As another July fades into history, Lindy pro staffer Jim Klages of Dakota Prairie Guide Service offers a report and timely tips from the Missouri River system.

“Fishing has slowed down on the Missouri River near Chamberlain, South Dakota,” he said. “Lake Francis Case has been very tough for walleyes, but the white bass action in fast-water areas has been exceptional.”

White bass are voracious predators that offer great fishing during their spring run across much of Lindy Land, when it’s not uncommon to battle hundreds of 1- to 2-pound whities a day. But fine fishing is also possible when fish school up later in the season, either in current areas or when harassing baitfish offshore.

Klages reports that right now on Francis Case, top tactics for white bass include three-way rigs with floating plugs.

The three-way attack reminds me of how fellow Lindy guide Jason Feldner, of Perch-Eyes Outfitters, tackles Devils Lake, North Dakota’s line-sided bounty.

Feldner fishes a ¼- to 3/8-ounce Lindy Jig tipped with a Watsit Grub on a 12-inch, 8-pound mono dropper off a three-way swivel, with an 1/8-ounce jig and Watsit on a 2½-foot trailer. He also favors single setups such as Lindy’s Watsit Spin, which has a size 1 Indiana blade and 2-inch Watsit body.

During spring, casting jigs over emerging weedbeds works wonders. But casting is also a great option when you run into schools of white bass later in the year.

Back to the walleye side of the report.

Klages says Lake Sharpe is still producing walleyes, but notes numbers have dropped and fish over 15 inches long are harder to come by.

His top pattern now—especially for fish over 15 inches—is trolling Lindy Crawler Harnesses with Indiana blades in depths of 12 to 25 feet, depending on the wind.

Shad and Purple Smelt have been top blade colors, but Bluegill, Redtail and Tullibee have their moments, too.