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South Dakota Fishing Report for June 5

by South Dakota Missouri River Tourism


Provided by: South Dakota Missouri River Tourism

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Fishing Update for The Missouri River in South Dakota


We will have a warm week and the fishing will be awesome. Time to come to the river or plan your future trip! Be sure and bring bug spray and sunscreen!


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 fishing has really picked up. Depths are anywhere from 7-25 feet and bait being used by anglers is minnows or crawlers. Fish are looking really good!

Akaska – At Akaska the fishing is also going great for walleye. And the fish are fat and healthy. Anglers are fishing in 8-25 feet with 10-15 giving the best results. Anglers are using crawlers or minnows. The warmer weather is certainly helping the bite. Northern are still biting on smelt in the area and Catfish are being caught along with smallmouth bass. 

At Gettysburg the fishing is certainly picking up. Anywhere from 2-25 feet depth is working well with anglers using crawlers or minnows.  Smallmouth, catfish and northern are biting here also. The area around Dodge Draw is still doing well for anglers. 

Around Spring CreekCow Creek  - On Oahe the fishing is really picking up in many areas. The water is warming up and fish are becoming more active. Anglers are using crawlers and minnows on bottom bouncers with less swallowed hooks on the minnows. Anglers are also pulling plugs. Good depth is 10 feet or less. The catfish action is very good. Northern are still biting on smelt in about 3 feet of water. The back creeks of Oahe are producing the best right now.

Lake Sharpe - around the Pierre/Fort Pierre the bite is in full swing for spring around the bridges and down to West Bend and along the bluffs. A lot of good eater size are being pulled in. Depths here are also around 10 feet or less. Best bait is bottom bouncers/minnows or jigs/minnows and some anglers using propeller blades with minnows. The average walleye is 17 inches. Some nice size smallmouth are also being caught.

Lake Francis Case 

 Around Chamberlain , Lake Sharpe is producing walleye, and the bite is good. From Crow Creek to the Big Bend Dam the bite is on with anglers using minnows or crawlers. Water temp is around 55 degrees. Anglers are fishing in 7-25 feet. Good smallmouth bite here also.

On Francis Case in the Platte area fishing for walleye is definitely picking up. Warmer weather is helping. Best bait is minnows and crawlers in around 10-25 feet. Anglers are also pulling crank baits. 

In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas they are experiencing very good fishing. Depth is anywhere from 2-10 feet. It depends on the day which bait you should try, so you might want to alternate. Anglers are using minnows, crawlers and leeches. Shore fishing both above and below the Fort Randall Dam is still very good. 

 At Yankton the fishing is fair with a number of walleye being caught – again, the weather has been playing a part in the fishing here too.  Bottom bouncers or spinners /minnows 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 605-224-4755. 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!