Hooks and Shots by South Dakota Great Lakes Association Warm weather this past week has heated up the fishing bite on the Missouri River.
On Lake Oahe near Pollock fish are really starting to bite. Anglers are catching so many large fish they are having trouble catching fish under 15 inches. The fish are biting on everything but minnows or leaches on a lindy rig seem to be working best.
At Akaska, fishing is excellent with an average of 20 to 40 walleye per boat, with most being caught in 10 to 20 foot of water.
On Oahe near Pierre, the fish are starting to bite. Most anglers are drifting using jigs and minnows.
On Lake Sharpe, fishing was a little tough with weather systems moving through. At West Bend there is a good bite going on using night crawlers.
Near Chamberlain on Lake Francis Case, the fish are averaging 16 inches. The fish are being caught in 4 to 20 foot of water using minnows or crawlers on a lindy rig, bottom bouncer or spinner.
Near Platte, about half of the boats going out are catching a limit.
Anglers are using minnows or crawlers; in the deeper water they are pulling plugs.
At Pickstown, below Ft. Randall Dam, walleye and trout fishing are great. Most fish are being caught using jigs with minnows or crawlers.
Near Yankton on Lewis and Clark Lake, anglers are catching everything from walleye to catfish. Most fish are being caught off the bottom in 10 to 40 foot of water.
To obtain up to date information on the status of conditions on the Missouri River boat ramp sites, visit the GFP Web site at www.state.-sd.us/gfp/boating/rampconditions.htm.