There is no better time than August to catch black crappies, bluegills and yellow perch in the panfish waters of Richmond and Mina Lakes near Aberdeen. Jig for crappies on 1/8- to 1/16-ounce jigs tipped with crappie minnows. Bluegills like a little piece of nightcrawler or worm, a mousie or a grub on a No. 8 or 10 hook. Worms, minnows or a minnow head on a slightly larger hook will entice perch. Richmond Lake is located 10 miles northwest of Aberdeen. Take 281 north and follow signs. Mina Lake is 12 miles west of Aberdeen on Highway 12. Camping is available at both lakes. Contact: South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (605-626-2391; www. state.sd.us/gfp).
Richmond and Mina Lakes