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South Dakota on Ice…Cold Weather Welcomed by Fisherman 
PIERRE, S.D. – All over the upper Midwest, fishermen are gearing up for a long awaited ice fishing season. With temperatures dipping into the teens, and below zero in many South Dakota counties, their wait has come to an end. 
“Fishing has taken off up here in the northeast,” said Les Rowland, a fishing guide in the Glacial Lakes Region. “Right now we have some of the best jig fishing that I have seen in years.” 
While northeast South Dakota has gotten a lot of attention in recent years, the west should not be forgotten among fisherman looking for something different. Both ice fisherman and fly fisherman will be amazed by the abundance of fishing opportunities in the Black Hills and the serenity that surrounds this sacred place.
“You find yourself sitting out in the middle of a Black Hills reservoir with only the trout and a few begging bald eagles to keep you company,” said Buddy Seiner, outdoor media representative, South Dakota Office of Tourism. “You can definitely get lost in the beauty of it all. That is, of course, if the fish stop biting long enough for you to do so.”
With all that South Dakota has to offer fishermen this winter, it should be easy to find a productive lake or stream. Use caution, however, anytime you venture out onto the ice.
“Until we see some good cold weather for a long period of time, people have to be very careful when going out onto the lakes,” cautioned Rowland. “Right now there is a lot of snow on the ice, so it may be hard to tell where the thin spots are,” he said.
Fishing is a year-round activity in South Dakota and wintertime fishing can be some of the best in the Midwest. Stay safe, watch the weather and come prepared. You will be sure to have a great time out on the ice this winter. 
Ice fishing in South Dakota is an integral part of Goal 1 of the 2010 initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota. The Office of Tourism serves under the direction of Richard Benda, Secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.