Akaska SD to host 1st annual Kids Fishing for Freedom Event

“This is our chance to send a small thanks to our troops. A lot of these kids can’t go fishing because one or both of their parents are deployed” according to Bill Waeckerle President of the SD Walleye Classic and founder of Kids Fishing for Freedom.

 

The JJ Keller Foundation awards $5,000 to the host City of an Anglers Insight Marketing (AIM) Tournament. September 15-17th.

 Akaska will host its third AIM event so it has $15,000 to offset the expenses of taking the potential of upwards of 50 kids and one parent on the water for a day.

 

The event will take place on Sunday, September 18th from 8:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M. This will follow the AIM International Championships so a few of the Pro Anglers will be on hand to help out as well.

“$15,000 goes a long way but we are looking for additional support from local businesses and individuals for prizes for kids along with meals and lodging costs for the families” said Waeckerle. Waeckerle went on to say “We want this to be an annual event that South Dakota and the Town of and City of Mobridge area can be proud of and it will cost additional money to continue from year to year.”

The South Dakota Walleye Classic fishing tournament has filed for a nonprofit 501 c 3. The purpose of the new nonprofit organization is to fund the costs to take young sons and daughters of the deployed South Dakota National Guard men and women fishing on the Missouri River.

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Fishing/Hunting Update for MO River in SD

This update is provided by the Great Lakes Tourism Association.

Fishing On The River Is The Best Ever!

If you haven’t made that trip to Central South Dakota to fish theMissouri 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 are September 17, 2011 to January 1, 2012 and the area is statewide. Daily limit is 3 with possession limit of 15.

Sharp-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 Dakota go to www.gfp.sd.gov.

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.

Like us on Facebook – for up-to-date reports from our businesses and the area.

Lake Oahe 

In the Pollock area fishing is has slowed down a bit, but they are still catching fish. Walleye have not been cooperating like they should, but other species are doing very well – lots of northern and a few crappie.  Anglers are pulling plugs in 25-30 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 10-30 feet. Fish seem to be all over the river system – the big thing is finding them. Smallmouth and pike are still being caught.

At Akaska  fishing has slowed a bit with all the wind we’ve had, but it’s still good – limits are coming in daily. Anglers are using crawlers and spinners with some pulling plugs in around 10-40 feet. Fish are healthy and looking good.

At Gettysburg  there is plenty of access and they’re still catching plenty of fish – in fact things haven’t changed in the last week. Anglers are using crawlers in about 25 – 30 feet. You can get your boat on the river anywhere here. Smallmouth are being caught too, and they are picking up a few salmon.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek there is a good walleye bite using crawlers and spinners with a few anglers using crankbaits in 10-30 feet. The crankbaits are working well in the trees for the big walleye, but just know you’ll lose lures also! TheCheyenne has slowed a bit, but other areas are going really well. Salmon fishing is still very slow.

Lake Sharpe

There is a temporary “no-wake zone” onLake Sharpe on the waters located between the island immediately upstream from the railroad bridge between Pierre and FortPierre 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 nothing short of fantastic with all sorts of limits coming in. The area going well is from the Oahe Dam to DeGrey on live bait, with some anglers using crankbaits. 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.

OnLake Sharpe the docks are back in atFarmIsland. 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 have been anglers doing very well and the current is going down as the water recedes.  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.

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 on Lake 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 – the area from Big Bend Dam to Crow Creek is good. It’s going well both north and south of Chamberlain. Fishing on Case is going well in 15-20 feet using crawlers, with some pulling crankbaits. Anglers are also catching smallmouth, catfish and white bass. Late summer fishing should be very good in this area!

In the Platte  area fishing still remains good. There is lots of water on Francis Case and fish are everywhere here too. Anglers are pulling plugs over the mud flats in around 15-20 feet. Access is good now as all ramps are open! The water is starting to go down here too.

