Hunting / Fishing Reports

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Fishing Report 


May 10, 2021


It’s fishing report time again! The upcoming forecast is looking pretty nice in the 60’s and 70’s. This is a great time to get outdoors and on the Missouri River in central South Dakota. Be mindful of others and any safety precautions still in place, and enjoy some time with a line in the water. Good luck catching!


Lake Oahe

In the Pollock and Mobridge areas the bite is decent with fish just coming off the spawn. Limits are coming in for anglers who are willing to spend a little time. Anglers are using jigs or bouncers and minnows in 2-25 feet of water. With some consistent warm weather, the bite should just get better.

At Akaska the walleye are biting but the recent weather has been bit of a challenge. Anglers are using jigs and minnows in around 5-15 feet of water. Some anglers are heading to the Moreau. Again, some consistent nicer weather should see the bite pick up.

At Gettysburg, there’s not a ton of action but some fish are coming in here and there. Depths are anywhere from 3-20 feet of water, with many anglers waiting for the water to warm up a bit. Jigs and minnows are the setup of choice. Warmer weather is coming and fishing will get better.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek  some walleye are biting. Anglers are using jigs or bouncers and minnows.  The bite will heat up as the water does.

Lake Sharpe

Around Pierre/Fort Pierre anglers are catching walleye and smallmouth in 5-15 feet of water using jigs or bouncers and minnows. Not to sound like a broken record, but as the weather heats up, so will the bite.

Lake Francis Case

Around Chamberlain the bite is decent. Anglers are using jigs and minnows in 5-30 feet of water.

On Francis Case in the Platte area, the fishing is decent. Anglers are fishing anywhere from 2-33 feet of water. Most anglers are using bouncers or jigs and minnows, but it’s really angler’s choice right now and plugs have been working as well. Some consistently warmer weather will be a bonus.  

In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas, the fishing is pretty good. The tournament over the weekend went well with a first place weight of 35 lbs. over two days. Anglers are fishing 2-15 feet of water using mainly minnows and jigs or bouncers, with some anglers pulling plugs. Smallmouth, crappies, bluegill and white bass are coming in as well, especially around Pease Creek.

 At Yankton fishing is decent. Anglers are using jigs and minnows and fishing in 5-15 feet of water.

For more information and up-to-the-minute reports on fishing Lake Oahe, please call Kemnitz MoRest Motel in Mobridge at 605-845-3668. Call Akaska Bait Shop in Akaska at 605-649-7847. Call Bob’s Resort at 605-765-2500 or South Whitlock Resort at 605-765-9762 in Gettysburg. On Oahe and Sharpe call Hutch’s Guide Service at 605-220-2844. On Lake Sharpe and Lake Francis Case, contact South Dakota Walleye Charters at 605-366-1875. On Lake Francis Case, call Platte Creek Lodge at 605-941-1679 or Circle H Motel at 605-487-7652.

Remember – this report is a snapshot in time and changes can occur quickly. We suggest you call one of our members listed above – they can be very helpful with what is happening along the river. That way you’ll be assured of a great trip!


Help slow the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species! Check out the Game, Fish & Parks web site for detailed info on the regulations. They are very specific so you’ll want to be sure you’ve read the regulations. If you love to fish the Missouri River in South Dakota, please do your part to keep the reservoirs free of aquatic invasive species.