Hunting / Fishing Reports
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April 25, 2016
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!
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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.
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!
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.