Hooks and Shots by Sharla Garrett On upper Lake Oahe, fishing is good in the Pollock area along the old river channel, Jones Bay, Artesian Well and the various sunken islands.� Jig and minnow or lindy and minnow are working well.� Fish are being caught in 5 to 25 feet of water but are scattered. Near Mobridge, walleye fishing from a boat is good with the average fish being 17 inches.� Anglers are using a jig and minnow in 10 to 40 feet.� Northern, walleye and catfish are being caught from shore.
At Akaska, they are starting to catch walleye on jigs or lindy rigs in 18 to 25 feet of water.� Near Gettysburg, walleye fishing is starting to pick up. Jigs and minnows or bottom bouncers are working best but the fish are spread out.�Catfish are still being caught in the bays in most areas.
On lower Lake Oahe, white bass and catfish are still being caught in the major creeks.� The northern bite has slowed.� The walleye bite still has not taken off.�����
On Lake Sharpe, the walleye bite is fair from Pierre to West Bend with some good limits being taken.� A lot of 14 inch fish are being caught so you will need to sort for the limits. Anglers are doing good catching white bass near Farm Island and the Stilling Basin.�They are catching smallmouth bass in the West Bend area.�Trout are still being caught in the area.���
Walleye fishing is real good near Chamberlain from Crow Creek down to Chamberlain.� A lot of fish were caught over the weekend using a jig and minnow, straight hook and bottom bouncer or plugs in 16 feet.� Near Platte, walleye fishing is fair to good. Anglers are having the best luck in 15 to 20 feet of water and most presentations are working.�Some smallmouth bass are being caught in the creeks.
In the Pickstown area, walleye fishing below the dam has been fair to good using a jig and minnow.�Walleye are being caught in the boat bay and the fast water.�
Near Yankton, nice size walleye and sauger are being caught using a jig and minnow below the dam. On Lewis and Clark Lake, anglers are catching walleye pulling plugs in 6 to 12 feet of water. Largemouth and smallmouth bass along with catfish are biting above and below the dam.�
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.
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