Oahe / Sharpe

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Trophy Northern Pike fishing on Lake Oahe is soon upon us.... I was up on Oahe yesterday checking the ice conditions and I feel we are still a couple weeks away from total ice out.  That prognosis can change in a hurry with an unpredictable South Dakota warm spring and a day or two of 25 to 40 mph winds.  I have seen the ice leave literally in a day or two with some 4+ foot waves pounding on ice sheet but right now it looks like total ice out will be mid March or so.  I am hoping the very backs of the bays will open up soon for some early Pike action.  That will be happening soon as the Corps has raised Lake Oahe about a foot in the past week or so and that will break open the shoreline and get the ball rolling.  Come on warm weather!!!

Ice out pike is one of my favorite times.  Truly a legitimate shot at Pike from 15 to 30 pounds.  I had several Pike over 20# and a bunch from 15 to 19 pounds last spring.  There is more giant Pike in Lake Oahe than I have ever seen and I have lived here for 29 years.  Its to the point that the SD Game Fish and Parks doubled the daily limit of Pike to 6 a couple years ago.  If that doesn't tell you how the Pike fishery has exploded on Lake Oahe nothing will....

Find any back bay on Oahe, set up with Smelt on a quick strike rig, toss it out and hold on... Big fish are a coming...  I like to cast lures and spoons as I am waiting for a bite on my deadbait rigs.. both are deadly Pike patterns.  A newer pattern of longline trolling big crankbaits behind your boat in shallow water is developing a following on Oahe too.  This can be a very productive pattern as the water warms up into early summer.  I still feel that most of the biggest Pike of the year come right at ice out and on Deadbait rigs though.  No matter what pattern I am using I am a believer in using Dr. Juice Northern Pike scent on my bait / lures.  

I have been rigging my Pike gear all up and just bought over 100 dollars worth of primo Smelt from Dakotamart in Pierre.  They just got in some really good ones a couple weeks ago.  I would buy some now as when the Pike frenzy hits here in a couple weeks they will sell out fast.  Good bait is hard to find some years.  I like to use the biggest bait that I can find.  I am all rigged and ready to go! 

I have been booking quite a few Trophy Pike gigs in the past 10 days and I still have some open days in late March / early April but my pike window is filling up.  Please contact me soon to ensure a primo date to catch a trophy Pike of a lifetime...  I have a big Pike tournament on the 25th of March and hope to do better than the 2nd place I recieved last spring..  Some of the best Pike fishermen in Lake Oahe are in this invite only tournament.  Lots of fun no matter what happens...  Lake Oahe Pike fishing is amazing... Come join me....

There is still a fair Walleye bite going on in the Pierre area.  The recent snow and cold has shut the bite down but the forecast for this weekend is around 60 degrees.  With a week or so of steady warm weather the Walleye bite will start back up.  Jigs and Minnows this time of year.  1/8 & 1/4 oz jigs in chartreuse, white, green and pink combos are my favorite.  Casting and drifting jigs along sand bars and current edges from the Tailrace to the Bad River is the ticket right now.  The Corps is running a decent amount of water out of Oahe right now and that will help the Walleye bite too. 

Spring fishing on Lake Oahe and Lake Sharpe is just starting...  I look for 2017 to be another good year for all species of fish.  It will be fun to see how the ice out Salmon bite develops too.. Last falls Salmon were nothing short of gigantic.  20 pound plus Salmon were not that uncommon.  My biggest Salmon last fall was 30 pounds 12 ounces.... The Smallmouth Bass fishery on Oahe has developed into something crazy too.  I had over 30 Smallmouth last year from 18 to 22 inches... World class Smallmouth to say the least.  The Smallmouth Bass bite on Oahe is really fun as they fight like mini Salmon and don't give an inch.  Trophy Pike, Walleyes, Giant Salmon, World class Smallmouth Bass... Lake Oahe and Lake Sharpe has them all...  There is a seat in my boat waiting for you...

