Photo © Chris Hull

Lake Trout

Lake Trout are found in cold water habitats of lakes and impoundments and can be found in South Dakota in Pactola and Deerfield Reservoirs in the Black Hills. They feed primarily on other fish within their habitat.

Lake Trout have streamlined, torpedo-shaped bodies with small scales, large mouth and teeth. Their body is dark in color with abundant pale spots, which are evenly distributed on the head, body and tail (caudal) fin which is long and pointed.   

Daily Limit:

Statewide: 5

Limits apply to any combination of trout, salmon or splake.

Black Hills Fish Management Area: Daily limit for lake trout or splake is one with a minimum size for either species of 24".

Possession Limit: 


Proud Angler Qualifications:

5 pounds

24 inches (released fish only)