At the Pickstown – WagnerLake Andes area walleye fishing on Lake Francis Case is slowing a bit. The fish are big and fat. Ramps are open in this area also. The area from White Swan to the Wheeler area seems to be one of the best areas, fishing in the main current. Most are fishing in about 15-25 feet pulling plugs or using a crawler and spinner. Shore fishing is still good below the dam for walleye and perch.

Around Lewis & Clark Lake they are 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 of Lake Oahe, 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 Andes at 605-487-7652.

 

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August 29th Fishing Update

Fishing On The River Is The Best Ever!

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

A reminder to all you pheasant hunters out there – opening weekend is coming up fast – October 15 in fact. Have you made your reservations? 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 a hunting and fishing combination trip – 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.

Like us on Facebook – for up-to-date reports from our businesses and the area.

Lake Oahe 

In the Pollock area fishing is has slowed down a bit, but they are still catching fish. Walleye have not been cooperating like they should, but other species are doing very well – crappie, northern and bass.  Anglers are pulling plugs in 10-30 feet of water. 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 10-30 feet. Fish seem to be all over the river system – the big thing is finding them. Smallmouth and pike are still being caught.

At Akaska  fishing is going well – limits are coming in daily. Anglers are using crawlers with some pulling plugs in around 22 feet. Fishing are healthy and looking good.

At Gettysburg  there is plenty of access and they’re still catching plenty of fish – in fact things haven’t changed in the last week. Anglers are using crawlers in about 30 feet. You can get your boat on the river anywhere here. Smallmouth are being caught too.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek the fishing this summer has been great and it seems to be continuing that way. Anglers are fishing in 10-30 feet using live bait and pulling plugs. The crankbaits are working well in the trees for the big walleye, but just know you’ll lose lures also! Areas that are good include anywhere from theCheyenne down to the dam. Boating restrictions at West Shore Boat Ramp above the Oahe Dam are off starting today (Monday.) Salmon fishing is still slow.

Lake Sharpe

 NOTE – The Governor has lifted the no boating zones that were enacted due to the hazards caused by the summer flooding. Starting at 8 a.m. this morning (Monday) the restriction will be lifted from below the Oahe Dam. The flood waters have receded significantly and these areas no longer offer those hazards. But, boaters should remain cautious because of higher than normal water levels, changes in the river channel, sandbars, underwater hazards and floating debris that may persist on this portion of theMissouri River.

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 atFarm Island. Fishing in HippleLake is very good using live bait in 10-12 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 have been anglers doing well and the current is going down as the water recedes.  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.

Lake Sharpe is still going well for walleye, smallmouth and white bass.

Francis Case

Around Chamberlain  the bite is not going down on Lake 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. It’s going well both north and south of Chamberlain and you can launch your boat with no problem! Water levels are dropping so access is getting better all the time. Fishing on Francis Case is also going well in 10-25 feet using crawlers, with some pulling crankbaits. Anglers are also catching smallmouth and white bass. Late summer fishing should be very good in this area!

 In the Platte  area fishing still remains good. There is lots of water on Francis Case and fish are everywhere here too. Anglers are pulling plugs over the mud flats in around 15-20 feet. Access is good now as all ramps are open! The water is starting to go down here too.

At the Pickstown – WagnerLake Andes area walleye fishing on Lake Francis Case is slowing a bit. The fish are big and fat. Ramps are open in this area also. The area from White Swan to the Wheeler area seems to be one of the best areas, fishing in the main current. Most are fishing in about 20-25 feet pulling plugs. Shore fishing is still very good below the dam for walleye and perch.

Around Lewis & Clark Lake they are catching walleye in less than 10 feet on the bottom.

On the Missouri River all species seem to be going really well using live bait.

Springfield Area – a few walleye are being caught.

On LakeYankton they are catching lots of catfish using live bait rigs.

*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 inLakeAndesat 605-487-7652.

 

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Fishing Report for the Missouri River

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

If you haven’t made that trip to Central South Dakota to fish theMissouri River, you’re missing out on some great action! Reports from anglers that have visited are that it’s the best fishing they’ve seen in years – awesome – they’ve never seen it this good! That’s not “tourism talk” – its actual statements from visitors! So, what are you waiting for – take that trip now.

