FIFTY YEARS AGO - June 20, 1968

Weather this week will be in the mid-70’s with some scattered rain. There should still be plenty of opportunities to catch a limit on the Missouri River in Central South Dakota. 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 the fishing is pretty good. Some of the weather moving through slowed things down a little, but the bite is still good. Right around Mobridge, and north or south of town is good. Anglers are seeing lots of numbers, with a little sorting. Bottom bouncers with crawlers or leeches and spinners are working in 10-20 feet of water.

At Akaska the fishing is good even with a little slowdown due to weather. Anglers are having success in the Moreau, in around 12 feet of water. All baits seem to be working well right now.

At Gettysburg the bite is good. Anglers are fishing from Dodge Draw down to Sutton Bay with good luck. All presentations are working in shallow water - approximately 4-8 feet. A lot of smallmouth are also being picked up.

Around Spring Creek / Cow Creek the walleye bite is picking up. Anglers are finding most baits working in 5-10 feet of water, out to 14-20 feet. Lots of limits of walleye and bass coming in, and the northern and catfish are biting as well.

Lake Sharpe

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre the bite is good. The West Bend area is full of action. Anglers are using bouncers with spinners and crawlers. Anglers are also fishing the bluffs and the Antelope Creek and Farm Island flats.

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 heat slowed things down a little, but anglers are having success fishing in 20-25 feet, with crawlers working best. White Swan, Pease Creek, and North Wheeler are great areas. Shore fishing is going well above and below the dam. 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!