Fishing On The River Is The Best Ever!

The information in this post is provided by the Great Lakes Tourism Association.

If you haven’t made that trip to Central South Dakotato fish the Missouri River, you’re missing out on some great action!

A reminder to all hunters out there – Pheasant opener is coming up fast – October 15 in fact. Have you made your reservations?

Grouse/Prairie Chicken – Season dates areSeptember 17, 2011 to January 1, 2012and the area is statewide. Daily limit is 3 with possession limit of 15.

Shap-tailed grouse and prairie chicken are closely related native birds, and are interspersed across the short grass prairie of central and western SD.

For more information on hunting in South Dakotago to

Check out our Virtual Travel Planner to book that trip now – we have some of the best outfitters, lodges, restaurants, hotels, resorts and guides in the business! Remember, you can book hunting and fishing combination trips – awesome!

Campgrounds along the river that were flooding are opening again and the boat ramps are also starting to become usable once more. Please go to parks and check out the latest report.

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Lake Oahe 

In the Pollock area fishing is has slowed down a bit, but they are still catching fish. Some walleye are being caught and other species are doing very well – lots of northern and a few crappie.  Anglers are pulling plugs in 15-35 feet of water around the trees and shallow.  Shore fishing is also going strong.

 At Mobridge fishing is good – with some areas a bit slower at times. But, limits are still coming in. Main bait being used is crawlers and spinners or bottom bouncers in 18-25 feet. That being said, just about any method is working, including the kids’ way of putting a piece of hotdog on the hook!

At Akaska  fishing is still going strong – limits are coming in daily and the fish are biting everywhere. The Moreau is a popular spot to be. Anglers are using live bait and spinners in 18-25 feet. Fish are healthy and looking good.

At Gettysburg  there is plenty of access and they’re still catching plenty of fish. Anglers are using minnows or crawlers for walleye and plugs for salmon in about 20-25 feet. A few salmon are being caught in theSuttonBay area.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek the walleye bite is steady and limits keep coming in.  Minnows and crawlers in 10-15 feet is the recipe for success. Salmon fishing is slow at best for the time being.

Lake Sharpe

There is a temporary “no-wake zone” onLake Sharpe on the waters located between the island immediately upstream from the railroad bridge betweenPierre and Fort Pierre and the western shore of the Missouri River. It’s bounded on the north by Echo Point and extends downstream to the southern tip of the island. GF&P has positioned buoys to mark the “no-wake zone.” This has been put in place to protect flooded private property along the west shore.

Fishing on Sharpe is still fantastic. Anglers need to do some sorting to get fish over 15 inches, but are catching limits. Minnows, crawlers, and crankbaits against the current are working well in 10-20 feet. The main boat ramp being used is by the Oahe Marina below the Dam.  

Fishing at the Oahe Dam Tailrace has been good for all species, so you shore fisherman should head to that area.

On Lake Sharpe the docks are back in at Farm Island. Fishing in Hipple Lake is very good using live bait in 10-20 feet. GF&P has started to open a few campsites at Farm Island – again, go to the link we have listed above to find out what areas are open on the entire river system. The water is starting to go down slowly.

At West Bend there is low traffic and lots of nice fish. Anglers are using minnows and crawlers. Now’s the time to come to the Pierre/Fort Pierre area – especially in the middle of the week when there is less traffic.

This should be a fantastic fall in the Pierre/Fort Pierre area – bring your boat and shotgun – fish half a day and hunt half a day – perfect!

Francis Case

Around Chamberlain  the bite is not going down onLake Sharpe and Francis Case. This is one of the best years for fishing that Francis Case has seen. The water level is dropping, with fishing going very well. Anglers are fishing along the banks and high points in the river –West Bend, Iron Nation & Lower Brule are good areas. It’s going well both north and south of Chamberlain. Fishing on Case is excellent  in 7-25 feet using crawlers. The catfish bite has slowed, but fishing should remain good into the fall.

 In the Platte  area the fishing has slowed, but the fall bite is coming. Look for it to pick up soon.

At the Pickstown – WagnerLake Andes area walleye fishing on Lake Francis Case is steady. Ramps are open in this area also. From the Pease Creek area to the dam the fishing is going well. Anglers are pulling plugs in 30-40 feet. Access is good now as all ramps are open! Below the dam, the fishing is fabulous. Every boat is bringing in limits. Pulling plugs where the water comes off the spillway from about6 p.m. until dark is producing great results.

Around Lewis & Clark Lake they are catching walleye on bottom bouncers with spinners tipped with a crawler.

On the Missouri River there is limited shore fishing in this area. Limits of white bass, smallmouth, walleye and catfish are coming in. A no boating restriction is still in place here.

Springfield Area – a few walleye are being caught.

On Lake Yankton anglers are catching largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish.

*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 inGettysburg. On the lower end ofLakeOahe, call Spring Creek Resort at 605-224-8336, Outpost Lodge at 605-264-5450 and Lake Oahe/Lake Sharpe call Carl’s Bait Shop at 605-223-9453. On Lake Francis Case, contact the Platte Chamber of Commerce at 888-297-8175, Fort Randall Bait & Tackle at 605-487-7760 in Pickstown and Circle H Motel inLake Andesat 605-487-7652.


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