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Rod ’n’ reel: base lakes open to fishing

A tackle box lays open at Gateway Lake on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 12, 2018. Any person with installation access is allowed to fish at the base lakes if they have a valid South Dakota fishing license and base fishing permit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicolas Z. Erwin)

A tackle box lays open at Gateway Lake on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 12, 2018. Any person with installation access is allowed to fish at the base lakes if they have a valid South Dakota fishing license and base fishing permit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicolas Z. Erwin)

Airman John Ennis, a 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, rigs his fishing rod at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 12, 2018. Base fishing permits and South Dakota fishing licenses are available at Outdoor Recreation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicolas Z. Erwin)

Airman John Ennis, a 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, rigs his fishing rod at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 12, 2018. Base fishing permits and South Dakota fishing licenses are available at Outdoor Recreation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicolas Z. Erwin)

Airman John Ennis, a 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, prepares to cast his fishing rod at Gateway Lake on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 12, 2018. Caution is advised as snapping turtles have been seen in lakes located across the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicolas Z. Erwin)

Airman John Ennis, a 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, prepares to cast his fishing rod at Gateway Lake on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 12, 2018. Caution is advised as snapping turtles have been seen in lakes located across the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicolas Z. Erwin)

Airman John Ennis, a 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, reels his rod at Gateway Lake on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 12, 2018. Some fish species are allowed to be entered in South Dakota fishing records. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicolas Z. Erwin)

Airman John Ennis, a 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, reels his rod at Gateway Lake on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 12, 2018. Some fish species are allowed to be entered in South Dakota fishing records. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicolas Z. Erwin)

Airman John Ennis, a 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, catches a bass at Gateway Lake on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 12, 2018. Any person with installation access is allowed to fish at the base lakes if they have a valid South Dakota fishing license and base fishing permit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicolas Z. Erwin)

Airman John Ennis, a 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, catches a bass at Gateway Lake on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 12, 2018. Any person with installation access is allowed to fish at the base lakes if they have a valid South Dakota fishing license and base fishing permit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicolas Z. Erwin)

Airman John Ennis, a 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, unhooks a bass caught at Gateway Lake on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 12, 2018. Fish in the lakes include, but are not limited to, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, bluegill, perch, crappie, green sunfish and red sunfish. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicolas Z. Erwin)

Airman John Ennis, a 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, unhooks a bass caught at Gateway Lake on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 12, 2018. Fish in the lakes include, but are not limited to, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, bluegill, perch, crappie, green sunfish and red sunfish. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicolas Z. Erwin)

Airman John Ennis, a 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, lifts up a bass at the Gateway Lake on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 12, 2018. Fishermen are allowed to keep fish caught in the base lakes that are longer than 14 inches. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicolas Z. Erwin)

Airman John Ennis, a 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, lifts up a bass at the Gateway Lake on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 12, 2018. Fishermen are allowed to keep fish caught in the base lakes that are longer than 14 inches. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicolas Z. Erwin)

Gateway Lake, one of the many lakes located on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., is home to largemouth bass, blue gill and western pond turtles. To fish at the lake, individuals must have a valid South Dakota fishing license and a base fishing permit. Both of these are available at Outdoor Recreation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicolas Z. Erwin)

Gateway Lake, one of the many lakes located on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., is home to largemouth bass, blue gill and western pond turtles. To fish at the lake, individuals must have a valid South Dakota fishing license and a base fishing permit. Both of these are available at Outdoor Recreation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicolas Z. Erwin)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. --

The 28th Bomb Wing allows those with installation access to fish at the base lakes all year.

Fishermen must have a valid South Dakota fishing license and a base fishing permit. Permits and fishing equipment rentals are available at Outdoor Recreation.

Fish in the lakes include, but are not limited to, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, bluegill, perch, crappie, green sunfish and red sunfish.

Caution is advised when fishing near the shores of the lakes, due to the presence of snapping turtles.

For more information about fishing at the Ellsworth AFB lakes, contact Gary Brundige, the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron natural resource manager at (605) 385-2690.

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