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SD Missour River Fishing/Hunting Weekly Report FISHING/HUNTING REPORT September 28, 2015

by South Dakota Missouri River Tourism


SD MISSOURI RIVER FISHING/HUNTING REPORT – September 28, 2015

Provided by: South Dakota Missouri River Tourism    

Fishing Update for The Missouri River in South Dakota

As we start to look forward to pheasant season, there’s still time for fishing the Missouri River in Central South Dakota. And, remember – hunting pheasants in the morning and fishing in the afternoon makes for a great time along the river! It’s going to be a bit cooler this week!  Fall fishing is spotty, but there are some nice fish to be caught. The smallmouth are going absolutely great! Come to the river, relax, and throw a line in! You never know – you might even reel in another record salmon!

REMINDER: Check out the Game, Fish & Parks web site for detailed info on the new regulations designed to prevent movement of invasive species. You can trailer to fish cleaning stations nearest the boat ramp, but after that new regulations call for draining live wells and boats.

We suggest you call one of our members listed at the end of the report – they can be very helpful with what is happening along the river. That way you’ll be assured of a great trip!

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

Lake Oahe

In the Pollock area fishing is good, but you have to spend time. Anglers are using bottom bouncers with spinners and minnows. Depth is anywhere from 15-35 feet and fishing has slowed, but the fall bite looks to be good.  

 Mobridge fishing is still consistent, but has slowed and you’ll have to spend some time looking for the fish. Best area is the in the Grand River, in 10-25 feet of water.  Anglers are fishing in the 30-50 foot depths in the main river. Main bait is bottom bouncers, spinners, and crawlers.  

At Akaska they are still catching fish, but the bite has slowed some. Fish that are being caught are in the shallows or around 20-35 feet using jigs and crawlers, with many anglers starting to move back to minnows. You need to keep moving until you find the fish – but they are there!

At Gettysburg  fishing has slowed some. A few limits are still coming in but you need to look for the fish. Anglers are catching walleye in around 30-40 feet using bottom bouncers and spinners, crawlers and leeches. The smallmouth bite continues to be good. Smallmouth are being caught on jigs and minnows and catfish are being caught using crawlers.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek  - The bite on Oahe has slowed, with some days better than others. Oahe has a deeper bite going on for walleye and it’s in the 30-40 range. Ledges are working well. Anglers are using mainly bouncer and live bait rigs. Smallmouth bass are biting very well and they are a good size! Spinners, green or chartreuse are working here.  

Some salmon are being caught around the intakes at the face of the dam around 80 to 100 feet using flashers, dodgers and spoons. The bite is slow but who knows – you might hook into another record!! A record salmon was brought in a few weeks ago! Good size smallmouth are also being caught on the face of Oahe in 20 feet or less.

Lake Sharpe

The 15 inch length limit is back on for Lake Sharpe. Fishing on Lake Sharpe east of Pierre and Fort Pierre has toughened up a bit. You have to be patient and if you are, you’ll get results. You’ll also find some really good smallmouth being caught. Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam is seeing the best fishing right now. Fishing along the channel edges in around 10 feet of water is working well using bouncers, crawlers and spinners. Catfish, northern, crappie, and smallmouth continue to be bonus fish for many anglers. Just about any presentation/bait is working right now. The depth is anywhere from 10-20 for smallmouth bass. Fishing in the Tailrace at the Oahe Dam is good when water is being released. The temps are going to be cooler this coming week. .

Lake Francis Case 

 Around Chamberlain , fishing is good! Windy weather can make the bite slow. More anglers are using spinners, others are using bottom bouncers with minnows and some are pulling plugs – seems to be whatever you find that works. Pitching to the bluffs has been good. The depth most anglers are fishing at is 20-35 feet. There are a large number of fish being caught. You just need to take the time to look and find them. 

In the Platte area the points seem to be the best chance for fish.  Bait is spinners and crawlers in 10-25 feet. Some anglers are pulling plugs, others using spinners – again chartreuse is a good color. The conditions can vary, so you need to find what works for you and your presentation.  You’ll have to sort to get limits, but some bonus fish such as Smallmouth bass and catfish are going quite well also. 

At the PickstownWagnerLake Andes  fishing below the dam has picked up with walleye, catfish and bass being caught. Fishing on Francis Case is decent. The depth working the best is 5-10 feet, especially in the White Swan area, but it can vary. Most anglers are using spinners and crawlers, with some anglers starting to make the switch to minnows. Fish are being caught in the bays, on the points and on the flats – but it’s the time of year you have to start looking for the fish. They are also catching all kinds of bass along with the walleye and anglers are pulling in some big catfish.  In a few weeks, you may even have a chance to see or hear some of the elk along the river! 

On the Missouri River around Yankton fishing is going well with anglers catching walleye, catfish, and northern below the dam. Boat fishermen are catching walleye, catfish and northern using jigs and minnows, crawlers or leeches in the fast water. 

*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  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 Oahe and Sharpe call Hutch’s Guide Service at 605-22404755. On Lake Francis Case, contact Dakota Prairie Guide Service at 605-680-1910 or Platte Chamber of Commerce at 888-297-8175 and Circle H Motel in Lake Andes at 605-487-7652.

