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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Lake Oahe Fishing Guide

Lake Oahe Fishing GuideAs your Lake Oahe fishing guide, we strive to do anything possible to put you on fish. We’re on the water almost every day of the week so we’re on top of the hot bite. Lake Oahe is one of the Midwest’s best kept secrets, with an abundance of quality walleyes like so few waters we’ve experienced. Most of our bait presentations include trolling to cover water and entice big fish to strike. At times, we will also run live bait rigs, spinners, and jigs. Usually we don’t switch to these presentations until mid-summer and fall. Most days of the water boasts easy limits, but at certain times of the year the fish can migrate in and out of certain stretches of the lake and it can be tougher fishing. We are honest and will be upfront with you about current fishing reports and what you can expect for fishing action. Your safety fishing Lake Oahe is important, and your total experience is what matters. Our Lake Oahe fishing guides will provide nothing short of a great experience all around.

Lake Oahe information from Wikipedia:

Lake Oahe (oh-WAH’-hee) is a large reservoir behind Oahe Dam on the Missouri River beginning in central South Dakota and continuing north into North Dakota in the United States. The lake has an area of 370,000 acres (1,500 km2) and a maximum depth of 205 ft (62 m).   By volume, it is the fourth-largest reservoir in the US.  Lake Oahe has a length of approximately 231 mi (372 km) and has a shoreline of 2,250 mi (3,620 km).  51 recreation areas are located along Lake Oahe, and 1.5 million people visit the reservoir every year. The lake is named for the 1874 Oahe Indian Mission.
Species of fish in the reservoir include walleye, northern pike, channel catfish, and smallmouth bass.  Chinook Salmon, native to the Pacific Northwest, are artificially maintained in Lake Oahe and are a popular target for anglers.   The lake also supports populations of the endangered pallid sturgeon.
Lake Oahe begins just north of Pierre, South Dakota and extends nearly as far north as Bismarck, North Dakota.

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Lake Sakakawea Fishing Guide Report 8-5-15

August 5, 2015 3:41 pm : Lake Oahe Fishing Guides, Lake Sakakawea Fishing Guides

20150723_074533Lake Sakakawea and Lake Oahe are both still producing some good walleye fishing.  We have had boats on Sakakawea consistently for the past few weeks with easy limits for the most part as long as the weather cooperates.  If a cold front or some nasty wind blows in it makes it a tough but other than that the fishing is definitely good.  We have been catching all our fish in spinners and slow death on the big lake anywhere from 15 to 40 feet of water.  I know this doesn’t help much but this time of year the fish really move around and finding the depth is the hardest part for sure.  It doesn’t seem to matter what area of the lake you fish it seems to be the same story all over.

Lake Oahe in North Dakota is a little different story, we haven’t been down there as much but when we have it has been good.  I plan on spending some more time on this body of water in the weeks to come.  Most fish we are catching on Lake Oahe are coming on crankbaits in the 15 to 20 foot range.  Livebait rigs work as well but with the cranks a person can cover a lot more water and find the fish a little faster.  I have been using Berkley flickershads and flicker minnows for the most part, it is hard to beat these baits on Oahe.

The fish are still looking really healthy in both bodies of water right now which makes the future of these waters really bright.  We are in the Dog Days right now and the fishing is still good so I can only imagine how good the Walleye Fishing will be this fall.

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Lake Oahe Walleye Guide Report 5-23-13

May 23, 2013 9:03 pm : Lake Oahe Fishing Guides

This is a late year for me on fishing Lake Oahe due to some walleye tournaments around Bismarck.  I finally took a trip down there yesterday with the intentions of doing nothing but pulling crankbaits and covering ground.  We fished between 6-15 feet looking for good clean pulls.  We did find several clean pulls in the 8-10-12 foot range and managed to pull out some decent fish.  We kept a box full of 10 walleyes between 16-20 inches.  We released a bigger at almost 24″, several nice pike, and an assortment of white bass.

If your’e looking at fishing Lake Oahe soon, we’re on some fish so feel free to give us a call.

