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Fishing Report 

May 23, 2016


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Weather along the river looks good for this week! Nice temps and hopefully not the high winds that we had last week! Highs should be in the 70s and possibly into the 80s. The lakes will be warming up quickly.

REMINDER: Help stop the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species! Check out the Game, Fish & Parks web site for detailed info on the regulations. You can trailer to fish cleaning stations nearest the boat ramp, but after that regulations call for draining live wells and boats. If you love to fish the Missouri River in South Dakota, please do your part to keep the reservoirs free of aquatic invasive species.

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!


Lake Oahe

In the Pollock and Mobridge areas the fishing is really kicking into gear. North of Mobridge about 18-20 miles and up to Pollock is very good right now. Anglers are fishing in 5-20 feet using jigs or Lindys and minnows or bottom bouncers and minnows. A few anglers are starting to use crawlers.

At Akaska they are really starting to catch fish! The Moreau is going really well. Jigs and minnows are the choice bait and the fishing is very good in the bays around Akaska.

At  Gettysburg anglers are starting to catch  a better number of fish, with a few more limits coming in. It’s better north of Gettysburg than south. Anglers are using jigs and minnows in 15-25 foot depths. Smallmouth are also being caught and lots of catfish are being brought in from the creeks.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek  - Anglers are fishing in shallow stained water with jigs/gulp minnows and bottom bouncers. They are fishing mainly in the back of the rivers or creeks. With the warmer weather the big water will be warming up and fishing will begin. Northern, catfish and smallmouth are going well right now. Bait used is dead smelt in the back of the bays in shallow warmer water fishing slip bobbers and smelt.  A few salmon have been caught at the top of Oahe.

Lake Sharpe

There have been some nice walleye caught around the Pierre/Fort Pierre area, mainly from the Bad River north where the water is cleaner.  Jigs and minnows are a great choice, but pulling plugs can work as well. Pitching jigs along the bluffs is working in the muddy water. At West Bend the fishing has been very good, mainly in 5 ft. or less. Bouncers and minnows and jigs and minnows are working well. Here walleye and bass are hitting either jigs or bottom bouncers and minnows. Nicer days will definitely produce limits.

Lake Francis Case

 Around Chamberlain , Lake Sharpe is producing good fish from the Big Bend Dam to West Bend area. Anglers are fishing in 6-20 feet using spinners and minnows – with some starting to use crawlers.  On Lake Francis Case the bite is better and anglers are fishing in shallows. Spinners and bottom bouncers and minnows are working well, with some starting to pull plugs. From Chamberlain to the Platte/Winner Bridge fishing is really picking up.

In the Platte area the water levels are up. Fishing is picking up and going quite well. From short to 20 feet is the best right now using bottom bouncers and minnows. Every day is different so you need to try different bait.  Smallmouth are biting here also. Fish are looking very healthy.

At the PickstownWagnerLake Andes  areas fishing is going pretty well. Anglers are casting to shore and fish are being caught in 18 feeet or less. Pease Creek to the Fort Randall Dam is going good. Some black crappies are being caught also.  Water temp is around 58 now. When you’re out on the water be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife – that’s a great part of fishing! A fisherman reported seeing an antelope swimming at Whetstone Bay! And, eagles can be seen everywhere.

At Yankton the fishing is also slow and warm weather will help here also. 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.