Hooks and Shots By Great Lakes of South Dakota Association Spring is here and fishermen are dusting off their equipment for the season.
On upper Lake Oahe, near Mobridge, shore fishing is fair for northern and walleye. Using a minnow in 18 to 20 feet of water will increase your chances at a bite. At Akaska, Northern Pike weighing 20 pounds on average are being caught with frozen snout in two to four feet of water from shore. Near Gettysburg, fishing the shoreline will increase your chances of catching Northern Pike and Catfish. Catching on average 25 pound Northern Pike using frozen smelt.
On lower Lake Oahe, the northern bite is a fair to good in the main creeks using frozen snout or herring. Catfish are also starting to bite.
On Lake Sharpe, a good walleye bite from the stilling basin downstream to Farm Island. Jiggs and minnows are being used in 10 to 12 feet of water off the sandbars.
Near Chamberlain, fishing has been good from Kiowa to the dam catching 14 to 21 inch walleyes using a 1/4-inch jig and minnow in 12 to 18 feet.
There was no report on Lewis and Clark Lake and Lake Francis Case.
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 � South Whitlock Resort at 605-765-9762; Pierre � Carl's Bait Shop at 605-223-9453; Pickstown � Ft. Randall Bait at 605-487-7760.
To obtain up to date information on Lake Oahe boat ramp conditions, visit our Web site at: www.sdgreatlakes.org.