Hooks and Shots by South Dakota Great Lakes Association Fishing remains good in some areas, but weather patterns have caused fishing to become rather spotty on the Missouri River. After the weather stabilizes, fishing is expected to take off again.
On upper Lake Oahe, the walleye being caught are healthy and in the 13 to 20 inch range. Most fish are found in 17 to 40 feet of water. A crawler with a spinner, or a Lindy rig seems to be working best. On the Moreau River, most fish are being caught in 12 to 20 feet of water using the same method.
On lower Lake Oahe, the walleye bite is slow from Bush's Landing to the dam. Anglers are finding some fish on the main points. Most walleye are being caught in 30 feet of water. A bottom bouncer and bare hook with a crawler, or spinner and a crawler is the best bait right now. At the face of the dam, salmon are being caught using anchovies, or a flasher with a squid. Most salmon are in the seven 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, there is a fair to good bite going from the Tailrace to West Bend. Most walleye are being 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 has been good near the bridge on I-90 and north to Crow Creek. Anglers are going out at night to try their luck also. Walleye are being caught using a minnow with a bottom bouncer and spinner. Near the pillars of the Platte/Winner Bridge, walleye are being caught at night. Fishing for catfish is good both day and night in the same area. Near Ft. Randall Dam, walleye fishing is good above the dam in a boat and below the dam from shore. Below Gavins Point Dam, anglers are catching white bass, smallmouth bass and catfish. 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 GFP Web site at www.state.sd.us/gfp/boating/rampconditions.htm.