Thursday, July 9, 2020

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Fishing update for the Missouri River

Lake Oahe

In the Pollock and Mobridge areas the fishing is decent. Anglers are fishing in 5-15 feet of water right around town as well as north and south of town. Bouncers with crawlers and spinners are working well and for those that prefer them, crankbaits are also working well.

At Akaska the walleye are biting. Anglers are fishing in depths of 15-30 feet of water out in the river. Depths are shallower in the bays at around 5-10 feet of water. Wind sometimes makes it difficult to get out on the water. Some leeches are being used but bouncers with spinners and crawlers seem to be most popular right now.  Anglers are bringing in a nice variety of fish species as well.

At Gettysburg the fishing is good all around with lots of limits coming in when the wind is down. Depths are fairly shallow at 4-12 feet. Some anglers are pulling plugs and most are using bouncers and crawlers. Lots of smallmouth bass and some northerns are coming in.

Around Spring Creek/Cow Creek the walleye and the smallmouth bass are biting. Anglers are using jigs or bouncers with crawlers and fishing in 5-10 feet of water. For those that like catfish, there are plenty to be caught and they are biting as well.

Lake Sharpe

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre the fishing is good. Walleye, smallmouth bass, and plenty of catfish are coming in. Depths are around 10-20 feet of water. Anglers are mostly using bouncers with spinners and crawlers.

Lake Francis Case

Around Chamberlain the fishing is pretty good. Some anglers are having luck pulling plugs. Most anglers are using bouncers and crawlers. Depths have been around 5-15 feet of water.

On Francis Case in the Platte area, the fishing is good. Depths are 5-20 feet of water. Popular presentations are bouncers with spinners and crawlers.

In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas, the fish are biting and the fishing is pretty good. Anglers are fishing 4-20 feet of water and using mainly leeches and crawlers. Some sorting is necessary but the fish are healthy and fat. Lots of smallmouth, crappies, and perch are coming in as well.

At Yankton fishing is good. Depths are around 5-15 feet of water. Anglers are using jigs and minnows or nightcrawlers. A nice variety of fish is coming in.

For more information and up-to-the-minute reports on fishing Lake Oahe, please call Kemnitz MoRest Motel in Mobridge at 605-845-3668. Call Akaska Bait Shop in Akaska at 605-649-7847. Call Bob’s Resort at 605-765-2500 or South Whitlock Resort at 605-765-9762 in Gettysburg. On Oahe and Sharpe call Hutch’s Guide Service at 605-220-2844. On Lake Sharpe and Lake Francis Case, contact South Dakota Walleye Charters at 605-366-1875. On Lake Francis Case, call Platte Creek Lodge at 605-941-1679 or Circle H Motel at 605-487-7652.