SD MISSOURI RIVER FISHING/HUNTING REPORT – September 21, 2015

Provided by: South Dakota Missouri River Tourism    

Fishing Update for The Missouri River in South Dakota

As we start to look forward to pheasant season, there’s still time for fishing the Missouri River in Central South Dakota. And, remember – hunting pheasants in the morning and fishing in the afternoon makes for a great time along the river! It’s going to be nice this week!  Fall fishing is spotty, but there are some nice fish to be caught. Come to the river, relax, and throw a line in! You never know – you might even reel in another record salmon!

REMINDER: Check out the Game, Fish & Parks web site for detailed info on the new regulations designed to prevent movement of invasive species. You can trailer to fish cleaning stations nearest the boat ramp, but after that new regulations call for draining live wells and boats.

We suggest you call one of our members listed at the end of the report – they can be very helpful with what is happening along the river. That way you’ll be assured of a great trip!

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

Lake Oahe

In the Pollock area fishing is good, but you have to spend time. Anglers are using bottom bouncers with spinners and some using crawlers. Depth is anywhere from 20-35 feet and fishing has slowed, but the fall bite looks to be good.  

 Mobridge fishing is still consistent, but has slowed and you’ll have to spend some time looking for the fish. Best area is the in the Grand River, in 10-20 feet of water.  Anglers are fishing in the 30-50 foot depths in the main river. Main bait is bottom bouncers, spinners, and crawlers.  

At Akaska they are still catching fish, but the bite has slowed some. Fish that are being caught are in the shallows or around 20-35 feet using jigs and crawlers, with many anglers starting to move back to minnows. You need to keep moving until you find the fish – but they are there!

At Gettysburg  fishing has slowed some. A few limits are still coming in but you need to look for the fish. Anglers are catching walleye in around 30-40 feet using bottom bouncers and spinners, crawlers and leeches. The smallmouth bite continues to be good. Smallmouth are being caught on jigs and minnows and catfish are being caught using crawlers.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek  - The bite on Oahe has slowed, with some days better than others. Oahe has a deeper bite going on for walleye and it’s in the 30-40 range. Ledges are working well. Anglers are using mainly bouncer and live bait rigs. Smallmouth bass are biting and they are a good size! Spinners, green or chartreuse are working here.  

Some salmon are being caught around the intakes at the face of the dam around 80 to 100 feet using flashers, dodgers and spoons. The bite is slow but who knows – you might hook into another record!! A record salmon was brought in a few weeks ago! Good size smallmouth are also being caught on the face of Oahe in 20 feet or less.

Lake Sharpe

The 15 inch length limit is back on for Lake Sharpe. Fishing on Lake Sharpe east of Pierre and Fort Pierre has toughened up a bit. You have to be patient and if you are, you’ll get results. You’ll also find some really good smallmouth being caught. Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam is seeing the best fishing right now. Fishing along the channel edges in around 10 feet of water is working well using bouncers, crawlers and spinners. Catfish, northern, crappie, and smallmouth continue to be bonus fish for many anglers. Just about any presentation/bait is working right now. The depth is anywhere from 10-20 for smallmouth bass. Fishing in the Tailrace at the Oahe Dam is good when water is being released. Looking forward to fall fishing picking up as the temperatures drop.

Lake Francis Case 

 Around Chamberlain , fishing is good! Windy weather can make the bite slow. More anglers are using spinners, others are using bottom bouncers with minnows and some are pulling plugs – seems to be whatever you find that works. Pitching to the bluffs has been good. The depth most anglers are fishing at is 20-35 feet. There are a large number of fish being caught. You just need to take the time to look and find them. 

In the Platte area the points seem to be the best chance for fish.  Bait is spinners and crawlers in 10-25 feet. Some anglers are pulling plugs, others using spinners – again chartreuse is a good color. The conditions can vary, so you need to find what works for you and your presentation.  You’ll have to sort to get limits, but some bonus fish such as Smallmouth bass and catfish are going quite well also. 

At the PickstownWagnerLake Andes  fishing below the dam has picked up with walleye, catfish and bass being caught. Fishing on Francis Case is decent. The depth working the best is 5-10 feet, especially in the White Swan area, but it can vary. Most anglers are using spinners and crawlers, with some anglers starting to make the switch to minnows. Fish are being caught in the bays, on the points and on the flats – but it’s the time of year you have to start looking for the fish. They are also catching all kinds of bass along with the walleye and anglers are pulling in some big catfish.  In a few weeks, you may even have a chance to see or hear some of the elk along the river! 

On the Missouri River around Yankton fishing is going well with anglers catching walleye, catfish, and northern below the dam. Boat fishermen are catching walleye, catfish and northern using jigs and minnows, crawlers or leeches in the fast water. 

*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  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 Oahe and Sharpe call Hutch’s Guide Service at 605-22404755. On Lake Francis Case, contact Dakota Prairie Guide Service at 605-680-1910 or Platte Chamber of Commerce at 888-297-8175 and Circle H Motel in Lake Andes at 605-487-7652.

