Fishing Updates

SD MISSOURI RIVER FISHING/HUNTING REPORT – April 25, 2016

Provided by: South Dakota Missouri River Tourism

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 Fishing Update for

The Missouri River in South Dakota

 Weather in South Dakota is definitely changing daily. The wet and wind has slowed things down a bit. However, warmer temps are coming, the upcoming season looks very good and water levels remain up, so plan your trips now!

 REMINDER: Check out the Game, Fish & Parks web site for detailed info on the regulations designed to prevent movement of invasive species. You can trailer to fish cleaning stations nearest the boat ramp, but after that regulations call for draining live wells and boats.

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

 Lake Oahe

In the Pollock and Mobridge areas there have not been a lot of people out. The weather has kept anglers off the lake and for those that get out the bite is slow. Lots of nice Northern Pike are being caught from shore. The next few weeks should see the bite picking up.

At Akaska and Gettysburg they are catching few fish, but not much going on yet. Again, the northern bite from shore is very good. The windy and wet weather has been keeping most anglers off the water. The Moreau River is best for walleye right now at about 25 foot depth. Catfish are going well in the creeks and the northern bite is starting to slow some here.

Around Spring Creek / Cow Creek  – The bite on Oahe for Northern Pike is going well and will continue for the next few weeks. The water temp of the lake is going into the 40s, so the spawn will start shortly. The fish are there, we just need to give them some time and warm weather.

Lake Sharpe

There have been some nice walleye caught around the Pierre/Fort Pierre area. But, again with the fronts coming through it changes daily. Jigs and minnows and crank baits are being used as bait. Pitching up to the edges in 10-20 feet. Warm weather needed here too!

Lake Francis Case

Around Chamberlain , windy conditions have caused muddy water, so fishing has been slow. Anglers are using lead core line and plugs. Or bottom bouncers or Lindy rigs with minnows. When the weather calms down and the temps warm up it will definitely pick up.

In the Platte area around the Platte/Winner bridge fishing is slow and spotty. Again, the fish are there, they just need some warmer weather. Anglers are using jigs and minnows and there are some walleye being caught, but better fishing is right around the corner. Around Platte Creek anglers are pitching into the shallows and catching smaller fish. Some smallmouths are being caught also.

At the Pickstown – Wagner – Lake Andes areas it has been slow also. Anglers are seeing lots of bait fish in the Pease Creek area and the fish being taken here are looking healthy and fat. Water temp is going into the 50s. Lots of catfish are being caught in the North Wheeler area and bass are going well. Fishing below Fort Randall has not started yet. The Corps is releasing the water slow.

At Yankton the fishing is also slow and warm weather is needed. Keep tuned for the reports to change quickly all along the river before long!

For more information and up-to-the-minute reports on fishing Lake Oahe, please call Kemnitz MoRest Motel in Mobridge at 605-845-3668. At Akaska call Akaska Bait Shop 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 605-224-4755. On Lake Sharpe and Lake Francis Case, contact Dakota Prairie Guide Service at 605-680-1910. On Lake Francis Case, call Platte Creek Lodge at 605-941-1679 or Circle H Motel at 605-487-7652.

SD MISSOURI RIVER FISHING/HUNTING REPORT – September 28, 2015 Provided by: South Dakota Missouri River Tourism                                                                   Fishing Update for The Missouri River in South Dakota  As we start to look forward to pheasant season, there’s still time for fishing the Missouri River in Central South Dakota. And, remember – hunting pheasants in the morning and fishing in the afternoon makes for a great time along the river! It’s going to be a bit cooler this week! Fall fishing is spotty, but there are some nice fish to be caught. The smallmouth are going absolutely great! Come to the river, relax, and throw a line in! You never know – you might even reel in another record salmon!  REMINDER: Check out the Game, Fish & Parks web site for detailed info on the new regulations designed to prevent movement of invasive species. You can trailer to fish cleaning stations nearest the boat ramp, but after that new regulations call for draining live wells and boats.  We suggest you call one of our members listed at the end of the report – 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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Lake Oahe

In the Pollock area fishing is good, but you have to spend time. Anglers are using bottom bouncers with spinners and minnows. Depth is anywhere from 15-35 feet and fishing has slowed, but the fall bite looks to be good.

