Fishing/Hunting Update for the Missouri River in South Dakota
Fishing On The River Is Excellent! You can tell it’s spring in South Dakota. A couple very quiet days, then wind and other days we have rain. But, even on windy days, the report is that shore fishing is excellent all up and down the river! With the flooding last summer the river system has changed – so it would be good to ask what’s happening when you reach your destination. The Missouri River in South Dakota is one of the best places to fish in North America -not only for walleye, but smallmouth bass, northern, white bass and catfish. Like us on Facebook – for up-to-date reports from our businesses and the area.
In the Pollock area fishing is really good with minnows and crawlers being used by anglers in anywhere from 3 to 6 feet and some fishing up to 25 ft. – although most fishing is being done in the shallow water. A few anglers are still pulling plugs also. Some walleye are still spawning. With the shallow bite, the shore fishing has been the best in years. Northern are still coming in along with smallmouth bass and crappie. Last week a 5 ½ lb. smallmouth was weighed in at West Pollock Resort. At Mobridge there is still a really good bite with most anglers using jigs and minnows in 2-25 feet of water. A few anglers are still using crankbaits here too, with all baits working. Shore fishing is excellent around Mobridge – in fact they seem to be doing as well from shore, or better than those using a boat. Fish seem to be biting almost everywhere around Mobridge.
At Akaska fishing is going very well and hasn’t slacked off at all. again on jigs and minnows with some anglers using Lindy rigs and minnows. A few anglers are starting to use crawlers. Depth is shallow to around 30 feet – but shallow seems to work better. Limits are coming in and the fish are looking very good. At Gettysburg the bite is good with anglers fishing in around 10 to 25 feet – again, using jigs and minnows with some starting to use crawlers – again, all bait seems to be working. The smallmouth population is very good here and the bite is on! Around Spring Creek / Cow Creek the walleye bite is still good from the Oahe Dam into the arm of the Cheyenne River. With the wind and rain this past week Little Bend and Minniconjou were a bit muddy. Anglers are using jigs and minnows or Lindy rigs and a shiner. Northern are still biting here as they are on the entire river system. They have even pulled in a few salmon below the Oahe Dam! White bass and smallmouth are starting around this area too.
Fishing on Sharpe is excellent from the Oahe Dam down to West Bend and on to Big Bend Dam. You’ll have to do some sorting of fish, but there are plenty to catch. All areas seem to be good – the stilling basin, bluffs, Farm Island, or Antelope Creek. Main bait being used is Lindy rigs with a shiner, minnow or chub and bottom bouncers or a jig and minnow. Shore fishing is good in the Fort George area, Farm Island area and in the stilling basin below the dam. Getting to the shore at the stilling basin is a bit of a challenge this year, but it can be done. Catfish, northern, smallmouth and white bass are also being caught. Walleye are being caught in shallow to about 15 feet or more. Some anglers are doing well pitching jigs into the shallow water. Anglers are starting to use crawlers here too. Take your time on Sharpe – new sand bars are all over, so it may not be what you remember.
At West Bend the fishing is going using jigs and minnows, shiners or chubs. Smallmouth and white bass are going well in this area. Around Big Bend Dam on Lake Sharpe there is a very good smallmouth bite. Walleye are mainly on the flats and points. Anglers are using bottom bouncers and minnows, with some anglers starting to use crawlers or spinners.
Around Chamberlain fishing is excellent from the Chamberlain Bridge to the Big Bend Dam. A good area seems to be from Boyers to the dam. Anglers are using jigs & minnows in 5 -25 feet depths. Shore fishing has been very good in this area also. In the Platte area the fishing results are getting better with limits coming in. Again Jigs and minnows seem to work best, with some still pulling plugs. The smallmouth bite is going well – in the bays and shallow waters – and from shore.
At the Pickstown - Wagner – Lake Andes area fishing is still excellent below the Fort Randall Dam, with anglers pulling plugs or using jigs and minnows. Above the dam, the Pease Creek area has limits coming in. Above the dam anglers are using jigs and minnows with some still pulling plugs in around 20-30 feet. Shore fishing is excellent all over this area too. Good reports have been coming in on the small mouth bass, northern, perch and crappie bite. Anglers can catch just about everything. Prairie Dog Bay and South Shore have new large parking lots by the boat docks – check them out!! Around Lewis & Clark Lake walleye are being caught on jigs and minnows. On the Missouri River walleye are being caught on jigs and minnows and trolling. Anglers are catching white bass on minnows and they are catching catfish on worms, minnows or stink bait. Springfield Area – anglers are catching walleye on jigs & minnows and are trolling. On Lake Yankton crappie are being caught using minnows. Also, a good bite on bluegill, largemouth bass and catfish. *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, call Spring Creek Resort at 605-224-8336, 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.