Spring bite on Lake Thompson
I had my first trip up to Lake Thompson with my boat this year for a one day outing this last Friday, April 22. I was fishing with Chuck Jansen from Minnesota and Corey Kiepke from South Dakota. We presented Lindy rigs in 13'-15' water, working submerged sandbars and stock dams. We captured these crappie and walleye and missed a few in the process as well. All were staging, as I said in that 13'-15' of water - had 4 females that had their full row and the males with their milk sac full. Walleye ranged from 14"-18". I'm anticipating they will move shallow and spawn within this next few days. The water temp was at 55 degrees. I expect the bite to be automatic shortly after the 1st week of May, as the females should be done spawning and the bite will be strong.
Spring fishing Chamberlain SD area
Good friend Jim, found nice limits of walleye fishing the Chamberlain area. I've had reports of a good bite the last couple of weeks in the Chamberlain area. Pierre area, Lake Sharpe, walleye are being caught from Fort Pierre bridge down to the mouth of Bad River and bluffs. Jigs or plain hook and minnows. In Pierre, the bite is good from the Fort Pierre bridge down to the mouth of the Bad River. The bluffs down river from mouth of the Bad River as well as Farm Island are areas that are holding walleye and all the way down to the Farm Island flats and Antelope Creek. West Bend is also taking off. I will be out there this next Friday and Saturday and will post a report.
On Lake Oahe
Spawning should be taking place on Oahe soon, as well. Mid-May things should start to take off from Mobridge down to Gettysburg, the 212 bridge down to Suttons Bay along with the Cheyenne River. These areas should be going here by mid-May.
Big pike can be had fishing bays and the mouth of bays using chubs and dead smelt. I look for the bite to go strong on Oahe mid-May, if not a little sooner.
Lake Thompson fishing report
I will also be on Thompson here in a couple weeks fishing inlets, pitching jigs.
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