black hills fishing report

Fishing Report April 13th, 2023

Fishing is off to a great start this spring. We have had plenty of snow this winter, which bodes well for this coming summer. So far, the lower elevations of Rapid Creek and Spearfish Creek have been the most productive. However, we have also heard good reports about Crow Creek and Sand Creek. We have had great dry fly fishing over the past week. Midges, Blue Winged Olives, and Little Black stonefly hatches create dry fly opportunities daily.

Warm weather this past week opened up more of the Hills. We should be able to get into the higher elevations this week- Spearfish Creek in the Canyon had tons of snow, and access should be getting better by the day.

Castle Creek below Deerfield is another option that is coming into play. The warmer weather will make access easier. Typically the early-season fishing below the dam is excellent. Little Black Stonefly hatches can be epic on Castle Creek.

Lakes are slowly opening up. Pactola was frozen as of Wednesday, April 12th. When it opens, expect fishing to pick up quickly. A few more warm, windy days will help to open the lake up.

Don't miss out on excellent dry fly fishing right now. Baetis hatches should only improve as we get later into April.

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