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Fishing Report 


May 26th, 2015


We are hoping that Spring has finally arrived. The temps this week should be nice up and down the river his week!! We encourage you to get out and spend some relaxing time on the river!

Spring fishing can be awesome, but be aware that every day can bring a different set of conditions!

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.

We suggest you call one of our members listed at the end of the report – they can be very helpful with what is happening along the river. That way you’ll be assured of a great trip!

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Lake Oahe

In the Pollock area, and at Mobridge fishing is great. The last four days it has really kicked in. And, there is a sensational crappie bite! Anglers are using bottom bouncers and Lindy rigs, jigs and minnows or crawlers and spinners. With 5-25 feet being the ideal depth.

At  Akaska the water is warming up and that’s a good sign for anglers. Fishing here is starting to pick up also and signs are it will be very good. Limits are starting to come in. Fish that are being caught are in 5-25 feet using jigs and minnows, bottom bouncers with minnows or crawlers.

At  Gettysburg  the weather will be warming here also – a good sign for getting those fish going! More limits are starting to come in. Anglers are catching walleye in 5-40 feet with a variety of bait, from jigs and minnows to plugs. 

Around Spring CreekCow Creek  and the Oahe Dam the water temps should be coming up this week with warmer weather in the forecast. Wind and mist kept some anglers off the water this past weekend. Anglers are catching northern and catfish using smelt and slip bobbers in 2-5 feet of water. The bite on Oahe is going ok, especially when the weather is nice. Right now it’s adequate, but not on fire. It will improve with every warm day. 

Lake Sharpe

Fishing on Lake Sharpe east of Pierre and Fort Pierre all the way down to West Bend is starting to go with some walleye limits coming in along with some smallmouth bass. Anglers at West Bend on Lake Sharpe are using bottom bouncers with minnows and some are pulling flicker shad plugs  in around 8 feet or less of water. Catfish and northern are being caught in 5 feet or less using slip bobbers and smelt. The Bad River by Fort Pierre is still putting out some murky water so you will need to fish from the Bad up to the Oahe Dam or down around West Bend.

Francis Case

 Around Chamberlain , fishing can still be a bit slow. Some anglers are starting to use  night crawlers, 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. Not always dynamic, but they are catching fish. The depth most anglers are fishing at is 4-15 feet with the water temperature right now in the mid-50s. You still need to find cleaner water for the bite to be good. North of Chamberlain at Crow Creek the bite is good.

In the Platte area it’s picking up also.  With the warmer weather coming in the fishing is starting to get better here too. The weekend was cool.  Again, muddy water could be an issue, so find the cleanest you can. Bait is jig and minnow in 5-30 feet and the bays seem to be the best. Some anglers are pulling plugs.

At the PickstownWagnerLake Andes they are catching fish below the dam. A lot of little ones, but they are catching fish. Fishing is excellent on Francis Case, considering the weather. Anglers are catching fish in 8-18 feet using minnows and bottom bouncers, crawlers, spinner jigs or plain red hook. Limits are coming in.  From White Swan to the pump house the bite has been really good. They are also catching Smallmouth Bass along with the walleye. There has been some sightings of either coyotes or wolves in the area, so boaters might see some predators during their trip.

On the Missouri River around Yankton fishing is seeing anglers doing well with anglers catching walleye, catfish, and northern below the dam. Boat fishermen are catching walleye, catfish and northern using jigs and minnows 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.