Hooks and Shots

Hooks and Shots by Sharla Garrett On upper Lake Oahe, walleye fishing is real good near Pollock at Jones Bay and Meyer Bay. Limits are being taken in 8 to 25 foot using live bait with spinners and Lindy rigs, also crankbaits are working.

Near Mobridge, walleye fishing is good both north and south of the bridges. Anglers are catching a lot of 15 to 18 inch fish using bait with spinners, Lindy rigs and jigs in 18 foot. At Akaska, walleye fishing is good using the same presentations in 8 to 35 foot.

Near Gettysburg, a lot of 18 to 20 inch walleye are being caught. Limits are being taken using jigs and minnows in 15 to 25 foot.

On lower Lake Oahe, walleye are starting bite from the Cheyenne to Spring Creek in 4 to 20 foot using jigs or bottom bouncers with a plain hook and minnow. There are plenty of white bass and catfish being caught plus a few salmon and northern.

On Lake Sharpe, the walleye bite is good from the bridges down to West Bend in 4 to 12 foot using jigs and live bait. The walleye bite is fair in The Tailrace at night and in the Stilling Basin during the day. Shore fishing is good for walleye, white bass and catfish.

Near Chamberlain, walleye fishing is real good on Lake Francis Case near Crow Creek and south near the Elk Creek area. Anglers are using spinners with night crawlers in 10 to 15 foot. On Lake Sharpe, using the same presentations, fish are being caught in 18 to 20 foot. In the Platte area, anglers are catching limits of walleye north of Snake Creek in 10 to 15 foot using live bait. A lot of small fish are also being caught.

In the Pickstown area, fishing has been fair to good for walleye at Scalp Creek, Pease Creek, North Wheeler and Whetstone Bay. Fish are being caught using spinners with a crawler or minnow in 10 to 20 foot. Some of the fish are nice sized.

At Yankton, on Lewis & Clark Lake anglers are catching walleye on shad raps in 6 to 8 foot. Catfish are being caught below the dam, in Lake Yankton and the marina on bait. Large mouth bass are starting to bite in Lake Yankton using a worm and bobber.

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.

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