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Our area’s biggest claim to fame is our world-renowned hunting and fishing experiences.

Visitors from all over the world flock to the Missouri River valleys and plains to hunt and fish under big open skies. Where else can you catch your limit in the morning and shoot your limit in the afternoon?

When the leaves turn orange, so does the state of South Dakota.

Opening weekend of pheasant season is like a holiday as locals and visitors head out for some of the best pheasant hunting in the nation. The cool autumn weeks are the perfect time to spend the days and weekends in the fields, sharing laughter, memories, camradarier, and a couple cold ones (after the guns have been put away, of course).

While South Dakota may be best known for its pheasant population, the state is also home to deer, turkey, grouse, waterfowl and more! The Missouri River area is full of private lodges with all the perfect accommodations to make your next hunting trip easy and comfortable.

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There is nothing better than feeling the sun on your face or the thrill of a tug on your line.

The Missouri River has some of the most varied fish species in the region. There's walleye, northern pike, lake trout, salmon, paddlefish, catfish, sturgeon, and much more to be had. Four dams completed in the 1960s created more than 900 miles of open water reservoirs and 3,000 miles of shoreline, perfect for catching fish from the beach or a boat.

Fishing the Missouri River is not just a summer activity. In the winter, freezing cold temperatures ice the river over and provide the perfect environment for a spot of ice fishing!

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Accommodations across the state cater to travelers enjoying the simultaneous rush and relaxation that a day of fishing provides.

From guide and lodging services, to restaurants that will fry up your daily catch, the Missouri River region is ready to welcome you, your friends and family for a wonderful weekend spent on the river. Guided fishing trips led by the experience fishing guides on the river offer first-time anglers a great experience and a good chance to find some action on the water. From north to south, long-time South Dakotan anglers have trolled these waters to find the best spots and best baits, so don't worry about doing everything yourself: take advantage of the opportunity to book a guided fishing tour! 

Check out South Whitlock Resort on Lake Oahe, which offers a variety of lodging and camping accommodations along with a spectacular view and relaxing atmosphere.

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