Here in the Black Hills, hard-bitten fly fishermen never put their rods away for the winter. Fast-flowing Rapid Creek and spring-fed streams like Crow Creek, Spearfish Creek or Hanna Creek never do freeze up. They are spring-fed creeks that don’t cool as quickly as freestone streams, so they remain open water. And since trout are cold water fish anyhow, fly-fishing goes on through the winter.
With plenty of Winter Fun to be made, Ice Fishing is a great way to spend your winter. Ice fishing starts as soon as the lakes are frozen over and the ice is safe. With many great lakes to ice fish on, the key is to find shallow water, where the fish are closer to the surface.