Thank you all!
Karl
 


 
 

Oahe / Sharpe

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Spring fishing is upon us and 2017 is going to be another great year of fishing.  Both Lake Oahe and Lake Sharpe are looking great.  The snowpack and runoff forecast for this spring is perfect for a great spawn of ALL fish species and its Lake Oahe's turn for holding back water to facilitate the optimum spawning conditions of steady to slowly rising water.  What a great combination to have going for us.  I have been prepping my boat and rigging tackle hard the past few weeks and I am all set.  This warm weather we have been having lately has really sparked fishing fever both on Lake Sharpe and Lake Oahe.  I look for this years Northern Pike bite on Lake Oahe to be one of the best in years.  There is more trophy Pike over 20 pounds in Lake Oahe right now than I have ever seen in 23 years of guiding.  My guide book is filling up for this season so please call or email me ASAP to lock in a couple days of fishing on some of the best fishing waters in North America.  I have been guiding for 23 years and I will put you on the best bite going.  Its YOUR fishing trip and I am here to make it a great one.  No going in early in my boat unless YOU ask to go in.  I do not pull off the water at noon when we have our limits of Walleyes... I fish for ALL species of fish and we will chase Smallmouth, Pike and Chinook Salmon from there.  The cheaper guides will pull you off the water as fast as they can which is a total ripoff considering the awesome Smallmouth Bass, Salmon and Pike bite we have going around here.  You get a full 8 hour day with me.  Cheaper is not better.  I have made many great friends over the years and I want you to come back year after year also.  75% of my business is repeat.  

Lake Sharpe has a fair to good Walleye bite going on in the Pierre area.  The melting snowpack combined with good releases of water out of Oahe Dam has set the stage for the prespawn run of Walleyes.  The fish are starting to move upriver and the bite around Pierre reflects that.  The water is still cold but if you are patient and work your patterns you can put some really nice fish in the box.  There was a 28 inch eye taken last weekend and there is more of those out there...  jigs and minnows are always the ticket this time of year.  4 to 6 pound test combined with 1/8 or 1/4 ounce jigs is the best presentation going right now.  White, green, chartreuse and pink combos are my favorite colors this time of year.  Pitch and drag your jigs slowly along sandbar edges, current breaks and deeper holes.  A lot of times I will anchor up and just wait the fish out as they are driving baitfish up and down those channel edges.  Patience is the key in colder water.  The best bite is the top 5 miles of Lake Sharpe and the Pierre area seems to be the best.  From the tailrace area, the boulders, mouth of the stilling basin, the bridges tojust above the Bad river is all holding fish.  The bite further downriver is tough due to the stained water coming out of the Bad River.  Lots of boats out right now with this super weather we have been having.

Lake Oahe still has a lot of ice cover and I look for ice out to be the last couple weeks of March but its hard to tell at this point.  There is still a lot of cold weather left before spring truly hits us.  The Northern Pike bite is going to be outstanding this spring to say the least.  DakotaMart just got in a bunch of really nice smelt and I would stock up on a few now as they usually sell out pretty fast come ice out.  Big Smelt are hard to come by sometimes and they have some really nice ones on hand now.  I am really excited about this springs Pike bite.  The conditions could not be better...  Tons of giant fish in the system, steady to rising water, good bait.... I am all set.  If you want a serious Pike from 18 to 30 pounds this spring is the time to come.  I have lived here for 30+ years and have not seen a better scenario for Trophy Pike.  I also think this springs ice out Salmon bite will hold a few surprises too.  I had 5 Salmon last fall over 20 pounds with the biggest one topping out at an incredible 30 pounds 12 ounces.  Should be interesting to see how that bite develops this spring too.  Oahe is an amazing fishery to say the least. 

Please go to my FaceBook page at Dakota Walleye Guide Service as I have been posting a LOT of current Corps snowpack and runoff reports, custom made tackle for sale and other interesting things that I come across about Lake Oahe and Lake Sharpe.  I have been honored to be on the Dr. Juice USA Pro Staff this year and I will be posting some offers on FaceBook for you to win some really cool items from Dr. Juice.  Please give my page a like while you are on FaceBook and give me a call at (605)223-3186 or email at karl@dakotawalleye.com if you have any questions or if you just want to chat about fishing.  Thank you and God bless...

Karl

Oahe / Sharpe

Friday, November 11, 2016

Thank you all for another great year.  I want to personally thank all those that have fished with me this summer and for the past 22 summers.  With over 2 decades of guiding on Lake Oahe and Lake Sharpe I have seen many things... Awesome days when the fish were on fire to tougher days when the storms and the wind driven waves truly showed who was the boss.  My guide season is winding down now and I was sitting here thinking about this summer and of all the summers gone by I am truly humbled and blessed by the good Lord to be able to do this guide thing for so long.  

