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Fishing At Lake Oahe

AKA: Oahe Reservoir

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Fishing for smallmouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, lake trout, Chinook salmon and northern pike at Lake Oahe in South Dakota.

A fertile smallmouth fishery, Lake Oahe is a 231-mile long stretch of the Missouri River, created by Oahe Dam. This 370,000-acre impoundment in the north-central part of the state, runs from Pollock to Pierre, with over 2,200 miles of shoreline. Fishing for bass, catfish, walleye, trout, salmon and pike is good to excellent from one end to the other. But the best-kept secret is the population of quality smallmouth bass. Four and five-pounders are common, and smallies over six pounds are not uncommon. Walleye, lake trout and landlocked salmon all grow big here as well. While there are plenty of places with access for fishing from the bank, which is often successful, the best way to fish this monstrous lake is from a boat. Well over a dozen boat launch ramps are located all around the lake for easy access from any direction. Ice fishing in winter can be very productive, especially for crappie and walleye. The winds can be excessive at times so caution is advised for safe boating. Plenty of campgrounds, RV parks and lodging options are available, primarily on the east side of the lake.

Primary fish species residing in Lake Oahe

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Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Walleye Lake trout Chinook salmon Northern pike

Lake Oahe Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Stores: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurants: YES

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

West Pollock State Recreation Area Campground - 605 845-7112

West Whitlock State Recreation Area Campground - 605 765-9410

Okobojo Resort Campground - 605 264-5324

Oahe Downstream Recreation Area Campground - 605 223-7722

Country Cabins & RV Park - 605 845-2267

West Prairie Resort RV Park - 605 264-5303

Little Bend RV Park - 605 431-1092

Codgers Cove RV Park - 605 431-3756

Lake Oahe SD Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information
Bridge City Marina and Resort
12940 288th Rd
Mobridge, SD 57601
605 845-9129

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