 

SD MISSOURI RIVER FISHING/HUNTING REPORT – September 14, 2015

Provided by: South Dakota Missouri River Tourism    

Fishing Update for The Missouri River in South Dakota

As we start to look forward to pheasant season, there’s still time for fishing the Missouri River in Central South Dakota. It’s going to be a warm on this week! Make sure you have plenty of water and sunscreen.  Fall fishing hasn’t taken off yet, but there are some nice fish to be caught. Come to the river, relax, and throw a line in! You never know – you might even reel in another record salmon!

REMINDER: Check out the Game, Fish & Parks web site for detailed info on the new regulations designed to prevent movement of invasive species. You can trailer to fish cleaning stations nearest the boat ramp, but after that new regulations call for draining live wells and boats.

We suggest you call one of our members listed at the end of the report – they can be very helpful with what is happening along the river. That way you’ll be assured of a great trip!

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

Lake Oahe

In the Pollock area fishing is good, but you have to spend time. Anglers are using bottom bouncers with spinners and some using crawlers. Depth is anywhere from 20-30 feet and fishing has slowed a bit now, but the fall bite looks to be excellent.  

 Mobridge fishing is still consistent, but has slowed and you’ll have to spend some time looking for the fish. Best area is the in the Grand River, in 10-15 feet of water.  Anglers are fishing in the 35-50 foot depths in the main river. Main bait is bottom bouncers, spinners, and crawlers.  

At Akaska they are still catching fish, but the bite has slowed some. Fish that are being caught are in the shallows or around 20-35 feet using jigs and crawlers, with many anglers starting to move back to minnows. You need to keep moving until you find the fish – but they are there!

At Gettysburg  fishing has slowed some. A few limits are still coming in but you need to look for the fish. Anglers are catching walleye in around 30-40 feet using bottom bouncers and spinners, crawlers and leeches. The smallmouth bite continues to be good. Smallmouth are being caught on jigs and minnows and catfish are being caught using crawlers.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek  - The bite on Oahe has slowed, with some days better than others. The area from Spring to Cow Creek is the best at this time. Oahe has a deeper bite going on for walleye and it’s in the 30-40 range. Ledges are working well. Anglers are using mainly bouncer and live bait rigs. Smallmouth bass are biting and they are a good size! Spinners, green or chartreuse are working here.  

Some salmon are being caught around the intakes at the face of the dam around 80 to 100 feet using flashers, dodgers and spoons. The bite is slow but who knows – you might hook into another record!! A record salmon was brought in a couple weeks ago! Good size smallmouth are also being caught on the face of Oahe in 20 feet or less.

Lake Sharpe

The 15 inch length limit is back on for Lake Sharpe. Fishing on Lake Sharpe east of Pierre and Fort Pierre has toughened up a bit. You have to be patient and if you are, you’ll get results. You’ll also find some really good smallmouth being caught. Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam is seeing the best fishing right now. Fishing along the channel edges in around 10 feet of water is working well using bouncers, crawlers and spinners. Catfish, northern, crappie, and smallmouth continue to be bonus fish for many anglers. Just about any presentation/bait is working right now. The depth is anywhere from 10-20 for smallmouth bass. Fishing in the Tailrace at the Oahe Dam is good when water is being released. Looking forward to fall fishing picking up as the temperatures drop.

Lake Francis Case 

 Around Chamberlain , fishing is good! Windy weather can make the bite slow. More anglers are using spinners, others are using bottom bouncers with minnows and some are pulling plugs – seems to be whatever you find that works. Pitching to the bluffs has been good. The depth most anglers are fishing at is 20-30 feet. There are a large number of fish being caught. You just need to take the time to look and find them. 

In the Platte area the points seem to be the best chance for fish.  Bait is spinners and crawlers in 10-20 feet. Some anglers are pulling plugs, others using spinners – again chartreuse seems to be a good color. The conditions can vary, so you need to find what works for you and your presentation.  You’ll have to sort to get limits, but some bonus fish such as Smallmouth bass and catfish are going quite well also. 

At the PickstownWagnerLake Andes  fishing below the dam has picked up with walleye, catfish and bass being caught. Fishing on Francis Case is decent. The depth working the best is 5-8 feet, especially in the White Swan area, but it can vary. Most anglers are using spinners and crawlers, with some anglers starting to make the switch to minnows. Fish are being caught in the bays, on the points and on the flats – but it’s the time of year you have to start looking for the fish. They are also catching all kinds of bass along with the walleye and anglers are pulling in some big catfish.  In a few weeks, you may even have a chance to see or hear some of the elk along the river! 

On the Missouri River around Yankton fishing is going well with anglers catching walleye, catfish, and northern below the dam. Boat fishermen are catching walleye, catfish and northern using jigs and minnows, crawlers or leeches in the fast water. 

*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 Oahe and Sharpe call Hutch’s Guide Service at 605-22404755. On Lake Francis Case, contact Dakota Prairie Guide Service at 605-680-1910 or Platte Chamber of Commerce at 888-297-8175 and Circle H Motel in Lake Andes at 605-487-7652.