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Lake Oahe Fishing Guide Report 6-6-12

June 4, 2012 6:35 pm : Lake Oahe Fishing Guides

Lake Oahe Fishing Guide Report:  Saturday and Sunday I had clients booked for southern Lake Oahe.  We opted to leave live bait at the camper and ran strictly crankbaits both days.  There is a LARGE abundance of smaller walleyes in the lake right now and the key is finding the bigger one’s mixed in.  With live bait rigs/spinners you’re just not covering the ground that I feel is necessary to finding those bigger fish.  And with larger crankbaits, a lot of the smaller fish aren’t hitting the cranks leaving it in the water for the big fish.  We ran 4-6 rods with some baits as large as 8″ in length and went deeper.  It paid off Saturday with a 26″ and a whopping 30″ walleye to boot.  We did get into some eater size as well, but not as many as previous weeks.

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A 30" walleye caught on a #11 Rapala Taildancer.

Sunday was pretty much the same as Saturday.  BEAUTIFUL weather to be on the water with 60-80 degree temps throughout the day and calmer winds.  Normally I tend to get more fish on windier days but the customers didn’t seem to mind the calm day.  We ran a bit shallow again in the morning looking for the active fish and put some good eaters in the box.  We only fished half a day this day.

If you’re looking to book a fishing guide on Lake Oahe, give us a call!

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Lake Oahe Fishing Guide Report 6-4-12

June 4, 2012 6:24 pm : Lake Oahe Fishing Guides

Lake Oahe Fishing Guide Report:  On Friday, 6/4/, we hit the river close to Bismarck.   We had 3 great clients out on the water for some jigging action before their sons’ baseball games.  We moved through 4 holes that I had fished the day before that were productive.  We caught nice fish in 3 of the 4 spots with plenty of smaller fish coming as well (and a 40″ pike!)  We fished deeper holes than the previous month, the bigger fish seem to be hanging that way lately.  We also got a bonus 26″ and a bonus 29″ walleye that we released.  We had most of our keepers on crawlers with some of the fish coming on minnows.

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One of our great clients holding a 29" walleye that was released.

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Lake Oahe Fishing Guide Report 5/18/12

May 18, 2012 7:49 pm : Lake Oahe Fishing Guides

Another morning and another nice bunch of fish.  We were trolling even more shallow today and found a lot of active fish between 18-20″ (when we weren’t sorting out smaller fish).  They’re saying thunderstorms this evening/tomorrow but then I’ll be back on the water for Sunday with my son.

Lake Oahe Fishing GuideWe were pulling crankbaits on Lake Oahe.

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Lake Oahe Fishing Guides Report 5/17/12

May 17, 2012 8:00 pm : Lake Oahe Fishing Guides

This is the right time to book with one of our Lake Oahe fishing guides, the action is really heating up.  The past week we’ve struggled with large numbers of smaller fish, but that’s now beginning to change.  We took the boat out with the sole intention of running crankbaits yesterday and really cleaned up on the walleyes.  I doubt we ever went 10 minutes without a fish hitting one of the lines, with many doubles and even triples going at once.  While we were still catching a lot of small walleyes, we had no problem getting walleyes up to the boat between 17-21 inches.  We also had a lot of pike, white bass, and smallmouth bass in the mix.  We’re moving a lot of our fishing away from Bismarck now and into Lake Oahe.  That doesn’t mean we still don’t have fish going around town, it’s just that time of year where the bigger fish will start moving south and we want to stay on top of the hot bite.

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A nice walleye hitting a crankbait on Lake Oahe.

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Lake Oahe Fishing Guides Report 5/11/12

May 11, 2012 11:17 pm : Lake Oahe Fishing Guides

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A 24" walleye caught on crankbait in Lake Oahe.

