New Smallmouth Record in South Dakota, Caught, Weighed and Released
By angelamontana

Posted: July 26, 2021

There is a new smallmouth bass record in South Dakota!

Troy Diede was practicing for a bass tournament Thursday, July 15 on sprawling 370,000-acre Lake Oahe, located south of Bismarck. The 36-year old angler was only fishing for 20 minutes when he hooked a monster bass, a 6.39-pound smallmouth, reports the Sioux Falls Argus Leader newspaper. At the time it was the heaviest bronzeback Diede had ever landed, and was only a pound shy of the current South Dakota state-record smallmouth.

“That could be the biggest smallmouth you’ll catch in your entire life,” Diede’s fishing pals told him.

But that 6-pound bass was only a tune-up for what was to follow for Diede on Friday, July 16.

After carefully logging-in GPS hot spots where he’d caught bass Thursday, Diede was ready for another go on Lake Oahe Friday, July 16.

Read the full article by Bob McNally with Outdoor Life HERE.