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
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
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