Monday, August 20th, 2012

Aug. 20 Missouri River Fishing report

Provided by: Great Lakes of SD Tourism Association

Lake Oahe

In the Pollock area fishing has slowed, but they are still catching fish – with crawlers the main bait being used by anglers in 20-35 foot depth.  A variety of fish like Northern, perch, smallmouth bass, and catfish coming in.

At Mobridge there are smaller fish being caught, but is has slowed a bit. Anglers are using crawlers and leeches. Again, lots of smaller fish, but with a bit of work you can bring in some nice fish. Anglers are fishing around the pillars of the bridges using bottom bouncers. Bigger fish seem to be coming in by the structures in the river. Depth is around 20-40 feet – fish are going deeper.

At Akaska  fishing is still good, but has slowed a bit. There are lots of smaller fish and it can be hit or miss with most using crawlers and leeches in about the 45-60 foot depths. Nice fish are coming from the Moreau.

At Gettysburg  the bite here has slowed a bit on walleye and can be spooty. Anglers are fishing in around 25-45 feet – again, using crawlers and leeches. Some anglers are using artificial lures and fishing deep. Smallmouth and northern are still being caught here also. You’ll have to do a lot of sorting with the walleye here the same as other areas.

Around Spring Creek / Cow Creek  walleye are still coming in, but has been a bit slower –  anglers are fishing in anywhere from 2-80 feet depths. Fish are definitely moving deeper, but they seem to be everywhere. Live bait – crawlers and leeches – is working well with some anglers also using crank baits. West shore and East shore are going well, along with Spring and Cow creek. Some anglers are using crank baits with downriggers and fishing for walleye! Again, all species are being caught – northern, catfish, small mouth bass and walleye.

Remember: if you take fish from the deeper water, please keep the fish. They will most likely not survive if returned to the lake.

Lake Sharpe

Fishing is still good at the tailrace of the Oahe Dam using husky jerks, spoons and flicker shads and the mouth of the stilling basin is still going good.

The tailrace to Stony Point is going well in around 5-15 feet. Using crawlers, leeches and crankbaits against the current. They are letting out more water at times from the Oahe Dam so you need to slow down with electronics or have wind socks along.

The 15-inch size limit is now off for July and August on Lake Sharpe. Fishing on all of Lake Sharpe is very good from the Oahe Dam down to Pierre and continuing down to the Big Bend Dam. Anglers are still catching lots of smaller fish and they are doing well with live bait and crank baits against the current in 10-25 foot depths.

Species other than walleye are also being caught with a good bite on catfish, which are being caught at Farm Island and in the tailrace below the Oahe Dam. Northern, smallmouth and white bass are also being caught here.

Walleye are being caught in about 10-25 feet or more. Anglers are still using crawlers, shiners or leeches. At West Bend and Joe Creek area the fishing is going well using crawlers, leeches and crankbaits. Smallmouth can be caught here also.

Around Big Bend Dam on Lake Sharpe there is still a very good smallmouth bite. Walleye seem to be mainly on the flats and points. The area from Iron nation to Lower Brule has been good. Anglers are using crawlers and leeches in 15-30 foot depths.

Francis Case
The 15-inch size limit for walleye is off on Francis Case for July and August. Around Chamberlain  fishing is still going well with anglers catching lots of fish.  All of Francis Case seems to be doing well, with limits coming in. Anglers are using crawlers and leeches in 15-30 foot depths. Fishing is going well around the bridges and structures.
In the Platte  area fishing has slowed, but anglers are still catching fish – you just need to look for them. Most anglers are fishing in 25-40 feet using live bait. Some are fishing pulling plugs with lead core line and fishing deep. White bass are hitting well now also.
At the Pickstown - Wagner – Lake Andes area fishing is excellent below the Fort Randall Dam in the evening with anglers pulling plugs in the fast water. Above the dam fishing is good, with anglers fishing in the shallow water. The fish are still active with active fishing around Pease Creek and Spring Creek. The good bait this past week was a pink jig and minnow! And, the depth of the week was 13-18 foot! Good eating size fish are being caught in around 16” to 18”. The water temp is cooling and is in the 70’s. Good reports are still coming in on the small mouth bass, northern, catfish and crappie bite.

Around Lewis & Clark Lake walleye are being caught trolling from the Marina to Gavin’s Point/Colonies and Boy Scout area – on jigs and minnows.

On the Missouri River catfish are being caught on cut bait and stink bait. Also white bass and drum are being caught on worms and minnows.

Springfield Area – anglers are catching walleye on jigs & minnows and are trolling.

On Lake Yankton anglers are pulling in bluegill, crappie, catfish and largemouth bass.

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 the lower end of Lake Oahe, call Spring Creek Resort at 605-224-8336, Outpost Lodge at 605-264-5450 and Lake Oahe/Lake Sharpe call Carl’s Bait Shop at 605-223-9453. On Lake Francis Case, contact Cedar Shore Resort at 605-734-6376 or Platte Chamber of Commerce at 888-297-8175 and Circle H Motel in Lake Andes at 605-487-7652.

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