Lake Francis Case, SD (Missouri River)- 7/28/16-7/31/16

Recently I spent the weekend at Snake Creek Recreation Area near Platte, SD. Originally our plan was to fish for walleyes over flooded tree tops with dowriggers, but as this proved to be unproductive my focus soon changed.

Day 1: After unpacking and scouting for a good shore fishing spot I set up on shore fishing the edge of a sandbar. I fished slip sinker rigs with a 3/0 circle hook baited with worm. I fished until about an hour after sunset and caught several small channel catfish and a carp.


Day 2: We started the day by fishing spinner rigs on bottom bouncers to see if we could find the walleyes, 5 hours and one small catfish later we gave this up and went in for dinner. Later I set up in the same spot as the day before and caught 8 channel catfish on worms and dipbait and kept 5 of the smaller ones.


Day 3: We fished shad raps on downriggers all day with no success aside from a few smallmouth bass and mooneyes. I kept one of the mooneyes to use as cutbait later on for catfish. After dinner I set up to fish the sandbar again, this time with cutbait instead of worms. I used the same rig as before, but swapped the 3/0 hook for a 6/0. I fished from 8pm-2am and caught about 22 channel catfish with a few blues mixed in. The largest was around 12 pounds and I kept 8 from 2 to 5 pounds.


Day 4: After packing  up  I managed to fit in another 45 minutes of fish during which I was able to get 2 more catfish before starting the 7 hour trip home.

Tight lines,


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