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SD Missouri River Fishing Report August 21 2017

by SD Missouri River Tourism


Provided by: South Dakota Missouri River Tourism


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Fishing Update for

 The Missouri River in South Dakota


This week should be beautiful with temperatures in the mid-80’s. Be prepared with sunscreen, bug spray, and plenty of drinking water. Take advantage of the last bits of summer to find your great place and make memories on the Missouri River in central South Dakota.  


REMINDER: Help stop the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species! Check out the Game, Fish & Parks web site 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 bite is pretty good. Depths are anywhere from 28-40 feet and anglers are using bouncers and spinners with crawlers. The fishing isn’t quite as good on the flats right now. Some anglers are trying bright colored jigs. There are lots of numbers, and a little sorting may be necessary, but the fish are looking really good!

Akaska – At Akaska the walleye fishing is great, with some days a bit tougher, but the fish are there!. Nice healthy looking fish are being brought in. Anglers are fishing in 22-35 feet, using spinners and crawlers. The smallmouth bite is hot, with some good size fish being brought in. 

At Gettysburg the fishing is slowing down a bit. Anywhere from 15-30 feet depth is working well with anglers using crawler and minnows with bouncers. Anglers are also catching a lot of catfish and smallmouth bass.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek  - On Oahe the fishing is pretty good.  Depths are 8-25 feet of water, with anglers using bouncer/crawler rigs. A lot of nice eater size are being caught on Oahe. The opportunity for smallmouth is very good with anglers fishing in the 20-40 foot range using bouncers and minnows. Salmon are also biting, with some nice eater sizes are being caught! 


Lake Sharpe 

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre the bite is going well. Depths are around 10 feet of water or less in many areas, with anglers opting for bouncers and spinners/crawlers. The West Bend  area to the dam is producing some nice walleye, along with catfish and smallmouth. West Bend area has good numbers. It’s a good time of year to look for some new spots – some anglers are finding that the old spots are not working as well. 

Lake Francis Case 

 Around Chamberlain the fishing is going good, with the good weather making a difference. Anglers are using crawlers or minnows and are fishing in 10-20 feet depending on wind. Good smallmouth bite here also.

On Francis Case in the Platte area fishing for walleye is going well with good eater size being pulled in here also. Anglers are using bouncers with minnows or crawlers in 10-20 feet of water. It’s a good time of year to try different baits and presentations. 

In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas the fishing is picking up with the nice weather.  Depth is 12-30 feet. Anglers are using crawlers and minnows. Good areas are around Pease Creek, with some nice fish being brought in. Many varieties of fish are being caught below the dam.

 At Yankton the fishing is good with a number of walleye being caught – again, the weather has been playing a part in the fishing here too.  Bottom bouncers or spinners with crawlers and leeches are working best.

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 605-220-2844. 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!