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Fishing Update for the Missouri River in South Dakota

Lake Oahe

In the Pollock and Mobridge areas, the fishing is a bit tougher. Anglers are using 2-3 oz. bouncers with small 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.

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.

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 with the heat and the storms that have moved through. Many anglers are having success pulling plugs. Depths are around 20-30 feet of water. 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. 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.

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