Lake Sharpe

Fishing Lake Sharpe

April and May I suggest fishing Lake Sharpe, Pierre - Fort Pierre, from the bridges down to West Bend, east of Pierre is a great place to be in May into June. Monster smallmouth bass in the mix with spawning walleye. I can't wait! With lodging and meals in Pierre, Lake Sharpe/West Bend is an experience to be had.

Lake Sharpe starts in Pierre at the Oahe Dam and it's actually a river that separates Fort Pierre and Pierre. Lake Sharpe goes all the way down to (Chamberlain or Big Bend dam).

Spawning typically takes place in April on Sharpe. The Fort Pierre bridge, bluffs, Farm Island, Antelope Creek, Fort George and another favorite place of mine to fish, West Bend. West Bend is a smallmouth bass haven. You're guaranteed in bringing in some toads wihile throwing eyes in the box. Plain hooks, jigs, spinners, crank baits - it almost always doesn't matter!

The following information is from South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.
Key Issues for Lake Sharpe in 2015

  • Angler catch of small walleye will be common in 2015 due to production of walleye produced after 2011.
  • A proportion (37 percent) of the walleye collected in the gill net survey in August, 2014 exceeded 15 inches.
  • Smallmouth bass provide excellent fishing opportunities along side the walleye fishery.
  • Trophy and catchable size rainbow trout fishing available in Oahe Marina and Tailrace.
  • Chinook salmon is a possible catch in Oahe Tailrace.
  • Channel catfish abundance is good and can provide hours of angling enjoyment.
  • White bass are abundant and can provide excellent angling opportunities, especially in the spring.
  • Excellent shore fishing can be found in the upper reaches of Lake Sharpe
  • Boating access is available on Lake Sharpe in most areas of the reservoir.

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