US Army Corps of Engineers
Omaha District Website

  • All public lands around the lake and river are open to hunting, except for developed recreation areas.
  • Hunting licenses are only valid in the state issued.

Fishing Regulations

  • Residents of South Dakota or Nebraska with valid licenses, anglers may fish anywhere on either side of:
    • Missouri River
    • Lewis and Clark Lake
    • Lake Yankton
  • Nonresidents
    • SOUTH DAKOTA - Nonresident License:
      • Missouri River: Fish anywhere along the Nebraska/South Dakota border waters except from Gavins Point dam downstream for 0.6 miles
      • Lewis & Clark Lake: Anywhere
      • Lake Yankton: Anywhere
  • For more information about the South Dakota-Nebraska reciprocal access agreement, click here.

Fishing Locations and Times

  • Walleye & Sauger
    • When: Early May to late June; mid September through November
    • Where: Midway Beach; Gavins Point; Lesterville & Tabor areas; Flats along Hutterite Colony (Miller Creek & Weigand - NE Side)
  • Small & Largemouth Bass
    • When: May, June, September & October
    • Where: Springfield-Niobrara areas - best bet to catch large numbers & qualify fish - 2-4 lbs. average
  • Crappie-Northern Pike
    • When: Early April after ice out; late fall.
    • Where: Marina; along the face of the dam; Springfield-Niobrara area
  • White Bass
    • (Lewis & Clark's Most Plentiful Fish)
    • When: Late August, September, early October. Very good fighters and good eating. Lots of action, good for kid fishing! 1.5-2.5 lbs. average
  • Catfish
    • When: Late June, July, August
    • Where: Springfield, Santee, and Niobrara areas
  • Prime Fishing Spots
    • Lake Yankton- Handicap Fishing Pier Jetties located on the west side
    • Missouri River- Nebraska Tailwaters handicap Fishing Pier or "The Bubble" (located on the north side where Lake Yankton drains into the river)
    • Lewis and Clark Lake- Weigand/Burbach Jetties