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.

Reminder: Pheasant hunting opener is quickly approaching – have you made your plans to hunt Central South Dakota? Click on our Virtual Travel Planner to plan your trip toCentral South Dakota!

Like us on Facebook – for up-to-date reports from our businesses and the area!

Lake Oahe 

In the Pollock area fishing is still going well, with limits coming in.  Anglers are using crankbaits and crawlers in 10-30 feet of water. Boat ramps are all open and in good shape in this area. Shore fishing is also going strong. The water is starting to go down on theMissouri River in all areas.

 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 10-25 feet. One good area isWalth Bay. Fish seem to be all over the river system. Smallmouth and pike are still being caught.

At Akaska  fishing is going really well – limits are coming in daily. Anglers are using crawlers and crankbaits fishing in around 15-40 feet. The Akaska Walleye Classic was held and anglers did extremely well. A local angler caught 71 pounds in three days of the tournament.

At Gettysburg  there is plenty of access and they’re still catching plenty of fish. Anglers are using crawlers in 15-30 feet. You can get your boat on the river anywhere here. Smallmouth are being caught too.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek the fishing this summer has been great. One angler said Oahe was certainly on fire this year. Anglers are fishing in 10-30 feet using live bait and pulling plugs. The crankbaits are working well in the trees for the big walleye, but just know you’ll lose lures also! Areas that are good include anywhere from theCheyenne down to the dam. Anglers this past week brought in fish in the 24-30 inch range, with a lot of fish around 15” and 20”. Salmon fishing is still slow.

Lake Sharpe

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

OnLake Sharpe the docks are back in atFarm Island. Fishing in Hipple Lake is very good using live bait in 10-12 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 have been anglers doing well but you still need to adjust for the high current and then you can catch fish. Some anglers are hugging the shoreline out of the current and are doing well. 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.

Lake Sharpe is still going well for walleye, smallmouth and white bass.

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. It’s going well both north and south of Chamberlain and you can launch your boat with no problem! Water levels are dropping so access is getting better all the time. Fishing on Francis Case is also going well in 10-20 feet using crawlers, with some pulling crankbaits. Anglers are also catching smallmouth and white bass. Late summer fishing should be very good in this area!

In the Platte  area fishing is good. There is lots of water on Francis Case and fish are everywhere here too. North of the bridge is good with anglers using live bait in 15-25 feet. Access is getting better in this are also with the water starting to go down.

At the Pickstown – WagnerLake Andes area walleye fishing on Lake Francis Case is slowing a bit. The fish are big and fat – with 18-24 inches being the average. Ramps are open at Prairie Dog, St. Francis,South Shore and the Pease Creek dock is now out of the water. The area from North Point to Pease Creek still seems to be one of the best areas, fishing in the main current. Most are fishing in about 15-20 feet pulling plugs. Shore fishing is still very good below the dam for walleye and perch.

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

On the Missouri River some shore fishing only – there is a no boat restriction here also. Limits of white bass and smallmouth bass, walleye and catfish.

Springfield Area – a few walleye are being caught.

On Lake Yankton they 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 inLakeAndesat 605-487-7652. On Lewis & Clark contact Captain Norms Bait Shop at 605-665-4271.

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Biking in Spearfish Canyon

Combining breathtaking scenery and serenity, Spearfish Canyon is one of South Dakota’s most beautiful locations.

The area known as Spearfish Canyon within Black Hills National Forest consists of unique limestone palisades clad in an array of plant life, and is home to deer, mountain goats, and countless species of birds.

Spearfish Canyon is the ultimate destination for an outdoor enthusiast looking for their next mountain biking adventure.

Within Spearfish Canyon there is a wide variety of mountain biking trails. Whether you are bringing your own mountain bike or renting one from nearby, following one of the designated trails you are guaranteed to see some of Spearfish Canyon’s most idyllic areas. Bikers will enjoy ambitious inclines, daring switchbacks and the thrill of being flanked by sheer limestone cliffs.

