Hunting / Fishing Reports

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Fishing Report 


August 19, 2019

We’re looking at a week of 70’s and 80’s with lots of sunshine. Enjoy the beautiful weather 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.

If you have questions about which boat docks are open, check out the SD Game, Fish & Parks interactive Public Fishing Access map. To get there, go to and click on the link for Public Fishing Access Map. You do have to zoom in on certain areas to see the boat ramp icons and they are up-to-date.

Lake Oahe

In the Pollock and Mobridge areas, the fishing is pretty good. Depths are anywhere from 15-25 feet of water, with some anglers fishing out to 40 feet depending on the day and where the fish are. Heavy bouncers and plain hooks with crawlers are working pretty well. Some anglers are also having success with leeches and minnows.

At Akaska, anglers are fishing in depths of 15-20 feet around the Swan Creek area, in the bay. The fish are there but a little work is necessary to get them. Crawlers and minnows are the current bait of choice.

At Gettysburg, anglers are still out and still catching fish. The smallmouth and walleye bite are good although the fish have moved deeper and are getting a bit more difficult to catch. Anglers are vertical jigging in 30 feet of water using minnows and crawlers. Anglers looking for catfish are doing well from shore back up in the creeks.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek the bite is great but can be spotty. Anglers are fishing in 25-40 feet using a variety of presentations. The salmon bite is doing a bit better with a few being caught but nothing spectacular at this point.

Lake Sharpe

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre, the fishing is decent. The 15-inch minimum is off until September 1. Fishing lower on Lake Sharpe around the Lower Brule area is very good right now with anglers using spinners and crawlers in 15-20 feet of water.

Lake Francis Case

Around Chamberlain, the fishing is decent. Depths are 10-20 feet with anglers using spinners and crawlers.

On Francis Case in the Platte area, the fishing can be spotty. High water and storm runoff are currently making things more difficult. The fish are still biting but finding them can be a challenge.  Anglers are using spinner/crawler rigs in 15-20 feet of water.  

In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas, the fishing is pretty decent. Anglers are using bouncers/spinners with crawlers in 9-19 feet of water along the points and in the bays. Pease Creek and South Scalp are popular spots. Walleye, bass, and catfish are coming in. Below the dam, fishing has slowed a little bit but is good from shore and fair from a boat. As a side note, Highway 281 will be open by the end of the week.

 At Yankton, the fishing is alright. Anglers are using crawlers and minnows in 10-20 feet of water.  

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 Loeb’s Lake Oahe Guide Service at 701-426-5832. Call Akaska Bait Shop in Akaska 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 South 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!