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Fishing Opportunities & Water Access in Pierre

by | Jan 10, 2022 | Visit Pierre Blog

While spring and summer may seem far away, the calendar will flip to sunshine and warmth before you know it. Now is the time to familiarize yourself with the shorelines and bodies of water in the Pierre area. Where are the best places to fish? Boat? Ski? Camp along the water?

With thousands of miles of shoreline in the area, there is no shortage of water, and therefore, no shortage of water recreation. Rest assured, there is also no shortage of prime area fishing.

Our various ponds, lakes, and the Mighty Missouri all provide ample opportunity to enjoy fishing this year. With 27 public access boat ramps, you’re sure to find your spot in the action. If a boat doesn’t make the trip to Pierre with you, and you’re not in the market for renting one, there are plenty of incredible shore-fishing spots in the area.

Lake Oahe, Farm Island, La Fromboise, and the list grows lengthier for scenic, successful shoreline fishing spots in our area.

With miles to spread out on, you won’t be crowded or crammed in your fishing experience. Rather, you’ll be able to savor the peace of the prairie with your rod and reel in hand.

Also, you don’t have to wait for spring or summer to arrive to get your catch of the year. Our waters are open year-round for fishing. On a crisp fall morning, or during a brisk winter sunrise, Pierre is an incredible fishing destination!

Walleye, of course, is the primary draw for anglers in our area. There are multiple other species of fish worth casting a line for, and most all of them are as tasty to fry as they are fun to catch. We’ve had record catches in our area for chinook salmon, pike, and more, in addition to landing giant walleye from our waters.

Previously, we were able to share some local secrets about fishing, when Buddy Seiner told us what he loves about fishing in Pierre (and also introduced us to a walleye cheek – yes, cheek – chowder recipe).

If you’re interested in the species available, area fishing guides, fishing spots available for public use, etc., please visit our link here for more information. Please also familiarize yourself with fishing regulations, found here on the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks site.

As always, if you’d like to learn more about waterways or fishing availability in our area, www.visitpierresd.com is the hot spot with all the info.