NewsJune 24 2013

Fishing/Hunting Update for the Missouri River in South Dakota

Posted by Lucy

Provided by: Great Lakes of SD Tourism Association


      Weather in the high 80s and 90s for the week – should be a perfect time to get to the Missouri River for some good fishing – and we’re hearing it’s good all over!

      You will see some of the greenest countryside you’ve seen in years when you come to South Dakota – emerald green in fact.

      The fishing report that we do weekly is simply a snap shot in time of what went on over the weekend. You need to know that when a front comes through, when we have  high winds, temperature changes or cloudy weather everything can change quickly and we suggest you call one of our members listed at the end of the report, to see what is happening the day you are venturing up here. That way you’ll be assured of a great trip!

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Lake Oahe

      In the Pollock area fishing is going well with limits coming in. Anglers are catching the most fish in 8-18 feet of water. Most types of bait are working well. Anglers have the choice of trying something new or using whatever makes them comfortable.

      At Mobridge, fishing is also very, very good using crawlers and spinners or bouncers. Anglers are catching fish almost everywhere around the Mobridge area. Again, in the 15-25 foot depths. Many smaller fish being caught, but there is no problem catching them.

      At Akaska  fishing is great with many anglers catching their limit of walleye. Anglers are using spinners with leeches and minnows in around 15-20 feet. Some anglers are pulling plugs and catching bigger fish. Lots of 15-16 inch fish are being caught. Crappies are hitting in this area also.

      At Gettysburg anglers are doing very well in around 10-25 feet. They are seeing both small and big fish. Minnows, crawlers, and leeches are the main bait of choice.

      Around Spring Creek / Cow Creek  from the Oahe Dam to the Cheyenne River to Bush’s Landing the fishing is excellent. It doesn’t seem to matter where you go in this area. Anglers are using jigs or Lindys with crawlers, shiners or rosy reds in around 5-35 feet. Some anglers are starting to use crankbaits as well. They are pulling some very good looking fish. If you’re on the big water be sure and watch the weather and wind conditions as they can change quickly!

Lake Sharpe

      Fishing on Lake Sharpe is absolutely great from the Oahe Dam to Pierre and Fort Pierre  and down to West Bend. Good areas include the stilling basin and around the bridges. Lots of fish seem to be holding there. Anglers are using jigs and minnows, crawlers or shiners and some Lindys with shiners or rosy reds in 8-15 feet. For anglers interested in shore fishing, good places to go are Fort George, the stilling basin by the Oahe Dam and the causeway in Pierre by LaFramboise Island. Also, white bass are going well in the Hipple Lake, Fort George and stilling basin areas.  Lots of good looking fish being caught. Suggestion might be to come out during the week when it’s less crowded!

Francis Case

      Around Chamberlain , on Francis Case the bite is good, with lots of small fish being caught. Anglers are using jigs with minnows or crawlers and some are starting to use leeches - other anglers are using bottom bouncers and spinners, with some pulling plugs. Most anglers are fishing in the 5-20 foot depths. Above Chamberlain fishing is good by the Big Bend Dam also. The area around Crow Creek is also doing well with the channel being better than right at the mouth of the Creek. Crappies are starting to bite along with small mouth bass.

      In the Platte area the bite is strong. Anglers need to sort fish a bit more than they did before and the fishing seems to be progressing south on the reservoir. Anglers are pulling plugs and using live bait in around 12-15 feet. The bigger fish are starting to go deeper and in the 25-30 feet.

      At the Pickstown - Wagner – Lake Andes area boats are coming in with limits and the fishing has been excellent. Anglers are fishing in 12-20 feet of water using minnows and some crawlers. From the Dam to Whetstone around the points and flats, and off the boat docks the bite is on! Shore fishing is great too, and anglers are having no trouble catching the over-20 inch fish. Perch, crappie, bass and northern are also being caught here. Below the Fort Randall Dam anglers are catching some fish, but it depends on the release of water. Again, watch for the elk on the west shore – what fun it would be to spot a baby!

      In the Yankton area on the Missouri River walleye are still being caught on jigs and minnows near the fast water. Shore fishing is best by the wall, bubble area and by the handicapped fishing dock. These areas are also producing catfish, white bass and drum. These are being caught on crawlers, prepared bait and crawfish. Northern are being caught on crankbaits from shore also.

      Lewis & Clark Lake – During May and June the walleye are biting best while trolling the flats in 8-12 feet of water. Key locations are by the Colonies, Miller Creek and Weigand.  Anglers are pulling crank baits or using spinners with crawlers or minnows. Other species being caught are crappies, white bass, small and large mouth bass – in the bays, the marinas or structural areas.

      Lake Yankton – Bass are being caught on minnows or by throwing crankbaits. Panfish are also being caught with crappie rigs tipped with minnows or crawlers.

      *Please remember that the fishing conditions on the Missouri River change constantly and this report is simply a guideline – a snapshot in time.*

      For more information and up-to-the-minute reports on fishing Lake Oahe, please call West Pollock Resort, 605-889-2448; Kemnitz MoRest Motel in Mobridge at 605-845-3668. At Akaska call Akaska Bait Shop at 605-649-7847. Call Bob’s Resort at 605-765-2500 or South Whitlock Resort at 605-765-9762 in Gettysburg. On the lower end of Lake Oahe, Outpost Lodge at 605-264-5450 and Lake Oahe/Lake Sharpe call Carl’s Bait Shop at 605-223-9453. On Lake Francis Case, contact Cedar Shore Resort at 605-734-6376 or Platte Chamber of Commerce at 888-297-8175 and Circle H Motel in Lake Andes at 605-487-7652.

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