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Best South Dakota Fishing Lakes

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Top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in SD.

Big Stone Lake, Lake Oahe, Lake Poinsett, Lake Sharpe, Lake Thompson and Lewis And Clark Lake are the most popular places for fishing in South Dakota, offering anglers the chance to pursue a variety of fish species.

  • Big Stone Lake
  • Lake Oahe
  • Lake Poinsett
  • Lake Sharpe
  • Lewis And Clark Lake
Best Bass Lakes

Big Stone Lake, Lake Oahe, Lake Poinsett, Lake Sharpe, Lewis And Clark Lake and Waubay Lake are considered the best options for largemouth and smallmouth bass. More...

Popular Catfish Lakes

Lake Oahe, Lake Poinsett, Lake Sharpe and Lewis And Clark Lake are favorite options for channel, blue, white and flathead catfish. More...

Top Crappie Lakes

Big Stone Lake, Lake Poinsett, Lake Sharpe, Lake Thompson and Lewis And Clark Lake are the most popular lakes for black and white crappie. More...

Favorite Sunfish-Panfish Lakes

Big Stone Lake, Lake Poinsett, Lake Sharpe, Lake Thompson and Lewis And Clark Lake are popular lakes to fish for bluegill, bream, perch and other sunfish. More...

Best Walleye Lakes

Big Stone Lake, Lake Francis Case, Lake Oahe, Lake Poinsett, Lake Sharpe, Lake Thompson and Lewis And Clark Lake are considered the top lakes for walleye fishing. More...

Popular Trout Lakes

Lake Oahe is the favorite, major lake for lake trout. More...

Favorite Salmon Lakes

Lake Oahe, Lake Poinsett and Lake Sharpe are the most popular lakes for atlantic, chinook, chum, coho, kokanee, pink and sockeye salmon fishing. More...

Visit the South Dakota fishing page for links to information covering a wide variety of fish species and local fishing choices in the state. Visit the South Dakota map to identify your best route to these top fishing locations. Look to our sister site for additional information about boating in SD at many of the most popular lakes in the state.

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