Weather should be nice this week. Everyone is hoping for possible rain. But indications are the fishing will be great. Time to come to the river or plan your future trip! Be sure and bring water, 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 is going well. Depths are anywhere from 7-20 feet and bait being used by anglers is minnows, crawlers and some leeches. 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 20-26 feet. Anglers are using fewer minnows, more are using crawlers and some starting to use leeches. The Moreau River by the islands has been a good area. Northern are still biting on smelt in the area and Catfish are being caught along with smallmouth bass.

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

Around Spring Creek / Cow Creek - On Oahe the fishing is really picking up in many areas. The stained water areas – less than 5 feet seem to be good. Anglers are using crawlers and minnows on bottom bouncers with less swallowed hooks on the minnows. Anglers are also pulling flicker shad plugs. The catfish action is very good. Northern are still biting on smelt in about 3 feet of water. The smallmouth bass fishing is also going really well.

Lake Sharpe

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre the bite is in full swing for spring around the bridges and down to West Bend and along the bluffs. The depth is anywhere from 5 to 20 feet. A lot of good eater size are being pulled in. Best bait is bottom bouncers/minnows or jigs/minnows and some anglers use 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 good walleye, and the bite is good in many areas. Anglers are using minnows or crawlers. Anglers are fishing in 7-25 feet. Good smallmouth bite here also.

On Francis Case in the Platte area fishing for walleye is definitely going well with good eater size being pulled in. Best bait is minnows and crawlers with some using leeches in around 5-25 feet. Anglers are also pulling crank baits.

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.