Hooks and Shots by South Dakota Great Lakes Association The hunting season for Sharptail Grouse and Prairie Chicken opened in most areas over the weekend. Hunters had great weather for their first outing of the year. See the 2002 Hunting Handbook at www.state. sd.us/gfp/or call 605-773-3485 for more information on hunting.
Fishing on upper Lake Oahe remains spotty. Oak Creek up to Leavenworth is the best area to catch walleye in the Mobridge area. Large northern along with white bass are also being caught. In the Gettysburg area, anglers are starting to pick up walleye. Salmon are being caught from shore in Whitlock Bay.
On lower Lake Oahe, anglers work most of the day to catch their walleye. Live bait presentations work best. Salmon fishing is rather slow at the face of Oahe Dam, but when you hook a big salmon it is worth the wait! Catfish are being caught in the bays and smallmouth bass are found at the face of the dam.
On Lake Sharpe, from Pierre to West Bend there is a fair to good bite going. Anglers are using crankbaits early in the morning and live bait the rest of the day. Catfish are being caught in the Tailrace along with smallmouth and white bass.
On Lake Francis Case, near Chamberlain, anglers are catching a lot of small walleye but working to catch those over 15 inches. Large catfish and smallmouth bass are also being caught. Near Platte, between Snake Creek and North Wheeler, you will find both small and larger size walleye. Large northern are also being caught in the area. At Pickstown, walleye are being caught in the bays above Ft. Randall Dam. Walleye are also being caught below the dam.
On Lewis and Clark Lake, anglers are catching walleye and sauger above and below the dam. Catfish are still hitting on the river. Snagging season for paddlefish starts on Oct. 1.
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.