Fishing and Hunting Report
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Weather has been the big issue this past week. High winds, rain and fronts coming through. Suggestion – try half a day of fishing and half a day of hunting – the river is a perfect area to do both!
Pheasant season is here! Reports are that, yes, birds are down a bit, but the hunters are having a great time and they are getting birds! Why come to SD hunting? Here is what we hear: There is no place like SD; Amazingly nice people; wild birds and great preserves; paradise for my hunting dogs; wonderful time with friends and/or family; beautiful and peaceful.
Is it always perfect hunting – probably not – but we can guarantee great fun, great people, and great memories!
The fishing report that we do weekly is simply a snap shot in time of what went on over the weekend. We suggest you call one of our members listed at the end of the report, to see what is happening the day you are venturing up here. That way you’ll be assured of a great trip!
In the Pollock area fishing has slowed and the water is starting to cool. Anglers are catching fish in 15 -30 feet of water and most are using spinners.
At Mobridge, fishing is good south of town. Anglers are fishing in 25-30 feet using jigs and minnows or lindy rigs and minnows. Fishing is slowing down a bit with the constant weather changes that are typical for October.
At Akaska fishing is good but you have to work for the fish and anglers are not finding a lot of numbers. The water will start cooling shortly. Anglers are using spinners with crawlers in around 15-35 feet. Some anglers are pulling plugs and catching bigger fish.
At Gettysburg fishing has been steady. Depth can be anywhere from 10-25 feet – you have to look for where the fish are at. They are seeing a lot of smaller fish, but bigger fish are being pulled in also. Anglers are pulling plugs. Fall fishing should start in force shortly. Here again, the fronts that went through this past weekend stopped some of the fishing.
Around the Spring Creek / Cow Creek area fishing is going ok in around 20-35 feet. There are some limitations because of the weather. Oahe Dam to the Cheyenne is decent fishing when the weather permits. Anglers are using jigs and minnows or minnows/bouncers. Chubs are the best if you can get them. Some anglers are catching salmon on the face of the Oahe Dam with plugs. Fall fishing is not done yet! Bring your gun and your fishing rod – hunt half the day and fish the other half.
Fishing on Lake Sharpe is good from the Oahe Dam to Pierre and Fort Pierre above the Bad River. West Bend and Joe Creek areas are going well and have very little traffic. Anglers are fishing in 10-20 feet using Lindys and minnows, jigs and minnows, and spinners and crawlers. The fishing is only going to get better on Sharpe as the water cools. The warm weekend coming up is sure to get anglers out as well.
Around Chamberlain , on Francis Case the bite has slowed in the Chamberlain area but anglers are still catching fish. It’s the time of year that the bite can be spotty sometimes and you have to look for the fish. Anglers are using crawlers - and some pulling plugs. Most anglers are fishing in the 15-30 foot depths. The area from Kiowa to Big Bend Dam is still going well and also from Chamberlain south.
In the Platte area the bite has slowed and you have to work to get limits. Anglers are pulling plugs and using live bait in around 15-35 feet. Fall fishing will start when the water cools a bit. The fish are looking very healthy and the fall fishing is going to be excellent!
At the Pickstown - Wagner – Lake Andes area fishing has slowed a bit. The water temperature needs to cool off a bit and the fall bite should be great. The water level is still good and that helps the fishing. Anglers are fishing in anywhere from 4-40 feet depths.
Pease Creek has a new fish cleaning station and a new RV dumping site – great new additions. Fall fishing is slow getting going but it should be very good! Anglers in this area are pulling plugs at 30 feet. Above Pease Creek on the mud flats or around the points the fishing is pretty decent.
Below the Fort Randall Dam anglers are catching some catfish. The fall bite is off to a slow start, but as the water continues to cool it will pick up.
In the Yankton area on the Missouri River the summer hot weather means catfish below the dam. This may be the best year ever for catfish. Anglers are using chubs, crawlers, crawdads, or prepared baits to cat the catfish and drum. A few white bass and walleye are still being taken on jigs and minnows early or late in the day by the fast water.
Lewis & Clark Lake – Fishing is a little tougher as the fish are moving deeper, but anglers on the west end of the lake and in the shoots by Springfield are picking up a few walleye. Small mouth and catfish are doing good where the water is cooler.
Lake Yankton – A few large mouth and catfish are being caught yet on crawlers or minnows.
*Please remember that the fishing conditions on the Missouri River change constantly and this report is simply a guideline – a snapshot in time.*
For more information and up-to-the-minute reports on fishing Lake Oahe, please call West Pollock Resort, 605-889-2448; Kemnitz MoRest Motel in Mobridge at 605-845-3668. At Akaska call Akaska Bait Shop at 605-649-7847. Call Bob’s Resort at 605-765-2500 or South Whitlock Resort at 605-765-9762 in Gettysburg. On the lower end of Lake Oahe, Outpost Lodge at 605-264-5450 and Lake Oahe/Lake Sharpe call Carl’s Bait Shop at 605-223-9453. On Lake Francis Case, contact Cedar Shore Resort at 605-734-6376 or Platte Chamber of Commerce at 888-297-8175 and Circle H Motel in Lake Andes at 605-487-7652.