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All about fishing for longnose gar, muskie, northern pike, paddlefish, sturgeon and tiger muskie in SD.

Larger lakes across the state, with some of these miscellaneous fish populations, may include Angostura Reservoir, Belle Fourche Reservoir, Big Stone Lake, Bitter Lake, Lake Albert, Lake Francis Case, Lake Kampeska, Lake Madison, Lake Oahe, Lake Pelican, Lake Poinsett, Lake Preston, Lake Sharpe, Lake Thompson, Lake Traverse, Lake Whitewood, Lewis And Clark Lake, Shadehill Reservoir and Waubay Lake. Northern pike are a popular target for ice fishing in winter.

Other Available Species

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

State Record: 24 lbs 2 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 40 lbs 0 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 36 lbs 3 oz

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

World record: 144 lbs

State Record: 127 lbs 9 oz

Sturgeon

Sturgeon

Estimated world record: 1,100 lbs

State Record: 40 lbs 0 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 37 lbs 7 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

Check out the Northern Pike Fishing page to get tips, tactics and methods for catching more pike. Also visit the top producing northern pike lures page to assist in selecting the best baits. The Muskie Fishing page offers methods, tips and tactics. Also view the page revealing the top producing lures for catching musky and tiger musky.

South Dakota Miscellaneous State Record Fish

The state record longnose gar was caught from the James River.

The state record muskie was caught from Amsden Dam.

The state record northern pike was taken out of Lake Oahe.

The state record paddlefish was caught from Lake Francis Case.

The state record sturgeon was caught from the Missouri River.

The state record tiger muskie was taken out of Lake Sharpe.

For info about local sauger and saugeye fishing, visit the SD walleye page.

 

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