Hunt and Fish in Yankton

“Cast and Blast” in Yankton!

Cast! – Fishing in and around Yankton

Southeastern South Dakota has more than 175 fishing lakes as large as 29,000 acres. This region is equipped to host fishermen year-round with open seasons on most species of fish: bass, bluegill, catfish, crappie, perch, sauger and walleye. Lewis & Clark Lake draws anglers from across the country with its alluring combination of largemouth and smallmouth bass, and Westside Park in Yankton has a great fishing pond for kids. If nothing’s biting, don’t worry – you can feed the friendly ducks that reside there.

Fishing Seasons

2020 Paddle Fish Season:


Online Application Dates: March 12 – April 17, 2020
Season Dates: June 1 – June 30, 2020


Online Application Dates: April 17 – May 15, 2020
Season Dates: October 1 – October 31, 2020

For complete, up-to-date information on fishing in South Dakota please visit South Dakota Game Fish and Parks

For state handbooks, click here.

License Information

South Dakota has established seasons for hunting different species of animals and birds. A license is required. Fishing is permitted in South Dakota year-round. Limitations for the number and size of fish caught are set by the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department.

Licenses can be purchased at several local convenience stores, bait shops, sporting goods stores and park and recreation offices. Places to get hunting and fishing licenses in Yankton include:

Blast! – Hunting in and around Yankton

Hunting is a year-round sport in southeastern South Dakota. Small game, waterfowl and big game dominate the fall hunting seasons, while predator hunting fills the winter months and spring signals the start of turkey season. South Dakota’s state bird, the Chinese Ring-necked Pheasant, thrives in the habitat provided by the South Dakota landscape.

Hunting Seasons

2020 Pheasant Season:

Pheasant Season: October 17, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Resident Only Season: October 10-12, 2020
Youth Pheasant Season: October 3-7, 2020

2020 Duck Season :

Low Plains South: October 24, 2020 – January 5, 2021
Youth Duck Season: September 19, 2020 – September 20, 2020

2020 Goose Season:

Canada Goose Unit 1: September 5 – December 20, 2020
Light Goose: September 26, 2020 – January 18, 2021
White-front Goose: September 26, 2020 – December 8, 2020
Canada Goose Unit 2: November 2, 2020 – February 15, 2021

Canada Goose Unit 3

Online Application: June 15, 2020 – July 10, 2020
Season Dates: January 11, 2020 – January 19, 2020

2020 Cottontail Rabbit Season:

Sep 1, 2019 – Feb 29, 2020

2020 Mourning Dove Season:

Sep 1, 2019 – Nov 9, 2019

2020 Coyote Season:

Jan 1, 202020 – Dec 31, 202020

For complete, up-to-date information on hunting and fishing in South Dakota please visit South Dakota Game Fish and Parks

For state handbooks, click here.

Guides and Outfitters

The locations and descriptions of fishing guides and hunting outfitters in the Yankton area are featured in the business listings below.

Riibe Outdoors

Your Expert Guide to Hunting and Fishing in Southeast South Dakota

Experience the wonder of nature in its purest form. Feel the discipline of the wait and then the overwhelming rush of the capture. Live up to the challenge of beating wild creatures in their own element.

We live for these experiences and want to bring you along for the ride.

The Walleye Guys

Southeast South Dakota’s Premier Fishing Guides

The Missouri River is one of America’s most pristine and vibrant fisheries. It is our mission to give you the best experience possible. With the vast options of available waters from the Missouri River to the Glacial Lakes, our fishing opportunities are endless.

St. Hubert’s Hideaway

St. Hubert’s Hideaway offers a unique hunting experience for outdoor enthusiasts, but also some of the best scenery and privacy the midwest has to offer.  Watching the sunrise with a cup of coffee or watching the sunset by the fire pit may be the best part of your stay.

Main uses: Hunting & Fishing Adventures, Faith Retreats, Hobby Retreats, Reunions, Fund Raising, and Weddings

A1Als Pheasant Ranch 

A1 Al’s Pheasant Ranch offers premier all-inclusive pheasant hunts along with one of South Dakota’s most impressive lodges.

With over 6000 acres of prime pheasant hunting habitat, A1 Al’s Pheasant Ranch is dedicated to providing you the best pheasant hunting South Dakota has to offer.

Potters Field Outfitters and Lodge

Potter’s Fields Outfitters & Lodge offers some of the greatest pheasant hunting in the state of South Dakota.  Located conveniently 35 miles West of Sioux Falls and 30 miles East of Mitchell we are in a phenomenal sleeper area away from heavily commercialized hunting areas in the state.  What does that mean for you?  Birds.  A lot of birds.

Xmen Extreme Waterfowl Hunting

Along with great hunts, we provide guests with the best equipment, lodging, and accommodations possible. You can be assured that when hunting with the X-men you will have more than just a hunting trip, you will have an unforgettable experience.

Red Arrow Bowfishing

Let Red Arrow Bowfishing take you on the trip of a lifetime!

Cogan House Dakota Custom Hunt

On a beautiful bluff high above the Missouri River near Springfield, SD, the Cogan House sits in a quiet retreat. This serene home-away-from-home welcomes travelers, couples, families, business leaders, hunters, and fisherman.

Cimpl Made Hunts

Located just 10 miles from the Missouri River in southern South Dakota, Cimpl Made Hunts allows hunters to experience the best nature has to offer. Your hunting experience will take you 5 miles east and 13 miles south of Wagner, SD, about 50 miles west of Yankton, SD. The area boasts an abundance of wild game including pheasants, grouse, prairie chicken, coyotes, deer, turkeys, ducks, geese, partridge, and some quail.  Specializing in guided pheasant hunts, Cimpl Made Hunts offers flexible and affordable hunting packages for pheasant, turkey and waterfowl.

Processing and Taxidermy

Yankton has options for processing your game and fish including:


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