SD MISSOURI RIVER FISHING/HUNTING REPORT – September 8, 2015

Provided by: South Dakota Missouri River Tourism    

Fishing Update for The Missouri River in South Dakota

This week of September should be beautiful. Fall fishing hasn’t taken off yet, but there are some nice fish to be caught. Come to the river, relax, and throw a line in! You never know – you might even reel in another record salmon!

 

REMINDER: Check out the Game, Fish & Parks web site for detailed info on the new regulations designed to prevent movement of invasive species. You can trailer to fish cleaning stations nearest the boat ramp, but after that new regulations call for draining live wells and boats.

 

We suggest you call one of our members listed at the end of the report – they can be very helpful with what is happening along the river. That way you’ll be assured of a great trip!

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

Lake Oahe

In the Pollock area fishing is good, but you have to spend time. Anglers are using bottom bouncers with spinners and some using crawlers. Depth is anywhere from 20-30 feet and fishing has slowed a bit now, but the fall bite looks to be excellent.  

 Mobridge fishing is still consistent, but has slowed and you’ll have to spend some time looking for the fish. Best area is the in the Grand River, in 10-16 feet of water.  Anglers are fishing in the 35-50 foot depths in the main river. Main bait is bottom bouncers, spinners, and crawlers.  

At Akaska they are still catching fish, but the bite has slowed some. Fish that are being caught are in the shallows or around 18-35 feet using jigs and crawlers, with many anglers starting to move back to minnows. You need to keep moving until you find the fish – but they are there!

At Gettysburg  fishing has slowed some. A few limits are still coming in but you need to look for the fish. Anglers are catching walleye in around 30-40 feet using bottom bouncers and spinners, crawlers and leeches. The smallmouth bite continues to be good. Smallmouth are being caught on jigs and minnows and catfish are being caught using crawlers.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek  - The bite on Oahe has slowed, with some days better than others. The area from Spring to Cow Creek is the best at this time. Oahe has a deeper bite going on for walleye and it’s in the 30-40 range. Ledges are working well. Anglers are using mainly bouncer and live bait rigs. Smallmouth bass are biting and they are a good size! Spinners, green or chartreuse are working here.  

Some salmon are being caught around the intakes at the face of the dam around 80 to 100 feet using flashers, dodgers and spoons. The bite is slow but who knows – you might hook into another record!! A record salmon was brought in a couple weeks ago! Good size smallmouth are also being caught on the face of Oahe in 20 feet or less.

Lake Sharpe

Fishing on Lake Sharpe east of Pierre and Fort Pierre has toughened up some. Best fishing is around the bluffs and by the bridges. There is action, but you have to look for the fish. You have to be patient and if you are, you’ll get results. Remember that the 15 inch length limit is back in place. You’ll also find some really good smallmouth being caught. Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam is seeing the best fishing right now. Fishing along the channel edges in around 10 feet of water is working well using bouncers, crawlers and spinners. Catfish, northern, crappie, and smallmouth continue to be bonus fish for many anglers. Just about any presentation/bait is working right now. The depth is anywhere from 10-20 for smallmouth bass. Fishing in the Tailrace at the Oahe Dam is good when water is being released. When the Corps starts to let water out the bite around Pierre will be awesome! 

Lake Francis Case 

 Around Chamberlain , fishing is good! Windy weather can make the bite slow. More anglers are using spinners, others are using bottom bouncers with minnows and some are pulling plugs – seems to be whatever you find that works. Pitching to the bluffs has been good. The depth most anglers are fishing at is 20-30 feet. There are a large number of fish being caught. You just need to take the time to look and find them. 

In the Platte area the points seem to be the best chance for fish.  Bait is spinners and crawlers in 10-20 feet. Some anglers are pulling plugs, others using spinners – again chartreuse seems to be a good color. The conditions can vary, so you need to find what works for you and your presentation.  You’ll have to sort to get limits, but some bonus fish such as Smallmouth bass and catfish are going quite well also. 

At the PickstownWagnerLake Andes  fishing below the dam has picked up with walleye, catfish and bass being caught. Fishing on Francis Case is decent. The depth working the best is 5-8 feet, especially in the White Swan area, but it can vary. Most anglers are using spinners and crawlers, with some anglers starting to make the switch to minnows. Fish are being caught in the bays, on the points and on the flats – but it’s the time of year you have to start looking for the fish. They are also catching all kinds of bass along with the walleye and anglers are pulling in some big catfish.   

On the Missouri River around Yankton fishing is going well with anglers catching walleye, catfish, and northern below the dam. Boat fishermen are catching walleye, catfish and northern using jigs and minnows, crawlers or leeches in the fast water. 

*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 Oahe and Sharpe call Hutch’s Guide Service at 605-22404755. On Lake Francis Case, contact Dakota Prairie Guide Service at 605-680-1910 or Platte Chamber of Commerce at 888-297-8175 and Circle H Motel in Lake Andes at 605-487-7652.