Roughlock Trail

Roughlock Falls

Roughlock Falls

For those looking to see the highlights of Spearfish Canyon but don’t have the luxury of time, I encourage you to bike Roughlock Trail. It is an accessible one-mile trail that covers the best of Spearfish Canyon. Winding through a variety of flowers and never ending forests, Roughlock Trail brings stunning views of Roughlock Falls.

Little Spearfish & Rimrock Trails

Designed for mountain biking, Little Spearfish Trail features spectacular views of Little Spearfish Creek, a fly-fishing mecca, and is accompanied by breath-taking views of limestone cliffs.Rimrock Trail is sectioned into two parts: a “lower” 3.5 mile loop and “upper” 4.5 mile loop. Rimrock Trail offers scenes of stunning lanscape and is a hot-spot to see various bird species.

A a great view from Spearfish Canyon!


Roughlock Trail, Little Spearfish, and Rimrock Trail are just of the many different mountain biking trails within Spearfish Canyon. If mountain biking isn’t your cup of tea, the majority of Spearfish Canyon trails are also walking, hiking, and horseback riding trails.
To ensure your safety make sure you wear a bike helmet when riding through Spearfish Canyon, have a water bottle, and if riding alone let someone know your path.

For more information on outdoor recreation opportunities in Spearfish Canyon visit the city of Spearfish website.

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South Dakota Walleye Classic & Festival

Since 2008, the small town of Akaska, South Dakota, has brought hundreds of fishermen and visitors alike from across the country to take in the South Dakota Walleye Classic & Festival.

This year, the South Dakota Walleye Classic will be August 10-14. Fishing will begin on August 11.

The South Dakota Walleye Classic is a competitive two person team and co-angler competition. Boundaries for the tournament are from the railroad bridge in Mobridge to the Hwy 212 bridge by Gettysburg. The Moreau River and the Grand River are both open to anglers. The winner of the tournament is based on the total weight of the allowed limit for fish caught. The winners of the tournament will be determined on Saturday of the tournament.

South Dakota Walleye Classic & Festival

SD Walleye Classic & Festival- Credit: SD Department of Tourism

The festival isn’t just for anglers though. Bring the whole family and take part in many of the activities offered, including an Arts-in-the-Park fair, archery tournament, kids fishing tournament, Reptile Garden show, and live music on Friday and Saturday.

For a complete schedule of events, a complete list of rules and regulations and for more information regarding the South Dakota Walleye Classic visit the South Dakota Walleye Classic website.

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Vacationing Anglers

Sooner or later it happens to all vacationing anglers. You’re with family and friends, enjoying the scenery; maybe even motoring your way to the Sturgis Rally and Races. Cruising through the Black Hills you start thinking “I’d love to take a break and fish that stream (or lake). Too bad I didn’t bring my gear.” Good news, if you left the gear at home or just want to try trout fishing for the first time, there’s a chance to do just that. If you’re in the Northern Black Hills just swing in to the Spearfish Recreation and Aquatics Center or D.C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery in Spearfish and check out a complete fishing set up, free of charge (you’ll have to supply the lures, bait or flies).

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing- Photo Credit: SD Department of Tourism

The fishing tackle is provided by SD Game Fish & Parks, the tackle loner program is administered through a cooperative agreement between Spearfish Recreation and Aquatics Center and D.C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery.

Rods and tackle in hand, you’re ready to enjoy a bit of South Dakota fishing at its finest. Information on fish species and fishing locations can be found on the South Dakota Game Fish & Parks website or by simply asking one of the friendly local merchants for advice. Anglers are a friendly bunch and are usually more than happy to share their knowledge. Now all you have to do is coax the family away from the water park or fish hatchery (or maybe they’ll let you sneak off by yourself) for a little unscheduled fishing trip. Good luck and tight lines.

This blog was brought to you by guest blogger Keith Wintersteen, Hatchery Assistant Manager at the McNenny State Fish Hatchery located in Spearfish.

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