Lake Oahe Fishing Guides – Well it’s been a couple weeks since I reported last, my apologies.  I’ve been really busy pre-fishing for last weekends tournament and pre-fishing for the southern end of Lake Oahe for clients.  The fishing hasn’t slowed down in the least.  We’re now in the post spawn period and it’s long enough now where the females are starting to go on a terror.  I am occasionally catching pregnant females and some milking males, but for the most part the fish are a bit skinnier then the prior weeks.  There’s two different bites going on right now.  One is still taking place on the river north and south of Bismarck.  The other is taking place on the southern end of Lake Oahe.  We’re still pitching/vertical jigs around Bismarck and in the big lake we’re trolling crankbaits.  Both are equally effective right now.  I’m still finding the fish shallow and it makes for a good time with aggressive fish.  If you’re looking to head out on the water with our Lake Oahe fishing guides, just let us know if you’re looking to jig, run spinners and live bait rigs, or crankbait.  All 3 will catch fish in great numbers right now.  Give us a call and we’ll get you on the water!

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Lake Oahe Fishing Guides Report 4/22/12

April 23, 2012 3:33 pm : Lake Oahe Fishing Guides

Lake Oahe Fishing GuidesLake Oahe Fishing Guides – It’s getting to be that time of year, tournament time.  I have the Big Muddy Walleye Tournament on May 5th (2 Saturdays from now) – so I will be pretty secretive with my photos and reports for that reason until after the tournament is over.  When I’m not with clients I’m doing a lot of tournament scouting; looking for new holes, seeing what works and what doesn’t, etc.  Fishing was great this past 5 days.  We had a 80-walleye day with a client late last week – this weekend I took my kids fishing.  My son is fast becoming an addict and didn’t want to get off the water.  It makes daddy proud. :-)

I’m moving my RV down to Lake Oahe on May 6th.  Most of my fishing will be based out of there for the post-spawn and thereafter.  I’m looking forward to some dynamite crankbait fishing.

Give us a call soon to book solid days with our Lake Oahe fishing guides.

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Lake Oahe Fishing Guides Report 4/17/12

April 18, 2012 7:47 pm : Lake Oahe Fishing Guides

Lake Oahe Fishing Guides – Kicked off the guiding season with a bang with a 50-walleye outing.  The fish size ranged from 14-24″.  We even caught a few nice sauger going up to 20″ in length, and as always, a few pike.  We rarely went over 5 minutes without some action.  The dead sticks have been crazy this year and leaving a jig dragging the bottom has been picking up A LOT of fish.  So when you’re not jigging them up, you’re reeling them up – it’s a heck of a good time.

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Guiding Lake Oahe - another solid walleye.

We’ve been receiving a lot of calls this week for guiding Lake Oahe – so call soon to pick up the best dates!

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Lake Oahe Fishing Guides Report 4/15/12

April 15, 2012 5:47 pm : Lake Oahe Fishing Guides

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29 inch walleye from one of our Lake Oahe fishing guides.

Lake Oahe Fishing Guides – I’ve been fortunate enough to have a very flexible schedule this year so I’ve been cherry picking the best weather days of the week.  Saturday was no exception with almost 70 degree temps and very light winds.  There’s a lot of guys on the water so we’ve been going out really early, getting to the landing at 6:30 a.m.  Some of the community holes are holding a lot of nice fish and the key is to get there first.  I’ve been hitting around 4-8 holes every outing and it’s been paying off.  Typically all the holes are holding fish, it just depends on how many and what size.  We’re starting to see a lot more males as the fish are moving up the river system and we’re doing most of our fishing south of Bismarck.

On to Saturday’s walleye fishing…it was again, excellent.  We fished for around 4 hours and boated almost 30 walleyes, a couple pike, and a bonus 6 lb. salmon.  We just kept the small to mid sized males to clean and released a lot of females.  I was lucky enough to boat a 29″ walleye as well.  It was VERY thick and was probably the biggest fish I’ve seen out of my boat so far this year.  I did not weigh it, just got it back in the water right away to swim and be caught again.

I will be guiding Tuesday, April 17th and Thursday, April 19th.  The rest of the week is open so give me a shout if you want to get in on some of the great walleye fishing action!

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