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Fishing in South Dakota, A brief look

While known as the 'Pheasant capital of the world,' South Dakota fishing is some of the finest in the U.S. South Dakota fishing opportunities are varied to the say the least. One of the more popular and scenic South Dakota fishing destinations are the Black Hills. Fishing in the Black Hills is characterized by lakes and streams full of trout. Pactola Lake, just outside of Rapid City provides for great rainbow and brown trout fishing. Sheridan Lake is also a prime location for trout fishing. For some added scenery, fishing in Center Lake is a great option especially for those looking for camp grounds in the vicinity. For excellent stream fishing in the Black Hills, head to Rapid Creek and Spearfish Creek.

The Missouri River system offers great fishing opportunities through its variety of fishing lakes such as Lewis and Clark Lake, Fort Randall Lake and Oahe Lake. Lewis and Clark Lake fishing options include channel catfish, sauger and crappie. Fort Randall Lake is a great option for bass fishing while other fish are prevalent including northern pike, catfish, sauger, walleye and crappies. For anglers looking for northern pike fishing, head to Oahe Lake where other varieties include flathead catfish and sturgeon. The lakes in the northern portion of North Dakota are some of the more beautiful and productive fishing lakes. The most popular is Big Stone Lake, fishing here provides ample action for anglers looking for all the usual fish suspects. Other popular North Dakota fishing destinations include Lake Traverse, Lake Poinsett, Clear Lake, Roy Lake, and Cottonwood Lake.

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South Dakota Fishing Locations

Fishing in South Dakota is the most prevalent in the following areas: Black Hills fishing: Pactola Lake, Sheridan Lake, Rapid Creek, Spearfish Creek, Deerfield Lake, Center Lake, Sylvan Lake; Missouri River fishing: Lewis and Clark Lake, Fort Randall Lake, Oahe Dam, Oahe Lake. Northern state fishing: Lake Traverse, Lake Poinsett, Clear Lake, Roy Lake, Pickerel Lake, Enemy Swim, Cottonwood Lake

South Dakota Fishing Species

Popular South Dakota fishing species include: Channel catfish, sauger and crappie, norther pike, sturgeon, largemouth bass, walleye, paddlefish, panfish, perch

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