Hooks and Shots by Sharla Garrett On upper Lake Oahe, from Pollock down to Gettysburg, the ice is starting to come off and anglers are catching quite a few big northern in the bays. Walleye are being caught from shore in the Moreau River.
On lower Lake Oahe, northern are being caught in the main creeks and bays on smelt, chubs or herring. At the face of Oahe Dam, a few salmon have been caught.
On Lake Sharpe, fishing for walleye at night at the Tailrace is still a little slow. In the bay at the marina, trout fishing is fair to good using salmon eggs, minnows or flies. Most trout weigh between 1 and 3 pounds.
From the Stilling Basin to Ft. George, walleye fishing is fair depending on the weather. Anglers are using jigs and minnows in deeper water during the morning and moving shallow in the afternoon. A few northern are also being caught in this area.
On Lake Francis Case, by the dam at Ft. Thompson and near Chamberlain anglers are picking up a lot of walleye using jigs and minnows. At Snake Creek near Platte, walleye are being caught trolling with leadcore using jigs or plugs in 35 to 40 foot of water.
In the Pickstown area, limits of walleye are being caught below Ft. Randall Dam using jigs and minnows. Trout are also being caught below the dam on flies and minnows
On Lewis and Clark Lake, anglers are catching limits of walleye and sauger below the dam in shallow water on jigs and minnow. Catfish are starting to bite below the dam and on Lake Yankton using night crawlers.
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 the GFP Web site at www.state.sd. us/gfp/boating/rampconditions.htm.