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Fishing Report 


April 16, 2018


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Happy Spring!  Most of South Dakota really got hit with a big snowstorm over the weekend, so there’s not much fishing activity right now. The calendar says it should warm up soon, though, so we’ll be waiting (still impatiently) for some warmer weather to come along and melt the ice.


REMINDER: Help stop 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.


Lake Oahe

In the Pollock and Mobridge areas there is still enough ice that going out in a boat is not advisable, and the ice is a bit too dangerous to be on, so looking forward to some sunshine and warmer weather there.

At Gettysburg there’s also plenty of ice that’s just waiting for a bit of warmer weather.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek  - it’s the same story – plenty of ice and waiting (impatiently) for some warmer weather.

Lake Sharpe

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre the water is open around the bridges and some fish are being caught.

Lake Francis Case

 Around Chamberlain the water is open and some fish are being caught. Anglers are using jigs and minnows.

On Francis Case in the Platte area, Snake Creek is still iced in, in the bay. The west side of the Platte/Winner bridge is open, and Platte Creek is open. Some fish are being caught on jigs and minnows.

In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas, there’s still a lot of ice. Some anglers are trying to get out on the water, but aren’t making much progress yet. Warmer weather will help things along.

 At Yankton recent snowy and cold weather is slowing things down, but a few fish 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 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 Dakota Prairie Guide Service at 605-680-1910 or SD 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!