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South Dakota Crappie Fishing

All about fishing for white and black crappie in SD.

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Crappie Fishing Waters In South Dakota

If you want to locate the bigger schools of crappie in SD try some of the major lakes including Angostura Reservoir, Belle Fourche Reservoir, Big Stone Lake, Bitter Lake, Lake Kampeska, Lake Madison, Lake Pelican, Lake Poinsett, Lake Sharpe, Lake Thompson, Lake Traverse, Lake Whitewood, Lewis And Clark Lake, Shadehill Reservoir and Waubay Lake. Crappie can also be found in smaller lakes, rivers and ponds throughout the state.

Crappie fishing in South Dakota

Crappie are actually a member of the sunfish family and can be found in many South Dakota lakes. Crappie are known by many different local names. Paper mouth, goggleye, bridge perch, slabs and speckled perch, are just a few.

Crappie make a great fish fry
Crappie make a great fish fry.

The South Dakota state record black crappie was taken out of SDSU pond and the SD state record white crappie was caught from a private pond.

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

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Check out crappie fishing information, by state.

The life cycle of crappie.

The more you know about crappie, the easier it will be to locate and catch them in South Dakota lakes and rivers. Visit the crappie fishing page for details about their seasonal migrations.

Fishing boats and boat rentals

Best crappie fishing lakes in South Dakota!