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Southwest Fisheries District

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SOUTHWEST FISHERIES DISTRICT

Jeff Hendrickson, district fisheries supervisor, Dickinson

ADAMS COUNTY

Bolke Dam (065) – 5 miles east, .5 miles north, .5 miles west, .5 miles north of Lemmon, South Dakota. Rainbow trout stocked annually. (No ramp).
Mirror Lake (040) – South side of Hettinger. Northern pike up to 5 pounds, and an abundance of small bullheads. Catfish up to 5 pounds stocked most years. (Fishing pier).
North Lemmon (042) – 5 miles north of Lemmon, South Dakota. Rainbow trout stocked annually. Brown trout up to 5 pounds present. Bluegill and yellow perch are abundant and small. Largemouth bass up to 2 pounds are common. Walleye up to 10 pounds present. (Fishing pier).

BOWMAN COUNTY

Bowman-Haley Dam (085) – 11 miles south, 8 miles east, 2 miles south of Bowman. Dominated by walleye, some up to 6 pounds, northern pike up to 10 pounds and smallmouth bass up to 3 pounds. Some yellow perch up to 2 pounds and small white bass. Many large carp present, good for bowfishing. (Fishing pier).
Gascoyne Lake (086) – 1.5 miles northwest of Gascoyne. Northern pike stocked annually and pike up to 5 pounds present. Small carp, bullhead and green sunfish abundant at times.
Kalina Dam (087) – 2 miles west, 1 mile south, 1 mile west, 1 mile south of Bowman. Abundant northern pike up to 10 pounds, yellow perch and bluegill are mostly small, but some large fish caught on occasion. Make sure to access lake from south shore. (No ramp).
Lutz Dam (519) – 2.5 miles south, 2 miles west of Griffin. Rainbow trout stocked annually. Winterkilled recently. Abundant bluegill up to a half pound, and small crappie. Small adult largemouth bass stocked in 2012. (No ramp).
Spring Lake (088) – 1 mile south, 4 miles west of Rhame. Recent winterkills have drastically reduced pike population. Yellow perch up to 1 pound are abundant.

DUNN COUNTY

Dvorak Dam (132) – 3.5 miles south, 5 miles east, .5 miles north of Manning. Yellow perch stocked in 2009. (No ramp).
Lake Ilo (131) – 1 mile west, 1 mile south of Dunn Center. Abundant northern pike up to 10 pounds, some perch up to a half pound. (Fishing pier).

GOLDEN VALLEY COUNTY

Beach City Pond (657) – Southwest side of Beach. Rainbow trout stocked annually. (No ramp, fishing pier).
Camels Hump Dam (150) – Northeast of Sentinel Butte I-94 Exit 18. Rainbow trout stocked annually, with some up to 2 pounds. Abundant largemouth bass are mostly small, some up to 2 pounds. Some bluegill up to 1 pound. Some brown trout and smallmouth bass present.
Odland Dam (151) – 7 miles north of Beach. Winterkills often. Perch and bluegill restocked recently. (Fishing pier).

GRANT COUNTY

Heart Butte Reservoir (Lake Tschida) (160) – 15 miles south of Glen Ullin. Dominated by small walleye, with some up to 10 pounds, 2- to 5-pound northern pike, white bass up to 2 pounds, catfish up to 10 pounds and smallmouth bass up to 2 pounds. Some perch up to 1 pound, crappie up to 2 pounds and small bluegill. Many large buffalo present. (Fishing pier).
Raleigh Reservoir (163) – 3.5 miles west, .25 miles south of Raleigh. Rainbow trout stocked annually. Abundant small northern pike, with some up to 15 pounds and bluegill up to 1 pound. Some largemouth bass up to 5 pounds, perch up to a half pound and small crappie. (Fishing pier).
Sheep Creek Dam (164) – 4 miles south, .5 miles west of Elgin. Rainbow trout stocked annually, with some up to 3 pounds. Abundant largemouth bass, with some up to 5 pounds, bluegill up to 1 pound and crappie up to a half pound. Some walleye up to 1 pound, brown trout up to 2 pounds and smallmouth bass up to 1 pound. (Fishing pier).