SD MISSOURI RIVER FISHING/HUNTING REPORT – August 31, 2015

Provided by: South Dakota Missouri River Tourism    

Fishing Update for The Missouri River in South Dakota

As we head into September it looks like the first week will be rather warm.  Get out on the Missouri River in Central South Dakota. It’s a great getaway. Come on out, relax, and try your hand at catching some delicious walleye, smallmouth bass or catfish. 

And, you have probably heard about the record Chinook Salmon that was caught at the face of the Oahe Dam! 

REMINDER: Check out the Game, Fish & Parks web site for detailed info on the new regulations designed to prevent movement of invasive species. You can trailer to fish cleaning stations nearest the boat ramp, but after that new regulations call for draining live wells and boats.

We suggest you call one of our members listed at the end of the report – they can be very helpful with what is happening along the river. That way you’ll be assured of a great trip!

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

Lake Oahe

In the Pollock area fishing is good, but you have to spend time. Anglers are using bottom bouncers with spinners and some using crawlers. Depth is anywhere from 20-35 feet and fishing has slowed a bit now, but the fall bite looks to be excellent.  

 Mobridge fishing is still consistent, but has slowed and you’ll have to spend some time looking for the fish. Best areas seem to be right around town.  Anglers are fishing in the 35-50 foot depths in the main river and 10-12 feet in the Grand River and other tributaries. Main bait is bottom bouncers, spinners, and crawlers.  

At Akaska they are still catching fish, but the bite has slowed some. Fish that are being caught are in the shallows or around 18-35 feet using jigs and minnows – actually minnows are being used more right now, bottom bouncers with crawlers and leeches. You need to keep moving until you find the fish – but they are there!

At Gettysburg  fishing has slowed some. A few limits are still coming in but you need to look for the fish. Anglers are catching walleye in around 30-40 feet using bottom bouncers and spinners, crawlers and leeches. Smallmouth are being caught on jigs and minnows and catfish are being caught using crawlers.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek  - The bite on Oahe has slowed, with some days better than others. The area from Spring to Cow Creek is the best at this time. Oahe has a deeper bite going on for walleye and it’s in the 40-50 range. Ledges are working well. Anglers are using mainly bouncer and live bait rigs. Smallmouth bass are biting and they are a good size! Spinners, green or chartreuse are working here.  

Some salmon are being caught around the intakes at the face of the dam around 80 to 100 feet using flashers, dodgers and spoons. The bite is slow bit who knows – you might hook into another record!! A record salmon was brought in a couple weeks ago! Good size smallmouth are also being caught on the face of Oahe in 20 feet or less.

Lake Sharpe

Fishing on Lake Sharpe east of Pierre and Fort Pierre has toughened up some. Best fishing is around the bluffs and by the bridges. There is action, but you have to look for the fish. You have to be patient and if you are, you’ll get results. You’ll also find some really good smallmouth being caught. Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam is seeing the best fishing right now. Fishing along the channel edges in around 10 to 20 feet of water is working well using bouncers, crawlers and spinners. Catfish, northern, crappie, and smallmouth continue to be bonus fish for many anglers. Just about any presentation/bait is working right now. The depth is anywhere from 5-20 for smallmouth bass. Fishing in the Tailrace at the Oahe Dam is good when water is being released. When the Corps starts to let water out the bite around Pierre will be awesome! 

Lake Francis Case 

 Around Chamberlain , fishing is good! Windy weather can make the bite slow. More anglers are using spinners, others are using bottom bouncers with minnows and some are pulling plugs – seems to be whatever you find that works. Pitching to the bluffs has been good. The depth most anglers are fishing at is 20-40 feet. There are a large number of fish being caught. You just need to take the time to look and find them. 

In the Platte area the points seem to be the best chance for fish.  Bait is spinners and crawlers  in 25-30 feet. Some anglers are pulling plugs, others using spinners – again chartreuse seems to be a good color. The conditions can vary, so you need to find what works for you and your presentation.  You’ll have to sort to get limits, but some bonus fish such as Smallmouth bass and catfish are going fairly well also. 

At the PickstownWagnerLake Andes  fishing below the dam has picked up with walleye, catfish and bass being caught. Fishing on Francis Case is pretty good. The depth working the best is 20 -30 feet, but it can vary every day. Most anglers are using spinners, with varied live bait. Working the points seems to do well and the good areas seem to be from Pease Creek to North Wheeler using plugs over the trees. Fish are being caught in the bays, on the points and on the flats – but it’s the time of year you have to start looking for the fish. They are also catching all kinds of bass along with the walleye and anglers are pulling in some big catfish.   

On the Missouri River around Yankton fishing is going well with anglers catching walleye, catfish, and northern below the dam. Boat fishermen are catching walleye, catfish and northern using jigs and minnows, crawlers or leeches in the fast water. 

*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 Oahe and Sharpe call Hutch’s Guide Service at 605-22404755. On Lake Francis Case, contact Dakota Prairie Guide Service at 605-680-1910 or Platte Chamber of Commerce at 888-297-8175 and Circle H Motel in Lake Andes at 605-487-7652.

