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Fishing Report 


July 16, 2018


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We’ve been getting a lot of questions about high water and flooding. While there is some high water on the reservoirs, we are not flooding. If you have questions, give us a call or send us an email and we’ll be happy to help!
If you have questions about dock access on any part of the Missouri River in Central South Dakota, you can check out this map. Zoom in on the area you’re interested in to see dock access information.

This week brings temperatures in the 80’s, so it should be lovely on the water. Remember sunscreen, fly spray, and plenty of water, as this is the time of year that those things are becoming necessary. Good luck catching!

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  the fishing is pretty good. Right around Mobridge and south of town seems to be the best.  Anglers are seeing lots of numbers, with a little sorting. Bottom bouncers with crawlers and Lindy rigs or spinners are working in 8-15 feet of water.

At Akaska the fishing is great with lots of limits coming in. Many anglers are going a bit further north in the Moreau. Best baits are crawlers and leeches in 10-12 feet of water.

At Gettysburg the bite is great, and the fish are healthy and fat. Anglers are fishing in 10-25 feet of water, and finding the bigger fish in the deeper water. Crawlers are the current bait of choice.  Many nice smallmouth are coming in as well, along with catfish.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek  the summer bite has been pretty consistent. Minnows, leeches, crawlers, and plugs are all working in 15-30 feet of water. Some anglers are also fishing in 10 feet of water or less along the shale banks.

Lake Sharpe

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre the 15-inch limit is off from now until September 1. Anglers are having success with all presentations in around 20 feet of water. The fishing at West Bend is excellent, and anglers after bigger fish are fishing the submerged trees.  

Lake Francis Case

 Around Chamberlain the fishing is going very well. There are plenty of fish, with some sorting necessary. Anglers are fishing anywhere from 10-20 feet, using spinners and crawlers. Some anglers are pulling plugs.  

On Francis Case in the Platte area, the fishing is good. Anglers are fishing in 10-25 feet of water, and using bouncers with minnows or crawlers. Some anglers are using crankbaits. Smallmouth and crappie are also being caught.

In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas, the fishing has been good. Anglers are having success fishing in 25-30 feet, with big leeches working best, and some anglers using crawlers as well. Whetstone down to White Swan has been great. North Shore and South Shore have also been good areas.  A lot of nice, healthy looking catfish are being caught above and below the dam.

 At Yankton fishing is pretty good. Anglers are catching lots of white bass and walleye out on the lake, and bluegill and crappie around the marina. Many are using crawlers and leeches with bouncers and spinners in 15-25 feet of water. Some anglers are also having success pulling plugs.  

For more information and up-to-the-minute reports on fishing Lake Oahe, please call Kemnitz MoRest Motel in Mobridge at 605-845-3668 or 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 605-220-2844. 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!