Hunting & Fishing
Southeastern South Dakota has more than 175 fishing lakes ranging in size up to 29,000 acres. This region is prepared to host fishermen year-round with open seasons on most species of fish. Cast your line to reel in a bass, bluegill, catfish, crappie, perch, sauger or walleye. Lewis and Clark Lake has more than 29,000 acres of surface water drawing anglers from across the nation with its alluring combination of both largemouth and smallmouth bass. Westside Park in Yankton has a great fishing pond for the kids, and if nothing is biting you can feed the many ducks that reside there.
Hunting is a year-round sport in southeast South Dakota. Small game, waterfowl and big game dominate the fall hunting seasons. Predator hunting fills the winter months, and spring signals the start of turkey. South Dakota’s state bird, the Chinese Ring-necked Pheasant, thrives in the habitat provided by the South Dakota landscape.