Fishing

With public access to over 1,100 square miles of water, South Dakota offers an excellent fishing opportunity for anglers looking to fish in the state. Over 98% of the state’s public waters are accessible to the general public.

Obtaining a Fishing License

All South Dakotan anglers are required to have a valid license in their possession while fishing. Learn more about how to obtain a South Dakota fishing license.

Missouri River near Platte

State Parks

The state has a seemingly endless amount of water for anglers to explore. One of the common fishing spots is along the Missouri River at a variety of locations throughout the central part of the state.

If you are looking for a place to stay along the river check out some of the awesome state parks.

Many have direct access to fishing so it will provide easy access and make your stay enjoyable.

With more than 1,100 square miles of water reservoirs and a year-round fishing season, South Dakota is a fisherman’s dream. From glistening mountain streams to glacial lakes to Prairie Rivers, the state is rife with some of the finest fishing opportunities in North America. Although there are dozens of fish species for the catching, South Dakotan fishers seem to prefer several tried-and-true favorites, including the walleye, bluegill, bass, catfish, northern, trout, perch, pike, salmon, and crappie.

Each region of South Dakota offers its own unique fishing opportunities and conditions, all infused with natural beauty.

Western Region

South Dakota’s western region, home of the state’s Black Hills region, has ample fishing opportunities.  With 14 mountain lakes and over 400 miles of winding streams,  brook, brown, and rainbow trout are abundant.  There are also reservoirs and ranch stock dams in the area prairies which are full of largemouth bass, northern pike, and a variety of panfish.

Central Region

The central region of South Dakota is home to the majestic Missouri River, a picturesque fishing spot, once traveled by Lewis and Clark.  In addition to the waters of the Missouri, the central region also boasts four massive dams.  Prairie stock dams are a little less intimidating, but still stocked with fish.  Created to water fish and preserve soil and ground, these stock dams are a prime fishing area.

Eastern Region

Glacial lakes and fields of crop dominate South Dakota’s eastern region landscape.  The Missouri River meanders from the central to the eastern region, where the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area takes advantage of the river’s fishing and swimming areas.  And with 120 glacial lakes in the eastern region, there is no shortage of excellent fishing.

South Dakota Fishing/Hunting Lodges

There are many fishing lodges located all throughout the state. Many cater to hunting and fishing. No matter what you are looking for, there is certainly a lodge and/or guide service that can fit your needs.

Oak Tree Lodge

Oak Tree Lodge

Clark

ScatterGun Lodge

ScatterGun Lodge

Pierre

Short Pines Hunting

Short Pines Hunting

Buffalo

West River Adventures

West River Adventures

Timber Lake

Meadow Creek Pheasant Camp

Meadow Creek Pheasant Camp

Aberdeen

Double P Ranch

Double P Ranch

Clark

Pine Shadows Daybreak

Pine Shadows Daybreak

Frederick

Pheasant Camp Lodge

Pheasant Camp Lodge

Lake Andes

Thunderstik Lodge

Thunderstik Lodge

Chamberlain

TNT Hunting Lodge Bed and Breakfast

TNT Hunting Lodge Bed and Breakfast

Platte

Royal Flush Hunting Lodge

Royal Flush Hunting Lodge

Stratford

The Outpost Lodge

The Outpost Lodge

Pierre

Mike Kuchera’s South Dakota Guide Service, Inc.

Mike Kuchera’s South Dakota Guide Service, Inc.

Mitchell

Gunner’s Haven Pheasant Camp

Gunner’s Haven Pheasant Camp

Selby

Flatland Flyways

Flatland Flyways

Hecla

Pheasant City Lodge

Pheasant City Lodge

Wessington

Talon Outfitters

Talon Outfitters

Burke

Grand Slam Pheasant Hunts

Grand Slam Pheasant Hunts

Kimball

Great Faces. Great Places.

South Dakota is an incredibly unique state in that each region offers a completely different experience then the others. Check out each of the regions to see what each has to offer!

Badlands

Western South Dakota

Featuring the Black Hills, Badlands, the Sturgis Rally. This region tends to be the most popular.

CENTRAL REGION

This region of South Dakota offers some of the best hunting and fishing in the entire central US. 

Eastern Region

The eastern region is home to the largest city in the state and provides visitors with a true "prairie" experience.