I had a great time this year and the memorable parts for me were lots of huge Pike in the spring, 4 over 20 pounds and a bunch from 15 to 19 pounds...  I even won 2nd place in the Grey Goose Store Pike Tournament in a VERY tough field of some of the best local Pike anglers around.  The Walleye bite was good to great as always and of how the Smallmouth Bass have come on in Lake Oahe.... Truly a world class Smallmouth bite up there now.  Literally several dozen trophy Smallmouth over 18 inches found there way into my Pro-V up there....  Then the total surprise Chinook Salmon bite this August and September on Lake Oahe was just absolutely  amazing.  Just missed the state record Salmon by 12 ounces with a 30 pound 12 ounce monster and I had 5 Salmon over 20+ pounds in my boat.  Lake Oahe has never had Salmon this big ever...

All these things were great and fun but as I sit here I have to be honest and tell you that the highlight of my summer was watching a 4 year old boy catch a walleye all on his own, reel it in all on his own and then he held it up for me all on his own to have his picture taken... That little mans smile will stick with me till they drop me into the hole.   I have had many, many amazing experiences / adventures with my customers and friends in my 50 years but I have to tell you that its the little things that make life good.  I have caught dozens and dozens of giant fish... Cashed checks in tournaments....  My house is full of so much taxidermy that it looks like Cabelas....  I live the dream life of fishing / hunting every day but nothing means as much to me as that little boys smile.  God is great!  All the rest is just meaningless dust in the wind.  I am very blessed to share my gifts with people.  Its just what I do. 

There is still a fair to good bite going on Lake Sharpe.  Mainly from the bridges to Degray.  I have been working from Stoney Point to Degray mainly but there is a bite further upstream also... the Bluffs thru Antelope Creek is holding fish also.  I have been pulling crankbaits mainly but there is a fair to good bouncer / minnow bite going on too.  It just seems like the days I am out fishing its been really windy and I am forced into crankbaits.  Its been working though...lol.  8 to 15 foot along the old river channel is holding the most fish.  There is a fair to good bite going on in the Tailrace at night depending on how much water they are running out of Lake Oahe. Giant Walleyes seem to come out of the Tailrace every November.. Some of the biggest Walleyes of the year actually..

Oahe has a fair bite going on for Smallmouth and Northern Pike if you can catch a calmer day where you can work some shallow structure slowly with bouncers / minnows or slow trolling crankbaits.  Weather dominates all this time of year.  The Walleye bite has been tough all in all lately on Oahe.  I have found a few Walleye up shallow in 15 foot or less on secondary points in the backs of the bays but its a total sketchy bite there..  here one minute gone the next.  Dragging jigs and trolling crankbaits super shallow on that bite... 

I am going to raise my guide rates as of January 1, 2017 but if you book a trip with me for next year before January 1 you will still get this years rates.  I have not raised my rates in many years and the costs of operating just go up every year....  I am still fishing / guiding right now but winter is closing in fast so if you want to go catch a few before ice up please give me a call or drop me an email asap. 

Thank you all again for fishing with me, for visiting with me at the boat ramps / cleaning stations and for reading these reports.  I am truly blessed by you all and I sincerely thank you!!!  May God bless you with many smiles.

Karl

 

Oahe / Sharpe

Monday, October 24, 2016

Lake Oahe has a fair bite going in the Cheyenne river for walleyes and a fair to good bite going on for Smallmouth Bass.  The Walleyes are on both main lake points and secondary points (in the bays) in 10 to 25 foot of water.  Jigs have been working best by dead sticking / dragging behind the boat with some fish taken by casting jigs with a very slow retrieve back to the boat.  Bouncers when the wind blows.  Minnows all the way.  Pulling cranks up shallow (15 foot or less) puts a few Walleyes, Bass (both White and Smallmouth) and Northerns in the box too.  My best bite for Smallmouth has been towards the mouth of the Cheyenne on rocky points and submerged islands on live minnows.  Jigs and bouncers there.  4 to 30 foot as the Bass seem to either be really shallow on the rocks or suspended in deep water nearby.  Weather dominates all this time of year and if you catch a couple nice days in a row the bite is better.  Wind and cold fronts make it tougher. 

There has been a few big Salmon taken on the face of the dam casting spoons and or plugs in very shallow water by the West Shore boat ramp.  The Salmon are done spawning and are up shallow in the final stages of life. 

Lake Sharpe has a fair to good Walleye bite going on from the Bad River to Degray.  Dragging jigs and bouncers along the bluffs in 6 to 12 foot.  Bouncers, dragging jigs and longlining crankbaits from Antelope creek to Degray.  8 to 12 foot there.  Both minnows and crawlers are working.   The fish are nice and fat this time of year. 

