Hunting / Fishing Reports
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June 20, 2016
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What a beautiful start to the week today is! Time to get to the river and enjoy the summer days.
REMINDER: Help stop the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species! Check out the Game, Fish & Parks web site for detailed info on the regulations. You can trailer to fish cleaning stations nearest the boat ramp, but after that regulations call for draining live wells and boats. If you love to fish the Missouri River in South Dakota, please do your part to keep the reservoirs free of aquatic invasive species.
In the Pollock and Mobridge areas the fishing is good, but sometimes not great. From Mobridge and up to Pollock fishing is the best right now. South of town is starting to kick into gear. Anglers are fishing in 3-20 feet using spinners and crawlers or Lindy rigs.
At Akaska there is good fishing. There are a lot of smaller walleye. Jigs and minnows, crawlers and leeches are being used for bait in 10-20 feet of water.
At Gettysburg anglers are starting to catching a number of smaller walleye, with a few more limits of nice fish coming in. Fishing is good north and south of town. Anglers are using jigs and minnows in 10-20 foot depths, but in bad weather anglers are going to 20-25 feet. Anglers are using all bait now. Actually, fishing is good from Pollock to south of Gettysburg. Smallmouth are also being caught and lots of catfish are being brought in from the creeks.
Anglers are fishing mainly in the back of the rivers or creeks. Depths are fairly shallow on windy days and a bit deeper when the water is calm. Crawlers, minnows and gulp are the gait of choice with leeckes and pulling plugs working well also. Northern, catfish and smallmouth are also going well right now. A few salmon are being caught at the top of Oahe. Just a reminder – finding the fish is the fun part of fishing – that’s why it’s called fishing – not catching.
REMEMBER TO DRAIN YOUR BOAT BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE CLEANING AREAS TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW REGULATIONS AIMED AT INVASIVE SPECIES!
There have been some nice walleye caught around the Pierre/Fort Pierre area to West Bend. The channel edges are working well, along with along the bluffs. Depths are around 8-20 feet around the channels and current breaks. Jigs and minnows are a great choice for bait along with crawlers. At West Bend the fishing has been very good, anywhere from 15 to 25 feet. Here walleye and bass are hitting either jigs or bottom bouncers and minnows. Nicer days will definitely produce limits. Smallmouths are going well in this area also. Be sure to bring plenty of bug spray and plenty of water!!
Around Chamberlain , Lake Sharpe is producing good fish from the Big Bend Dam to West Bend area. Anglers are fishing in 15-20 feet using spinners and minnows and crawlers. On Lake Francis Case the bite is going well and anglers are fishing in shallows to 25 feet. Spinners and bottom bouncers and minnows are working the best. From Chamberlain to the Platte/Winner Bridge fishing is very good.
In the Platte area the water levels are up. Fishing over the weekend was good and the weather this week looks goof. From 10 to 25 feet is the best depth right now using bottom bouncers, crawlers, leeches and minnows. Keep trying different bait. Anglers are catching fish both south and north of the Platte/Winner Bridge – along the bluffs. Smallmouth are biting here also. Fish are looking very healthy.
At the Pickstown - Wagner – Lake Andes areas fishing is going really well. Anglers are working the weed areas for the walleye. With the higher water level the weeds from last year are covered up and the bait fish are taking shelter there. Again, the fish are there, but you need to look for them and the fish are good and fat! The creeks to the Fort Randall Dam are going good. Crawlers and leeches are working the best for bait. Smallmouth and catfish are still being caught also. When you’re out on the water be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife – that’s a great part of fishing!
At Yankton the fishing is going well and the weather looks good for the week. Minnows and crawlers and leeches are the best for bait here.
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.
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!