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Fishing Locations and Time


  • When: Early May to late June; mid September through November
  • Where: Tailwater, Lake Sharpe

Small & Largemouth Bass

  • When: May, June, September & October
  • Where: Tailwater, Lake Sharpe

Crappie-Northern Pike

  • When: Early April after ice out; late fall.
  • Where: Stilling basin, Tailwater


  • When: Late June, July, August
  • Where: Tailwater

Big Bend Dam Area Fishing Regulations

Residents of South Dakota

  • Tribal licenses not required unless fishing inland on reservation soil.

Nonresidents of South Dakota

  • South Dakota- Nonresident License:
  • Tribal licenses not required unless fishing on reservation soil.

Big Bend Tailrace - Boats not allowed below Big Bend Dam for 500 feet.


All public lands around the Lake Sharpe and the Missouri River are open to hunting, except for developed recreation areas.