Sooner or later it happens to all vacationing anglers. You’re with family and friends, enjoying the scenery; maybe even motoring your way to the Sturgis Rally and Races. Cruising through the Black Hills you start thinking “I’d love to take a break and fish that stream (or lake). Too bad I didn’t bring my gear.” Good news, if you left the gear at home or just want to try trout fishing for the first time, there’s a chance to do just that. If you’re in the Northern Black Hills just swing in to the Spearfish Recreation and Aquatics Center or D.C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery in Spearfish and check out a complete fishing set up, free of charge (you’ll have to supply the lures, bait or flies).
The fishing tackle is provided by SD Game Fish & Parks, the tackle loner program is administered through a cooperative agreement between Spearfish Recreation and Aquatics Center and D.C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery.
Rods and tackle in hand, you’re ready to enjoy a bit of South Dakota fishing at its finest. Information on fish species and fishing locations can be found on the South Dakota Game Fish & Parks website or by simply asking one of the friendly local merchants for advice. Anglers are a friendly bunch and are usually more than happy to share their knowledge. Now all you have to do is coax the family away from the water park or fish hatchery (or maybe they’ll let you sneak off by yourself) for a little unscheduled fishing trip. Good luck and tight lines.
This blog was brought to you by guest blogger Keith Wintersteen, Hatchery Assistant Manager at the McNenny State Fish Hatchery located in Spearfish.