Missouri River Fishing Report for Aug. 6, 2010

From the Great Lakes of South Dakota Tourism Association:

Lake Oahe 

In the Pollock area walleye fishing is good and there is plenty room for more people. It’s the time to get up there and catch some of those walleye. Lots of limits coming in.  Anglers are using crawlers and spinners with most fishing being done around 10-25 feet.  

At Mobridge walleye fishing is also very good.  The fish are not usually in the same place two days in a row so you need to keep looking. Anglers are using crawlers and spinners in anywhere from 10-17 foot depths.

At Akaska the fishing is very good with anglers fishing in the 8-20 foot depths. Anglers are pulling plugs and also using crawlers. The Akaska Walleye Classic & Festival is scheduled for August 12-14. Call the Akaska Bait Shop for more information at 605-649-7847.

At Gettysburg fishing has been good. Walleye are being caught in 15-30 depths mainly using crawlers. Resorts are seeing a lot of fish limits coming in. If you’re looking for smallmouth action, now is the time to be out on the water. 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 very good around the Cheyenne Arm, Bush’s Landing, Sutton Bay and Little Bend. Bait being used is crawlers, leeches and crankbaits in 10-30 feet. Salmon anglers are using primarily artificial bait and herring. The salmon seem to be at any depth from 80-100 feet.

Lake Sharpe  has seen good walleye fishing in the Pierre area from the Oahe Dam down past Antelope Creek. It’s really heating up in this area. Anglers are using a variety of live biat and crankbaits.  Fishing should be good into the fall. At West Bend the fishing is still going strong. Anglers are catching smaller fish, but there is a lot of rod-bending going on! Best fishing on Lake Sharpe north of Chamberlain is from Iron Nation to the Big Bend Dam in 10-20 feet of water.

Francis Case

Around Chamberlain on Francis Case the fishing is good from Chamberlain to the Big Bend Dam in about the 10-25 foot depths. Anglers are using crankbaits and crawlers and there are lots of limits coming in. Smallmouth are also biting in this area. There have been some big weather fronts going through all of this area, so you need to get in the water between those!

In the Platte area fishing has been slow, but is picking up. According to the Corps of Engineers the area should be back to normal pool by September 1 and fishing should improve as time goes along. That’s baring no more major rains of course! Crawlers, leeches and crankbaits seem to be the best for bait. Ramps are open and camping has been very busy.

At the Pickstown and Wagner areas walleye fishing on the lake from South Shore north to Wheeler has been fair. Anglers have seen a crawler bite in 15-22 feet of water. Fishing below the dam has been slow.

Around Lewis & Clark Lake catfish can be caught on stink bait. White bass are being caught by trolling along the face of the dam in 18-24 feet of water, but only a few walleye are being caught.

At Lake Yankton largemouth bass fishing is going well using artificial purple worms with glitter. Take your kids out fishing for an afternoon and get some sunfish using worms.

In the Springfield area they are catching lots of catfish using stink bait.

On the Missouri River they are catching bluegill and crappie on minnows and worms. The catfish bit seems to be the best on stink bait. Drum can be caught on crawdads. Down along the Nebraska Handicapped section, anglers are catching bluegill, channel catfish, flatheads and small mouth 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. 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 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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