South Dakota Badlands Guide to Trout Fishing

South Dakota Badlands Guide to Trout Fishing
The Badlands are in southwestern South Dakota and cover about 5,000 square miles. Named by the Lakota Indians who have inhabited the area for centuries, this rugged and awe-inspiring area is home to excellent trout fishing year round. Streams such as the Castle, Rapid, Spearfish, and Spring are home to trout upwards of 20 inches.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing permit Fishing rod and matching reel with line Waders Terminal tackle
  • Fishing permit
  • Fishing rod and matching reel with line
  • Waders
  • Terminal tackle
Step 1
Determine the best waters to suit your needs. Different streams present advantages and disadvantages. One stream may be easily accessible, while another is difficult. For example, Rapid Creek flows through of Rapid City and contains large brown trout in the 22-inch range.
Step 2
Obtain a fishing permit. Fishing permits or license are available from local sporting goods retailers as well as online and through the mail from state wildlife agencies. Make sure to obtain, read, and understand all regulations.
Step 3
Select the proper bait. Trout are attracted to a variety of baits and lure. Natural baits include corn, salmon eggs, small minnows, feed pellets, and small dough balls. Artificial lures include inline spinners, spoons, and small plastic lures designed to imitate worms and insects.
Step 4
Approach the stretch of water to be fished, keeping in mind that trout are wary and have excellent vision. Also keep in mind that trout typically feed facing upstream as they wait for food to wash down to them. Approach fishing spots from downstream to help prevent fish from being spooked.
Step 5
Practice catch-and-release whenever possible. Many streams are designated catch-and-release, and it is always good practice to release trout -- especially larger brown and brook trout, as these populations are difficult to establish and maintain.

Tips & Warnings

 
Select a type of bait or lure that fits your type of fishing. If you enjoy a lot of movement and continual action, choose a spinner bait that requires the lure to be cast out, retrieved, and repeated. Natural baits such as corn and salmon eggs allow for the bait to be presented and left to sit.
 
Make sure to understand all rules and regulations associated with the water being fished. Be alert for potential dangers including insects, snakes, irritating plants, and other dangers including swift water.
 
Make sure to understand all rules and regulations associated with the water being fished.
 
Be alert for potential dangers including insects, snakes, irritating plants, and other dangers including swift water.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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