Freshwater Fishing

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The northern Black Hills offers some of the best fishing experiences the area has to offer, with the two of the largest streams in the region.

ResourcesSouth Dakota Fishing Handbook | Black Hills Fishing Guide

Spearfish Creek is the second largest stream in the Black Hills and supplies some of the most diverse and best fishing in the Hills. In the town of Spearfish, anglers can fish a quality wild brown trout population. In Spearfish Canyon, near the confluence with Squaw Creek, anglers can fish for wild rainbow trout and brown trout. Upstream from Cheyenne Crossing in the limestone cliffs, anglers will find numerous brook trout streams such as Little Spearfish and Hanna Creeks. The majority of the tributaries to Spearfish Creek are wild brook trout fisheries. Iron Creek Lake, west of Spearfish Canyon, has yellow perch as well as rainbow trout. 

Crow Creek is the largest stream in the Black Hills with a single spring as its primary water source. As it flows north and crosses Interstate-90, it gains considerable water. Wild brown trout are found here.

For more information on fishing in Black Hills area, click here to download the Black Hills Fishing Guide.

Licenses, Permits, and Regulations

South Dakota Game Fish and Parks has regulations on fishing licensing, tackle, methods, and limits. Click here to view the South Dakota Fishing Handbook.

Nearby Fishing License Purchase Locations:

  • Minitman
  • Minitman Too
  • Spearfish Creek Fly Shop
  • Wal-Mart
  • Spearfish Canyon Lodge
  • Iron Creek Lake Store

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