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The Glacial Lakes region of South Dakota encompasses some of the best fishing lakes in the Midwest. These natural lakes provide some of the top walleye, smallmouth bass and panfish angling in the region. Almost all the lakes contain jumbo perch, which has made many of these lakes famous.   

For a better understanding on how big and amazing this area is, go on Google maps and type in Waubay, SD, and check out the satellite photo. Literally hundreds of bodies of water will come into view, all dominated by Waubay and Bitter lakes. Then to the south you will find hundreds more great fishing lakes for the next 100 miles. There is always a bite on in this Glacial lake’s region.

Walleye fishing is year-round in South Dakota, so anglers begin launching boats as soon as the ice cover disappears, which, depending on the year, could happen in April or early May. Fishing the bays where water warms up first are prime spots early in the spring, gravel and rocky shorelines make good spawning habitat. Probably the best fishing tactic is pitching a jig with a live minnow.

 

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