Hooks and Shots by Sharla Garrett Anglers are reminded that the 15-inch minimum length limit for walleye on Lakes Sharpe, Francis Case and the Missouri River below Fort Randall Dam downstream to the South Dakota/Nebraska border became effective again on Sept. 1. The year-round regulation of one walleye 18 inches or longer per angler per day remains in effect on these waters.
On upper Lake Oahe near Mobridge, walleye fishing is good. Live bait or plugs work best in 10-to-25 feet. Walleye, white bass and catfish are being caught from shore. At Akaska, the walleye bite has been slow but some fish are being caught.
Near Gettysburg, walleye fishing is slow. Live bait with a bare hook or a bottom bouncer with spinner work best in 30-to-35 feet. Smallmouth bass, white bass and catfish are still being caught in the major creeks.
On lower Lake Oahe, the bite has slowed due to weather but some limits are being taken. Walleye are averaging 14-to-22 inches. A bottom bouncer with 4-to-6 foot snell moving slow in 15-to-30 feet with half a crawler works best. Catfish are being caught in the creeks. The salmon bite is slow at the face of the dam.
On Lake Sharpe, the walleye bite is good in the Pierre area from the bridges down to Antelope Creek. Most fish are running 14 1?2-to-16 inches. Smallmouth bass and walleye are being taken near West Bend.
Near Chamberlain, walleye fishing is fair to good in the fast water at Big Bend Dam and above the dam near the grain bins and pump house to West Bend. In the Crow Creek area the fishing is fair. Most fish are being caught using a spinner and bottom bouncer with live bait in 20-to-25 feet.
On Lake Francis Case near Platte, walleye fishing is fair. Anglers are having the best luck pulling plugs in 20-to-30 feet they are also using a lindy rig or spinner and live bait. In the Pickstown area, walleye are biting in the fast water below the dam in the morning and evening.
Catfish and smallmouth bass are also being caught below the dam. On the lake, walleye are biting from South Shore and north using anything from a spinner and crawler to long lining plugs.
Near Yankton, anglers are catching a lot of catfish above and below the dam using stink bait or night crawlers.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass along with crappie are also biting there. Nice size walleye are being caught using a jig and live bait below the dam.
On Lewis and Clark Lake, anglers are catching walleye pulling plugs or on a spinner and live bait in 8-to-10 feet. On Lake Yankton anglers are catching catfish and largemouth bass.
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.
For up-to-date information on Lake Oahe boat ramp conditions, visit our Web site at: www.sdgreatlakes.org.