Hooks and Shots by South Dakota Great Lakes Association Fishing on the Missouri River is good in some areas, and it is expected to take off when weather patterns stabilize.
On upper Lake Oahe, near Pollock, fishing is starting to pick up again. Fish are in shallow water and being caught with a jig and crawler. Anglers are catching an average of 10 fish per boat in the Dodge Draw area. Most walleye are in the 17 to 18 inch range and found in less than 25 feet of water. A spinner or Lindy rig with a crawler seems to be working best.
On lower Lake Oahe, from Bush's to the Cheyenne, walleye fishing has also picked up. The walleye are in the 14 to 17 inch range and being caught in 18 to 25 feet of water. Anglers are using live bait presentations.
At the face of the dam, salmon are being caught using anchovies, or a flasher with a squid. Most salmon are in the 7 to 15 pound range, and are being caught at 65 to 80 feet over 100 feet of water. Smallmouth bass and catfish are also being caught on the lake.
On Lake Sharpe, anglers report good fishing from Antelope to Stoney. Most walleye are found in 8 to 12 feet of water. A two-hook crawler harness with a spinner, or a bottom bouncer and bare hook with a crawler are working in this area. There is also a fair to good bite going for both smallmouth bass and catfish.
On Lake Francis Case, the fishing is good to average near the bridge on I-90. Walleye are being caught using a minnow or crawler. Anglers are catching a variety of fish in this area.
At Five Mile, near the Platte/Winner Bridge, walleye are being caught using a crawler with a Lindy rig. Most fish are in shallow water off the points. Below Ft. Randall Dam, walleye and catfish are being caught using crankbaits. Above the dam, fish are in 30 feet of water.
and anglers are using a spinner with a crawler or leech.
Below Gavins Point Dam, anglers are catching a lot of catfish along with some white bass and smallmouth bass. On the west end of Lewis and Clark Lake, catfish and walleye are being caught.
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.