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Whether it is fly-fishing for trout or reeling in trophy-sized catches, South Dakota is a haven for both pro anglers and weekend enthusiasts. Lake Alvin and Lake Sharpe are just two of the most sought after destinations in the state.

The state gives tourists and seasoned anglers a variety of fishing licenses to choose from, ranging from short-term to annual ones, including ones for residents and non-residents. You might also need to secure permits for set or hoop line fishing. Applying for your very own South Dakota fishing license can easily be completed online. The links below will answer all your questions regarding license fees and online applications. These fees help in the state's conservation efforts.

Before leaving for your trip, you must research on the fishing laws and regulations of the area you plan to visit. These rules are strictly implemented for the benefit of fish population and the conservation of marine life and their habitats. And since some protocols change without prior notice, you must check for updates from time to time.

One way to contribute to the state's conservation efforts is to share your own observations about marine life in the area with biologists when asked. The data collected will help speed up their research and preservation programs.

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