Hooks and Shots by South Dakota The morning air is brisk and hunters are gearing up for their favorite season. Reports are that grouse hunters have been having relatively good luck.
Fishing is still on the minds of avid fisherman. On upper Lake Oahe, fishing is good. Near Pollock, walleye anglers have been catching fish around the old channel and along the sand beaches. In the Mobridge area, most walleye are found near the railroad grade and at Leavenworth on the Missouri River.
Anglers are catching walleye near the Spurline Bridge on the Grand River. Live bait presentations are working best. A state record salmon was caught in Whitlock Bay, near Gettysburg, over the weekend. Most salmon are averaging 12 to 17 pounds. 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 walleye bite going. Catfish are being caught in the Tailrace along with smallmouth and white bass.
On the lower end of Lake Sharpe, near Chamberlain, there is a good walleye bite going near the grain bins. Live bait presentations are working best.
On Lake Francis Case, near Platte, they are catching some nice walleye but most are under the slot limit of 15 inches. Anglers are picking up catfish near Platte and also below the dam at Pickstown.
On Lewis and Clark Lake, anglers are catching a lot of walleye above and below the dam. Catfish are still hitting on the river. Don't forget that snagging season for paddlefish began Oct. 1.
For information on the Missouri River boat ramp sites, visit the GFP Web site at www.state.sd.us/gfp/boating/rampconditions.htm.
For more information on hunting, see the 2002 Hunting Handbook at www.state.sd.us/gfp/ or call 605-773-3485