FIFTY YEARS AGO - Winners in a June 2, 1968 fishing derby

The Agar Gun Club reported a successful Fishing Derby Sunday. Herschel W. Ellis of Onida won the Browning automatic 12-guage shotgun, and prizes were awarded for the two largest catches in the four categories.

Fishing Update for the Missouri River in South Dakota

This week will start off a little cooler and warm up towards the end of the week. There are a few scattered storms in the forecast for midweek. As always, be safe on the water, and good luck catching.

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 the fishing is good. Right around Mobridge, and north of town is really good, and south of town is picking up a little. Anglers are seeing lots of numbers, with a little sorting. Bottom bouncers with crawlers and spinners are working in 5-15 feet of water.

At Akaska the fishing is good with lots of limits coming in! Anglers are having success in the Moreau, in the bays, and from shore, in just about any depth. Most anglers are using crawlers, with a few using leeches.

At Gettysburg the water is warming up and the fishing is excellent. All presentations are working in approximately 7-15 feet of water.

Around Spring Creek / Cow Creek the fishing is heating up. The Cheyenne is going well, with anglers using crawlers and bouncers. On the lower part of the lake, anglers are using bouncers and minnows. Lots of limits of walleye and bass coming in, and the northern and catfish are biting as well.

Lake Sharpe

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre anglers are having success along the bluffs, as well as the Farm Island flats, and the Antelope Creek flats. The West Bend area is also full of action with fish everywhere. Anglers are using crawlers and bouncers.

Lake Francis Case

Around Chamberlain the fishing is going very well. There are plenty of fish, with some sorting necessary. Anglers are fishing anywhere from 5-15 feet, using spinners and crawlers. Some anglers are pulling plugs.

On Francis Case in the Platte area, the fishing is good. Anglers are fishing in 5-25 feet of water, and using bouncers with minnows or crawlers. Some anglers are using crankbaits. Smallmouth and crappie are also being caught.

In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas, the fishing has been very good. The storms put a temporary damper on things, but anglers are back in action, fishing in 8-25 feet, with all presentations working from White Swan to Pease Creek to North Wheeler. Shore fishing is going well in Svatos Bay, Pease Creek and White Swan. Some anglers are pulling plugs in the pumphouse and Whetstone areas. Catfish, smallmouth, and walleye are being caught around the mud flats, points, and bays, along with crappies and bluegill. Lots of limits of nice, fat, healthy fish coming in.

At Yankton fishing is pretty good. Anglers are using crawlers and some minnows, and bringing in lots of walleye, smallmouth, and catfish.

For more information and up-to-the-minute reports on fishing Lake Oahe, please call Kemnitz MoRest Motel in Mobridge at 605-845-3668. 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!