Smallmouth bass have been caught on Lake Oahe near Gettysburg.

Temperatures should be in the 70’s and 80’s this week, making for some great fishing weather. Take advantage of the sun while it shines and get out on the Missouri River in Central South Dakota. Be sure to bring sunscreen and plenty of water. Good luck catching!

REMINDER: Help stop the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species! Check out the Game, Fish & Parks website for detailed info on the regulations. They are very specific so you’ll want to be sure you’ve read the regulations. If you love to fish the Missouri River in South Dakota, please do your part to keep the reservoirs free of aquatic invasive species.

Lake Oahe

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 and 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.

Lake Sharpe

Around Pierre and Fort Pierre, anglers are catching walleye in 5-20 feet of water using bouncers/spinners and crawlers. Weather can still be a factor but the nice days coming up should make for great fishing. Limits of walleye and smallmouth are coming in as well as some northern and lots of catfish.

Lake Francis Case

Around Chamberlain, the fishing is good. Anglers are using bouncers/spinners with crawlers or minnows in 5-20 feet of water. Lots of nice looking walleye coming in.

For more information and up-to-the-minute reports on fishing Lake Oahe, please call Kemnitz MoRest Motel in Mobridge at 605-845-3668. Call Akaska Bait Shop in Akaska at 605-649-7847. Call Bob’s Resort at 605-765-2500, or South Whitlock Resort at 605-765-9762 in Gettysburg. On Oahe and Sharpe, call Hutch’s Guide Service at 605-220-2844. On Lake Sharpe and Lake Francis Case, contact South Dakota Walleye Charters at 605-366-1875.

Remember – this report is a snapshot in time and changes can occur quickly. We suggest you call one of the members listed above – they can be very helpful with what is happening along the river. That way you’ll be assured of a great trip!


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