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.

Fishing Report 


September 16, 2019

This week should be full of sunshine and warmer with temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s. In the coming weeks, as the temperatures cool, the fall fishing should pick up. There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the Missouri River in central South Dakota. Check out for up to date information on road conditions. 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 steady. Anglers are fishing in 8-25 feet around town and in the Grand River area, mainly using bouncers and spinners with crawlers.

At Akaska, the fishing is a little slower with all the rain over the weekend. 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, walleye fishing has slowed down a bit. Anglers are catching some northern, smallmouth and catfish. A few salmon are being caught using plugs or crocodile spoons, but the bite is at least a week away from picking up. Boat fishing is going better than shore fishing.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek the bite is kind of spotty. Anglers must be willing to look for the fish a bit. Depths are 30-35 feet of water using bouncers with minnows.

Lake Sharpe

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre, the fishing is okay. The 15-inch minimum is back on. Anglers are fishing in 6-10 feet of water using bouncers with spinners and crawlers.

Lake Francis Case

Around Chamberlain, the fishing is decent. Some smallmouth are being caught along with good eater size walleye. Anglers are mainly using spinners and crawlers in 5-20 feet.

On Francis Case in the Platte area, the fishing can be spotty. Storm runoff and high water are making things a bit tougher. The fish are still biting but finding them can be a challenge.  Anglers are using spinner/crawler rigs in 10-20 feet of water.  

In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas, the fishing has slowed some due to the high water. Anglers are using catching lots of catfish with ease. Some walleye are being caught pulling plugs over the trees. Whetstone and North Point docks have been pulled.  Below the dam, fishing has slowed a little bit but is good from shore and fair from a boat.

 At Yankton, the fishing is slower with all the weather going through.  Anglers are using crawlers and minnows in 5-15 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 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!