Here is a copy of the fishing report we received from Great Lake of SD Tourism Assocaition Executive Director Karen Kern.Â Remember to take caution when fishing anywhere on the Missouri because of high water levels and check with GFP to make sure it is safe to go out.
The Governor has closed boating acces facilities inÂ below Gravis Point Dam in Yankton.
The Governor has also banned boating on Lake Sharpe, from immediately below Oahe Dam to the downstream Antelope Creek area.
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In the Pollock area fishing for walleye is really Â go well. Anglers are using minnows and nightcrawlers in 16-25 feet.
At Mobridge fishing is also picking up. Anglers are using jigs and minnows with a few starting to use crankbaits. Depth is anywhere from 10-20 foot.
At Akaska Â fishing is really taking off and they are starting to see some limits come in. Anglers are using crankbaits with a few starting on live bait. Theyâ€™re also using bottom bouncers with a plain Â hook or hook and minnow. Shore fishing here is going really well with multi-species coming in â€“ catfish, walleye, northern, smallmouth. With the high water fishing from shore will be good this year and no standing in mud â€“ great for kids!
At Gettysburg Â they are still catching northern and catfish. The smallmouth population is starting to get active and they are seeing walleye being caught. All areas of the river seem to be taking off.
Around Spring/Cow Creek Â the catfish and northern are biting. Reports are that there were 20 lb. northern caught this weekend. The salmon are biting weather permitting, but itâ€™s spotty. The water needs to warm up on Oahe before the walleye fishing starts in full force. Some anglers have tried going into the Cheyenne, but with all the moisture in the western part of the state that river is running full too, so caution is needed.
Lake SharpeÂ – Please see the note at the beginning of this report on the Pierre/Fort Pierre area! The Pierre area is good using light jigs and crankbaits in 6-10 foot depths. The area from the Oahe Dam and down is going really well for walleye with anglers using jigs and minnows and some starting to use crawlers. The areas around Farm Island, Antelope Creek and anywhere along the bluffs is good for fishing. White bass are starting in the immediate area â€“ now is the time for white bass!
At West Bend the bite is good with limits of nice walleye coming in. Bait choice is jigs and minnows, Lindy rigs with minnows and crankbaits, with some anglers starting to use crawlers. Smallmouth are also going good here. Itâ€™s recommended in all of these areas that anglers use the anchor and pitch method. With all the water thatâ€™s being let out of the dam drifting is difficult.
Around Chamberlain the bite is the best some people have seen â€“ on both Lake Sharpe and Francis Case. Most fishing on Lake Sharpe is being done in 7-10 f Anglers are catching fish from Chamberlain to the Big Bend Dam. Best areas are White River to Crow Creek and the dam and also south of chamberlain. Nice fish from 15-24 inches are being caught in the 15-20 foot depth. Anglers are using jig and minnows. Here also we need some warm stable weather.
Â In the Platte Â area there are boats starting to go out and fishing is picking up. The walleye being caught are looking very good and the weight is good â€“ some said they look the best theyâ€™ve looked for many years. Anglers are using jigs and minnows, with most pitching to the rocks. Some are starting to pull plugs also.
At the Pickstown and Wagner area there have been a few boats in the boat bay below the Fort Randall Dam fishing for walleye and the bite has been fair. The smallmouth bite has been good on the lake. Water flows below the dam are good and the water is very hign. Docks have been taken out.
Around Lewis & Clark Lake they are catching some walleye Â and crappie in and around the marina.
On the Missouri River around Yankton they are catching walleye and catfish. Gates are open at the dam and discharge is high.
On Lake Yankton they are bringing a few crappie.