9 Best Bait and Tackle Shops in South Dakota

9 Best Bait and Tackle Shops in South Dakota

Unwinding after a long week can best be done through fishing. Head out to the pristine lakes of South Dakota to catch all the crappie, walleye, bass, and trout your heart desires. But first, make sure you’re properly equipped for your trip. Here are the best bait and tackle shops in the state.  

1. Dakota Angler & Outfitter, Rapid City, SD

Located in the heart of downtown Rapid City, Dakota Angler & Outfitter has the largest selection of fishing gear in the Black Hills. In addition to bait and tackle, they offer fly fishing classes, casting classes, and guided trips, as well as rods from Sage, ECHO, Scott Fly Rods, and so much more. Only a few short miles from their doorway is Rapid Creek, the perfect place to test your new equipment!

Finn the fly shop dog. #dakotaflyangler

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2. Hagen’s, Mitchell, SD

With over 30 years of experience, Hagen’s in Mitchell is a tried and true fishing shop with a large customer base. Hagen’s offers a large variety of products such as Colorado spinner blades, casting spoons, Mustad hooks, clevises and swivels, and, of course, tackle. Their inventory is priced very reasonably—it will be harder to find better deals in Mitchell! 

3. Wheel In Bait Shop, Belle Fourche, SD

Wheel In Bait Shop serves the entire northern Black Hills region with fishing and other sportsmen supplies. In addition to bait and accessories, they offer a wide variety of tackle. After stocking up on cutting edge equipment, head over to Orman Dam right outside of Belle Fourche for unbeatable northern Black Hills fishing.

4. Sportsmans Cove, Webster, SD

Sportsmans Cove has fishing equipment as well as rentals, guide services, and hunting equipment. Services include bait and tackle, guns, ammunition, hunting licenses, rental boats, and a fishing guide service with a local expert to show you the ins and outs. Webster is a great fishing destination, as the glacial lakes around the area have some of the best fishing in the region. In fact, there are over 15 lakes within a 30-minute drive of this shop!

5. Dakota Angler, Sioux Falls, SD

This mom and pop fishing shop has served the Sioux Falls community since 2001. They have a huge range of selection with tackle for every species of fish, open water and ice fishing reels, crankbaits, and name brands like Northland, and Berkley, among many others. Each winter, they host the Dakota Angler Ice Institute, a two-day fishing event where people can attend seminars with the nation’s best ice fishermen.

6. Captain Norm’s Bait Shop, Yankton, SD

Nearby the beautiful Lewis & Clark Lake, Captain Norm’s Bait Shop is a great one stop shop for all your fishing gear. They offer rods, reels, lures, jigs, spinners, lines, weights, and a variety of bait including minnows, chubs, crawlers, leeches, crawdads, and wax worms. The shop also sells South Dakota and Nebraska resident and nonresident fishing and hunting licenses.

7. M & W Bait & Tackle Shop, Sioux Falls, SD

This family owned and operated business began in the 1940s and is open every day during the year, so it is the perfect spot to pick up equipment on a lazy Sunday or a busy holiday season. M & W stocks a variety of items like live bait, frozen chubs, smelts, frogs, and a large amount of equipment. They also make their own tackle!

8. SoDak Sports, Aberdeen and Mitchell, SD

For over 40 years, SoDak has been a hotspot for hunters, fishermen, and other outdoorsmen and women. They have a large selection of items including shotguns, handguns, rifles, archery, and equipment for other recreational activities like fishing. The staff members are passionate and knowledgeable about fishing and hunting, and can provide expert advice for any level of fisherman.

9. Spearfish Creek Fly Shop, Hill City and Spearfish, SD

Spearfish Canyon is known around the nation for its fly fishing, and Spearfish Creek Fly Shop can get you prepared for your fly fishing trip! This shop has a large selection of equipment like flies, clothing, rods, bait, and more, as well as fishing classes and guided excursions.

Hooks are in! It's still early enough to tie enough flies for your season!

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