Fishing the Fifty

My Quest to Fish All 50 States

South Dakota - August 2019

For my annual out-of-state trip in 2019, I chose smallmouth bass on Lake Oahe in South Dakota with Shane Cowan.  Shane regularly produces trophy smallmouth bass, and our trip together was phenomenal.  I caught more than 100 smallmouth bass over two days, with the biggest being 19 inches and 4 pounds, 3 ounces, beating both the length and weight minimums for a South Dakota Trophy Fish Award.  I caught an additional five that met or exceeded the three-pound weight minimum, for a total of six trophies.  Shane is a fantastic guide.  He knows all of the best spots and the appropriate tactics to get the big fish, and he was a blast to fish with.  


The six trophy smallmouth bass meant that South Dakota became the 38th state in which I have caught at least one trophy.


My return to South Dakota meant a return to the Corn Palace in Mitchell

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As a bonus fish, I caught a 28-inch, 6-pound, 11-ounce channel catfish


My first fish of the trip, 16.75" and 2 pounds, 13 ounces.  We had marked so many fish on the screen when we arrived at the spot that I did not even bother to take off my life jacket before dropping my line in the water


My first trophy of the trip, 17.75" and 3 pounds, 2 ounces

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Another beautiful trophy

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The heaviest trophy from day one, 17" and 3 pounds, 9 ounces


My first trophy from a much windier day two, 17.5" and 3 pounds


My biggest trophy of the trip, 19" and 4 pounds, 3 ounces

So many sunflowers