Hooks and Shots

Hooks and Shots by Sharla Garrett Anglers are reminded that the 15-inch minimum length limit for walleye on Lakes Sharpe, Francis Case and the Missouri River below Fort Randall Dam downstream to the South Dakota/Nebraska border became effective again on Sept. 1.

The year-round regulation of one walleye 18 inches or longer per angler per day remains in effect on these waters.

On upper Lake Oahe, walleye fishing is fair near Pollock. All areas adjacent to the river channel and the sunken islands are the best spots. Anglers are using jigs, Lindy rigs or spinners with bait in 13 to 25 foot.

Near Mobridge, walleye fishing is fair with Moose Flats and the Railroad Grade being the best spots. Anglers are using live bait in 12 to 30 foot. Catfish are being caught off most points.

At Akaska, walleye fishing has slowed. Near Gettysburg, walleye fishing is fair using live bait in 20 to 35 foot. Salmon are being caught in Whitlock Bay from shore. Catfish are biting in the creeks.

On lower Lake Oahe, walleye fishing is fair from Bush's Landing to the face of the dam using live bait in 25 to 35 foot. White bass, smallmouth bass, catfish and northern are being caught on the entire system. A few salmon weighing between 8 and 14 pounds are being caught at the face of the dam using herring or a flasher and squid in 55 to 75 foot.

On Lake Sharpe, the walleye bite is fair to good from the bridges down to West Bend using live bait or shad raps in 10 to 15 foot. 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 fair with the best spots being near the pump house, Iron Nation and West Bend. Anglers are using spinners and crawlers in 15 to 23 foot. Walleye and catfish are being caught in the fast water below Big Bend Dam and at Crow Creek. Near Platte, walleye fishing is fair in the entire area with some nice walleye being caught. Live bait or lead core in 20 to 30 foot works best.

In the Pickstown area, the walleye bite is fair using crawlers, pulling crankbaits or trolling with minnows. Most fish are coming from the south side and end of the lake using lead line or snap weights.

Near Yankton, anglers are catching catfish and walleye on bait or crankbaits below the dam. Catfish and bass are being caught at the face of the dam on minnows. On Lake Yankton, both largemouth and smallmouth bass are biting.

The Department of Game, Fish and Parks plan to maintain boat ramp access along the Missouri River. To obtain up to date information on boat ramp conditions, visit www.sdgreatlakes.org.

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