Hooks and Shots by Sharla Garrett On upper Lake Oahe, walleye fishing is real good near Pollock with the state line, Jones Bay and Artesian Well being the hot spots. Anglers are using crankbaits, spinners or Lindy rigs with crawlers in 10 to 20 feet.
Near Mobridge, walleye fishing is good north and south of the bridges with a lot of 15 to 19 inch fish being caught. Limits are being taken using spinners and bottom bouncers with live bait or Lindy rigs in 15 to 35 feet. Northern, bass and catfish are also biting.
At Akaska, walleye fishing is very good. A lot of limits are being taken on the main river using crawlers in 20 to 40 feet. Near Gettysburg, walleye fishing is good in the entire area. A lot of fish are being caught using live bait in 20 feet. In a tournament over the weekend, the winning team caught over 30 pounds of walleye.
On lower Lake Oahe, the walleye bite is good from Sutton Bay to the Cheyenne River. Anglers are using live bait or shad raps in 10 to 25 feet. Fishing is fair to good from the Cheyenne to the face of the dam. White bass, catfish and northern are being caught on the entire system.
The smallmouth bass bite is fair to good at the face of the dam and at Spring Creek.
On Lake Sharpe, the walleye bite is good from the bridges down to West Bend using live bait or shad raps in 4 to 12 feet. Smallmouth bass are biting at West Bend. Catfish and white bass are biting on Lake Sharpe. Shore fishing is good in the Pierre area.
Near Chamberlain, walleye fishing is real good with no problem catching limits. On Lake Sharpe, hot spots are at the grain bins, pump house and Crow Creek. Anglers are using crawlers in 15 to 18 feet. Walleye are also being caught below Big Bend Dam in the fast water. Near Platte, walleye fishing is real good with a lot of limits being caught.
Pease Creek is the hot spot. Anglers are catching larger walleye using lead core over trees in 35 feet and smaller ones using live bait in 15 to 20 feet. Striped bass are also biting.
In the Pickstown area, fishing has been fair to good for walleye from South Shore up to Whetstone Bay. Some nice fish are being caught in the area. Anglers are using spinners with crawlers or minnows and also trolling with crankbaits.
Near Yankton, archery season is open for spoonbill and anglers have speared both spoonbill and carp on the river. Big catfish are biting below the dam on bait. Crappie and bass are being caught on Lake Yankton.
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