Hooks and Shots by Sharla Garret On upper Lake Oahe, walleye fishing is real good near Pollock at Artesian Well and Jones Bay. Limits are being taken with anglers using jigs and minnows, Lindy rigs and crankbaits in 10 to 20 foot. Near Mobridge, walleye fishing is good from the bridges and north, at Oak Creek and in the Blue Blanket area using jigs and minnows or crawlers with bottom bouncers in 10 to 20 foot.
At Akaska, walleye fishing is taking off with a lot of 16 to 18 inch fish being caught using the same presentations in 12 foot of water on the flats outside of the bay. Near Gettysburg, anglers are starting to catch walleye using jigs in 25 foot. Shore fishing is still good in most areas.
On lower Lake Oahe, walleye are starting to bite in the Cheyenne, Agency and Okobojo while dragging jigs and minnows in 4 to 10 foot. White bass and catfish are biting in the morning and walleye in the afternoon. A few salmon are being caught at the face of the dam.
On Lake Sharpe, the walleye bite is good from the bridges down to West Bend using jigs and minnows, bottom bouncers and plugs in 4 to 12 foot. White bass are being caught at LaFramboise and Hipple Lake. Trout fishing is good in Oahe Marina. Shore fishing for walleye, white bass and catfish is good at Ft. George, Downs Marina and the Causeway.
Near Chamberlain, walleye fishing is real good near the White River, Crow Creek, and above Big Bend Dam using spinners with night crawlers or minnows in 10 to 12 foot.
In the Platte area, walleye fishing is good near Platte Creek with anglers using minnows and bottom bouncers in 5 to 15 foot. Shore fishing is also good in most areas.
In the Pickstown area, fishing has been good from boats below Ft. Randall Dam using jigs and minnows. The best time to fish is early morning and at dusk near the small spillway and the boat bay.
At Yankton, bass are starting to bite in Lake Yankton. On Lewis & Clark Lake anglers are catching 5 to 6 pound walleye and sauger on minnows. Catfish are being caught by the Tabor Recreation Area.
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. The information can also be found on South Dakota Tourism's home page at www.travelsd.com.