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South Dakota Record Brook Trout

Rapid City, S.D. — Right before the start of the new year, South Dakota had a new brook trout record.

Ryan Rempfer of Rapid City landed the 11-pound, 3-ounce trout while fishing on Deerfield Lake on Dec. 30, 2006. The trout measured 16 ¾ inches around and 30 inches long.

The catch was witnessed by two South Dakota Conservation Officers who just happened to be fishing next to Rempfer and his friend David Busch. Rempfer’s lure of choice was a jig with a small rubber minnow body.

Anglers need to remember baitfish restrictions do apply at Deerfield Reservoir and throughout the trout management area in the Black Hills. The only Black Hills waters where minnows can legally be used for bait are Sheridan, Stockade and Pactola Reservoirs.

Game, Fish and Parks fisheries managers currently do not stock brook trout in Deerfield Lake. Brook trout were originally introduced into Black Hills streams in the 1890s and cultured for many years. Currently wild populations of brook trout exist in most headwater streams, can migrate into reservoirs and grow to large sizes as proven by the new state record.

The Pennington County lake also produced the last record brook trout, a 9-pound, 3-ounce fish caught on June 2, 2004, by Jeremiah Harmon.

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