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Fishing Report 


April 20th, 2015


This coming week the temps will be in the 50s and 60s. And again, many fronts will be going through, with some days very windy. So, fishing is spotty but should be picking up before long. The season never closes on the Missouri River, so it’s time to head to the middle of South Dakota.

REMINDER: It is illegal to bring bait into South Dakota. Don’t try to save money by doing it!

We suggest you call one of our members listed at the end of the report, to see what is happening with the weather before you venture up here. That way you’ll be assured of a great trip!

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Lake Oahe

In the Pollock area, at Mobridge, at Akaska  and at Gettysburg  the weather has been a bit unstable with fronts coming through. This past week was cooler and it has been windy almost every day. A few walleye have been coming in but it’s still too windy. Anglers are using jigs and minnows, lindys and minnows, and crankbaits for walleye. Jumbo smelt and herring are working well for northern and catfish in about 20 feet of water. Some boats are getting out on Oahe.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek  and the Oahe Dam the water temps need to warm up a bit and then the bite will start. Not a lot of fishing activity yet - it’s early for walleye boat fishing. The first 25 miles of Oahe are very spotty and it’s just a little bit early. Some angers are catching catfish and northern pike – using smelt and slip bobbers in shallow warm weather. The wind has been a real factor in the fishing. Weather is so important this time of year so you need to keep a watch on the weather reports. There have been a few boats out looking for salmon around the dam.

Lake Sharpe

Fishing on Lake Sharpe has been spotty from the Oahe Dam to Pierre and Fort Pierre. Big Bend is starting to have some action on both smallmouth and walleye and a week of warm weather should get things moving. Again, the wind and lower temps have been a factor in this area also.

Francis Case

 Around Chamberlain , you can catch fish, but you might need to work at it and take your time. It can still be tough at times. Some good size fish are being caught and they are looking good. Main bait is jigs and minnows. From Crow Creek to Two Johns the bite has been good. Some anglers are pitching to the bluffs. Areas that had fish one day don’t have any the next day so you need to use your electronics to locate them. In the shallows anglers are fishing in 5-6 feet and up to 40 feet in the deeper areas. The spawn is starting. And, here too, watch the weather forecasts.

In the Platte area it’s the same report as you’ve just read for other areas. With the warmer weather coming in the fishing will start in full swing and it promises to be excellent again this year.

At the PickstownWagnerLake Andes they are catching fish below the dam by the boat basin. Areas above are hit and miss – just like the other areas on the river. Jigs and minnows are being used as bait in 15-40 feet. In Pease Creek they are catching some walleye and smallmouth. The water level is coming up which is good for the spawn. Again, cooler temps and wind have slowed fishing in all areas. Circle H Motel is having their 7th annual walleye tournament the week of May 1&2.

On the Missouri River around Yankton, the wall is open. Fishing is improving and shore fisherman are catching walleye, catfish, and northern below the dam. Boat fishermen are catching walleye, catfish and northern by jigging 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 West Pollock Resort, 605-889-2448; 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 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.