Catfish Fishing

All about fishing for flathead, blue and channel catfish in South Dakota.

Catfish fishing in South Dakota

Catfish Waters In SD

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 state.

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. Catfish are found in all types of water including ponds, streams, lakes and rivers throughout South Dakota. 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.

The South Dakota state record blue catfish was taken out of the Missouri River and the SD state record channel catfish and state record flathead catfish were both caught in the James River.

Camp out and catch some catfish!

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

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Additional catfishing information resources.

Catfish Conservation Group

U.S. Catfish Anglers Tournaments

Planet Catfish

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 fishing information for states with catfish.