Hunting / Fishing Reports

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Fishing Report 


July 15, 2019

This will be a week of high 80’s and 90’s with lots of sun and maybe a few thunderstorms. Keep an eye on the weather, and enjoy the sunshine and fishing on the Missouri River in central South Dakota. Be sure to bring sunscreen, fly spray, and plenty of water. 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 5-25 feet of water. Many anglers are using crankbaits or spinners and crawlers along the points. Hotter weather has the fish going somewhat deeper, making for a bit of searching but they are out there.

At Akaska and south of town, crawlers are usually the bait of choice and some anglers are also pulling plugs. Depths are ranging from 20-30 feet with the warmer weather but some anglers are reporting finding fish in the 10-20 foot range as well.

At Gettysburg, anglers continue to bring in limits despite the heat. Early morning is the best time to go out before it gets too hot. It’s still a minnow bite, surprisingly, with some crawler/spinner rigs and some anglers are doing great pulling plugs. Anglers are fishing in depths of 10-25 feet. The smallmouth bite is picking up some, and many catfish are being caught right now also.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek the fishing is good. Higher water makes room for boats to spread out. Anglers are fishing in 5-15 feet of water out to 20-30 feet, using all presentations. Lots of nice catfish and smallmouth are also being caught.

Lake Sharpe

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre, the fishing is pretty good. The 15-inch minimum is off until September 1. Anglers are catching lots of good eater size fish in 10-20 feet of water and using all presentations for fairly easy limits of walleye and some bass.

Lake Francis Case

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

On Francis Case in the Platte area, the fishing is pretty good. The hot weather has slowed things a little but the fish are still biting. Some sorting is necessary. Anglers are using spinner/crawler rigs in 15-20 feet of water.  

In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas, the fishing has slowed a little. Anglers are using bouncers/spinners with crawlers or pulling plugs in 15-25 feet of water along the points and in the bays. Walleye, bass, and catfish are coming in. Below the dam, fishing is also good from shore or boat.

 At Yankton, the fishing is doing pretty well. Anglers are catching walleye and bass in 10-20 feet of water using mainly crawlers.

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!