6th Annual Kids Fishing July 2009

Fishing Update for The Missouri River in South Dakota


This week’s weather is sunny and 90’s most of the week. Maybe it will finally feel like summer is actually here! This should be a great week to get out and try catching some Missouri River walleye along with other species. Be sure to bring sunscreen, fly spray, and plenty of 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.


If you have questions about which boat docks are open, check out the SD Game, Fish & Parks interactive Public Fishing Access map. To get there, go to https://gfp.sd.gov/fishing-areas/and click on the link for Public Fishing Access Map. You do have to zoom in on certain areas to see the boat ramp icons and they are up-to-date.


Lake Oahe

In the Pollock and Mobridge areas the fishing is really good. Right around Mobridge and up to Pollock is very good. Depths are anywhere from 12-20 feet of water, with 15-18 feet being the sweet spot for many anglers. Bouncers and spinners with crawlers are working well to bring in those walleye.

At Akaska the walleye are biting in the bays. Anglers are fishing shallow in 5-10 feet of water, with all presentations currently working. Lots of good eater size fish are coming in. Northern are also being caught from the shore.

At Gettysburg, the fishing is excellent. Some really nice smallmouths are coming in as well as lots of catfish. North and south of the bridge, anglers are spreading out and using all presentation in 10-20 feet of water. Shore fishing is great as well.

Around Spring Creek Cow Creek  the fishing is very good. Higher water elevations make more area to fish. Bouncers or spinners and crawlers are working well for most anglers 10 feet of water or less. Bass and catfish are also biting, and the walleye are averaging 17 inches.

Lake Sharpe

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre, the bass and the walleye are biting well. Anglers are using bouncers/spinners and crawlers in 10-20 feet of water. West Bend area is going well, with some sorting necessary.  

Lake Francis Case

Around Chamberlain the fishing is great. Anglers are fishing in 10-20 feet of water using bouncers/spinners with crawlers or minnows. Plenty of limits are coming in.  

On Francis Case in the Platte area, the fishing is very good. Anglers are using bouncers and spinners with crawlers in 10-25 feet of water, and seeing lots of limits.

In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas, the fishing is very good. The water continues to go down. Pease Creek dock is in the water and open. Anglers are using bouncers/spinners with crawlers or leeches in 20 feet of water or less. From North Point to the Pumphouse is great fishing along the points and in the bays, with anglers catching lots of walleye and bass, and some catfish. Below the dam, fishing is also good from shore or boat with best times being early morning or evening. Many species of fish are being caught from crappie, to bass, to walleye, and more.

 At Yankton, after a slow spring, the fishing is picking up and doing pretty well. Walleye and bass are biting and anglers are using mainly crawlers in 5-15 feet of water. Some anglers are seeing success using crappie rigs with crawlers. Kids are enjoying fishing action at Lake Yankton and below the dam.

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!