Take Dad fishing this weekend

Take Dad fishing this weekend to celebrate Father’s Day, June 16. (Photo by GF&P)

Fishing and dads go hand-in-hand, and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP)is celebrating with free park entrance and free fishing on Father’s Day, June 16.

Wet the line with the special dads in your life; or if you’re the dad, let the family in on the fun. Never fished? Need more motivation? Visit the 20 Minute Angler video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty2swYlTe0I&feature=youtu.be

Kids catch on quick and can gain the knowledge and skills to teach dad (and mom and friends) a thing or two! It’s also a great reminder that you don’t need fancy equipment or a whole weekend to enjoy (and pass on) the pleasures of fishing with the next generation.

Where are they biting?

Fishing has really picked up, says GF&P. Warmer weather usually makes for good fishing. Remember, this time of year still means great shore fishing opportunities too!

There are several places on Lake Oahe to find good fishing reports to help you decide where to go.

In the Pollock and Mobridge areas the fishing is good. North of Mobridge and up to Pollock is very good. Depths are anywhere from 4-20 feet of water. Bouncers and spinners with crawlers are the set-up of choice for many anglers currently.

At Akaska the walleye are biting in the bays and around Fiddler’s Pass. Anglers are fishing in 12-20 feet of water, with all presentations currently working. Lots of good eater size fish are coming in. Northern are also being caught from the shore.

At Gettysburg, the fishing is excellent. Some really nice smallmouths are coming in as well as lots of catfish. From the bridge and to the north, anglers are using minnows and some crawlers in 3-10 feet of water. Shore fishing is great as well.

Around Spring Creek / Cow Creek the fishing is great and there’s a lot of nice healthy, fat fish out there. There’s still some muddy water in places, but anglers are having good success catching limits in 5 feet of water or less out to 20 feet of water. Bouncers with spinners and crawlers are working best, with some anglers using minnows or leeches

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