Southeast South Dakota Fishing

Three major rivers, the Big Sioux, the James, and the Missouri, meander through southeastern South Dakota, flanked by rolling farmland and cornfields. The region is also home to more than 175 fishing lakes, ranging from small 3-acre reservoirs to immense 29,000-acre lakes. Many of the bodies of water are glacial lakes, although there are also some man-made lakes that were built for irrigation. A large number of these lakes and rivers are located in the region’s 16 state parks and recreation areas, with abundant campsites. One of the major Missouri River reservoirs, the Lewis and Clark Lake provides copious fishing opportunities year-round. Easily accessible fishing piers have been constructed at Lake Herman, Walker’s Point, Lake Vermillion, Lake Alvin, Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, and Springfield Recreation Area.

The waters of the Southeast Prairies are home to abundant walleye. Natural sandbars and brush-lined creeks also provide a favorable habitat for largemouth and smallmouth bass. The Lewis and Clark Lake also hosts sizable northern pike, bluegills, sauger, northern pike, and catfish. Southeast ice fisherman report good luck with bluegill, pike, walleye, and perch.

Below are some quick facts on Southeast Prairie fishing:

  • Most Popular Fishing Species: Walleye, sauger, channel catfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bullhead, bluegill, perch, crappie
  • Most Popular Fishing Waters: James River, Big Sioux River, Missouri River, Lewis and Clark Lake, Lake Carthage, Tripp Lake, Marindahl Lake, Brandt Lake, Lake Madison, Lake Herman, Vermillion Lake, Wall Lake, Burbank Lake, Lake Alvin, Lake Lakota
  • Spin Casting: Crankbaits, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, spoons, lead-head jigs, plugs and poppers
  • Bait Fishing: Night crawlers, minnows, chubs, leeches, wigglers, crayfish and frogs
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