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Don’t Put Your Boat Away Yet!

Information in this post is provided by Great Lakes Tourism Association

If you haven’t made that trip to Central South Dakota to 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 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 the walleye bite is still on. There are a lot of walleye to be caught. Anglers are pulling plugs in 15-35 feet of water around the trees and shallows. The best time to fish is towards evening. A few salmon are coming in, being found mostly back in the bay and in very shallow water.

 At Mobridge fishing is going well as the transition to the fall bite is made.  Anglers are using jigs and minnows or crawlers and spinners in 15-30 feet. A few anglers are having luck with jigging spoons.

At Akaska  fishing is still going strong – and the fish coming in are bigger.  Anglers are using live bait and spinners in 18-25 feet.

At Gettysburg  the fishing is excellent. There are a lot of smaller fish, but some really nice ones too. Lots of northern and smallmouth are being caught also. Anglers are having the best luck with spinners and crawlers in 18-25 feet. Minnows are also working well. Salmon have been hit-and-miss. Look for the salmon bite to take off in a week or so, and plan for some good ice fishing later on in the year.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek the walleye bite is steady and limits keep coming in.  Bottom bouncers and crawlers in 10-18 feet is working for most anglers, with some using minnows or crankbaits also. The salmon bite is still slow.

Lake Sharpe

There is a temporary “no-wake zone” on Lake Sharpe on the waters located between the island immediately upstream from the railroad bridge between Pierre 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 going wild. 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.  Farm Island, Antelope Creek and Fort George are great places to get away from the crowds and find some nice fish.

Fishing at the Oahe Dam Tailrace has been good for all species, so you shore fisherman should head to that area. The salmon bite is picking up quite a bit here and at the stilling basin as well.

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 limits keep coming in and there is not much traffic. 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 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 – 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 expect fishing to remain good into the late fall and early winter.

In the Platte  area the fall bite is picking up. Anglers are having success with crankbaits in 12-15 feet and some are pulling plugs over the flats. Shore fishing is also picking up.

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 on the points. Access is good now as all ramps are open! Below the dam, the fishing is great! Anglers are using a jig and a minnow or crawler or pulling plugs. Releases from the dam are decreasing so the water is a bit slower and shore fishing is also very good. Paddlefish season is open from October 1-31. Lots of paddlefish are being spotted in this area.

Around Lewis & Clark Lake walleye are being caught in the Boy Scout Camp area using flicker shads.

On the Missouri River boats are allowed on the river with signs marking where boats are permitted. Walleye and white bass are being caught in the still water. Shore fishermen are catching walleye, crappie, catfish and drum.

Springfield Area – Anglers are using minnows to catch crappie and walleye.

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

*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 in Gettysburg. 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 in Lake Andes at 605-487-7652.

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Don’t Put Your Boat Away Yet!

This post is provided by the Great Lakes of South Dakota Tourism Association.

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 Dakotago 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 the walleye bite is still on. There are a lot of walleye to be caught. Anglers are pulling plugs in 15-35 feet of water around the trees and shallows. The best time to fish is towards evening. A few salmon are coming in, being found mostly back in the bay and in very shallow water.

 At Mobridge fishing is going well. Right in town and north of town are picking up and south of town remains good. Main bait being used is crawlers and spinners or bottom bouncers in 15-25 feet. A few anglers are starting to use minnows also.

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  lots of walleye are still coming in. Just about any bait is working in 5-35 feet. While the salmon bite has not taken off, anglers are catching a few all the time.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek the walleye bite is steady and limits keep coming in.  Bottom bouncers and crawlers in 12-15 feet is working for most anglers, with some using minnows also. Smallmouth bass are also biting right now. 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 between PierreandFort Pierreand 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 going wild. 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 10-15 feet. The main boat ramp being used is by the Oahe Marina below the Dam.  Farm Island, Antelope Creek andFort George are great places to get away from the crowds and find some nice fish.

Fishing at the Oahe Dam Tailrace has been good for all species, so you shore fisherman should head to that area.  A few salmon have also been turning up in this area.

On Lake Sharpe the docks are back in atFarm 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 onLakeSharpe 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 expect fishing to remain good into the late fall and early winter.

 In the Platte  area the fall bite is picking up. Anglers are having success with crankbaits in 12-15 feet. Shore fishing is also picking up.

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 great! Anglers are using a jig and a minnow or crawler or pulling plugs. Afternoons and evenings in the fast water are exceptional with limits being caught quickly. Shore fishing is also very good. Lots of paddlefish are being spotted in this area, which is a good reminder that paddlefish season is just around the corner, beginning on October 1.

Around Lewis & Clark Lake walleye are being caught in the Boy Scout Camp area using flicker shads.

On the Missouri River boats are allowed on the river with signs marking where boats are permitted. Walleye and white bass are being caught in the still water. Shore fishermen are catching walleye, crappie, catfish and drum.

Springfield Area – Anglers are using minnows to catch crappie and walleye.

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

*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 inLakeAndesat 605-487-7652.

 

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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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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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Great Lakes Birding Trail Guide Receives National Recognition

In the most recent edition of Audubon Magazine, the Great Lakes Birding Trail guide was designated as one of the top ten birding trails in the Midwest.  http://audubonmagazine.org/features0905/birdtrails.html

Following the majestic Missouri River, the Great Lakes Birding Trail Guide provides visitors with information on how and where to find over 322 species of South Dakota birds.  Landscape varies from vast prairie to river bluffs, and is as beautiful as the birds that call it home. 

Wildlife watching has become a very popular activity in South Dakota and beyond.  Take advantage of this, and other opportunities to get outside and enjoy the wildlife that we are so lucky to have.

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