Hooks and Shots by Kathy Zander On upper Lake Oahe near Mobridge, walleye fishing is fair to good. Live bait or plugs work best in 10-to-30 feet. Walleye, white bass and catfish are being caught from shore. At Akaska, some limits of walleye are being taken. Anglers are using live bait with a lindy rig or spinner in 10-to-20 feet. Near Gettysburg, walleye fishing is slow but some fish are being caught. Live bait with a bare hook or a bottom bouncer with spinner work best in 40-to-45 feet. Smallmouth bass, white bass and catfish are still being caught in the major creeks.
On lower Lake Oahe, the walleye bite is fair. 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 has slowed due to the weather in the Pierre area from the bridges 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 but they are catching some 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 30-to-35 feet in the Platte/Winner Bridge area.
In the Pickstown area, walleye fishing has been slow to fair. The walleye fishing is fair from South Shore to Whetstone on the lake in 25-to-32 feet pulling crankbaits with lead line. On Lewis and Clark Lake near Yankton, anglers are catching walleye pulling plugs or on a spinner and live bait in 20 feet. On Lake Yankton anglers are catching largemouth and smallmouth bass. Snagging season for paddlefish started Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 30.
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.
ate information on Lake Oahe boat ramp conditions, visit our Web site at: www.sdgreatlakes.org.