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Successful Fishing for South Dakota Walleye
Tips to Bring Home the Walleye


Fishing in South Dakota can be a challenge. There are some places that are chock-full of walleye. There are also lakes that seem to be completely void of walleye all together. Don't be discouraged by South Dakota walleye. With a little planning, you can bring home some walleye.




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Local anglers can be a good source for identifying good fishing grounds in South Dakota. The local Fish and Wildlife Department can also help steer you to the right lakes. The major lakes typically will hold some walleye but smaller lakes, rivers and deep ponds may also be hiding walleye populations.

There are many lakes that hold this elusive predator fish. Lake Sharpe currently holds the state record for the largest walleye. Angostura Reservoir, Belle Fourche Reservoir and Shadehill Reservoir all have healthy populations as well.

Pardon the pun, but walleye fishing really heats up during the winter. South Dakota waters can be cold especially right after sundown. While you may be freezing your tail off, walleye become more active in their pursuit off a meal.

Smaller lakes and natural lakes usually yield the best results. Devils Lake is particularly fruitful. Try to hit the lake just after the lake freezes. This will help you snag a choice spot.

Once you have your spot, you will need to determine your approach to catching the South Dakota Walleye. You can choose the marathon method. This involves opening and patrolling several holes at one time.

This can be an advantage since it covers more water. It can also be physically and mentally exhausting. It takes a lot of work to drill holes. It is really deflating to a spirit when those holes yield nothing.

Instead of hole-hopping, your best bet may be to commit you time and efforts to just one hole. Often you can hook a walleye by vertical jigging sans bait. Still, a jig tipped with a minnow head will work wonders this time of year. Make sure that you work the bottom of the lake when jigging. Walleye typically suspend at or just above the bottom.

The easiest method for catching South Dakota walleye in the winter is to utilize the dead stick. Drop your line into a hole and just leave it. The goal is to keep the lure as still as possible. Plain lures will work; tipping the lure with a minnow works better. Combine the setup with a simple slip-bobber and gold hook.

This method is great for several reasons. It doesn't take a whole lot of effort on you part; you can sit back and relax while you wait for the bite. It is also advantageous from the walleye's stand point.

Walleye are much slower to bite this time of year. The dead stick gives the walleye plenty of time to stare down the lure. Once the walleye grabs it, they will drop down to a resting place. This will cause your rod to dip. Set the hook and pull in your catch.

Finding South Dakota walleye isn't impossible. You just need to keep your ears open and your patience high. Putting some fore thought into where and how you drop your line is the big key for bringing home the walleye.




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