Hunting / Fishing Reports

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Fishing Report 


May 21, 2018


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With temperatures in the 80’s, there will be plenty of warm, sunny days this week. That means lots of time to enjoy being on the Missouri River in central South Dakota. Get out there, and 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  and Akaska areas the fishing is good! Many anglers are headed to the Moreau.  All presentations seem to be working in 10-30 feet of water. Plenty of northern are still being caught from shore as well.

At Gettysburg there’s not a lot of walleye action yet, but anglers are bringing in lots of catfish and some smallmouth.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek  - some northern are still being caught, with some anglers bringing in smallmouth as well.

Lake Sharpe

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre anglers are having success along the bluffs and in the West Bend area. From West Bend to the dam, anglers are using bouncers and spinners from 3-4 feet out to 22-23 feet of water.

Lake Francis Case

 Around Chamberlain the fishing is going very well from the dam south, past Platte. Anglers are fishing anywhere from 11-22 feet, using bouncers, spinners, and minnows, or pulling plugs.

On Francis Case in the Platte area, the fishing is good. Anglers are fishing in 7-16 feet of water, and using bouncers with minnows, crawlers, or leeches, depending on the time of day. Some anglers are also pulling plugs.  

In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas, the fishing has been really good, and the fish are still fairly shallow. Anglers are fishing in 15 feet or less, with all presentations working. Some anglers are also casting toward shore with good luck.  Catfish, smallmouth, and walleye are being caught around the mud flats, points, and bays.

 At Yankton fishing is good. Anglers are picking up lots of catfish around the dam. Walleye and smallmouth are being caught as well. Minnows, crawlers, and leeches are the current baits.

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!