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Guide to fishing for smallmouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, bluegill, yellow perch and northern pike at Shadehill Reservoir in South Dakota.

Shadehill Reservoir, SD

Walleye, pike and bass generate most of the excitement for fishing enthusiasts at Shadehill Reservoir. a 5,100-acre lake, at Summerville. But don't overlook the yellow perch, bluegill and catfish.

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Shadehill Reservoir is a scenic lake located in northwestern South Dakota, near the town of Lemmon. This man-made reservoir is a popular destination for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts due to its diverse fish population and recreational opportunities.

One of the primary draws for fishing at Shadehill Reservoir is walleye. This prized species is abundant in the lake, offering anglers a chance to catch some impressive-sized fish. Spring and fall are particularly productive times to target walleye in the shallower areas of the reservoir.

Smallmouth bass is another popular species that attracts anglers to Shadehill Reservoir. These feisty fighters are highly sought after for their aggressive strikes and acrobatic leaps when hooked. The rocky shorelines and underwater structures provide ideal habitats for smallmouth bass.

Northern pike is yet another species that exists in Shadehill Reservoir. These voracious predators can reach impressive sizes and provide a thrilling challenge for anglers seeking some excitement on the water.

Yellow perch, known for their tasty fillets, are also present in good numbers. Anglers targeting perch will find success near the lake's underwater structures, where these schooling fish often congregate.

Channel catfish round out the list of popular fish species at Shadehill Reservoir. Anglers can find success targeting these bottom-dwelling fish using a variety of baits and techniques, especially during the warmer months.

Boating access is offered at two locations, the boat landing at Shadehill State Recreation Area and the boat launch ramp at Hugh Glass State Lakeside Use Area. The lake is fed by both the North Fork and South Fork of the Grand River and has over sixty miles of shoreline. Anglers wishing to fish from the bank will have a multitude of options, including at the campgrounds as well as many places around the lake where roads offer access.

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Primary fish species residing in Shadehill Reservoir

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Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Walleye Bluegill Yellow Perch Northern Pike

Shadehill Reservoir Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: NEARBY

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In addition to its excellent fishing opportunities, Shadehill Reservoir offers boating opportunities. Boaters can explore the lake's 5,700 acres of water surface and enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding hills and bluffs.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Hugh Glass State Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Hugh Glass Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Shadehill State Recreation Area Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off N Cabin Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

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Camping facilities along the reservoir's shores provide a peaceful and serene retreat, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Shadehill State Recreation Area Campground - 605 374-5114

Shadehill Grove RV Park & Bait Shop - 605 374-4146

Shadehill Reservoir SD Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Shadehill Reservoir
Shadehill State Recreation Area
19150 Summerville Rd
Shadehill, SD 57638
605 374-5114


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