Lake Oahe (SD / ND)

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Short Take: 371,000 acres; large tributary rivers and creeks, shallow canyons, rocky points and flats, pockets and coves, limited vegetation, some flooded sloughs in upper end. Lake Oahe stretches 231 miles across the two Dakotas, and while its primary claim to fame rests as one of the nation’s most outstanding walleye fisheries, the lake’s growing smallmouth bass population cannot be ignored. For now, the smallmouth are basically confined to the lower half of the lake, but as has been the case in many other impoundments, the fish are almost certain to expand their range up the lake in the years ahead. There is also limited largemouth fishing in the upper end closer to Bismarck. Oahe was created between 1948 and 1962, and is one of six major impoundments along the upper Missouri River. Oahe’s earth-filled dam is one of the largest of its type in the world, and has created one of the largest man-made lakes in the United States. The lake has 2,250 miles of basically undeveloped shoreline. Overall, Oahe can be described as rocky and sandy with moderate to clear water. There is extremely deep water close to the shoreline in many areas, but most of the canyons become shallow enough for excellent topwater, jig, and crankbait fishing. On the lower end, the only vegetation to be found is scattered shoreline grass in the very backs of the canyons. Forage is abundant and includes the spottail shiner, goldeneye, perch, and emerald shiner. Primary Species: Smallmouth bass.
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Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Mobridge
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Unspecified
Season: Best May through October
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