One of the best ways to relax and enjoy the small things in life is to grab a fishing rod and head to the nearby pond or lake. Bring a cooler and a chair, or take the boat out on the water – either way, you can just sit back and see what happens. Who knows, you might get something big! These fishing spots in South Dakota are the perfect places to do exactly that.
1. Horse Thief Lake - Keystone
This picturesque lake near Keystone is great for an afternoon with a cooler full of refreshments by your side and a fishing rod in your hand. Completely relax in the beautiful surroundings and just enjoy casting some lines.
2. Angostura Recreation Area - Hot Springs
This recreation area in Hot Springs is great for anything water related. Whether you want to spend time by the water or on it, the fishing is great and the water is beautiful.
3. Pactola Lake - Rapid City
This lake created from the Pactola Dam resulted in an absolutely breathtaking area to enjoy the scenery as well as a relaxing day fishing. Take the boat out onto this clear blue water deep in the Black Hills and just take it all in - fish included!
4. Spearfish Canyon - Spearfish
One of the most gorgeous destinations in South Dakota to see both magnificent mountains and pristine waters is Spearfish Canyon. This place is great for all kinds of fishing and just enjoying the outdoors.
5. Lake Vermillion Recreation Area - Canistota
Take a couple of days off for a fishing trip at this recreation area. Camp by the lakeside and just fish all day long. There's no rush or schedule here, just peace and calm - and fish, of course.
6. Palisades State Park - Garretson
Enjoy both the fun of casting some lines and the amazing natural formations of the Palisades State Park. Even if you aren't much of a fisher, you will enjoy this state park. It can easily take your breath away.
7. Grace Coolidge Creek - Custer
Although this spot may take a bit of a short hike to reach, it is very worth it. There are fish galore here - trout especially - and you won't leave empty handed. Plus, the serenity of the forest around you will take your mind off of life's troubles and just let you enjoy the day fishing.
8. Lewis and Clark Recreation Area - Yankton
This huge lake is great for everything everyone loves about water. Fishing, boating, sailing, swimming, you name it - you can do it here and have a total blast. The water is more than fine, so jump in! Or, you know, stay on the shores and enjoy it that way, too.
9. Sylvan Lake - Custer
What a breathtaking view! This spot will make the perfect fishing outing for anyone who enjoys beautiful sights and great catches.