Thursday, May 13, 2021

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Fishing update for the Missouri River

Lake Oahe

In the Pollock and Mobridge areas, the fishing has picked up a little but is still kind of tough. Anglers are using 2-3 oz. bouncers with spinners and crawlers. Depths are anywhere from 30-50 feet of water with most anglers sticking right around town.

At Akaska, the fishing is a little bit tougher. Limits are out there but anglers have to work for them. The fish have gone deeper. Depths are around 35-40 feet of water with most anglers pulling plugs. Lots of smallmouth and catfish are being caught.

At Gettysburg the fishing is slower and a bit tougher. Anglers are fishing in 35-45 feet of water and using Lindy rigs or spinners with crawlers. Catfish and smallmouth are biting for those that want some variety.

Around Spring Creek / Cow Creek  the fishing is good. Anglers are fishing in 25-45 feet of water. The presentation of choice is bouncers with spinners and crawlers.  

Salmon are biting on the lower end of Oahe. Anglers are using mostly spoons and squid.  Depths appear to be 75 feet and deeper. Also, a friendly reminder to please toss those salmon heads in the trash as they plug the grinders.

Lake Sharpe 

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre the fishing is decent and limits have to be earned. Anglers are fishing in 25-35 feet of water and using bouncers with crawlers or leeches. 

Lake Francis Case 

Around Chamberlain the fishing has slowed down a little. Anglers are using bouncers with spinner and crawlers, and fishing in 25-35 feet of water.  

On Francis Case in the Platte area, the fishing is decent. Depths range from 25-40 feet of water. Anglers are primarily using spinners and crawlers with bouncers.

In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas, the fishing is a little slower. Many anglers are using crawlers and some are pulling plugs. Depths are around 10-30 feet of water with most fish being caught towards the deeper end. Below the dam, the shore fishing is a bit tougher as well. 

 At Yankton fishing is decent. Anglers are fishing around 20-30 feet of water. Many anglers are pulling crankbaits or using jigs and crawlers. Lots of different species are being caught. 

SD Game, Fish & Parks has a new tool available to help anglers stay up-to-date on the latest fish stockings. 

Visit and click on “Weekly Fish Stockings” on the left-hand side of the page. This will show the weekly stocking summary across the state.

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