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Fishing South Dakota

EZFishing brings you South Dakota's most comprehensive list of fishing locations, providing interactive maps that show each location's GPS coordinates, nearby facilities (like restaurants, gas stations, marinas and fishing shops), their current and forecasted weather and, if available, their water conditions.

Registered users can rate fishing locations, post their personal/public notes and also tag them with information about fish species generally caught there as well as the most common and effective fishing techniques.

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South Dakota Fishing Resources

Fishing regulations and licensing, guides/outfitter services and local fishing clubs in South Dakota.

South Dakota Fishing Regulations

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South Dakota Fishing License

Purchasing a fishing license you are helping to preserve the environment and also ensure that future generations can enjoy fishing as you are. Among other things, your fishing license fees support fisheries and hatcheries management, education programs about fishing and conservation, protection of endangered species.

Here it is where you can get your fishing license.


Links to South Dakota Government Agencies

Here are a few websites of South Dakota's agencies involved in regulation and conservation.

South Dakota Fishing News

Check out what is the latest fishing buzz in South Dakota.

  • Warm weather won't stop ice fishing enthusiasts
  • Elevation of the lake is the key, if it can withstand a mid-winter thaw. South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks area fisheries supervisor Jake Davis said some of the lower elevation lakes or prairie ponds might not survive the last week of warm weather.
  • Rapid City Journal
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  • 2/16/2017 1:17:00 PM
  • Learning How to Ice Fish
  • In the second of four segments, KSFY News reporter Vanessa Gomez learns how to ice fish to experience some of South Dakota's winter activities. In the second of four segments, KSFY News reporter Vanessa Gomez learns how to ice fish to experience some of ..
  • KSFYabc
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  • 2/8/2017 2:30:00 PM
  • A 4-foot wall of frozen fish photographed in South Dakota
  • “How are you doing?” I ask. “Everything is nearly copacetic. I love days that identify themselves by their smell. Every Sunday, Ma fries up some bacon and bologna for breakfast. Those two odors combine with the smell of coffee to form a heavenly ...
  • Kanabec County Times
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  • 2/7/2017 8:30:00 PM
  • Ice fishing derby provides winter fun for area kids
  • Children ages five to 17 participated in this free event put on by South Dakota Game Fish and Parks and dozens of volunteers. "It's pretty sweet, so I mean if you get 200 kids outside and get to have an absolute blast and get them ice fishing, which is not
  • KSFYabc
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  • 2/5/2017 4:52:00 PM
  • 5 ways to find the perfect ice fishing report
  • 1. Facebook groups Facebook has become the new go-to place for fishing reports. With more than 18,000 members in the Ice Fishing South Dakota and East River South Dakota Hunting & Fishing groups, there is a ton of information available. What makes these ..
  • Aberdeen News
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  • 2/2/2017 4:37:00 PM
  • Bremer, Nelson earn top honors in fishing tournament
  • Nonetheless, many teams succeeded in finding not only active fish, but the true ‘South Dakota Gold — Jumbo Perch’ and were able to weigh in their league limit of 10 perch. Some of the biggest perch of the season were caught. Phil Bremer and Ricky ...
  • Public Opinion
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  • 2/2/2017 4:04:00 PM
  • Surreal photos show fish caught in frozen wall of ice
  • And now, the latest in this series of bizarre frozen spectacles: fish frozen in a vertical wall of ice rising from a South Dakota Lake. Like the other frozen wildlife, the fish are striking because of how they appear to have frozen mid-action. It looks ...
  • cottagelife.com
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  • 2/1/2017 9:45:00 PM
  • New South Dakota Aquatic Invasive Species Regs
  • PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission recently proposed new aquatic invasive species (AIS) rules and modifications to the existing rules in an effort to target the most likely ways that these species are moved from lake to .
  • thefishingwire.com
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  • 1/26/2017 10:13:00 AM
  • Frozen Block of Fish? Okay, That’s Something You Don’t See Every Day
  • A photographer in South Dakota found a school of frozen fish in solid ice, mid-wave! According to the U.S. Department of the Interior Facebook page, and Medium.com photographer Kelly Preheim happened upon a startling sight while walking through Lake Andes
  • wideopenspaces.com
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  • 1/23/2017 11:15:00 PM
  • How these fish got stuck in a wall of ice
  • They're dead. And they're frozen into a vertical sheet of ice. How did they get there? Kelly Preheim, the South Dakota birder who snapped the picture, explains the fishcicle mystery to As It Happens guest host Helen Mann. Helen Mann: Ms Preheim ...
  • CBC
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  • 1/23/2017 11:12:00 PM
  • Hоw Sоme Frоlicking Fish Gоt Stuck in a Mоment
