CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
Department plans to stock about 15,000 trout below Fort Randall Dam
in the next few weeks.
If weather permits, the first stocking of trout in the boat
basin below the dam will be Thursday, March 17.
“About 7,500 trout will be released on March 17th, with the
remaining 7,500 arriving on March 24th,” GFP fisheries biologist
Jason Sorensen said.
Trout are stocked annually below Fort Randall Dam to add a
unique fishing opportunity to the area’s existing diversity.
Crews from McNenny State Fish Hatchery in Spearfish will stock
brown trout and two strains of rainbow trout below Fort Randall
“There are 5,000 each of brown trout, Shasta-strain rainbow
trout and McConaughy-strain rainbow trout scheduled to be stocked
below the dam,” said Keith Wintersteen, assistant hatchery manager
at McNenny State Fish Hatchery.
One strain of rainbow trout has been marked with a fin clip to
aid in differentiating those fish. A research project has been
initiated to help maximize stocking efficiency.
“We will be evaluating the return of these different
species/strains to the angler creel over the next several years to
provide insight into which species should be stocked in future
years to give us our biggest return for each sportsman dollar
invested,” Sorensen said. “The trout range between 9 and 12 inches
in length and bite readily, providing excellent angling
opportunities for kids of all ages, as well as adults.”
Excellent shoreline access and boat launching facilities provide
angling opportunities for both boat and shore anglers in the boat
basin below Fort Randall Dam.