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New Largemouth Bass Record in South Dakota

Also reported: Atlantic Salmon records set at Lake Oahe.

New Largemouth Bass Record in South Dakota

The new state-record largemouth bass in South Dakota. (South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks photo)

South Dakota has seen state fishing records fall four times so far in 2020, three of them for the same species, according to South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks data.

The most recent record catch came at the end of April, when Matthew Dunham of Rosebud set a new largemouth bass record.

His 9-pound, 5-ounce largemouth caught April 27 at Indian Scout Lake, beating a record that had stood for more than 20 years.

The fish measured 23 inches long and had a girth of 19 7/8 inches, according to the Argus Leader newspaper.


The previous record, caught Nov. 14, 1999 by Richard Viereck at Hudson Gravel Pit, weighed 9-3.


Run on Atlantic Salmon records

Lake Oahe has produced three record catches this year. Here’s a look:

The current hook-and-line record of 3 pounds, 4 ounces was set March 21 by Daniel Griese, breaking the previous record by three ounces. Griese’s catch came two and half months after Kerry Konald broke the record on Jan 4 with a 3-1 fish.

Also set was the state-record unrestricted (spearing) Atlantic Salmon, taken Feb. 29 by James Gilkerson. The fish weighed 2 pounds even.

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