Monday, January 18, 2021

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Fishing Update for the Missouri River in South Dakota

It’s going to be another beautiful week on the river in Central South Dakota. Beat the COVID blues by getting outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine. Fishing is pretty good so expect boat ramps and cleaning stations to be busy. Remember to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Good luck catching!

Access information from SDGF&P and USACE:

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Lake Oahe

In the Pollock and Mobridge areas, the fishing is still a bit slower. Anglers are fishing in 18-25 feet in Oak Creek, the Grand, and the Moreau, using bouncers with spinners and crawlers. Some anglers are also pulling crankbaits. Out on the main lake, it’s a little tougher and the depths are 20-30 feet of water with the same presentation.

At Akaska the fishing pretty good. Anglers are still fishing kind of shallow in some areas, but the bigger fish are in deeper water, mostly around 15-25 feet of water.  All presentations are working, but many anglers are using mainly crawlers. Lots of nice, healthy fish are coming in.

At Gettysburg the fishing is good. Anglers are fishing anywhere from 25-50 feet of water and using mostly bouncers with spinners and crawlers.

Around Spring Creek/Cow Creek the fishing is good. Anglers are fishing in 20-30 feet of water on calmer days. On windier days 10-15 feet of water is a good starting point. All presentations seem to be working pretty well.

Salmon – kings are biting on the lower end of Oahe. Anglers are using mostly spoons and squid.  Also, a friendly reminder to toss those salmon heads in the trash and not the grinder at the cleaning station.

Lake Sharpe

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre the fishing is decent and limits have to be earned. Anglers are fishing in 20-25 feet of water and using bouncers with crawlers or leeches. There are lots of anglers are on the water.

Lake Francis Case

Around Chamberlain the fishing has slowed down a little. Anglers are using bouncers with spinner and crawlers, and fishing in 10-25 feet of water.

On Francis Case in the Platte area, the fishing is decent. Depths range from 15-25 feet of water. Anglers are primarily using spinners and crawlers with bouncers.

In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas, the fishing is pretty good everywhere, above and below the dam. Anglers are using mainly minnows and crawlers. Depths are around 15- 20 feet of water. Some sorting is necessary but the fish are healthy and fat and lots of limits are coming in.  Plenty of smallmouth, crappies, and perch are coming in as well.

At Yankton fishing is good. Anglers are fishing around 15-20 feet of water. Around the chutes the bite is still good as well. Many anglers are pulling crankbaits or using jigs and crawlers. Lots of different species are being caught.

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.

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