Hooks & Shots

Hooks & Shots by Sharla Garrett On upper Lake Oahe, fishing in the Pollock area is very good.� Fishermen are tying to trees and jigging or trolling slowly using a lindy rig and live bait.�Most fish are being caught in 13 to 18 feet from Jones Bay to south of Blackhawk and Artesian Well.�

Near Mobridge, walleye fishing from a boat is fair with the average fish being 16 inches.� Most presentations are working in 10 to 40 feet.�Northern, walleye, white bass and catfish are being caught from shore.� At Akaska, walleye fishing is good and a variety of presentations are working.�Most fish are being caught from Browns Creek up to Mobridge.�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 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 the White River

south of Chamberlain.�Fish are being caught using a jig with live bait, spinner with bottom bouncer or plug in 12 to 16 feet.�

Near Platte, walleye fishing is fair to good.�Anglers are having the best luck in 10 to 15 foot of water using a spinner and crawler. A lot of fish are being caught but you will need to sort for limits.

In the Pickstown area, walleye fishing below the dam has been fair using a jig and minnow.�Walleye are starting to bite on the lake from White Swan to Platte.�

Near Yankton, nice size walleye and sauger are being caught using a jig and live bait below the dam.�On Lewis and Clark Lake, anglers are catching walleye pulling plugs in 6 to 12 feet of water.�Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie and 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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