Hunting / Fishing Reports
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June 27, 2022
Good afternoon anglers! We've had some beautiful weather in Central South Dakota this past weekend and hope that you've had some great memories out on the water. This weekend is looking to have a little bit higher chances of rain - so be sure to pay attention to your local weather resources as you're heading out on the Mighty Mo.
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In Pollock and Mobridge fishing is a little spotty in some areas - but is looking to improve with the wind and heat settling down. Fish are moving a touch deeper in the 20 - 25 feet range. Anglers are putting in a little longer days but definitely able to get their limits. The choice bait has been bottom bouncers with spinners and crawlers. Trolling with crank baits is also producing.
In north Akaska, the wind is dying down and has had a pretty decent week to report on. Fewer boats have been out on the water so less competition adds to the success. The bite has been shallow and the depth range has still been less than 20 feet. Flavor has switched to the crawler bite being the most preferred, however bottom bouncers, plain hook, spinners, and some minnow are still being used. The catch has been lead with walleye followed by, smallmouth bass, white bass, yellow perch, catfish and some pike. A couple tips for the area are getting out on the water in the early morning, and watching for clear water - being mobile is key for success.
Gettysburg area – last week was a little slower but looking to be a good upcoming week. There are lots of good smaller fish in the area. With the water temps around 64 degrees fishing depth has been roughly 6 – 10 feet. Larger fish have been hanging out in shallow locations but if temps rise more prepare to cast a deeper line. Bite has been crawlers and minnow. Tip would be to go north of the bridge for location.
Spring Creek / Cow Creek fishing has been a little tougher in some areas but there are notably larger fish as well as those higher numbers for smaller too. The flavor has been night crawler, minnow, spinners, and even plain hook. Just be prepared to cast your line a little deeper. A good tip would be to look for mud lines or stained water areas.
In Chamberlain, fishing has been excellent. High numbers of small fish and working harder for bigger fish. Catch has been walleye and small mouth. Depth has been dependant on water clarity – fishing deeper in clearer waters. The West Bend area having good clean water while the upper end right now is just a little murky. Anglers are using night crawlers and minnow.
On Francis Case in the Platte area the fishing has been good and walleye limits are being met. The bait has been minnow, crawler, and crank baits between 8 – 32 feet deep.
In the Geddes areas near Lower Lake Francis Case and Fort Randall Dam the bite from Pease Creek to North point gets hotter as the season goes on. The walleye are being caught in that 14 – 18 feet range. Bait flavor has been worms, and minnow on bottom bouncers. Large fish groups are between 25 – 32 feet on crank baits. Fish size has been 17-25in and walleye 14-20in. Ft. Randall has some fast moving water letting fish through in the morning anglers using those white plastics to reel them in quick.
In the Lake Andes, Wagner, Pickstown areas the fishing has been excellent and continues to climb even with the heat and wind deterrents. Anglers have been very successful! You can find exceptional shore fishing any point above or below the dam. Be sure to check out water release times as that will change the activity in fish. The points and bays are good areas to try. The bait has been the angler’s preference as the fish are hungry and biting at most anything. However, minnow, crawlers, spinners are doing well. Depth has been 18 – 22 feet.
In the Yankton area off Lewis and Clark Lake warmer water temperatures are up the 70’s which is really keeping the fish biting. Be prepared to move around as you’re looking for fish. There has been good numbers of lots of smaller fish – but a little work will get you the larger keepers. Walleye and other fish are looking to be good near the west end. Bait has been crawlers on crank baits, jig, and spinners.
For more information and up-to-the-minute reports on fishing please contact:
- Kemnitz MoRest Motel in Mobridge at 605-845-3668
- Oahe Wings & Walleyes at 605-230-0280
- Akaska Bait Shop in Akaska at 605-649-7847
- Bob’s Resort in Gettysburg at 605-765-2500
- South Whitlock Resort in Gettysburg at 605-765-9762
Lake Oahe and Lake Sharpe
- Hutch’s Guide Service at 605-220-2844
- Allen’s South Dakota Fishing & Hunting in Chamberlain at 800-435-5591
- South Dakota Walleye Charters at 605-366-1875
Lake Francis Case
- Platte Creek Lodge at 605-941-1679
- Missouri River Lodge in Geddes at 605-680-3877
- Circle H Motel at 605-487-7652
Lake Lewis and Clark
- The Walleye Guys in Yankton 402-499-4936
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!
Questions about boat ramp access? Check the SD Game, Fish & Parks interactive map. You’ll have to zoom in to the ramp you want to look at, and the information is regularly updated. It’s a great resource!
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.