THIRTY YEARS AGO - July 14, 1988

Temperatures this week will range from the 70’s to the 90’s, which means many beautiful days to get on the Missouri River in Central SD. Remember sunscreen, fly spray, and plenty of water, as this is the time of year that those things are becoming necessary. As always, be aware of weather, stay safe, 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 area, the fishing is pretty good. Scattered storms slowed things down a little, but the bite has bounced right back. Right around Mobridge and north of town is good. Anglers are seeing lots of numbers, with a little sorting. Bottom bouncers with crawlers and spinners are working in 10-20 feet of water.

At Akaska the fishing is great with lots of limits coming in. Anglers are having success in around 8-12 feet of water, with some fish being deeper. Crawlers are currently the bait of choice.

At Gettysburg the bite is good. Anglers are fishing from Dodge Draw down to Sutton Bay with good luck. All presentations are working in 4-14 feet out to 25 feet. A lot of smallmouth are also being picked up.

Around Spring Creek / Cow Creek the fishing is going well. Most anglers are fishing in 10-15 feet of water, with some having better luck out to 25-30 feet. Crawlers, minnows, leeches, and pulling plugs are all working right now.

Lake Sharpe

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre the bite is good in the stilling basin. West Bend is also a reliable place to go for great fishing action. Most anglers are using bouncers with spinners and crawlers along the bluffs.

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, and Pickstown areas, the fishing has been good. Anglers are having success fishing in 20-25 feet, with crawlers working best. Pulling plugs is also working. Campbell Creek, North Wheeler, South Scalp, and Pease Creek are great areas. Shore fishing below the dam has slowed with slower/no water releases. A lot of crappies are being caught in the bays.

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 or 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 605-220-2844. 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!