Fishing Report

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about high water and flooding. While there is some high water on the reservoirs, we are not flooding. If you have questions, give us a call at 605-224-4617 or send us an email at and we’ll be happy to help!

If you have questions about dock access on any part of the Missouri River in Central South Dakota, you can check out this map from Game, Fish & Parks at Click on the Public Fishing Access map. Zoom in on the area you’re interested in to see dock access information.

This week will be plenty warm with temperatures in the upper 80’s and 90’s. There should be plenty of great weather to get on the Missouri River in central South Dakota. Remember sunscreen, fly spray, and plenty of water for a more comfortable time. 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 has slowed some. North of Mobridge on the main lake, anglers are using bottom bouncers with crawlers and spinners in 25-45 feet of water. The Grand River and Oak Creek area are popular areas currently, with anglers fishing 8-12 feet of water using bottom bouncers with crawlers and spinners.

At Akaska the fishing is going well, especially around Swan Creek. Anglers are having success with minnows and spinners in around 10-20 feet of water.

At Gettysburg the bite is decent and the fish are healthy and fat. Anglers are fishing in 10-20 feet of water with live bait, and 20-40 feet pulling plugs. Walleye, catfish, and salmon are all biting well, and some really nice looking salmon have been caught in the last week.

Around Spring Creek / Cow Creek the fishing has been decent. Leeches, crawlers, and plugs are all working in 10-25 feet of water. The bite seems to get a bit tougher after noon, so plan to head out in the morning.

Lake Sharpe

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre the 15-inch limit is back on. Anglers are having success with crawler/spinner rigs or minnow rigs in around 10-30 feet of water on the ridgelines. West Bend is a little tougher with the 15 inch limit back in place, but the river below Pierre is still doing pretty well.

Lake Francis Case

Around Chamberlain the fishing has slowed down a little. There are plenty of fish, with some sorting necessary. Anglers are fishing anywhere from 15-18 feet, using spinners and crawlers. Many anglers are fishing in the Big Bend Dam area, and catching catfish, white bass, and some walleye in the fast water.

On Francis Case in the Platte area, the fishing has slowed down some. Anglers are fishing in 15-20 feet of water, and using bouncers with minnows or crawlers. Smallmouth and crappie are also being caught.

In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas, the fishing has slowed a bit, but water temperatures are cooling down, so look for more action. Anglers are having success fishing in 10-15 feet. Anglers are using crawlers and minnows the most. Catfish are going great, with many hanging out right above the trees. A lot of nice walleye are coming in from above and below the dam.

At Yankton fishing is pretty good. Anglers are catching lots of white bass and walleye out on the lake, and bluegill and crappie around the marina. Many are using crawlers and leeches with bouncers and spinners in 15-25 feet of water.

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!