Hooks and Shots

Hooks and Shots by Kathy Zander As you know, hunting season is in full swing so this will be the final fishing report on the Missouri River in South Dakota. Contact numbers for fishing reports will be left at the end of this report. If you would like more information on hunting see the Game, Fish and Parks Web site at www.state.sd.us/ gfp.

On upper Lake Oahe near Mobridge, walleye fishing is good with nice sized walleye being caught. A jig and minnow works best in 10-to-30 feet. Walleye, white bass and catfish are being caught from shore. At Akaska, walleye fishing is slow. Near Gettysburg, walleye fishing is slow but anglers are catching salmon, smallmouth bass, white bass and catfish in the major creeks.

On lower Lake Oahe, the walleye bite is slow. A bottom bouncer with four-to-six foot snell moving slow in 15-to-30 feet tipped with a chub or minnow works best. Catfish are being caught in the creeks. At the face of the dam, the salmon bite is slow but there is a good bite for nice smallmouth bass.

On Lake Sharpe, the walleye bite is fair to slow from the Pierre area down to Antelope Creek. Most fish are averaging 15-to-16 1?2 inches with some 17-to-18 inch fish. Smallmouth bass and walleye are being taken near West Bend.

Near Chamberlain, walleye fishing is slow which is normal for this time of year. Anglers are catching some walleye in the Crow Creek area and below the dam.

On Lake Francis Case near Platte, walleye fishing is fair. Anglers are having the best luck pulling plugs in 15-to-20 feet in the Platte/Winner Bridge area. Anglers may want to call ahead to make sure ramps are usable. In the Pickstown area, walleye fishing has been good below the dam using a three-way set up with a Rapala early and in the evening.

On Lewis and Clark Lake near Yankton, walleye fishing is good using a jig and minnow at the face of the dam.

Walleye and crappie are being caught in the marina. On Lake Yankton anglers are catching both largemouth and smallmouth bass along with crappie. Snagging season for paddlefish runs through Oct. 30. The paddlefish are abundant this year and several master angler fish have been caught.

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.

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