Fishing On The Missouri River Is Great!
Fishing over the weekend was awesome! Today there is a high breeze, but that can change quickly as anyone that has been up along the river knows. I would say it’s time you made that trip to the river! You might consider coming mid-week if you can to avoid crowds. Weather this week will be in the 70s and 80s. The Missouri River in South Dakota is one of the best places to fish in North America -not only for walleye, but smallmouth bass, northern, white bass and catfish. Like us on Facebook – for up-to-date reports from our businesses and the area.
In the Pollock area fishing is going really well with minnows and crawlers being used by anglers in under 10-20 feet depth. All bait seems to be working and as before with the bite being shallow at times. With the shallow bite, the shore fishing is still good. Northern are still coming in along with smallmouth bass and some really nice crappie. At Mobridge fishing seems to be good everywhere. Anglers are using jigs and minnows and crawlers. Shore fishing is still great around Mobridge. Fish seem to be biting almost everywhere around the Mobridge area and here to they are fishing shallow – 5 to 25 feet. At Akaska fishing is really good and report is the minnow bite is insane. This past weekend some anglers were doing really well on dead minnows! Anglers are using jigs and minnows with some using Lindy rigs and minnows. They are also using crawlers, leeches and bottom bouncers. There is good fishing in 4-12 feet, with some fishing 15 to 18 feet. You need to try different depths to find what’s working for that day – but shallow still seems to work better at times. Lots of fish being caught and the fish are looking good. At Gettysburg the bite is good with anglers fishing in around 10-25 feet – again, using jigs and minnows, crawlers and leeches – all bait seems to be working here too. The smallmouth population is excellent and the bite is excellent! You’ll have to do a lot of sorting here as in other areas on the river. Around Spring Creek / Cow Creek salmon are starting to show up around the intakes at the face of the dam in 25-50 feet and also in the spillway. Salmon are averaging 6-8 lbs. Walleye are fantastic everywhere in around 10-25 ft. Anglers are using jigs and minnows or Lindy rigs and a shiner or spinners and crawlers. All bait seems to be working well. Shallow along the mud lines have been good areas to target. Northern are still biting here as they are on the entire river system. White bass and smallmouth are starting around this area too. Walleye fishing is excellent from the face of the Oahe Dam to the Cheyenne arm and on up to the North Dakota border. You can’t go wrong on Oahe right now!
Fishing on all of Lake Sharpe is outstanding from the Oahe Dam down to West Bend and on to Big Bend Dam. You’ll have to do lots of sorting of fish to get over the 15 inch size, but there are plenty to catch. The size limit will be coming off during July and August. Not unusual to catch 50-100 per boat. All areas seem to be good. Main bait being used is Lindy rigs with a shiner or a jig and minnow. Some are using Lindy rigs with leeches, shiners and crawlers. Fishing in the Stilling Basin is still excellent. Catfish, northern, smallmouth and white bass are also being caught. Walleye are being caught in about 10-15 feet or more. Anglers are using spinners and crawlers, jigs and minnows, shiners or leeches. At West Bend the fishing is going really well using jigs and minnows or shiners with crawlers being used here too. The walleye are looking excellent. Smallmouth and white bass are going well in this area. Around Big Bend Dam on Lake Sharpe there is a very good smallmouth bite. Walleye are still mainly on the flats and points – and shallow. The area from the Grain Bins to Iron nation has seen a good bite this past week. Anglers are using bottom bouncers, minnows, crawlers and leeches.
Around Chamberlain fishing is awesome with boats bringing in 50-100 fish per day. A good area seems to be from Carpenter Bluffs to White River. Fishing is also good around the bridges and on down Francis Case. Anglers are using jigs & minnows or crawlers in 5 -35 foot depths. You have to catch a lot of fish to get the size you need, but the fishing action is great. Limits are coming in from Crow Creek to the Dam also. The White bass bite is excellent, mainly in the fast water. In the Platte area the fishing results have been really good with lots of limits coming in. Again Jigs and minnows and crawlers seem to work best in 10-25 feet. The fish are healthy and fat. The smallmouth bite is going well – in the bays and shallow waters – and from shore. At the Pickstown - Wagner – Lake Andes area fishing is still excellent below the Fort Randall Dam, with anglers pulling plugs or using jigs and minnows. Above the dam from North Point, South Scalp Creek and White Swan all the way to Pease creek it’s awesome. Anglers are using jigs and minnows or crawlers – they’re using about half and half at this point in around 5-15 feet with 8-10 feet for walleye a good depth. Shore fishing is excellent all over this area too. Good reports have been coming in on the small mouth bass, northern, 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 trolling from the Marina to Gavin’s Point/Colonies and Boy Scout area – on jigs and minnows. On the Missouri River catfish are being caught on cut bait and stink bait. Also white bass and drum are being caught on worms and minnows. Springfield Area – anglers are catching walleye on jigs & minnows and are trolling. On Lake Yankton anglers are pulling in bluegill, crappie, catfish and largemouth bass. *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 Cedar Shore Resort at 605-734-6376 or Platte Chamber of Commerce at 888-297-8175 and Circle H Motel in Lake Andes at 605-487-7652.