Jack Campbell

Well…we thought warmer weather was here, but this has been an interesting spring weather-wise. The ten day forecast looks spotty so grab those sunny days while they’re here and get out on the river in Central South Dakota.

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 weather and the water is warming up. In turn, the fishing is picking up, especially around Mobridge when the weather is nice enough. Anglers are using jigs and minnows in 15-35 feet of water when they can get out.

At Akaska the walleye bite is pretty good with anglers using plugs and jigging in around 40 feet of water. Anglers that went out early Monday morning had already brought in limits by the time of this report. Northern are also being caught from the shore. As the temperatures continue to heat up so will the fishing.

At Gettysburg the report is similar to last week. Not a lot of anglers going out due to weather. Anglers are vertical jigging in 35-40 feet of water. A few northern and a few catfish are also being caught from shore.

Around Spring Creek / Cow Creek the water temperatures are warming up and the fishing is improving as that happens. Anglers are doing well when the weather allows them to get out. Lots of rain and wind have slowed things down a bit. Northern and catfish are being caught in shallow water.

Lake Sharpe

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre anglers are catching walleye and bass using jigs and minnows or pulling plugs in 10 feet of water or less. Shore and boat fisherman are having success on the nice weather days and water temps are in the 50’s making the walleye bite a bit stronger.

Lake Francis Case

Around Chamberlain the fishing is going pretty well. Anglers are fishing anywhere from the shoreline pitching jigs, out to around 30 feet with jigs and minnows or shiners.

On Francis Case in the Platte area, the fishing is pretty good. Lots of smaller fish and keeper size are being caught. Anglers are anywhere from the 14-20 feet of water on the ends of points, using bouncers and crawlers or leeches.

In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas, the fishing has been a bit quiet due to weather, but is pretty decent overall. Anglers are fishing in 5-25 feet of water, using jigs and minnows. Pease Creek, South Scalp, and South Wheeler are the current popular places to fish. North Point and Whetstone are accessible, but docks are not in yet. Everything is coming in, from walleye and white bass to catfish.

At Yankton fishing is a bit slower due to weather. Walleye are being caught off the wall, with anglers using jigs and minnows.

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 Akaska Bait Shop in Akaska 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 South 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!