Hooks & Shots

Hooks & Shots by Sharla Garrett On upper Lake Oahe, fishing in the Pollock area is good. Walleyes are being caught in 15 to 20 feet using minnows and crawlers. Anchoring or tying to trees works best and trolling lindy rigs and spinners is starting to pick up. The best areas are Blackhawk Bay and Jones Bay.

Near Mobridge, walleye fishing is good with the average fish being 15 to 17 inches. Most presentations are working in 5 to 30 feet. Walleye, white bass and catfish are being caught from shore. At Akaska, a strong walleye bite is going and a variety of presentations are working. Most fish are being caught in 10 to 20 feet from Browns Creek up to Walth Bay.

Near Gettysburg, walleye fishing is good. Jigs and live bait or bottom bouncers with spinners work best in 19 to 24 feet. Smallmouth bass, white bass and catfish are being caught in the bays.

On lower Lake Oahe, the walleye bite is starting to pick up from Sutton Bay to the mouth of the Cheyenne River. Some walleye are starting to be caught from the Cheyenne to the face of Oahe Dam. A bottom bouncer with 4 to 6 feet snell moving slow in 15 to 30 feet off the main points works best. White bass and catfish are still being caught in the major creeks.

On Lake Sharpe, the walleye bite is fair from Pierre to West Bend with limits being taken. A lot of 14 1?2 inch fish are being caught so you will need to sort for the limits. Anglers are catching white bass near Farm Island and the Stilling Basin. Smallmouth bass are biting at West Bend.

Walleye fishing is real good near Chamberlain from Crow Creek down to the White River south of Chamberlain. Fish are being caught using a spinner and bottom bouncer with live bait or a plug in 12 to 16 feet.

Near Platte, walleye fishing is fair. Anglers are having the best luck in 15 to 20 feet using a spinner and live bait. The Wheeler area and south of Platte is the best area but you will need to sort for limits.

In the Pickstown area, walleye fishing below the dam has been fair using a spinner and crawler. On the lake, walleye are biting from White Swan and north using anything from a spinner and crawler to long lining plugs. A lot of fish are being caught but you need to sort for limits.

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 or South Whitlock at 605-765-9762; 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 Lake Oahe boat ramp conditions, visit our Web site at: www.sdgreatlakes.org.

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