 

SD MISSOURI RIVER FISHING/HUNTING REPORT – August 24, 2015

Provided by: South Dakota Missouri River Tourism    

 

Fishing Update for The Missouri River in South Dakota

High winds this last week made it a little tough on the water! As we get this report out this morning – it’s beautiful, with hardly a breeze! Get out on the Missouri River in Central South Dakota. It’s a great getaway. Come on out, relax, and try your hand at catching some delicious walleye. 

And, you have probably heard about the record Chinook Salmon that was caught at the face of the Oahe Dam! 

 REMINDER: Check out the Game, Fish & Parks web site for detailed info on the new regulations designed to prevent movement of invasive species. You can trailer to fish cleaning stations nearest the boat ramp, but after that new regulations call for draining live wells and boats.

We suggest you call one of our members listed at the end of the report – they can be very helpful with what is happening along the river. That way you’ll be assured of a great trip!

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

Lake Oahe

In the Pollock area fishing is good using bottom bouncers with spinners and some using crawlers and leeches. Depth is anywhere from 20-30 feet and fishing has slowed a bit now, but the fall bite looks to be excellent.  

 Mobridge fishing is still consistent, but has slowed and you’ll have to work for them. Best areas seem to be 10-15 miles north of town. Anglers are fishing in the 25-40 foot depths with bottom bouncers, spinners, and crankbaits.  

At Akaska they are still catching fish, but the bite has slowed some. Fish that are being caught are in the shallows or around 18-35 feet using jigs and minnows – actually minnows are being used more right now, bottom bouncers with crawlers and leeches. You need to keep moving until you find the fish – but they are there!

At Gettysburg  fishing has slowed some. A few limits are still coming in but you need to look for the fish. Anglers are catching walleye in around 40 feet using bottom bouncers and spinners, crawlers and leeches. Smallmouth are being caught on jigs and minnows and catfish are being caught using crawlers.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek  - The bite on Oahe has slowed, with some days better than others. The area from Spring to Cow Creek is working at this time. Oahe has a deeper bite going on for walleye and it’s in the 40-50 range. Ledges are working well. Anglers are using mainly bouncer and live bait rigs. Smallmouth bass are biting and they are a good size! Spinners, green or chartreuse are working here.  Salmon are being caught around the intakes at the face of the dam around 80 to 100 feet using flashers, dodgers and spoons. The bite is slow bit who knows – you might hook into another record!! A record salmon was brought in a couple weeks ago! Good size smallmouth are also being caught on the face of Oahe in 20 feet or less..

Lake Sharpe

Fishing on Lake Sharpe east of Pierre and Fort Pierre is going very well around the bluffs and by the bridges. There’s a lot of action right now. You have to be patient and if you are, you’ll get results. You’ll also find some really good smallmouth being caught. Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam is seeing the best fishing right now. Fishing along the channel edges in around 10 to 20 feet of water is working well using bouncers, crawlers and spinners. The 15 inch limit is off for the months of July and August, making catching a limit easier. Catfish, northern, crappie, and smallmouth continue to be bonus fish for many anglers. Just about any presentation/bait is working right now. The depth is anywhere from 5-20 for smallmouth bass. Fishing in the Tailrace at the Oahe Dam is good when water is being released and some fish are being caught by the bridges at Pierre. When the Corps starts to let water out the bite around Pierre will be awesome! 

Lake Francis Case 

 Around Chamberlain , fishing is very good! Windy weather this past week made the bite slow. More anglers are using spinners, others are using bottom bouncers with minnows and some are pulling plugs – seems to be whatever you find that works. Pitching to the bluffs has been good. The depth most anglers are fishing at is 20-40 feet. There are a large number of fish being caught. You just need to take the time to look and find them. 

In the Platte area the points seem to be the best chance for fish.  Bait is jig and crawlers or leeches in 25-35 feet. Some anglers are pulling plugs, others using spinners – again chartreuse seems to be a good color. The conditions can vary, so you need to find what works for you and your presentation.  You’ll have to sort to get limits, but some bonus fish such as Smallmouth bass and catfish are going fairly well also. 

At the PickstownWagnerLake Andes  some fishing is being done below the dam. Fishing on Francis Case is normal for this time of year. The depth working the best is 20 -30 feet, but it can vary every day. Most anglers are using spinners, with varied live bait. Working the points seems to do well and in Pease and Spring Creek areas. Fish are being caught in the bays, on the points and on the flats – but it’s the time of year you have to start looking for the fish. They are also catching all kinds of bass along with the walleye and anglers are pulling in some big catfish.   

On the Missouri River around Yankton fishing is going well with anglers catching walleye, catfish, and northern below the dam. Boat fishermen are catching walleye, catfish and northern using jigs and minnows, crawlers or leeches in the fast water. 

*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 Oahe and Sharpe call Hutch’s Guide Service at 605-22404755. On Lake Francis Case, contact Dakota Prairie Guide Service at 605-680-1910 or Platte Chamber of Commerce at 888-297-8175 and Circle H Motel in Lake Andes at 605-487-7652.

