The Missouri River in South Dakota is one of the best places to fish in
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In the Pollock area fishing is going well with jigs and minnows being used in anywhere from 5 to 25 feet.
At Mobridge there is a really good bite with most anglers using jigs and minnows in 2 to 25 feet of water. Jigs and minnows are the bait of choice is jigs and minnows with some using crank baits. Shore fishing is excellent around Mobridge. The walleye are close to spawning so that could slow down the bite a bit, but it’s a super time to get out on the water!
At Akaska fishing is going well, again on jigs and minnows with some anglers using Lindy rigs and minnows. A few anglers are starting to use crawlers. Depth is shallow to about 30 feet.
At Gettysburg the bit is good with anglers fishing in around 6 to 25 feet – again, using jigs and minnows.
Around Spring Creek / Cow Creek the walleye bite is still good from the Oahe Dam into the arm of the Cheyenne River. Anglers are using jigs and minnows or Lindy rigs and a shiner. Northern are biting on quick strike rigs with chubs, shiners or smelt – with some people casing spoons.
Fishing on Sharpe is good to excellent from the Oahe Dam to the Big Bend Dam. Main bait being used is Lindy rigs with a shiner, minnow or chub. White bass are starting to go well at Fort George and Farm Island in Hipple Lake, so a lot of family fun can be had in those spots. Catfish are also being caught. Trout were stocked by the Oahe Marina so there’s a lot of action around that.
Walleye are being caught in shallow to about 15 feet or more. Some anglers are doing well pitching jigs into the shallow water. Take your time on both Oahe and Sharpe – new sand bars are all over Sharpe, so it may not be what you remember.
At West Bend the fishing is going well but hasn’t had as much pressure because of the good fishing above this area. Again,using jigs and minnows.
Around Chamberlain fishing is good from the Chamberlain Bridge to the Big Bend Dam. Anglers are using jigs & minnows in 20-35 feet depths. Shore fishing for walleye and northern has been going on by the bridge.
In the Platte area the fishing can be hit and miss. Some anglers catching limits and others struggling. The small mouth bass bite is very good right now – in the bays and shallow waters – and from shore.
At the Pickstown - Wagner – Lake Andes area fishing is still fabulous below the dam, as it has been all winter, with anglers pulling plugs or using jigs and minnows. Also, the brown trout are going well below the dam. Above the dam, the Pease Creek area has some limits coming in. This might not be a normal spring for fishing techniques you’ve used in the past – they could vary from before. So, a good idea would be to check with a bait shop or your favorite motel before heading out. Good reports have been coming in on the small mouth bass, perch and crappie bite.
Prairie Dog Bay and South Shore have new large parking lots by the boat docks – check them out!!
Around Lewis & Clark Lake walleye are being caught on jigs and minnows.
On the Missouri River walleye are being caught on jigs and minnows and trolling. Anglers are catching white bass on minnows and they are catching catfish on worms, minnows or stink bait.
Springfield Area – anglers are catching walleye on jigs & minnows and are trolling.
On Lake Yankton crappie are being caught using minnows.
*Please remember that the fishing conditions on the Missouri River change constantly and this report is simply a guideline – a snapshot in time.
* For more information and up-to-the-minute reports on fishing Lake Oahe, please call West Pollock Resort, 605-889-2448; Kemnitz MoRest Motel in Mobridge at 605-845-3668. At Akaska call 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 the lower end of Lake Oahe, call Spring Creek Resort at 605-224-8336, Outpost Lodge at 605-264-5450 and Lake Oahe/Lake Sharpe call Carl’s Bait Shop at 605-223-9453. On Lake Francis Case, contact the Platte Chamber of Commerce at 888-297-8175, Fort Randall Bait & Tackle at 605-487-7760 in Pickstown and Circle H Motel in Lake Andes at 605-487-7652.