There is a fair to good bite going in the tailrace too and I look for that bite to really go hard here in the next few weeks.  Both casting crankbaits from shore and drifting 3 way rigs / bottom bouncers with crankbaits in a boat has been working.  I like fire tiger / blue and chartreuse for colors there.  There is always a few HUGE 10 to 14 pound Walleyes caught out of the tailrace every fall.  Now is the time to come for that chance to catch the Walleye of a lifetime...  Weather dominates all this time of year and just like Oahe if you get some nice days the bite seems to go and wind / cold fronts make it tough.

Thank you,

Karl

Lake Oahe / Sharpe

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Lake Oahe has a fair bite going on in the Cheyenne but it is weather dominated and the bite is hit and miss.  I found some Walleyes up in 9 foot of water but it took a few stops along the way to find them.  The Walleyes are scattered but when you find them they are nice fat fish.  The Smallmouth bite continues to hold up and I would call that bite fair to good.  Once again weather dominated.  My best Smallie bite is in 5 to 20 foot rocky humps and saddles with some really deep water nearby.  Those Bass love vertical cliff faces with shallow rocky structure nearby.  The Salmon bite is pretty much over in the Pierre area as the Salmon are moving upriver to spawn now.  There is a chance of getting one casting from shore near the dam face or in the backs of major bays but I have not heard of many being taken as of late.  My Walleyes in the Cheyenne came pulling cranks really shallow and pitching and dragging jigs / minnows / powerbait.  Smallmouth were on bouncers and minnows.  I look for the Walleye bite in the Cheyenne to improve as the water cools down and the fish move back up shallow. 

Lake Sharpe has a good bite one day and a sketchy bite the next.  Weather dominates all this year and it really helps the bite if the Corps is running water.  The best bite is from Farm Island down to Degray.  Bounces / minnows or pulling cranks in 7 to 12 foot is putting them in the box.  The Tailrace is starting to go good at night and if they are running a lot of water at night it can be really good.  Both from shore and boat drifting is the ticket there.  Bouncers / cranks in the boats and pitching husky jerks / stickbaits / slug-o's from the shore.

I am offering a Guided Fishing Special during hunting season this fall.  For a 1/2 day of fishing I am discounting my rates to 350.00 for 2 persons, 400.00 for 3 persons and 450.00 for 4 persons and these quotes are TAX INCLUDED.  I do a lot of these 1/2 day gigs as you cannot hunt Pheasants till NOON CST.   WALLEYES IN THE MORNING AND PHEASANTS IN THE AFTERNOON.  South Dakota is truly an outdoor paradise...  The locals like to call it PIERREADISE.  I agree totally.

I am raising my rates for next year as expenses just keep getting higher and higher.  If you book BEFORE January 1 2017 I will give you this years rate as an early booking discount.  After January 1 2017 the new rates will go into effect.  I have not raised my rates in many years and expenses have forced this upon me.  I had a SUPER year in 2016 and I look for 2017 to be even better.  Thank you everyone! 

Oahe / Sharpe

Friday, August 26, 2016

OAHE

Lake Oahe is still putting out some incredible Salmon in the past couple weeks.  I was chasing Salmon day before yesterday and we stuck a huge 24 pound Chinook Salmon.  Huge fat male with a beautiful hooked jaw.  I have boated 4 Salmon this year over 20+ pounds and several from 10 to 19 pounds.   NOW IS THE TIME TO COME for a Trophy Salmon. 

I have been running flashers and squids / flies mainly with some trolling spoons thrown in the mix once in a while.  My go to colors are green, pink, blue, glow and chartreuse.   Blue trout / blue fly was the hot setup again on the 24 pounder but I see fish being caught around me on ALL different colors.  I have those 5 main colors down on my cannonballs and let the fish tell me whats up.  I change colors / setups quite often.  Dont get stuck on blue just because I caught these fish.  Tomorrows color will be different.... It always is....lol  

Most of the Salmon have been coming out in the deeper water on the face of Oahe Dam but dont be afraid to try the Twin Bays to Chantier Creek pull too.   I set my cannonballs at 70, 80, 90, and 100 ft. to start out and go deeper / shallower from there.  Usually over 110 to 180 foot of water.   Dont be afaid to go into 80 foot of water and run your cannonballs shallow.  The Salmon are moving constantly and are all over the place depthwise.  TRY EVERYTHING depthwise and colorwise.

