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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, green sunfish, rock bass, white bass, yellow perch and northern pike at Big Stone Lake in South Dakota.

Big Stone Lake, SD

Bass, walleye and perch are the main attraction at Big Stone Lake on the eastern border of the state, at Big Stone City, SD. The plethora of rocks and boulders in the lake bed are what gave this 12,600-acre lake its name.

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Big Stone Lake is a picturesque reservoir located on the northeastern border of South Dakota, shared with the state of Minnesota. The lake covers a considerable area and provides a wealth of fishing opportunities, making it a favorite destination for anglers.

One of the most popular fish species in Big Stone Lake is walleye. Anglers flock to the lake to catch these elusive and prized fish, known for their delicious taste and challenging nature. Walleye fishing is particularly good during the spring and fall, making those seasons the best time to visit for walleye enthusiasts.

Largemouth bass is another sought-after species in Big Stone Lake. Anglers can find plenty of these feisty fish in the lake's weedy areas and rocky structures. The bass fishing is typically excellent during the warmer months, especially in late spring and early summer when they are most active.

For those interested in panfish, Big Stone Lake offers opportunities to catch white crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, and sunfish. These species provide great action for anglers of all ages and skill levels, making the lake an excellent destination for family-friendly fishing trips.

White bass and northern pike also inhabit the waters of Big Stone Lake. White bass are known for their aggressive behavior, providing an exciting fishing experience. Northern pike, on the other hand, offer a thrilling challenge with their powerful strikes and ferocious nature.

There are nearly 60 miles of shoreline, half in South Dakota and half in MN. The complete list of targeted fish in the lake includes bass, crappie, walleye, sunfish, white bass, perch and northern pike. This is a year-round fishery. Spring, summer and fall provide excellent fishing from the shore, fish houses, and all types of boats - from canoes and kayaks to pontoons and all kinds of fishing boats. During winter ice fishing is quite popular and generally quite successful. Local fishing guides offer trips by boat and through the ice. Boat launch ramps are available at Hartford Beach State Park and Schmidt's Landing for launching pleasure and fishing boats.

Fishing Boats For Rent In South Dakota

Primary fish species residing in Big Stone Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass White crappie Walleye Bluegill Green Sunfish Rock Bass White Bass Yellow Perch Northern pike

Big Stone Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Apart from fishing, Big Stone Lake is a haven for boating enthusiasts. The lake's vast expanse allows for various water activities, including water skiing, tubing, and kayaking.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Schmidt's Landing
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
605 432-6911

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Douthitt Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, off Lake Street, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Hartford State Beach Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Hartford Beach Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Kasuske Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off 479th Avenue, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Rearing Ponds Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Rocky Point Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Schmidt's Landing Boat Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Schmidt's Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.


Schmidt's Landing
48140 Schmidts Road
Big Stone City, SD 57216
605 432-6911

Click here for a South Dakota Fishing License.

Many campgrounds and recreational facilities are scattered along the lake's shoreline, providing ample opportunities for camping and enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Hartford Beach State Park Campground - 605 432-6374

Camp Iyataka Campground - 605 361-2697

Camping 109 RV Park - 605 862-7650

Big Stone Lake SD Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Big Stone Lake
Schmidt's Landing
48140 Schmidts Rd
Big Stone City, SD 57216
605 432-6911


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