Hooks and Shots by Sharla Garrett On upper Lake Oahe, walleye fishing is good near Pollock. All areas adjacent to the river channel and the sunken islands are the hot spots. Anglers are using jigs, Lindy rigs or spinners with bait in 13 to 25 feet.
Near Mobridge, walleye fishing is good with a lot of 14 to 15 inch fish and those over 18 inches being caught. The hot spots are north of the bridges to Oak Creek, also at Swan Creek and south. Live bait or crankbaits in 15 to 35 feet is working best.
At Akaska, walleye fishing has slowed down some but anglers are catching fish using spinners and crawlers in 40 feet. Most fish are from Swan Creek north to Mobridge. Near Gettysburg, walleye fishing has slowed some. Fish are being caught both north and south of the bridge using live bait in 30 to 45 feet.
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 20 to 30 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. A few salmon weighing between 8 and 14 pounds are being caught at the face of the dam. Anglers are using herring or a flasher and squid in 65 to 95 feet.
On Lake Sharpe, the walleye bite is fair to good from the bridges down to West Bend using live bait or shad raps in 12 to 15 feet. Smallmouth bass are biting at West Bend. Catfish are biting on Lake Sharpe. Shore fishing is good in the Pierre area.
Near Chamberlain, walleye fishing is real good with a lot of 13 to 14 inch fish being caught. On Lake Sharpe, hot spots are near the pump house and at West Bend. Anglers are using spinners and crawlers in 15 to 23 feet. Walleye are also being caught below Big Bend Dam in the fast water and at Crow Creek.
Near Platte, walleye fishing is good in the entire area. Limits of 14 to 15 inch fish are being caught along with some larger walleye. Live bait or lead core in 20 to 30 feet works best.
In the Pickstown area, fishing has been fair for walleye from South Shore up to Whetstone Bay. Some nice walleye are being caught in the area along with a lot of small ones. Most fish are coming from the south side and end of the lake using lead line or snap weights.
Near Yankton, anglers are catching walleye on crankbaits below the dam. Catfish are being caught at the face of the dam on minnows. On Lake Yankton, largemouth bass and walleye are biting.
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