Monday, August 10, 2020


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Fishing Update for the Missouri River in South Dakota

This upcoming week will be a hot one. Be sure to have plenty of water and sunscreen while you’re out on the river in Central South Dakota. It’s a great time to enjoy the refreshing water and recreation.

Access information from SDGF&P and USACE:

SDGFP  COVID-19 info for fishing and hunting: gfp.sd.gov/covid-19-hunting-fishing-seasons/

SDGFP COVID-19 info on access: gfp.sd.gov/covid-19-access/

SDGFP COVID-19 info for parks and camping: gfp.sd.gov/covid-19-information-parks/

USACE closure status website: corpslakes.erdc.dren.mil/visitors/status.cfm?state=SD

Lake Oahe

In the Pollock and Mobridge areas the fishing is decent.  Depths are 10-20 feet of water. Anglers are using spinners with crawlers or leeches. The Moreau is picking up a bit as well.

At Akaska the fishing is good. Anglers are still fishing kind of shallow, mostly in the bays at around 5-10 feet of water.  Bait is angler’s choice as everything seems to be working. Anglers don’t have to go far and 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 and lots of anglers on the water. The windy days are a little slower. Depths are shallow, around 5 feet of water on no-wind days and windy days are seeing the depths around 15-30 feet of water. Crawlers and leeches with spinners are doing well and many anglers are finding success with smiley blades. Lots of smallmouth bass and some northerns are coming in. Anglers who want catfish will find plenty.   

Around Spring Creek/Cow Creek  the fishing is good and busy. Anglers are using all presentations and fishing in 5-15 feet of water. The fish are looking nice and healthy. Lots of smallmouth are coming in as well.

Lake Sharpe

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre the fishing is good. Anglers are fishing in 10-20 feet of water and using bouncers with crawlers or leeches. There are lots of anglers are on the water. Plenty of limits are coming in. West Bend is hopping and is a great place to take kids for some fishing action.

Lake Francis Case

Around Chamberlain the fishing is decent. Storms moving through have had an impact. Anglers are fishing in 5-15 feet of water and using primarily crawlers and leeches with spinners.

On Francis Case in the Platte area, the fishing is good. Depths are 5-15 feet of water.  Anglers are catching using their choice of presentation, as pretty much everything is working.

In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas, the fish are biting and the fishing is pretty good everywhere. Anglers are fishing 15-20 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. Below the dam, the fishing is good as well.

At Yankton fishing is good. Anglers are using all presentations and are fishing around 5-10 feet of water. 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.

Remember – this report is a snapshot in time and changes can occur quickly. We suggest you call one of our members listed above – they can be very helpful with what is happening along the river. That way you’ll be assured of a great trip!

Help slow the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species! Check out the Game, Fish & Parks web site for detailed info on the regulations. They are very specific so you’ll want to be sure you’ve read the regulations. If you love to fish the Missouri River in South Dakota, please do your part to keep the reservoirs free of aquatic invasive species.