Mobridge fishing is still consistent, but has slowed and you’ll have to spend some time looking for the fish. Best area is the in the Grand River, in 10-25 feet of water. Anglers are fishing in the 30-50 foot depths in the main river. Main bait is bottom bouncers, spinners, and crawlers.

At Akaska they are still catching fish, but the bite has slowed some. Fish that are being caught are in the shallows or around 20-35 feet using jigs and crawlers, with many anglers starting to move back to minnows. You need to keep moving until you find the fish – but they are there!

At Gettysburg  fishing has slowed some. A few limits are still coming in but you need to look for the fish. Anglers are catching walleye in around 30-40 feet using bottom bouncers and spinners, crawlers and leeches. The smallmouth bite continues to be good. Smallmouth are being caught on jigs and minnows and catfish are being caught using crawlers.

Around Spring Creek / Cow Creek  – The bite on Oahe has slowed, with some days better than others. Oahe has a deeper bite going on for walleye and it’s in the 30-40 range. Ledges are working well. Anglers are using mainly bouncer and live bait rigs. Smallmouth bass are biting very well and they are a good size! Spinners, green or chartreuse are working here.

Some salmon are being caught around the intakes at the face of the dam around 80 to 100 feet using flashers, dodgers and spoons. The bite is slow but who knows – you might hook into another record!! A record salmon was brought in a few weeks ago! Good size smallmouth are also being caught on the face of Oahe in 20 feet or less.

Lake Sharpe

The 15 inch length limit is back on for Lake Sharpe. Fishing on Lake Sharpe east of Pierre and Fort Pierre has toughened up a bit. You have to be patient and if you are, you’ll get results. You’ll also find some really good smallmouth being caught. Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam is seeing the best fishing right now. Fishing along the channel edges in around 10 feet of water is working well using bouncers, crawlers and spinners. Catfish, northern, crappie, and smallmouth continue to be bonus fish for many anglers. Just about any presentation/bait is working right now. The depth is anywhere from 10-20 for smallmouth bass. Fishing in the Tailrace at the Oahe Dam is good when water is being released. The temps are going to be cooler this coming week. .

Lake Francis Case

Around Chamberlain , fishing is good! Windy weather can make the bite slow. More anglers are using spinners, others are using bottom bouncers with minnows and some are pulling plugs – seems to be whatever you find that works. Pitching to the bluffs has been good. The depth most anglers are fishing at is 20-35 feet. There are a large number of fish being caught. You just need to take the time to look and find them.

At the Pickstown – Wagner – Lake Andes fishing below the dam has picked up with walleye, catfish and bass being caught. Fishing on Francis Case is decent. The depth working the best is 5-10 feet, especially in the White Swan area, but it can vary. Most anglers are using spinners and crawlers, with some anglers starting to make the switch to minnows. Fish are being caught in the bays, on the points and on the flats – but it’s the time of year you have to start looking for the fish. They are also catching all kinds of bass along with the walleye and anglers are pulling in some big catfish. In a few weeks, you may even have a chance to see or hear some of the elk along the river!

On the Missouri River around Yankton fishing is going well with anglers catching walleye, catfish, and northern below the dam. Boat fishermen are catching walleye, catfish and northern using jigs and minnows, crawlers or leeches in the fast water.

*Please remember that the fishing conditions on the Missouri River change constantly and this report is simply a guideline – a snapshot in time.*

For more information and up-to-the-minute reports on fishing Lake Oahe, please call Kemnitz MoRest Motel in Mobridge at 605-845-3668. At Akaska call Akaska Bait Shop 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 605-22404755. On Lake Francis Case, contact Dakota Prairie Guide Service at 605-680-1910 or Platte Chamber of Commerce at 888-297-8175 and Circle H Motel in Lake Andes at 605-487-7652.