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Whitewood Creek - Above Whitewood - South Dakota

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January No significant hatches Daylight Hours 18 - 24 Nymph Patterns: Midges, Scuds
February No significant hatches Daylight Hours 18 - 24 Nymph Patterns: Midges, Scuds
March Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 16 - 18 Dry Flies: Blue Winged Olive
April Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 16 - 18 Dry Flies: Blue Winged Olive
May Caddis Evening 12 - 16 Dry Flies: Elk Hair Caddis
June Stoneflies Morning 8 - 12 Dry Flies: Salmonfly, Golden Stonefly
July Yellow Sally Stoneflies Morning 14 - 16 Dry Flies: Yellow Sally
Caddis Evening 14 - 18 Dry Flies: Elk Hair Caddis
August Terrestrials All Day 12 - 14 Dry Flies: Ants, Beetles, Hoppers
Blue Winged Olive Morning 14 - 18 Dry Flies: Blue Winged Olive
September Blue Winged Olive Morning 14 - 18 Dry Flies: Blue Winged Olive
October Blue Winged Olive Morning 14 - 18 Dry Flies: Blue Winged Olive
November No significant hatches Daylight Hours 18 - 24 Nymph Patterns: Midges, Scuds
December No significant hatches Daylight Hours 18 - 24 Nymph Patterns: Midges, Scuds

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

Whitewood Creek offers exceptional locations for enthusiasts to fly fish, especially on the stretch above Whitewood. These are some favored spots:
  • Mouth of Elkhorn Creek: Its deep pools attract many fish, making it a fly fisherman’s paradise.
  • Old Bachand Dam Site: Known for its rapid creek flow and wide range of fish species, this site is a preferred spot for many.
  • Whitewood Valley Road: This area promises plentiful catches due to the feeding behavior of fish in the meandering section of the creek.
  • Whitewood Campground: This spot is not only beautiful but also greatly populated with trout aiding a promising fly fishing experience.
  • Junction of Whitewood and False Bottom Creeks: Here the mix of waters results in an abundance of fish, making it an ideal location for fly fishing.

Best Access Points

The Whitewood Creek, located above Whitewood, showcases fantastic fly fishing points. Notable amongst them are:

  • Strawberry Point: Known for its abundance of trout, this is an ideal spot for fly fishing
  • Riverside Area: This stretch promises an array of species, a perfect challenge for seasoned anglers
  • Beaver Creek Bridge: Accessible from either side, this spot is a hidden gem for fly fishing
  • Owens Bridge: A local favourite known for its relaxing environment and high chances of a good catch

In addition to the above, accessing the creek directly from the Whitewood Campground also provides an excellent opportunity for fly fishing. Always remember to follow local fishing laws and regulations when visiting these locations.

Local Fish

  • Brown Trout : Considered a classic species for fly fishing, Brown Trouts in Whitewood Creek are known for their powerful and energetic fights.
  • Rainbow Trout : A popular target of fly fishers. It is named for the multi-colored stripe along its side.
  • Brook Trout : This fish is particularly beautiful with its olive-green color and distinctive red, blue, and purple spots.
  • Cutthroat Trout : Another prized catch for fly fishers in Whitewood Creek due to its stunning coloration and aggressive behavior.
  • Whitefish : Known for their resilience, Whitefish in this area make for an exciting and challenging catch.
  • Black Crappie : Not usually targeted by fly fishermen but are found in abundance here and offer a fun challenge for those wanting to try something different.
  • Largemouth Bass : Even though it’s more of a warm water species, you can find them in this creek making them a delightful target.
  • Bluegill : A great species for beginners due to their abundant population and predictable behavior.

About The River

Situated in the heart of the Black Hills of South Dakota, the Whitewood Creek presents a beautiful, flowing vision of tranquility. This stunning waterway famously starts above the scenic town of Whitewood, gradually meandering through glorious landscapes before merging into the larger Belle Fourche River.

The history of Whitewood Creek has an interesting note. In the mid -19th century, it became a focal point during the Black Hills Gold Rush. Prospectors found gold within the creek’s sparkling waters, causing a sudden influx of people into the surrounding area. Year by year, small mining settlements grew into flourishing communities, shaping the notable towns we know today.

  1. Whitewood Creek truly represents a beautiful mix of natural beauty and historical significance.
  2. It continues to flow as a reminiscence of the grand Gold Rush era, serving both as a historic monument and a source of livelihood for many.
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