Thousands of trout are about to be released into the Missouri River below Fort Randall Dam in southeastern South Dakota. For more, see the following excerpt from a state Department of Game, Fish and Parks news release:
PIERRE, S.D. – Anglers looking for unique fishing opportunities over the next few weeks will find them in southeastern South Dakota.
The Game, Fish and Parks Department is planning to stock approximately 10,000 rainbow trout and 5,000 brown trout below Fort Randall Dam in southern Charles Mix County. The trout will be released over the next couple of weeks in the boat basin downstream from the dam.
Weather permitting, crews from McNenny State Fish Hatchery in Spearfish and Cleghorn Springs State Fish Hatchery in Rapid City will deliver the first loads of trout on March 18-19. Remaining trout will be transferred to Fort Randall the following week.
The trout range between 9 and 12 inches in length and bite readily, providing excellent angling opportunities for kids and adults.
There is ample shoreline access immediately below Fort Randall Dam, giving both shore anglers and boat anglers good opportunities to catch trout.