Hooks and Shots

Hooks and Shots by South Dakota Great Lakes Association The walleye bite is "hot" in some areas on the Missouri River, and you might want to try your luck at catching a salmon or big catfish.

On upper Lake Oahe, anglers are catching nice fish. Stove Creek and south is real good, with Sutton Bay being the best spot. Anglers need to move around and try different depths of water. Crawlers and spinners, or crankbaits seem to be working best in 8 to 30 feet of water.

On lower Lake Oahe, from Bush's Landing to the dam, the walleye bite is "hot." Anglers are using crawlers and spinners in 2 to 20 feet of water. At the face of Oahe Dam, 9 to 15 pound salmon are being caught. To catch salmon, sardines or a flasher with a squid in 45 to 60 feet of water work best.

On Lake Sharpe, they are catching nice fish near the flats by Farm Island. At West Bend and Iron Nation, fishing is excellent. A spinner and crawler are working best in 8 to 25 feet of water. For best results, be sure to keep your bottom bouncer on the bottom. Also, fishing for catfish is tremendous on Lake Sharpe.

On Lake Francis Case, near Platte, the fishing has been good. Small walleye are being caught using crawlers or leeches, and on crankbaits in deeper water. Anglers are also starting to catch white bass and catfish.

On Lewis and Clark Lake near Springfield, anglers are catching walleye by drifting and using crawlers or leeches in 4 to 12 feet of water. Below the dam, they are catching catfish, smallmouth bass and white bass.

Be sure to check the fishing regulations for changes that took place on July 1.

Visit the GFP Web site at www.state.sd.us/gfp/boating/rampconditions.htm for more information.

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