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 Leavenworth and Rogo Bay also at Swan Creek and south.
Live bait or crankbaits in 15 to 35 feet is working best. At Akaska, walleye fishing is fair to good. Anglers are using live bait in 20 feet and fish are scattered throughout the area.
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 15 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. 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 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 and white bass 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 has picked up some with South Wheeler being the best spot.
Limits of 14 to 15 inch fish are being caught on bait and also with lead core in over 30 to 35 feet.
In the Pickstown area, fishing has been fair for walleye from South Shore up to Whetstone Bay. Some nice fish 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, the archery season has ended for spoonbill. Anglers are catching walleye on crankbaits and catfish on stink bait below the dam. At Lake Yankton, smallmouth bass are being caught on bait and catfish are biting on stink bait.
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