Trout-fishing opportunity

Thousands of trout are about to be released into the Missouri River below Fort Randall Dam in southeastern South Dakota. For more, see the following excerpt from a state Department of Game, Fish and Parks news release:

PIERRE, S.D. – Anglers looking for unique fishing opportunities over the next few weeks will find them in southeastern South Dakota.

The Game, Fish and Parks Department is planning to stock approximately 10,000 rainbow trout and 5,000 brown trout below Fort Randall Dam in southern Charles Mix County. The trout will be released over the next couple of weeks in the boat basin downstream from the dam.
Weather permitting, crews from McNenny State Fish Hatchery in Spearfish and Cleghorn Springs State Fish Hatchery in Rapid City will deliver the first loads of trout on March 18-19. Remaining trout will be transferred to Fort Randall the following week.
The trout range between 9 and 12 inches in length and bite readily, providing excellent angling opportunities for kids and adults.
There is ample shoreline access immediately below Fort Randall Dam, giving both shore anglers and boat anglers good opportunities to catch trout.

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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