Hooks and Shots by Sharla Garrett The weather is starting to warm up and so is the fishing! On upper Lake Oahe, anglers are catching quite a few big northern in the bays. Catfish are also being caught near Gettysburg. Walleye are starting to bite in Lake Pocasse near Pollock.
On lower Lake Oahe, northern are being caught in the main creeks and bays on smelt, chubs or herring. Anglers are catching a lot of catfish and some salmon have been caught at the face of the dam.
On Lake Sharpe, fishing for the released trout is good in Oahe Marina. Most trout weigh between 1 and 3 pounds and anglers are using salmon eggs, minnows or flies. From Pierre downstream 25 miles, walleye fishing is fair to good in 6 to 12 foot of water using jigs and minnows. There are plenty of catfish to be caught and also the white bass are starting to bite.
On Lake Francis Case, walleye fishing is good near Kiowa Flats and Crow Creek. Anglers are catching a lot of 15 to 18 inch walleye on jigs and minnows. At Snake Creek near Platte, walleye are being caught from shore and also by using jigs and minnows in 20 to 25 foot of water.
In the Pickstown area, fishing has been good from boats below Ft. Randall Dam on jigs and minnows. The best time to fish is early morning and at dusk. Trout are also being caught below the dam on flies and minnows.
On Lewis and Clark Lake, anglers are starting to catch a lot of 3 to 4 pound walleye above Gavins Point Dam on jigs and minnows or by using plugs. Crappie and bass are biting in the marina using minnows and bobbers.
The Department of Game, Fish and Parks plans to maintain boat ramp access all along the Missouri River during the fishing season. 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.