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In the Pollock area fishing has slowed, but they are still catching fish – with crawlers the main bait being used by anglers in 20-50 foot depth. A variety of fish like Northern, perch, smallmouth bass, and catfish are also coming in.
At Mobridge there are lots of smaller fish being caught, but they are seeing the size go up a bit. Fishing has also slowed a bit. Anglers are using bouncers and crawlers or jigs and minnows. 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 25-60 feet.
At Akaska fishing is still good, but has slowed a bit. Anglers are still getting limits but they have to work for it, with most using bottom bouncers and spinners in about the 15-25 foot depths. The average size is 14”to 17”, with some larger fish being caught.
At Gettysburg the bite here has slowed a bit on walleye and you have to look for them. Anglers are fishing in around 20-45 feet – again, using bottom bouncers, crawlers and leeches. Some anglers are using artificial lures and fishing deep. Smallmouth and northern are still being caught here also. Fall bite should be really good this year.
Around Spring Creek / Cow Creek walleye are still coming in, but has been a bit slower – anglers are fishing in anywhere from 10 to 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.
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 in the evening.
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 15-25 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 15-35 feet or more. Anglers are using bottom bouncers, crawlers, shiners or leeches. At West Bend and Joe Creek area the fishing is going well using crawlers, leeches and crankbaits.
Around Big Bend Dam on Lake Sharpe the fall bit is starting. 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 20-30 foot depths.
The 15-inch size limit for walleye is off on Francis Case for July and August. Around Chamberlain the fall bite is starting with anglers catching fish around structures in 10-30 foot depths. Best bait seems to be crawlers and leeches. All of Francis Case seems to be doing well, with limits coming in. Fishing is going well around the bridges and structures.
In the Platte area fishing has slowed, but anglers are still catching fish – you need to work at it. Most anglers are fishing in 20-40 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 around 8 p.m. with anglers pulling plugs in the fast water. Above the dam fishing is good, with anglers fishing around 40 feet. The fish are very active from Pease Creek to North Wheeler, with the fall bite starting. Live bait is working well above the dam. Good eating size fish are being caught, which is what a lot of people are looking for. The water temp is cooling. Good reports are still coming in on the small mouth bass, northern, catfish, perch and crappie bite – there still seems to be an abundance of all species.
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 a few walleye are being caught trolling with Salmos and Flicker Shads. Also drum are being caught on crawdads.
Springfield Area – Catfish are going well on stink baits.
On Lake Yankton bluegill are going well on nightcrawlers. Largemouth can be caught using top water lures in early morning.
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.