Hooks & Shots by Sharla Garrett Walleye minimum size limits on Lakes Sharpe, Francis Case and the Missouri River below Fort Randall Dam ended June 30, and will not become effective again until Sept. 1.
On upper Lake Oahe, fishing in the Pollock area is good. Walleyes are being caught in 18-to-22 feet using a leech on a lindy or jig and minnow. The best areas are Blackhawk Bay and Jones Bay and most fish are caught in the morning. Near Mobridge, walleye fishing is good with the average fish being 14-to-16 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. Depths vary depending on the weather but most fish are caught from Dodge Draw up to Walth Bay.
Near Gettysburg, walleye fishing is real good. Jigs and live bait or bottom bouncers with spinners work best in 10-to-24 feet. Smallmouth bass, white bass and catfish are being caught in the bays.
On lower Lake Oahe, Bush's Landing to Chantier Creek is producing walleye averaging 6-to-9 walleye per boat with two people fishing. A bottom bouncer with 4-to-6 foot snell moving slow in 15-to-30 feet off the main points works best. Plenty of 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. Smallmouth bass are biting at West Bend.
Walleye fishing is real good from Chamberlain up to Big Bend Dam. Fish are being caught using a spinner and bottom bouncer with live bait or with 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 leech or lead core in 35 feet.
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 North Point and north using anything from a spinner and crawler to long lining plugs. A lot of fish are being caught but 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 15 feet. 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/Ft. 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 www.sdgreatlakes.org.