Hooks and Shots by Sharla Garrett Great Lakes of South Dakota Association
On upper Lake Oahe, walleye fishing is real good in the Pollock area at Jones Bay and Olson Bay. Walleye are biting on jigs and minnows, Lindy rigs and crankbaits in 15 to 20 feet of water. Near Mobridge, walleye fishing is good from the bridges and north.
Anglers are using jigs and minnows in 10 to 20 feet of water and catching a lot of 15 to 18 inch fish. At Akaska, walleye fishing is picking up in the entire area using jigs and minnows in 15 to 20 feet of water. Shore fishing is still good in most areas.
On lower Lake Oahe, walleye fishing is still a little slow. A few salmon are being caught at the face of Oahe Dam long lining with stick baits. A few northern are biting on chubs, smelt or herring. White bass and catfish are being caught in shallow water on the entire system.
On Lake Sharpe, the walleye bite is good from the bridges down to Ft. George using jigs and minnows in 4 to 12 feet of water. West Bend has a good bite going for walleye and white bass on jigs and minnows or crankbaits at the same depth. Trout fishing is good in Oahe Marina using salmon eggs, minnows or flies. Shore fishing for walleye, white bass and catfish is good at Hipple Lake, Ft. George, Downs Marina and the Causeway.
On Lake Francis Case, walleye fishing is real good near Crow Creek. Anglers are using bottom bouncers and spinners with minnows or crawlers in 8 to 14 feet of water.
Above Big Bend Dam near the pump house, walleye fishing is good using the same presentation in 18 to 26 feet of water. In the Platte area, walleye fishing is good on the flats by the cabins at Snake Creek and north by Red Rock. Anglers are using jigs or trolling with dark colors in 20 to 25 feet of water. 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. Catfish are biting below the dam using shad.
On Lewis and Clark Lake, walleye fishing is good above the dam and anglers are catching big northern below the dam. The Marina has a hot bite going for catfish, walleye and sauger using bait.
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