S.D. fishing report for June 2

Here is a copy of the fishing report as of June 2 from Great Lakes of South Dakota Tourism




Lake Oahe

In the Pollock area fishing for walleye is really going well. Anglers are using minnows and nightcrawlers in 16-25 feet. A large number of fish were caught over the weekend.

At Mobridge fishing is picking up and at this time the Moose Flats area is good. Anglers are using jigs and minnows with a few starting to use crankbaits. Depth is anywhere from 10-20 foot. There are a couple of dock issues with the high water, but they are working on that.
Indian Creek Recreation Area – the campground is open, the east boat ramp is closed.

At Akaska  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. They’re also using bottom bouncers with a plain hook or hook and minnow. Shore fishing here is going really well with multi-species coming in – catfish, walleye, northern, smallmouth. With the high water fishing from shore will be good this year and no standing in mud – great for kids!

At Gettysburg  there is plenty of access and 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. Again, Oahe is full as it has ever been.

Around Spring/Cow Creek  the catfish and northern are still biting. And, with the warm weather we’re getting this week, the walleye will starting to bite in this area also. Fish that are being brought in look healthy and good.

 Lake Sharpe  – Please see the note at the beginning of this report on the Pierre/Fort Pierre area! The area from the Oahe Dam to Antelope Creek is closed to boating.

At West Bend there is no problem getting in and the campground is open. 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. It’s recommended in all of these areas that anglers use the anchor and pitch method. With all the water that’s being let out of the dam drifting is difficult.

Francis Case


Around Chamberlain the bite is the best some people have seen – 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 and north. The release from the Big Bend Dam will be high also starting this week. Best areas are White River to Crow Creek 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. Note: The Unlimited Light Hydroplane boat races scheduled for June 18 & 19 are still on!

 In the Platte  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 – some said they look the best they’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. On the lake walleye fishing has been good from White Swan north. The smallmouth bass bite has been good above and below. White bass have been going well below. Shore fishing has been really good and all species are being caught. The shore fishing seems to be good in all the areas because of the high water.
Randall Creek Recreation Area – the campground is open, boat ramps are closed.

Around Lewis & Clark Lake they are catching walleye pulling crankbaits, using spinners and bottom bouncers.

On the Missouri River shore fishing only – there is a no boat restriction here also. Discharge here will reach 150,000 also. Lots of fish being caught from shore – drum, walleye, smallmouth bass. Bait being used is nightcrawlers, leeches and crawdads.

Springfield Area – walleye are being caught from shore using leeches..All boat ramps in the Springfield area are closed, as are the campgrounds at the Sand Creek area and the Springfield Recreation Area. All of the boat ramps in the area are underwater and the docks have been pulled from the water.