Hunting / Fishing Reports
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July 27, 2015
It looks like another nice and warm week. Get out on the Missouri River in Central South Dakota. It’s a great getaway. Come on out, relax, and try your hand at catching some delicious walleye.
REMINDER: Check out the Game, Fish & Parks web site for detailed info on the new regulations designed to prevent movement of invasive species. You can trailer to fish cleaning stations nearest the boat ramp, but after that new regulations call for draining live wells and boats.
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In the Pollock area fishing is good using bottom bouncers with spinners and some using crawlers and leeches. Depth is anywhere from 20-35 feet and fishing is going well with the warm weather.
Mobridge fishing is still consistent, but has slowed a little. Limits are coming in at a good rate. It’s really widespread, with no particular place being better than another. Anglers are fishing in the 20-30 foot depths with bottom bouncers, spinners, and crawlers.
Walleye and crappie are both being caught in these areas.
At Akaska they are still catching fish, but the bite has slowed some due to the heat we’ve had. Fish that are being caught are in around 18-25 feet using jigs and minnows, bottom bouncers with crawlers and leeches. You need to keep moving until you find the fish – but they are there!
At Gettysburg fishing has slowed some. Limits are still coming in but you need to look for the fish. Anglers are catching walleye in 35-40 feet using bottom bouncers and spinners, crawlers and leeches. A few smallmouth and catfish are also being caught.
Around Spring Creek / Cow Creek and the Oahe Dam the water temp is coming up with the warmer weather. The bite on Oahe is good, with some days better than others. That’s why it’s called fishing – not catching! The area from Spring to Cow Creek is going well at this time. When the wind blows you need to get into around 10 feet or less and if the wind is calm the depth is 35 feet or more. Anglers are using live bait and crankbaits with crawlers and leeches working well. Smallmouth bass are biting and they are a good size! Spinners or plain hooks are working here.
Fishing on Lake Sharpe east of Pierre and Fort Pierre all the way down to West Bend is going well with walleye limits coming in. Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam are seeing the best fishing right now. Fishing along the channel edges in 5-25 feet of water is working well using crawlers and leeches, plus bouncers and spinners. The 15 inch limit is off for the months of July and August, making catching a limit easier. Catfish, northern, crappie, and smallmouth continue to be bonus fish for many anglers. Just about any presentation/bait is working right now. The depth is anywhere from 5-20 for smallmouth bass. Fishing in the Tailrace at the Oahe Dam is good when water is being released and some fish are being caught by the bridges at Pierre.
Around Chamberlain , fishing is very good! With the rising water the bite is in the shallow water. The fish also seem to be more aggressive. More anglers are using night crawlers and leeches, others are using bottom bouncers with minnows and some are pulling plugs – seems to be whatever the anglers prefer right now. Pitching to the bluffs has been good. The depth most anglers are fishing at is 6-30 feet. There are a large number of fish being caught. You just need to take the time to look and find them.
In the Platte area the points seem to be the best chance for fish. Bait is jig and crawlers or leeches in 5-30 feet. Some anglers are pulling plugs. The conditions are perfect for experts. You’ll have to sort to get limits, but some bonus fish such as Smallmouth bass are going fairly well here.
At the Pickstown - Wagner – Lake Andes shore fishing is good below the Fort Randall Dam. Fishing on Francis Case is normal for this time of year. The depth working the best is 20-30 feet, and it varies every day. Most anglers are almost exclusively using crawlers and leeches. Working the points seems to do well and in Pease and Spring Creek areas. Fish are being caught in the bays, on the points and on the flats – but it’s the time of year you have to start looking for the fish. They are also catching all kinds of bass along with the walleye and anglers are pulling in some big catfish. One method that some are using is to jig with a heavy weight over the tops of the standing trees about 40 feet down. Some anglers are also pulling plugs over the trees.
On the Missouri River around Yankton fishing is going well with anglers catching walleye, catfish, and northern below the dam. Boat fishermen are catching walleye, catfish and northern using jigs and minnows, crawlers or leeches in the fast water.
*Please remember that the fishing conditions on the Missouri River change constantly and this report is simply a guideline – a snapshot in time.*
For more information and up-to-the-minute reports on fishing Lake Oahe, please call West Pollock Resort, 605-889-2448; 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 605-22404755. On Lake Francis Case, contact Dakota Prairie Guide Service at 605-680-1910 or Platte Chamber of Commerce at 888-297-8175 and Circle H Motel in Lake Andes at 605-487-7652.
News from SD Game, Fish, & Parks:
Anglers are Reminded Not to Move Lake Water When Fishing
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) would like to remind anglers of the new rules regarding fish and bait transportation.
Bait can only be transported away from a water body in domestic water (tap water, well water, bottled water, ice). Boat anglers can wait until they reach an immediately adjacentfish cleaning station to put their bait in domestic water. They can dump out the lake water and fill their bait bucket up with water from the fish cleaning station or water they brought with them.
A shore angler can do the same if they are able to access the domestic water source at a fish cleaning station that is immediately adjacent or if they bring domestic water with them.
Unused minnows should be poured into the fish grinder at a cleaning station or drained and disposed of in the trash containers at the boat launch or cleaning areas. It is a violation of state statute to dump unused minnows into a water body in South Dakota.
The new regulations are featured online at sdleastwanted.com; here anglers can also learn more about transporting their bait through a three minute video tutorial. GFP staff and volunteers are also available to help answer any questions.
“As much information as we provided up front on the implementation of these new regulations, we know there are still going to be questions,” said Kelly Hepler, GFP Secretary. “I would encourage people to call our offices or ask a GFP employee if they are in any way uncertain of how to comply with these new regulations. We are trying to ensure everyone who wants to enjoy South Dakota’s waters can do so with the confidence that they know these new rules. These are big changes and our staff are a great resource and willing to help field customer concerns.”