Hooks and Shots by South Dakota Great Lakes Association Fishing on the Missouri River continues to get better each week and the fish being caught are very healthy to say the least.
On Lake Oahe near Pollock fishing has been great. During a fishing tournament over the weekend 70 teams caught 1,300 pounds of walleye (weighing in 14 fish). Crank baits are working best with most fish being caught in 8 to 12 feet of water.
At Akaska fishing was excellent over the weekend. Fish are being caught on the Moreau River as well as the Missouri River. All types of bait seem to be working and most fish are being caught in 10 to 20 feet of water.
On Lake Oahe from Bush's Landing to the face of the dam fishing is fair to good. Most anglers are using a jig with a minnow or a bottom bouncer with minnow or crawler. Most fish are being caught in 2 to 20 feet of water.
On Lake Sharpe at West Bend fishing was real good. Anglers are using a jig with minnow or bottom bouncer with spinner and crawler. Most fish are being caught in 2 to 20 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are also being caught at West Bend.
Near Chamberlain the fishing has been real good. Anglers are catching a lot of limits with many walleye being taken by the White River. Crawlers seems to be working best with most fish being caught in 9 to 15 feet of water
On Lake Francis Case near Platte the fishing has been real good. A lot of small walleye are being caught but there is no problem catching the slot size fish. Anglers are using leeches, minnows and crawlers. Most fish are being caught in 10 to 20 feet of water.
Near Pickstown anglers are catching walleye pulling plugs at the face of the dam. At Svatos Bay jigs and minnows are working best. Most fish are being caught in 7 to 15 feet of water.
Below Gavins Point Dam near Yankton anglers are catching catfish and also walleye using leeches. On Lake Yankton both largemouth and smallmouth bass are being caught using top water lures.
To obtain up to date information on the status of conditions of the Missouri River boat ramp sites, visit the GFP Web site at www.state.sd.us/gfp/boating/rampconditions.htm.