River Activities: Fishing
The Missouri National Recreational River includes the two reaches of the Missouri River, 20 miles of the lower Niobrara River, and 8 miles of the lower Verdigre Creek. Catfish, walleye, sauger, paddlefish, and many more game species await your angling skills in these bodies of water.
So, where are the fish biting? Bait shops and other anglers are your best sources, but they won't always share the best spots. Here are some helpful hints:
The best time is often in the evening and early morning as this is feeding time for most fish. Bass and walleye feed all night.
Deep holes are good places and are often located under bridges, below dams, on bends in the river, and downstream of sandbars.
Fish can sense noise vibrations such as hitting the bottom of the boat or loud talking.
For walleye/sauger, the best times are May to June and mid-September through November. Just downstream of the Fort Randall and the Gavins Point dams seems to be popular with anglers for this fish species.
For small and largemouth bass, the best times are May, June, September, and October near Springfield (SD) and Niobrara (NE).
For crappie and northern pike, the best times are early April after ice out and in late summer near Springfield and Niobrara.
For catfish, the best times are late June, July and August near Springfield and Niobrara.
Enjoy yourself! Remember, the fishing is always good; the catching just makes it better.