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South Dakota Fishing Report

Get fishing reports for waters in SD.

Fishing report - What they are hitting

If you’re planning a fishing trip to South Dakota, you have some excellent choices for lakes and streams throughout the state including Angostura Reservoir, Belle Fourche Reservoir, Big Stone Lake, Bitter Lake, 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, Shadehill Reservoir, Waubay Lake and others. Many of the lakes in South Dakota have camping facilities as well as other accommodations nearby.

South Dakota is well known for excellent Bass, Crappie and Walleye fishing. Additionally, in waters around the state you’ll find populations of Trout, Salmon, Catfish, Musky, Tiger Musky, Northern Pike, Sauger, Longnose Gar, Paddlefish, Sturgeon and sunfish including Green Sunfish, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Rock Bass, Spotted Sunfish, White Bass, Yellow Perch which are plentiful in some waters.


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The above reports are offered by third-party websites.

Reading Fishing Reports

When reading fishing reports the most useful information is likely to be the sum total of all reports over the last couple weeks, rather than the specifics of the most current fishing report. So finding that the fish have been caught shallow over the last few weeks is more important to know than the exact lure mentioned in the latest report.

South Dakota fishing reports for lakes, rivers and streams.

Often archived South Dakota fishing reports, from prior years, can help you identify seasonal patterns for a specific lake. Review the prior reports to find consistent information for summer months of June, July and August...the fall months of September and October...the winter months of November, December, January and February. Pay special attention to the spring (March, April and May) fishing reports from prior years as they should provide information to help you predict the approximate time for the spawn.

If you are considering a visit to South Dakota for a fishing trip and are unfamiliar with the area, some of the major cities in South Dakota include Buffalo, Eagle Butte, Aberdeen, Watertown, Hot Springs, Rapid City, Huron, Sioux Falls, Mobridge, Wall and others scattered across SD, some with fishing opportunities nearby. To enhance your fishing experience, you may want to hire a local guide. Click here for a list of South Dakota fishing guides.

Fishing reports, by state.