Hunting & Fishing

Hunting & Fishing in Yankton


Hunting is a year-round sport in southeastern South Dakota. Small game, waterfowl and big game dominate the fall hunting seasons, while predator hunting fills the winter months and spring signals the start of turkey season. South Dakota’s state bird, the Chinese Ring-necked Pheasant, thrives in the habitat provided by the South Dakota landscape.


Southeastern South Dakota has more than 175 fishing lakes as large as 29,000 acres. This region is equipped to host fishermen year-round with open seasons on most species of fish: bass, bluegill, catfish, crappie, perch, sauger and walleye. Lewis & Clark Lake draws anglers from across the country with its alluring combination of largemouth and smallmouth bass, and Westside Park in Yankton has a great fishing pond for kids. If nothing’s biting, don’t worry – you can feed the friendly ducks that reside there.

Guides and Outfitters

The locations and descriptions of fishing guides and hunting outfitters in the Yankton area are featured in the business listings below.

Hunting and Fishing Seasons

For complete, up-to-date information on hunting and fishing in South Dakota, check out the South Dakota Game Fish & Parks Web site at

License Information

South Dakota has established seasons for hunting different species of animals and birds. A license is required. Fishing is permitted in South Dakota year-round. Limitations for the number and size of fish caught are set by the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department.

Licenses can be purchased at several local convenience stores, bait shops, sporting goods stores and park and recreation offices. Places to get hunting and fishing licenses in Yankton include:

Processing and Taxidermy

Yankton has options for processing your game and fish including:

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Location 2100 Broadway Ave. Contact (605) 665-3412      

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Hunting & Fishing Licenses Outdoor Recreation Outfitters

Wal-Mart has a full hunting and fishing department.  Location 3001 Broadway Ave. Contact (605) 665-1425    

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Dakota Archery & Outdoor Sports

Hunting & Fishing Licenses Outdoor Recreation Outfitters Processing & Taxidermy

One-stop shopping for all your hunting, archery and fishing needs and gear. Location 2305 E. Hwy. 50 Contact (605) 665-8340    

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Cogan House/Dakota Custom Hunts

Beds & Breakfasts Campgrounds Hunting & Fishing Outdoor Recreation Outfitters

We provide lodging, camping and recreation experiences such as hunting, fishing, boating, water sports, ATV riding and golf. Location 31133 Bon Homme Rd. Tabor, SD  […]

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