Fishing report for mid-July

From the Great Lakes of South Dakota Tourism Association:

Lake Oahe

In the Pollock area fishing is very good. Lots of boats coming in with limits and the weather has stabilized at the moment. Anglers are using crawlers and spinners with most fishing being done in shallow water around 6-14 feet.

At Mobridge walleye fishing is also very good but has been a bit spotty. The fish are not usually in the same place two days in a row. Anglers are using crawlers and spinners in anywhere from 10-20 foot depths. There is a good crankbait bite going in the back of creek arms in 8 feet of water.

At Akaska the fishing is getting good with anglers fishing in the 8-15 foot depths. Anglers are pulling plugs and also using crawlers.

At Gettysburg fishing has been good. Walleye are being caught in 6-16 foot depths using crawlers and leeches. Resorts are seeing a lot of fish limits coming in. Best areas are around Sutton Bay. If you’re looking for smallmouth action, now is the time to be out on the water. There are a lot of smallmouth bass being caught. Again, they are catching the smallmouth on crawlers and leeches – many anglers get them along with the walleye and they are fighters.

Around Spring/Cow Creek the fishing is getting better all the time. The best areas are the Cheyenne arm and north around Bush’s Landing and Little Bend. With the weather warming up the fish will start to move south quickly. Bait being used is crawlers, leeches and crankbaits in 2-30 feet. Salmon bite is good for those who know what they’re doing. Anglers are using primarily herring, some squid and spoons. A sixteen pound salmon was caught Thursday morning. The salmon seem to be at any depth from 45-83 feet and the best area is from the face of the Oahe Dam to Snake Creek.

Lake Sharpe has seen relatively low traffic but walleye fishing is good in the Pierre area. The 15-inch limit is off during July and August. Anglers are using spinners and lindy rigs with crawlers, leeches and a few crankbaits in 4-18 feet. At West Bend the fishing is still going strong. Most fishing is being done in 6-15 feet with anglers using crawlers, leeches and crankbaits. If you have children or are just looking for a lot of rod-bending action it’s the place to be. If it’s windy a suggestion is to try inside LaFramboise. Best fishing on Lake Sharpe north of Chamberlain is from Iron Nation to the Big Bend Dam in 8-25 feet of water. When the wind is blowing most anglers are fishing in shallower water.

Francis Case

Around Chamberlain on Francis Case the fishing is good from Crow Creek to the Big Bend Dam in about the 15-25 foot depths. Anglers are using crankbaits and crawlers. Smallmouth are also biting in this area.

In the Platte area the water is going down from the flooding and ramps are open. Fishing is really picking up around Platte Creek. Again, crawlers, leeches and crankbaits seem to be the best for bait. The primary ramp at Snake Creek may be functional by this weekend.

At the Pickstown and Wagner fishing below the dam has been slow in the boat bay for walleye, with anglers finding the best bite on a jig and minnow. Walleye fishing has been fair to good from Pease Creek north and it has been a crawler bite in around the 30 foot depths. Some walleye are being caught on crankbaits around the 15-20 foot depths.

Around Lewis & Clark Lake the water temperature is 77. Anglers are having a fun time trolling for white bass using blue and silver Salmo’s along the face of the dam. There have been a few anglers catching walleye along the Hobiecat area using jointed #4 Bleeding Blue Shad Wraps. White bass are being caught along the Midway Beach area.

At Lake Yankton largemouth bass fishing is going well using artificial worms and rattletraps. Blue gill are being caught using a worm harness and night crawlers.

In the Springfield area everyone is heading out to go Froggin’ using a red jig and hook. There are also a great number of catfish coming through the shoots, along with northern.

On the Missouri River catfish are being caught using night crawlers. A lot of drum are being caught using crawdads. At the bubble down below, anglers are using night crawlers to get smallmouth bass.

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. 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 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, and Fort Randall Bait & Tackle at 605-487-7760 in Pickstown. On Lewis & Clark contact Captain Norms Bait Shop at 605-665-4271.

*Please remember that the fishing conditions in our great state change constantly and this report is simply a guideline.*

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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