Hooks and Shots by South Dakota Don't let reports of low water levels keep you from taking your fishing trip to the Missouri River. Fishing is excellent in many areas. The Department of Game, Fish and Parks is working overtime to keep boat ramps open.
On upper Lake Oahe, fishing has been excellent. Anglers fishing near Pollock, Akaska and Gettysburg report all types of bait seem to be working. The best bite is on a bottom bouncer with a crawler, or a spinner and a crawler.
Most fish are being caught in eight to 18 feet of water. There is no problem catching 15 to 18 inch fish.
On lower Lake Oahe, as well as on Lake Sharpe from the bridges to Farm Island, fishing is fair to good. Most anglers are using live bait on a bottom bouncer or spinner. Most fish are being caught in 2 to 20 feet of water.
Near Chamberlain, the fishing has been great on Lake Sharpe and also below the dam. A bottom bouncer with a crawler or minnow seems to work best. Most fish are being caught in 8 to 10 feet of water.
On Lake Francis Case near Platte, the fishing has been average for late June. A lot of small walleye are being caught using live bait. Most fish are being caught in 20 to 30 feet of water.
Near Pickstown, fishing has been a little slow. However, anglers are catching smallmouth bass and small walleye are being caught at the face of the dam on plugs. Most fish are being caught in 7 to 15 feet of water.
Below Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, anglers are catching 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 GF&P Web site at www.state.sd.us/gfp/boating/rampconditions.htm.