 

SD MISSOURI RIVER FISHING/HUNTING REPORT – August 17, 2015

Provided by: South Dakota Missouri River Tourism    

 

Fishing Update for The Missouri River in South Dakota

After a really hot week, this week will be much cooler! Get out on the Missouri River in Central South Dakota. It’s a great getaway. Come on out, relax, and try your hand at catching some delicious walleye. 

REMINDER: Check out the Game, Fish & Parks web site for detailed info on the new regulations designed to prevent movement of invasive species. You can trailer to fish cleaning stations nearest the boat ramp, but after that new regulations call for draining live wells and boats.

We suggest you call one of our members listed at the end of the report – they can be very helpful with what is happening along the river. That way you’ll be assured of a great trip!

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

Lake Oahe

In the Pollock area fishing is good using bottom bouncers with spinners and some using crawlers and leeches. Depth is anywhere from 20-30 feet and fishing has slowed a bit now, but the fall bite looks to be excellent.  

 Mobridge fishing is still consistent, but has slowed a little. Limits are coming in, but you’ll have to work for them. Best areas seem to be 10-15 miles north of town. Anglers are fishing in the 25-40 foot depths with bottom bouncers, spinners, and crankbaits.  

At Akaska they are still catching fish, but the bite has slowed some. Fish that are being caught are in the shallows or around 18-25 feet using jigs and minnows – actually minnows are being used more right now, bottom bouncers with crawlers and leeches. You need to keep moving until you find the fish – but they are there!

At Gettysburg  fishing has slowed some. A few limits are still coming in but you need to look for the fish. Anglers are catching walleye in 25-45 feet using bottom bouncers and spinners, crawlers and leeches. Smallmouth are being caught on jigs and minnows and catfish are being caught using crawlers.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek  - The bite on Oahe has slowed, with some days better than others. The area from Spring to Cow Creek is working at this time. Oahe has a deeper bite going on for walleye and it’s in the 40-50 range. Ledges are working well. Anglers are using mainly bouncer and live bait rigs. Smallmouth bass are biting and they are a good size! Spinners, green or chartreuse are working here.  Salmon are being caught around the intakes at the face of the dam aroundn 60-80 feet using flashers, dodgers and spoons. A record salmon was brought in last week! Good size smallmouth are also being caught on the face of Oahe in 20 feet or less..

Lake Sharpe

Fishing on Lake Sharpe east of Pierre and Fort Pierre is going very well around the bluffs and by the bridges. There’s a lot of action right now. You have to be patient and if you are, you’ll get results. You’ll also find some really good smallmouth being caught. Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam is seeing the best fishing right now. Fishing along the channel edges in around 12 to 20 feet of water is working well using bouncers, crawlers and spinners. The 15 inch limit is off for the months of July and August, making catching a limit easier. Catfish, northern, crappie, and smallmouth continue to be bonus fish for many anglers. Just about any presentation/bait is working right now. The depth is anywhere from 5-20 for smallmouth bass. Fishing in the Tailrace at the Oahe Dam is good when water is being released and some fish are being caught by the bridges at Pierre. 

Lake Francis Case 

 Around Chamberlain , fishing is very good! Weather has been hot, but is cooling this week which will cool the water some. The fish also seem to be more aggressive. More anglers are using spinners, others are using bottom bouncers with minnows and some are pulling plugs – seems to be whatever you find that works. Pitching to the bluffs has been good. The depth most anglers are fishing at is 20-35 feet. There are a large number of fish being caught. You just need to take the time to look and find them. 

In the Platte area the points seem to be the best chance for fish.  Bait is jig and crawlers or leeches in 20-35 feet. Some anglers are pulling plugs, others using spinners – again chartreuse seems to be a good color. The conditions can vary, so you need to find what works for you and your presentation.  You’ll have to sort to get limits, but some bonus fish such as Smallmouth bass and catfish are going fairly well also. 

At the PickstownWagnerLake Andes  some fishing is being done below the dam. Fishing on Francis Case is normal for this time of year. The depth working the best is 20 -30 feet, but it can vary every day. Most anglers are using spinners, with varied live bait. Working the points seems to do well and in Pease and Spring Creek areas. Fish are being caught in the bays, on the points and on the flats – but it’s the time of year you have to start looking for the fish. They are also catching all kinds of bass along with the walleye and anglers are pulling in some big catfish.   

On the Missouri River around Yankton fishing is going well with anglers catching walleye, catfish, and northern below the dam. Boat fishermen are catching walleye, catfish and northern using jigs and minnows, crawlers or leeches in the fast water. 

*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 Oahe and Sharpe call Hutch’s Guide Service at 605-22404755. On Lake Francis Case, contact Dakota Prairie Guide Service at 605-680-1910 or Platte Chamber of Commerce at 888-297-8175 and Circle H Motel in Lake Andes at 605-487-7652.

 

SD MISSOURI RIVER FISHING/HUNTING REPORT – August 10, 2015

Provided by: South Dakota Missouri River Tourism    

Fishing Update for The Missouri River in South Dakota

Temps will be in the 80s the beginning of the week and then get a bit warmer. Get out on the Missouri River in Central South Dakota. It’s a great getaway. Come on out, relax, and try your hand at catching some delicious walleye. 

