Access PDF version of 2014 Lake Oahe Forecast

Each year, biologists working on Lake Oahe collect information on fish populations from netting surveys and information on angler use and harvest of those populations from creel surveys. By looking at trends in fish populations and angler use and harvest, predictions can be made about fishing on Lake Oahe for 2014.

Key Issues for Lake Oahe in 2014

  • Walleye abundance is near the normal lake wide average, with majority of the population around 15 inches.
  • Walleye daily and possession limits have returned to the statewide regulation.
  • Rainbow smelt abundance is low due to high loss through Oahe Dam from the flood of 2011 and poor production in 2012 and 2013; but smelt have potential to rebound if spring conditions are ideal for their spawn.
  • Northern pike abundance has remained stable, with many reaching a size attractive to anglers.
  • Chinook salmon fishing success is unknown for 2014, but stocking will continue to provide a future fishery.
  • Lake Oahe should have good fishing for many species in 2014.
  • Boat access may be an issue depending on water levels for Lake Oahe.
Information on each fish species

Additional questions and information can be obtained by contacting:

Missouri River Fisheries Center
20641 SD Hwy 1806
Fort Pierre, SD 57532

Sportsmen Assisting Disabled Sportsmen (SANDS)

The SANDS program was created to help men and women and children with disabilities by providing a means for them to meet able-bodied outdoors men and women who volunteer their time and abilities. By lending a helping hand they are able to assist the disabled to get back something they might have lost or never had.

Boating Safety and Regulations

Please follow these rules for a safe and enjoyable time on the water.

Protect our Waters

Aquatic nuisance species threaten threaten our lakes and steams, and can spoil everyone's enjoyment of the water.

Public Fishing Waters

Want to know where to fish, and how to get on the water? Check out this guide.