Missouri River Fishing Report

by Justin Larson on August 12, 2013 · 0 comments


Provided by: Great Lakes of SD Tourism Association (soon to be SD Missouri River Tourism)                                                                                                                     

 Fishing/Hunting Update for

 the Missouri River in South Dakota

 Weather has been perfect the last couple weeks – The Missouri River area is still so green and beautiful! Couldn’t be a better year to come to the river!

 The fishing report hasn’t changed much from last week. It’s that time of year.

  A reminder on the Lake Oahe fishing regs – you can take eight a day and 24 in possession. For regulations on size and regulations on the other lakes please check the Game, Fish & Parks Fishing Regulations book.

Lake Francis Case & Lake Sharpe – Walleye: Minimum length limit 15”, except during July and August when there is no minimum restriction. Daily limit may include no more than one 20” or longer year-round.

 The fishing report that we do weekly is simply a snap shot in time of what went on over the weekend.  We suggest you call one of our members listed at the end of the report, to see what is happening the day you are venturing up here. That way you’ll be assured of a great trip!

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Lake Oahe

In the Pollock area fishing is slowing and the fish are going deeper, but there are limits coming in. Anglers are catching the most fish in 20 feet of water and most are usin.

At Mobridge, fishing is slower – the area north of town is still hanging on as the best place to fish. Decent numbers are still coming in and the fish are looking good. The Grand River is decent also. Anglers are using crawlers and spinners or bottom bouncers in around 20 foot depths.

At Akaska  fishing is good but you have to work for the fish and you’ll do lots of sorting.  Anglers are using spinners with crawlers and some still using minnows in around 25-30 feet. Some anglers are pulling plugs and catching bigger fish.

At Gettysburg anglers are doing well, but it is kind of slow. Fish are going deepter. Best depth can be anywhere from 10-70 feet – you have to look for where the fish are at. They are seeing a lot of smaller fish, but bigger fish are being pulled in also. Minnows, crawlers, and leeches are the main bait of choice.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek  area the bite is slower. Some good areas are the Cheyenne, Chantier Creek and Stony Point. Still catching lots of smaller fish in around 25-35 feet. Larger fish in the 50-60 foot depth. Anglers are using spinners and crawlers, Lindy’s and crawlers or leeches. Some salmon and walleye are being pullied in with jigging spoons around the intakes and the face of the Oahe Dam. Remember, if you catch walleye from deep water and release them, their chances of survival are slim.

Lake Sharpe

Lake Sharpe – Walleye: Minimum length limit 15”, except during July and August when there is no minimum restriction. Daily limit may include no more than one 20” or longer year-round.

Fishing on Lake Sharpe is good from the Oahe Dam to Pierre and Fort Pierre  and down to Fort George and on to West Bend.  You have to be there though when the fish decide to bite. Anglers are using heavier bottom bouncers and trolling faster with electric or kicker. The best bite is in the 6-13 foot depths. Fish that come up river to stage aren’t there yet, but it looks like they may come up in great numbers and make for great fall fishing.  Fishing from North Shore to West Bend is also good in around 25-35 feet. Evenings are the best around the tailrace of the dam.

Francis Case

Lake Francis Case – Walleye: Minimum length limit 15”, except during July and August when there is no minimum restriction. Daily limit may include no more than one 20” or longer year-round.

 Around Chamberlain , on Francis Case the bite has slowed in the Chamberlain area, with lots of small fish being caught. Anglers are using jigs with minnows or crawlers and some are using leeches – other anglers are using bottom bouncers and spinners with live bait and some pulling plugs. Most anglers are fishing in the 20-30 foot depths. The area from Kiowa to Big Bend Dam is going well. And, also from Chamberlain down to the White River.

In the Platte area the bite has slowed  and you have to work to get limits. Anglers are pulling plugs and using live bait in around 20-35 feet. Fish are definitely going deeper in all areas. The fish are looking very healthy.

At the Pickstown – WagnerLake Andes area boats are coming in with limits and the fish is still very good. You will catch fish if your present the bait right. Anglers are fishing in around 10-32 feet with most anglers leaning towards crawlers and leeches – all bait still seems to be working very well. Popular area and an area that is going really good is from the Fort Randall Dam to Whetstone. Shore fishing is great too, and anglers are having no trouble catching fish. Perch, crappie, all kinds of bass and catfish are also being caught here. Below the Fort Randall Dam anglers are catching some fish, but it depends on the release of water. Again, watch for the elk on the west shore – we’ve had reports of boaters spotting them!

In the Yankton area on the Missouri River drum, catfish and carp are being caught on prepared baits, liver, crawlers or dough baits. A few white bass and walleye are being caught on minnows during the early mornings or late in the day – mainly by the fast water. Bow fisherman are still getting lots of carp.

Lewis & Clark Lake – The bite is slow right now. White bass are biting at sundown in the Bloomfield area. A few walleye are being caught in the early mornings and late in the day on live baits – with leeches and crawlers working the best. Best area is by the colonies and Miller Creek areas. The boy scout area along the bluffs are producing some white bass pitching jigs with live baits. At the face of the dam small mouth are still hitting on cranks or live bait. In deep water areas, anglers are still catching sunfish.

Lake Yankton – Small bluegill and catfish are biting on crawlers. Bass are biting on crank baits, spinners or plastics early in the morning or later in the day.

*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, 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.

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