Low water doesn't mean poor fishing Despite low water levels on Missouri River reservoirs, anglers are finding good fishing up and down the river. One of the harder hit areas in terms of
low water, Lake Oahe continues to provide great angling action.
"We are receiving good reports from all areas of the lake. Fishing has been real good and it will continue to get better. I'm predicting a great year of fishing on Lake Oahe," said Jim Riis, Missouri River Fisheries administrator with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department.
Anglers on lakes Francis Case and Sharpe are also catching good amounts of fish.
Sharla Garrett with the Great Lakes of South Dakota Association said that the low water levels are keeping some anglers away. But that shouldn't be the case, as the fishing is really taking off.
"Fishing continues to be excellent in many areas on the Missouri River," she said. "As far as boat ramps, anglers shouldn't have a problem finding useable boat ramps. Game,
Fish and Parks personnel are working overtime to keep the boat ramps in the water. So don't let reports of low water levels keep you from coming here on your next fishing trip."
Riis added that lower water levels might even help anglers. "As the water gets lower, the fish are more concentrated and there are less places for them to be."
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. For an updated fishing report, call 1-800-445-FISH (3474). For South Dakota vacation information, including fishing vacations, call 1-800-SDAKOTA (1-800-732-5682), or visit www.travelsd.com.
Fishing report as of July 1:
On upper Lake Oahe, fishing has been excellent. Anglers report that all types of presentations are working. The best bite is on a bottom bouncer with a spinner and crawler. Most fish are being caught in 4 to 15 feet of water. Near Gettysburg, limits were being taken within three hours. Near Pollock, crappies are being caught in the bays.
On lower Lake Oahe there is a good bite going with a lot of fish being caught. Fishing in this area continues to get better all of the time. A bottom bouncer with a spinner and crawler is working best. Most fish are being caught in 2 to 20 feet of water.
On Lake Sharpe fishing is fair to good.
At West Bend, there is a good bite going. Near Ft. Thompson, nearly all boats are
catching limits. Again, the bottom bouncer with a spinner and crawler is working best in 9 to 16 feet of water.
On Lake Francis Case, near Platte the fishing has been average for this time of year. Small walleyes are being caught in deeper water using crank baits. Near Pickstown, there is a very good bite going pulling plugs in 5 to seven 7 of water.
Below Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, anglers are catching catfish, white bass and walleye. On Lake Yankton, largemouth bass and catfish are being caught.