Hooks and Shots by Sharla Garrett Great Lakes of South Dakota Association
Hunting season is upon us so this will be the final fishing report for the year. Contact numbers will be left at the end of the report.
Pheasant hunting was phenomenal in many areas on opening weekend.
On upper Lake Oahe, walleye fishing is picking up at Pollock. Anglers are using jigs or Lindy rigs with minnows in 8 to 12 feet. Near Mobridge, walleye fishing is fair. Anglers are using live bait or crankbaits in 15 to 40 feet. Catfish, white bass and a few northern are being caught off most points.
At Akaska, walleye fishing has slowed. Near Gettysburg, walleye fishing is slow but anglers are catching some fish using jigs and minnows in 12 to 35 feet. Nice sized salmon are being caught in Whitlock Bay from shore and catfish are biting in the creeks.
On lower Lake Oahe, walleye fishing is slow from Bush's Landing to the face of the dam. White bass, smallmouth bass, catfish and northern are being caught on the entire system. A few salmon are being caught at the face of the dam and in shallow waters of the main creeks.
On Lake Sharpe, the walleye bite is fair to good from the bridges down to West Bend using live bait or shad raps in 7 to 12 feet. Smallmouth bass are biting at West Bend.
Catfish are biting on Lake Sharpe. Shore fishing is good in the Pierre area.
Near Chamberlain, fishing will improve with cooler weather. Walleye, catfish and white bass are being caught in the fast water below Big Bend
Dam. Walleye are biting at Crow Creek on minnows and spinners in 15 feet. Near Platte, walleye fishing has picked up with some nice fish being caught. Live bait or lead core in 35 feet works best. Smallmouth bass are biting in 10 feet using the same methods.
In the Pickstown area, the walleye fishing is fair to good. The White Swan area is the best spot on the lake. Below the dam, anglers are catching walleye at night casting rapalas from shore. Smallmouth bass are biting just about anywhere.
Near Yankton, anglers are catching a lot of paddlefish; the snagging season runs through Oct. 30. Walleye are being caught on sonar off the wall below the dam. Catfish and bass are also biting below the dam. Walleye, catfish and smallmouth bass are being caught using bait on the entire lake.
For more information on fishing: Pollock-West Pollock at 605-889-2448; Mobridge-Bridge City Bait at 605-845-3132; Akaska-Akaska Bait Shop at 605-649-7847; Gettysburg-Bob's Resort at 605-765-2500; Pierre-Carl's Bait Shop at 605-223-9453; Chamberlain-Allen's at 605-734-5591; Platte-Kuip's Hardware at 605-337-3346; Pickstown-Ft. Randall Bait at 605-487-7760; Yankton-Captain Norm's at 605-665-4271.
To obtain up to date information on boat ramp conditions, visit our Web site at: www.sdgreatlakes.org.