Here is the latest fishing report from Great Lakes of South Dakota.Â I did some fishing at Lake Poinsett over the weekend and had some success catching a few walleyes, small mouths, and pike over a few hours.
In the Pollock area fishing for walleye is going very, very well. Anglers are using spinners, crawlers and leeches are starting to go hot and heavy. The good depth seems to be around 15-25 feet. A large number of fish were caught over the weekend.
At Mobridge fishing is excellent and at this time the Moose Flats area is very good. Anglers are using jigs and minnows with a few starting to use crankbaits. Depth is anywhere from 10-25 foot. Report from the MoRest Motel is that they had fisherman last week that had been coming for 20 years and said they was the best fishing theyâ€™ve seen! Time to get out on the water. There is a bit of debris in the water, but not a lot at this time.
At Akaska Â fishing is really taking off and there are limits coming in. Anglers are using crankbaits and live bait. Silver spinners are good as is a red hook with green bead. They are fishing in 10-20 feet. 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 there is plenty of access and the walleye fishing is getting better all the time. Most anglers are using minnows and crawlers in 3-14 feet of water. The smallmouth population is starting to get active. All areas of the river seem to be taking off. Again, Oahe is full as it has ever been. A little bit of debris so you need to watch for that.
Around Spring/Cow Creek Â the catfish and northern are still biting. Anglers are bringing in big healthy walleye. Fishing in the Cheyenne is going very well also. A 2 lb. crappie (15 incn) was caught this weekend around Spring/Cow Creek area. In addition, smallmouth and large white bass are being brought in.
Â Lake SharpeÂ – 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. 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 feet. Anglers are catching fish at Chamberlain and south 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. Francis Case is not as narrow or shallow as below the Oahe Dam â€“ here the river is wider and deeper so water can spread out and run. Note: The Unlimited Light Hydroplane boat races scheduled for June 18 & 19 are still on!
Â In the Platte Â area fishing is excellent and the fish being caught are very healthy â€“ some anglers 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 fishing on Lake Francis Case has been good from White Swan and north. Smallmouth are biting above and below. Shore fisherman are doing well for all species below the dam. The Fort Randall Dam will be releasing 127,000 cfs by the evening of June 6 and it will go higher. All boat ramps below the dam are unusable.
Around Lewis & Clark Lake they are catching walleye pulling crankbaits, using spinners and bottom bouncers.
On the Missouri River shore fishing only â€“ there is a no boat restriction here also. Discharge here will reach 150,000 also. Lots of fish being caught from shore â€“ drum, walleye, smallmouth bass. Bait being used is nightcrawlers, leeches and crawdads.
Springfield Area â€“ 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 boat ramps in the area are underwater and the docks have been pulled from the water.