Hunting / Fishing Reports
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You'll find experienced guides all along the river to help you along the way, or feel free to venture out on your own. With four amazing lakes and thousands of acres of prime hunting land, there's a reason you should follow the river this year. Plan your trip by perusing numerous hunting and fishing lodges, guide services and more.
October 7, 2019
The weather this week looks nice for a couple of days (Monday and Tuesday) and then some much colder temperatures beyond that. The next day or two will be the time to get on the Missouri River in central South Dakota. Check out https://www.safetravelusa.com/sd/ for up to date information on road conditions. The report hasn’t changed a whole lot from last week, with a lot of anglers just trying to spend some time on the water before the forecasted snow. Good luck catching and stay warm!
REMINDER: Help slow the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species! Check out the Game, Fish & Parks web site for detailed info on how you can help. 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 https://gfp.sd.gov/fishing-areas/ 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.
In the Pollock and Mobridge areas, the fishing has slowed some. The fish are there, but anglers have to put in some work for a limit. Depths are anywhere from 20 – 45 feet with anglers using bouncers/spinners/crawlers or crankbaits.
At Akaska, the rainy weather has slowed the fishing down. Anglers that are going out are using minnows and crawlers in 15-25 feet of water.
At Gettysburg, the fishing is decent. Smallmouth, catfish, and northern are biting and some walleye are coming in as well. Anglers are fishing in 10-20 feet of water, using bouncers with spinners and crawlers. A few salmon are being caught from boat and shore, but the water temperatures still need to drop some for the bite to really pick up.
Around Chamberlain, the fishing is starting to pick up. Depths are around 10-20 feet of water with anglers using spinners and crawlers to bring in some nice fish.
On Francis Case in the Platte area, the fishing is picking up a bit. Anglers are using crankbaits to bring in some great, healthy looking fish in 24-30 feet of water.
In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas, the fishing is fair. Anglers are fishing in 9-29 feet of water using mainly crawlers with some anglers pulling plugs. Pease Creek is seeing anglers casting to shore and bringing in walleye, smallmouth, and crappie. There’s also always good fishing pulling plugs by the cedar trees in front of White Swan. Shore fishing is going pretty well above and below the dam with anglers catching walleye, smallmouth, and catfish.
At Yankton, the fishing is decent. Anglers are fishing in 10-20 feet of water using crawlers and minnows. Paddlefish snagging season has started, and with that and the current water conditions in mind, here is some information from the US Army Corps of Engineers at Gavins Point Dam:
Paddlefish snagging has begun and record high water releases of 80,000 CFS (cubic feet per second) or above will create hazardous conditions on the river for the entire month of October. These conditions exist not only for boaters, but also for those on the shore. LIFE JACKETS SHOULD BE WORN BY EVERYONE IN BOATS AND ON THE SHORE.
On the shoreline:
* Use extra caution walking on the rock - water level is up to
a very steep part of the rock
* Rock can be very slippery - Watch your footing
* Turbulent water can cause rock to shift without warning
* Don't anchor your boat - turbulent water can quickly pull a
* All boats MUST stay downstream of restricted signs -
there will be ZERO TOLERANCE of boats going upstream
* Conservation officers and park rangers will be closely
monitoring the area and violators will be subject to
citations and/or removal from the river.
Your safety is OUR concern, but YOUR responsibility. Play it safe on the river during this paddlefish season and remember, it’s never worth risking your life for a fish!
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 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!