Hooks and Shots by Kathy Zander Spring is here and it is time to sharpen up your fishing skills on the Missouri River in South Dakota. 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.
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 a jig and minnow 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, in the Crow Creek and Kiowa Flats area, anglers are picking up walleye using a jig and minnow in 17 to 18 foot of water. In the bay at Snake Creek, walleye are being caught using jigs. Shore fishing is also good in this area.
In the Pickstown area, walleye fishing has been sporadic below Ft. Randall Dam.
On Lewis and Clark Lake, anglers are catching nice sized walleye and sauger below the dam. They are also starting to bite near the "bubble" where Lake Yankton runs into the Missouri River.
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.