Fishing Report for the Missouri River

All types of outdoor recreation are being enjoyed on the Missouri River Reservoirs including fishing!

This post is courtesy of South Dakota Great Lakes Tourism Region weekly fishing report.

Lake Oahe
In the Pollock area fishing has slowed a little bit with the heat, but anglers are still catching limits. Many are using crankbaits in 11-20 feet of water. Boat ramps are all open and in good shape in this area. Shore fishing is also going strong.

At Mobridge fishing is good everywhere – with some people heading south and others fishing right by town. Anglers are using crawlers and leeches. Depth is anywhere from 7-20 feet. Fish are healthy as they’ve ever been. Reports are still coming in that this is the best fishing they’ve seen for years.

At Akaska fishing is going very well – limits are coming in and they are very busy in this area. Anglers are using crawlers and leeches. They are fishing in around 15-20 feet – still fishing shallow. The best action is on the Moreau River, pulling plugs or using spinners and live bait. Shore fishing here is going well.

At Gettysburg there is plenty of access and the walleye fishing is good. The heat seems to have slowed everyone down a bit but anglers are still catching lots of nice fish. The depth varies from 5-30 ft and crawlers and leeches are working the best.

Around Spring Creek / Cow Creek the fishing is good in 2-20 ft using spinners, crawlers and leeches or crankbaits. From the face of the dam to the Cheyenne arm the bite is heavy later in the day. Northern and smallmouth are still going well in bays and shallows and along the points. Salmon are still going slow in 80-150 ft, but look for them to pick up with the warmer weather. Speaking of warmer weather, if you are looking to beat the heat, try pulling plugs at night along the face of the dam, Peoria Flats or Sully Flats.

At West Bend there have been anglers doing well but you need to adjust for the high current and then you can catch fish. Anglers are using spinners with crawlers, Lindy rigs and crankbaits. Now’s the time to come to the Pierre/Fort Pierre area – especially in the middle of the week when there is less traffic.

Francis Case
Around Chamberlain fishing is still good on both Lake Sharpe and Francis Case. This is one of the best years for fishing that Francis Case has seen. Anglers are fishing along the banks and high points in the river. It’s going well both north and south of Chamberlain and you can launch your boat in the city or use the high water ramp at Cedar Shore Resort! Lake Sharpe is still going well for walleye, smallmouth and white bass. Fishing on Francis Case is also going well in 10-20 feet using leeches and crawlers. The 15-inch limit on walleye came off July 1.

In the Platte area fishing is good. There is lots of water on Francis Case and fish are everywhere. Anglers are using leeches and crawlers – live bait seems to be the best option, in around 15-20 feet. Fish being caught are healthy and looking good.

At the Pickstown – Wagner – Lake Andes area walleye fishing on Lake Francis Case is simply excellent! The fish are big and fat – with 18-24 inches being the average. Ramps are open at Prairie Dog, St. Francis and South Shore. Area around the dam intakes to the Wheeler area is going well. Most are fishing in about 15-20 feet, using crawlers and spinners. Shore fishing is fabulous below the dam for all species!. There is no boating below the Fort Randall Dam.

Around Lewis & Clark Lake they are catching walleye while drifting with bottom bouncers tipped with crawlers or leeches.

On the Missouri River some shore fishing only – there is a no boat restriction here also. Discharge here will reach 150,000 also. Lots of fish being caught from shore – drum, walleye, smallmouth bass. Bait being used is nightcrawlers, leeches and crawdads.

Springfield Area – walleye are being caught and some small northern are being caught. All boat ramps in the Springfield area are closed, as are the campgrounds at the Sand Creek Area and the Springfield Recreation area. All boat ramps in the area are underwater and the docks have been pulled from the water.

On Lake Yankton they are catching catfish, bluegill and crappie using crawlers and minnows.

*Please remember that the fishing conditions in our great state change constantly and this report is simply a guideline.
* Great Lakes provides a weekly fishing report from April through October.
*Visit the Game Fish and Parks Website for more information on fishing, water recreation and Missouri River conditions.

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