Fishing spots ready to go for Independence Day

PIERRE, S.D. — The latest fishing report from South Dakota Missouri River Tourism shows that river fishing is definitely in high gear, just in time for Independence Day. Be sure to load up your boat with life jackets, sunscreen and bug spray before hitting the water this week!

A number of areas along the river have reported excellent fishing. You’ll find the best spots below, along with some tricks that have worked to get the best fish in each location.

Keep in mind that conditions may change in the coming days and weeks. If you are interested in knowing the most up-to-date information on fishing, there is a list of phone numbers below that you can call.

South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks also wants to remind the public to help stop the spread of invasive species as we all enjoy these summer days. Detailed regulations and practices can be found by clicking here.

If you have questions about which boat docks are open, you can find them on the Public Fishing Access map at the bottom of the GF & P’s page here.

Lake Oahe

  • Pollock and Mobridge are seeing plenty of walleye, with river depths between 10 and 25 feet. Bouncers and spinners with crawlers seem to having the most success.
  • Alaska fishing seems to do the best when anglers use crawlers while fishing on the points and in the bays where the water is 10 to 20 feet deep.
  • Plenty of limits are coming in for the Gettysburg area. Minnows, crawlers, leeches and plugs are all bringing in good fish, with depths between 10 and 25 feet.
  • High water elevations around the Spring Creek and Cow Creek have resulted in excellent conditions. Anglers are fishing in 10 to 30 feet of water, bringing in plenty of northern, catfish and smallmouth bass alongside walleye.

Lake Sharpe

  • The Pierre area is experiencing decent fishing with spinners and crawlers in 10 to 20 feet of water. For the area, the 15-inch minimum has been taken off until September 1.
  • Pierre and Fort Pierre has also been very popular with families, where West Bend has been the spot to take the kids along.

Lake Francis Case

  • Chamberlain fishing has been very good, with plenty of limits being met. Anglers with the best luck are using bouncers and spinners with crawlers in 10-20 feet of water.
  • Spinners and Crawlers have been pulling in plenty of fish on Frances Case in the Platte area. Depths range from 10 to 25 feet.
  • Fishing in Lake Andes, Wagner and Pickstown areas is good, though it would be wise to have a backup location if the temperatures start to climb into the 90s. Anglers in these areas are using bouncers or spinners with crawlers or leeches in 20 feet of water or less along the points and in the bay. Below the Fort Randall Dam, fishing from both shore and boat have been good in the early morning or evening.
  • Yankton fishing has started to pick up recently, with walleye and bass biting crawlers in 10 to 20 feet of water. Lake Yankton and areas below the dam are perfect spots for children to fish with their families.


  • For more information and up-to-the-minute reports on fishing Lake Oahe, please call Kemnitz MoRest Motel in Mobridge at 605-845-3668.
  • Call Akaska Bait Shop in Akaska at 605-649-7847.
  • Call Bob’s Resort at 605-765-2500 or South Whitlock Resort at 605-765-9762 in Gettysburg.
  • On Oahe and Sharpe call Hutch’s Guide Service at 605-220-2844.
  • On Lake Sharpe and Lake Francis Case, contact South Dakota Walleye Charters at 605-366-1875.
  • On Lake Francis Case, call Platte Creek Lodge at 605-941-1679 or Circle H Motel at 605-487-7652.
Categories: Local News, South Dakota News