Hunting / Fishing Reports

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Fishing Report 


August 2, 2021


Temperatures this week will be in the 90’s and maybe a bit less sweltering than last week. Stay safe in the heat. Bring plenty of water or Gatorade, bug spray, and sunscreen along. Expect busy boat ramps and fish cleaning stations. Enjoy some time outdoors on the Missouri River in central South Dakota and good luck catching!

Lake Oahe

In the Pollock and Mobridge areas, the fishing has slowed. Limits can be had if anglers put in the time. Depths are 25-40 feet of water. Bouncers with spinners and crawlers are working the best. Jigging and pulling crankbaits deep are also working well.

At Akaska the fishing has slowed. Anglers are fishing 25-40 feet of water. Most are using bouncers with spinners and crawlers. Some anglers are using crankbaits with success. Some sorting is necessary.

At Gettysburg, the bigger fish are deep. Anglers are fishing in 30-50 feet of water and using mainly crawlers. Pulling plugs is also working well. Sometimes anglers can find fish in the 10-15 foot depths, but the bigger fish are deeper. The smallmouth and catfish bites are still good right now.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek  the fishing is pretty good. Anglers are fishing in depths of 25-30 feet of water and using spinners with crawlers. The salmon bite is pretty fair in 60-80 feet of water using herring or squid.

Lake Sharpe

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre the fishing is good. Depths are 10-20 feet of water, with some fish in deeper water at 20-30 feet. Anglers are primarily using bouncers with spinners and crawlers.

Lake Francis Case

Around Chamberlain the fishing is pretty good. Anglers are using jigs and crawlers or bouncers and crawlers and fishing in 15-30 feet of water.

On Francis Case in the Platte area, the fishing is good. Anglers are fishing in 15-30 feet of water and using bouncers with spinners and crawlers.

In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas, the fishing is good. Anglers are fishing in 30-35 feet of water using bouncers with spinners and crawlers, with some anglers pulling plugs. Some catfish are also biting. Anglers are enjoying good fishing above and below the dam. Lots of boats are going out so please practice patience at the boat ramps and cleaning stations.

 At Yankton fishing is pretty good. Anglers are fishing in depths of 15-30 feet of water and using bouncers with spinners and crawlers or using crankbaits.

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!

Questions about boat ramp access? Check the SD Game, Fish & Parks interactive map. You’ll have to zoom in to the ramp you want to look at, and the information is regularly updated. It’s a great resource!

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.