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SD Missouri River Fishing

#1 Guide Service in South Dakota

Situated on the Missouri River in Chamberlain, South Dakota, Cleland Guide Service is a family-owned walleye fishing charter dedicated to providing an inviting and comfortable experience for anglers of all skill levels.

At the helm of our operation is Gary Cleland, a seasoned walleye guide with over 50 years of experience navigating the waters of this region. Renowned throughout the upper Midwest for his prowess, Gary has consistently placed at or near the top of numerous tournaments, showcasing his intimate knowledge of walleye behavior and prime fishing spots.

Gary Cleland holding up a walleye.
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Driven by a deep passion for the sport, Gary takes immense pride in sharing his expertise with others. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a novice just starting out, he'll provide personalized guidance and instruction tailored to your skill level.

With Cleland Guide Service, you can be confident that you're in the hands of a true walleye aficionado. We are committed to providing you with an unforgettable fishing experience that will leave you yearning for more.



Gary Cleland holding up a walleye.

Fish with professional walleye guide Gary Cleland, fully insured and US Coast Guard Licensed Captain.

Service Includes:

2022 – 2025 Lund Impact w/200 HP Mercury Motor, 15 HP Mercury Kicker, Gas, Life Jackets, Bait, Tackle, & Fishing Rods, Ice, Cleaning, Packaging, & Freezing of Fish. 

We accept checks or cash, no credit cards.  Prices listed do not include tax. All trips may be subject to delay or cancellation depending on weather conditions or other conditions beyond our control.

1 Person $450 per day + tax

2 People $475 per day + tax

3 People $525 per day + tax

4 People $600 per day + tax


Packages available upon request.

Book your walleye fishing trip with Cleland Guide Service and experience the best that the upper Midwest has to offer. Our professional guide, Gary Cleland, is one of the most experienced and successful walleye anglers in the area. He is dedicated to providing you with a successful and memorable fishing trip. 


We offer personalized instruction and guidance to anglers of all skill levels, so you can learn the skills you need to catch walleye like a pro. Whether you're fishing with your family, friends, or on your own, Cleland Guide Service can help you create a fishing trip of a lifetime.

Early reservations
are recommended!

Contact the SD Game, Fish & Parks to purchase a license. Their customer service number is 605.223.7660.

Gary Cleland winning 1st place in a fishing tournament.
Alex holding up a walleye.
Happy customers holding up their walleye.
A client holding up walleye.

Chamberlain, SD

Sunset over Chamberlain, SD and the Missouri River.

This section of the Missouri River opens up in late February, allowing many out-of-state fishermen to begin their fishing season, months before their own state opener. Much of the Lake Francis Case walleye population spawns at Chamberlain in April; this massive concentration of walleyes provides plenty of fast action. Similar to the walleyes, anglers across the Midwest migrate to Chamberlain to take advantage of this outstanding fishery.

As summer progresses, the bite is cooling off in Chamberlain, but 20 miles up river the bite on Lake Sharpe is heating up. Lake Sharp is the most underrated body of water in North America, with daily catches of 50 to 100 walleye a day. Besides an abundance of walleyes, Lake Sharpe is rapidly gaining a reputation as an outstanding lake for trophy smallmouth bass fishing.

During the fall, on Lake Francis Case, again the walleye are coming up river to the major staging areas for the winter, to be ready for the spawning again in the spring. This area of Lake Francis Case has some of the best scenery in the state. Come experience it for yourselves!


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Weather to Expect

Fishing pole over the Missouri River.
May - 72° / 49°
June - 83° / 59°
July - 90° / 65°
August - 88° / 63°
September - 79° / 53°
October - 64° / 40°
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When making your next fishing trip to South Dakota,
call Cleland Guide Service for an unforgettable adventure!
Chamberlain/Oacoma, SD

Fishing central South Dakota!
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