  • Ms. Preheim was amazed tо see a four-foot wall оf frozen fish while birding in Lake Andes Nationalicesc Wildlife Refuge in South Dakota аnd said she had never heard оf this phenomenon. But commenters оn Facebook reported seeing something like it before.
  • Newspaper Post
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  • 1/22/2017 1:25:00 AM
  • S.D. Trappers Association to hold ice fishing tourney
  • The South Dakota Trappers Association will hold an ice fishing tournament Saturday, Jan. 28 at Indian Springs Lake in Clark County. The entry fee is $20. Registration begins at 7 p.m. at Black Claw Bait & Tackle, located four miles east and one mile south
  • Public Opinion
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  • 1/19/2017 3:36:00 PM
  • How Some Frolicking Fish Got Stuck in a Moment
  • Ms. Preheim was amazed to see a four-foot wall of frozen fish while birding in Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge in South Dakota and said she had never heard of this phenomenon. But commenters on Facebook reported seeing something like it before.
  • nytimes.com
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  • 1/19/2017 12:18:00 PM
  • Photo of fish frozen in wave blows up social media
  • The fish are frozen in a four-foot wall of ice in South Dakota's Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge. Photographer and kindergarten teacher Kelly Preheim snapped the photo in 2015. Preheim explained how the haunting sight occurred in a comment on Facebook.
  • AOL
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  • 1/17/2017 9:18:00 AM
  • Photo of frozen fish in S.D. goes viral
  • These frozen fish were spotted back in 2015 at Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge in South Dakota. The lake level was low due to drought and oxygen levels were depleted leading to the death of most fish in the lake. They floated to the top of the lake and
  • ABC KOTA Territory News
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  • 1/16/2017 6:12:00 PM
  • Game Fish & Parks to step up combat of aquatic invasive species
  • The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department will take the lead role in coordinating a state government-wide effort aimed at slowing the spread of aquatic invasive species. The move comes at the behest of the Commission, which after hearing a proposal
  • Capital Journal
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  • 1/16/2017 6:30:00 AM
  • Game Fish & Parks to combat aquatic invasive species like zebra mussels
  • The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department will take the lead role in coordinating a state government-wide effort aimed at slowing the spread of aquatic invasive species. The move comes at the behest of the Game, Fish and Parks Commission ...
  • Capital Journal
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  • 1/16/2017 6:01:00 AM
  • A Disturbing Wall Of Frozen Fish Spotted On Lake Andes
  • A school of dead fish was seen suspended inside a frozen wall of ice at South Dakota's Lake Andes. It is a very strange thing to see the wall of frozen dead fish. Kelly Preheim, a kindergarten teacher and photographer, captured the photo back in March 2015
  • Science World Report
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  • 1/16/2017 3:10:00 AM
  • The Story Behind A Spooky Photo Of Fish Frozen In Wall Of Ice
  • But Kindergarten teacher and photographer Kelly Preheim, who snapped the photo at South Dakota’s Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge back in March 2015, said the actual culprit was a lack of oxygen in the lake. She gave the backstory to the Fish and ...
  • The Huffington Post
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  • 1/14/2017 3:55:00 PM
  • Bizarre wall of frozen fish makes for easy meals for bald eagles
  • As an avid birder and bird photographer, Kelly Preheim is a frequent visitor to the Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge near her South Dakota home of Armour. But birds weren’t the focus for her on a recent visit, fish were. Frozen fish. A wall of frozen ..
  • grindtv.com
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  • 1/13/2017 10:48:00 PM
  • Game and Fish biologists offer more regs against zebra mussels
  • Game, Fish and Parks Department biologists proposed seven new changes to South Dakota’s aquatic invasive species regulations Thursday during the GFP Commission’s January meeting in Pierre. The proposal is part of an effort by GFP biologists to get a ...
  • Capital Journal
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  • 1/13/2017 12:46:00 PM
  • South Dakota: GFP Conducting Angler Survey
  • PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), in cooperation with South Dakota State University (SDSU), is currently conducting an online angler survey to help gauge angler use, harvest and attitudes of resident and nonresident anglers.
  • thefishingwire.com
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  • 1/9/2017 7:44:00 AM
  • South Dakota Game Fish & Parks host snowshoe hike
  • RAPID CITY, S.D (KOTA-TV) - This guided snowshoe hike takes participants on a trail overlooking Game Lodge Campground in Custer State Park. The hike is two miles long and is geared toward the basics of snowshoeing. It is considered an easy hike and for ...
  • ABC KOTA Territory News
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  • 1/4/2017 5:40:00 PM

South Dakota Guides/Outfitters

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South Dakota Fishing Clubs

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