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SD Missouri River Fishing Report May 6 2019

by SD Missouri River Tourism

Fishing Update for  The Missouri River in South Dakota May 6, 2019

After a long winter it’s time to start planning your trip to the Missouri River in Central South Dakota. Spring is here and as the weather warms up and the water warms up, the fishing will just keep getting better. 


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Lake Oahe

In the Pollock and Mobridge areas the fishing is picking up a bit, especially up in the Grand River, where water temperatures are a bit warmer. Anglers are using jigs and minnows in 10 feet of water or less. 

At Gettysburg some walleye are being caught from Swift Bird Creek to Red Rock, with anglers vertical jigging in 35-40 feet of water. A few northern and a few catfish are also being caught. 

Around Spring CreekCow Creek  the water temperatures need to warm up a bit in order to get a good walleye bite going, but anglers are catching northern with smelt rigs or casting spoons. On warm weather days boat and shore fisherman are catching. Watch water conditions as there is still some runoff dirty water in some areas. 

Lake Sharpe 

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre anglers are catching bass and spawning walleye using jigs and minnows or pulling plugs in 10 feet of water or less. Shore and boat fisherman are having success on the nice weather days and water temps are in the 50’s making the walleye bite a bit stronger. 

Lake Francis Case 

 Around Chamberlain the fishing is going fairly well. Anglers are fishing anywhere from the shoreline pitching jigs, out to around 30 feet with jigs and minnows or shiners.  

On Francis Case in the Platte area, the fishing is pretty decent. Some sorting is necessary with lots of smaller walleye but that looks good for the future. Anglers are pulling plugs or using jigs and minnows anywhere from the shoreline to 30 feet of water depending on the weather. 

In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas, the weekend fishing was good. The tournament went really well, with fourteen teams bringing in 200 pounds of walleye. Anglers are fishing anywhere from White Swan on up, in 8-35 feet of water, using jigs and minnows and some crankbaits. Below the dam the fishing is good from shore or boat with plenty of walleye and bass.  

 At Yankton fishing is picking up some with anglers using jigs and minnows. 

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 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 Dakota Prairie Guide Service at 605-680-1910 or SD Dakota Walleye Charters at 605-366-1875. On Lake Francis Case, call Platte Creek Lodge at 605-941-1679 or Circle H Motel at 605-487-7652. 

Remember – this report is a snapshot in time and changes can occur quickly. We suggest you call one of our 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!