Fishing At Lake Thompson
AKA: Thompson Reservoir
What to fish for...
Fishing for smallmouth bass, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, white bass, yellow perch and northern pike at Lake Thompson in South Dakota.
Rocky shorelines and submerged timber create great cover for all the fish species thriving in Lake Thompson, a 15,000-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at De Smet. Bass, crappie and bluegill spend much of their time in the shallower water of over forty miles of shoreline . Walleye and perch tend to remain offshore around the river channel, ledges and humps. There is a nice boat landing at Lake Thompson Public Water Access on the northwest shore, and a boat ramp at Lake Thompson State Recreation Area in the northeast corner of the lake.
Types of boats
Primary fish species residing in Lake Thompson
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Lake Thompson Amenities
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
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Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings
436th Avenue Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off 436th Avenue, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.
State Lakeside Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off 436th Avenue, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.
Thompson Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off 439th Avenue, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.
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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby
Lake Thompson State Recreation Campground - 605 847-4893
North Shore Lodging and Campground - 605 690-5729
Lake Thompson SD Map - Fishing & Camping Areas
Lake Thompson State Recreation
21199 Flood Club Rd
Lake Preston, SD 57249
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Lake Thompson in SD
General Fishing Info
Fishing for crappie, walleye and perch in central SD.