HETTINGER COUNTY

Blickensderfer Dam (176) – 4 miles south, 1 mile east, .5 miles south of Mott. Abundant small bluegill, with some up to 1 pound. Some walleye up to 2 pounds, northern pike up to 8 pounds and small perch. (No ramp).
Castle Rock Dam (174) – 2 miles west, 1.5 miles south, 1.5 miles west of Mott. Rainbow trout stocked annually. Bluegill stocked in 2009.
Indian Creek Dam (171) – 1.5 miles west, 2 miles south, 2 miles west, 3 miles south of Regent. Abundant walleye up to 10 pounds, small yellow perch, with some up to a half pound and mostly small bluegill, with some up to 1 pound. Some smallmouth bass up to a half pound. (Fishing pier).
Kilzer Dam (172) – 4.5 miles south, 1 mile east of Bentley. Bluegill stocked in 2011 and largemouth bass stocked in 2012. (No ramp).
Larson Lake (173) – .5 miles north and 2 miles east of Regent. Abundant northern pike up to 2 pounds. Some perch up to a half pound.
Mott Watershed Dam (175) – North side of Mott. Rainbow trout stocked annually, with some up to 3 pounds. Abundant small largemouth bass, with some up to 2 pounds. Some bluegill up to about 1 pound. (Fishing pier).

 

MORTON COUNTY

Danzig Dam (243) – 2 miles north, 1.4 miles west, .2 miles north of I-94 Exit 120. Drawn down for dredging and chemical renovation to remove undesirable fish in 2013. Likely not fishable.
Gaebe Pond (025) – 1.5 miles west of New Salem. Rainbow trout stocked annually. Adult catfish up to 5 pounds stocked most years. Some small perch and bluegill. (No ramp, fishing pier).
Krieg’s Pond (705) – .5 miles east of Hebron. Rainbow trout stocked annually. Adult yellow perch stocked in 2011. (No ramp).

SIOUX COUNTY

Labow Lake (714) – 4 miles north, 3 miles west, 1 mile north, 1 mile east of Thunderhawk, South Dakota. Bluegill stocked in 2011 and largemouth bass stocked in 2012. (No ramp).
Larson Lake (090) – 4 miles north, 1 mile west of Thunderhawk, South Dakota. History of winterkill. Largemouth bass and bluegill stocked in 2009. (No ramp).

SLOPE COUNTY

Cedar Lake (322) – 13 miles north, 2 miles west of Reeder. Winterkills often. Abundant northern pike, with some up to 10 pounds. Some perch up to a half pound. Small carp and bullhead abundant. Catfish up to 5 pounds stocked some years.
Davis Dam (323) – 16 miles west, 4 miles north of Amidon. Rainbow trout stocked annually. Abundant small largemouth bass, with some up to 2 pounds and bluegill up to 1 pound.

STARK COUNTY

Belfield Pond (332) – Southwest side of Belfield. Rainbow trout stocked annually. Catfish up to 5 pounds stocked most years. Some perch up to a third pound and bluegill up to a quarter pound. Abundant green sunfish up to a quarter pound. (Fishing pier).
Dassinger Pond (328) – 8 miles south, 1 mile east, .8 miles north of I-94 Exit 72. Walk through the gate 500 yards northwest. Adult largemouth bass and bluegill stocked in 2010. (No ramp).
Dickinson Dike (331) – Southwest side of Dickinson. Rainbow trout stocked annually. Adult catfish up to 5 pounds stocked most years. Abundant bass up to 2 pounds and small bluegill up to a quarter pound. (Fishing pier).
Dickinson Reservoir (Patterson Lake) (330) – 2 miles west of Dickinson. Chemical renovation in 2009. Consists of walleye mostly less than 1 pound, northern pike up to 15 pounds, yellow perch up to 1 pound, small bluegill and small crappie. Many small bullheads present. Adult catfish have been stocked recently. (Fishing pier).
Slater Pond (503) – From I-94 Exit 84, .75 miles north, 1 mile east, .5 miles north, .5 miles east. Rainbow trout stocked annually. Adult perch stocked in 2009 and have become abundant. (No ramp).

RIVERS AND LAKES

Cannonball River (388) – In Slope, Hettinger, Grant and Sioux counties. Abundant carp most of the time. Some walleye, northern pike and catfish during spring spawning periods. (No ramp).
Heart River (390) – In Stark, Grant, and Morton counties. Abundant carp and buffalo most of the time. Some walleye, northern pike and catfish during spring spawning periods. (No ramp).
Little Missouri River (410) – Southwestern part of state. Abundant catfish up to 10 pounds. Some sauger and walleye during spring spawning periods. (No ramp).