Hunting / Fishing Reports

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Fishing Report 


October 19, 2020


Upcoming temperatures will be quite cool. This should help the fall bite but will make it pretty chilly for anyone out there. Pheasant opener was this weekend as well, so now’s as good a time as any to get outdoors in central South Dakota. The outdoors remains open and whether you’re casting or blasting, continue to be responsible. When you’re ready, we’re here.

SD Game, Fish & Parks has a new tool available to help anglers stay up-to-date on the latest fish stockings. Visit and click on “Weekly Fish Stockings” on the left-hand side of the page. This will show the weekly stocking summary across the state. Thank you, SDGF&P!

Access information from SDGF&P and USACE:

SDGFP  COVID-19 info for fishing and hunting:

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Lake Oahe

In the Pollock and Mobridge areas, the fishing is good. The Grand River and the Moreau are picking up quite a bit. Depths are 5-15 feet of water. Anglers are using jigs and minnows or Lindy rigs and minnows.

At Akaska, the fishing is good. Many anglers are heading to the Moreau and fishing depths of 5-15 feet of water. Some anglers are staying closer to the bay. Most anglers are using jigs and minnows.

At Gettysburg the salmon are biting and anglers can find them by boat or from shore. The West Whitlock salmon station is closed to the public due to COVID-19, however those wanting to get a view of the activities can do so from outside the fence. For more information see the West Whitlock Recreation Area Facebook page or call 605-223-7681.  

Around Spring CreekCow Creek  the fishing is good. Anglers are using bouncers with spinners and crawlers. Depths are ranging from 20-50 feet of water. Some bass and pike are being caught as well.

Lake Sharpe

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre, the fishing is decent. Anglers are using bouncers with crawlers and fishing in 15-20 feet of water. The fish that are coming in are nice and healthy.

Lake Francis Case

Around Chamberlain the fishing is good.  Anglers are using bouncers with spinner and crawlers in 25-35 feet of water.  

On Francis Case in the Platte area, the fishing is decent and there is a lot of bait in the system. Depths range from 25-40 feet of water. Anglers are primarily using spinners and crawlers with bouncers. Lots of smallmouth are being caught.  

In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas, the fishing is pretty decent. Anglers are fishing in 20-35 feet of water.  Many anglers are using crawlers and minnows and fishing in the Pease Creek area. Below the dam a nice variety of species are being caught.

 At Yankton fishing is good and the fall bite is on. Anglers are fishing around 20-30 feet of water. Many anglers are using spinners or jigs and crawlers. Lots of different species are being caught.

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!


Help slow 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.