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Fishing is HOT on the Missouri River!

7/6/2009
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The fishing around Pollock is going very well! Plenty fish and lots of limits - and the fish are nice and healthy. Almost any bait presentation is working, with some anglers pulling plugs and others using minnows, crawlers and leeches. Depth is around 8-27 feet. They are also pulling in some nice northern and bass.
At Mobridge the fishing is great! The fish have moved up shallow in around 6-20 feet of water. You might find fish in a particular spot one day and have to look somewhere else the next, but they are there. All types of bait are being used – crank baits and live bait. They are also seeing some good crappies coming in.
Around Akaska the bite is on! Fishing is very good with anglers using minnows, crawlers and leeches in 5-15 feet of water. Some anglers are pulling plugs.
At Gettysburg fishing is going really well, with maybe a bit of a slow down over the 4th. All types of bait being used. Anglers are finding fish in less than 10 feet. Small mouth bass are also going well. It’s a great time to get to Oahe!
Around Spring/Cow Creek they had a great weekend on the lower end of Lake Oahe, with the walleye coming in bigger than average size. Anglers were fishing in 6-12 feet of water, using crawlers and leeches or a bottom bouncer and plain hook. Small mouth bass are plentiful in shallow water around the trees. Anglers were using tube jigs and shallow running plugs. The salmon fishing was fair all week with the average coming in at 2-13 lbs. Anglers were catching the most salmon at the mouth of Spring and Cow Creeks and below Chantier Heights in 40-50 feet, with some being caught in the 70 foot range. It worked best to slow down to 1.3 or 1.5 mph. Anglers were using spoons, squid and herring for bait.
Fishing from Bush’s Landing to the Cheyenne arm to the Oahe dam was (by one report) incredible, unbelievable, like fishing in a bowl – anglers are using spinners and crawlers or leeches and crankbaits – again in anywhere from 2-12 feet and past the vegetation in 18-27 feet.
Reminder: On Lakes Sharpe and Francis Case and the Missouri River from the Nebraska border upstream to FortRandall Dam - the minimum length of 15” for walleye/sauger and saugeye is off for July and August – there is no minimum restriction for those months. Daily limit may include no more than one 20” or longer year-round.
On Lake Sharpe  fishing pressure has slowed in the Pierre area with traffic moving to Lake Oahe. They are catching a lot of good eating size fish in 7-12 feet of water using spinners and crawlers or leeches – and crankbaits against the current. Good quality small mouth bass are being caught and lots of catfish. The West Bend area is going strong using Lindy rigs with crawlers, spinners and crawlers and crankbaits.
In all of these areas it would be good to come during the week when there is a lot less traffic.
Francis Case is going well. Around Chamberlain walleye are biting good with minnows and crawlers and some anglers pulling plugs in 8-25 feet.  
 In the Platte area fishing for walleye was fair to good over the weekend. Walleye fisherman saw the fish starting to move deeper with most having the best luck in the 35-50 foot depth using lead-core line and pulling plugs. They are also seeing lots of catfish and white bass.
At the Pickstown and Wagner areas, walleye fishing below the dam has been slow to fair in the boat bay and fast water. Catfish have been biting well below the dam. Walleye have been biting well from South Shore to Whetstone on crawlers and lead lining plugs. A few white bass are biting in the fast water. The small mouth bass bite has been fair up on the lake in the bays and inner points.
Around Lewis & Clark Lake white bass and walleye are biting in front of the beaches with anglers using minnows, crawlers and plugs.
On the river the gates are closed for the rest of the month. Lots of drum, catfish and some walleye and small mouth are being caught. The catfish are being caught using stink bait, bait shrimp, chicken and turkey livers.
On Lake Yankton they are catching lots of large-mouth bass and catfish using mostly crawlers.
We would suggest calling one the resorts or bait shops listed below to get the latest update on the area fishing. They are all members of the Great Lakes Association and help provide this report each week.
For more information on fishing Lake Oahe, please call West Pollock Resort, 605-889-2448; Akaska Bait Shop at 605-649-7847 or Kemnitz MoRest Motel in Mobridge at 605-845-3668. 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, call Spring Creek Resort at 605-224-8336 and Lake Oahe/Lake Sharpe call Carl’s Bait Shop at 605-223-9453. On Lake Francis Case, contact the Platte Chamber of Commerce at 888-297-8175, and Fort Randall Bait & Tackle at 605-487-7760 in Pickstown. On Lewis & Clark contact Captain Norms Bait Shop at 605-665-4271.
To obtain more information on the Great Lakes Region, visit our web site at www.sdgreatlakes.org.