REMINDER: Check out the Game, Fish & Parks web site for detailed info on the new regulations designed to prevent movement of invasive species. You can trailer to fish cleaning stations nearest the boat ramp, but after that new regulations call for draining live wells and boats.

We suggest you call one of our members listed at the end of the report – they can be very helpful with what is happening along the river. That way you’ll be assured of a great trip!

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

Lake Oahe

In the Pollock area fishing is good using bottom bouncers with spinners and some using crawlers and leeches. Depth is anywhere from 20-30 feet and fishing has slowed a bit now, but the fall bite looks to be excellent.  

 Mobridge fishing is still consistent, but has slowed a little. Limits are coming in, but you’ll have to work for them. Best areas seem to be 10-15 miles north of town. Anglers are fishing in the 25-40 foot depths with bottom bouncers, spinners, and crankbaits.  

At Akaska they are still catching fish, but the bite has slowed some. Fish that are being caught are in the shallows around 18-25 feet using jigs and minnows, bottom bouncers with crawlers and leeches. You need to keep moving until you find the fish – but they are there!

At Gettysburg  fishing has slowed some. Limits are still coming in but you need to look for the fish. Anglers are catching walleye in 35-40 feet using bottom bouncers and spinners, crawlers and leeches. Smallmouth are being caught on jigs and minnows and catfish are being caught using crawlers.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek  - The bite on Oahe has slowed, with some days better than others. The area from Spring to Cow Creek is working at this time. When the wind blows you need to get into around 10 feet or less along the mud line, and if the wind is calm the depth is 20 to 30 plus feet or more. Anglers are using mainly bouncer and live bait rigs. Smallmouth bass are biting and they are a good size! Spinners, green or chartreuse are working here.  Some salmon are being caught around the intakes at the face of the dam aroundn 60-80 feet using flashers, dodgers and spoons. Good size smallmouth are also being caught on the face of Oahe in 15 feet or less.

Lake Sharpe

Fishing on Lake Sharpe east of Pierre and Fort Pierre is going well around the bluffs and by the bridges. There’s a lot of action right now. You have to be patient and if you are, you’ll get results. You’ll also find some really good smallmouth being caught. Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam is seeing the best fishing right now. Fishing along the channel edges in around 30 feet of water is working well using bouncers, crawlers and spinners. The 15 inch limit is off for the months of July and August, making catching a limit easier. Catfish, northern, crappie, and smallmouth continue to be bonus fish for many anglers. Just about any presentation/bait is working right now. The depth is anywhere from 5-20 for smallmouth bass. Fishing in the Tailrace at the Oahe Dam is good when water is being released and some fish are being caught by the bridges at Pierre. 

Lake Francis Case 

 Around Chamberlain , fishing is very good! With the rising water the bite is in the shallow water. The fish also seem to be more aggressive. More anglers are using spinners, others are using bottom bouncers with minnows and some are pulling plugs – seems to be whatever you find that works. Pitching to the bluffs has been good. The depth most anglers are fishing at is 15-30 feet. There are a large number of fish being caught. You just need to take the time to look and find them. 

In the Platte area the points seem to be the best chance for fish.  Bait is jig and crawlers or leeches in 15-30 feet. Some anglers are pulling plugs, others using spinners – again chartreuse seems to be a good color. The conditions can vary, so you need to find what works for you and your presentation.  You’ll have to sort to get limits, but some bonus fish such as Smallmouth bass and catfish are going fairly well also. 

At the PickstownWagnerLake Andes  some fishing is being done below the dam. Fishing on Francis Case is normal for this time of year. The depth working the best is 15 -30 feet, and it varies every day. Most anglers are using spinners, with varied live bait. Working the points seems to do well and in Pease and Spring Creek areas. Fish are being caught in the bays, on the points and on the flats – but it’s the time of year you have to start looking for the fish. They are also catching all kinds of bass along with the walleye and anglers are pulling in some big catfish. One method that some are using is to jig with a heavy weight over the tops of the standing trees about 40 feet down. Some anglers are also pulling plugs over the trees.  

On the Missouri River around Yankton fishing is going well with anglers catching walleye, catfish, and northern below the dam. Boat fishermen are catching walleye, catfish and northern using jigs and minnows, crawlers or leeches in the fast water. 

*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 Oahe and Sharpe call Hutch’s Guide Service at 605-22404755. On Lake Francis Case, contact Dakota Prairie Guide Service at 605-680-1910 or Platte Chamber of Commerce at 888-297-8175 and Circle H Motel in Lake Andes at 605-487-7652.

 

SD MISSOURI RIVER FISHING/HUNTING REPORT – August 3, 2015

Provided by: South Dakota Missouri River Tourism    

Fishing Update for The Missouri River in South Dakota

Temps will be in the 80s this week. Get out on the Missouri River in Central South Dakota. It’s a great getaway. Come on out, relax, and try your hand at cat