The walleye bite on Oahe continues to be fair as there is so much baitfish in Oahe right now they dont have to feed much and are not that active.  The Walleyes I do see are coming on deep cliff edges and suspended near there.  Bouncers / crawlers and trolling crankbaits on leadcore there.

Now the Smallmouth Bass on the other hand are going crazy on Lake Oahe. Lots of really nice 17 to 20+ inch Bass in Oahe. Fairly shallow bite here... 5 to 30 foot. I am having my best luck on Bass with live minnows. I seem to find most of them suspended around saddles and rocky humps with deep water nearby. Super fun as these fish are fighters who battle you all the way to the boat. Don't overlook this fishery.  The Smallmouth Bass on Oahe right now are some of the biggest Bass that I have seen in 22 years of guiding... World class to say the least...

Lake Sharpe is on fire in the Pierre area for Walleyes.  Nice limits of Walleyes from 15 to 17 inches are common if you are patient.  Lots of 12 to 14 inch Walleyes mixed makes for awesome action.  From the Bluffs to Stoney Point is holding tons of fish.  Its all working now.  Bouncers, jigs, crankbaits... Crawlers and minnows all the way...  My best bite is up shallow in 4 to 9 foot shelves with current breaks along the main channels.  This fall bite has really turned red hot with all the water they are running out of Oahe Dam right now. 

There is still a bite from Degray down to Big Bend Dam but the better bite is further upstream.  There is some really nice Smallmouth coming out of Joe Creek and West Bend right now with a fair to good Walleye bite too.  Sunken islands and channel edges are your best bet on Lower Lake Sharpe. 12 to 30 foot depending on the weather / wind.  Bouncers / jigs / crankbaits.  Minnows and crawlers. 

Thank you,

Karl

 

Oahe / Sharpe

Thursday, August 11, 2016

OAHE

Lake Oahe has been putting out some incredible Salmon in the past couple weeks.  We just missed the state record for Salmon by 12 ounces yesterday with a 30 pound 12 ounce fish.  What a beast.  38 1/4 inches long with a girth of 27 inches.  We literally caught that fish in less than 10 minutes of fishing.  Talk about a rush... When I saw that fish come up to the boat my heart about exploded... Into the net it went and we had it.  We instantly loaded out and went to the certified scale at Dakotamart.   Once we took pictures and froze that fish for Wildlife Unlimited in Fort Pierre SD to mount we went back to Salmon fishing.  Two hours later we stuck another huge Salmon that weighed 25 pounds 5 ounces.  AMAZING day on Lake Oahe.   Please look at the pictures on my FB page Dakota Walleye Guide Service.  I have never seen huge Salmon like this on Lake Oahe before...  NOW IS THE TIME TO COME for a Trophy Salmon. 

I have been running flashers and squids / flies mainly with some trolling spoons thrown in the mix once in a while.  Both of those fish came on flashers / flies.  My go to colors are green, pink, blue, glow and chartreuse.   Blue trout / blue fly was the hot setup yesterday but I see fish being caught around me on ALL different colors.  I have those 5 main colors down on my cannonballs and let the fish tell me whats up.  I change colors / setups quite often.  Dont get stuck on blue just because I caught these fish.  Tomorrows color will be different.... It always is....lol  

Most of the Salmon have been coming out in the deeper water on the face of Oahe Dam but dont be afraid to try the Twin Bays to Chantier Creek pull too.   I set my cannonballs at 70, 80, 90, and 100 ft. to start out and go deeper / shallower from there.  Usually over 110 to 180 foot of water.   Dont be afaid to go into 80 foot of water and run your cannonballs shallow.  The Salmon are moving constantly and are all over the place depthwise.  TRY EVERYTHING depthwise and colorwise.

The walleye bite on Oahe continues to be fair as there is so much baitfish in Oahe right now they dont have to feed much and are not that active.  The Walleyes I do see are coming on deep cliff edges and suspended near there.  Bouncers / crawlers and trolling crankbaits on leadcore there.

Now the Smallmouth Bass on the other hand are going crazy on Lake Oahe. Lots of really nice 17 to 20+ inch Bass in Oahe. Fairly shallow bite here... 5 to 30 foot. I am having my best luck on Bass with live minnows. I seem to find most of them suspended around saddles and rocky humps with deep water nearby. Super fun as these fish are fighters who battle you all the way to the boat. Don't overlook this fishery.  The Smallmouth Bass on Oahe right now are some of the biggest Bass that I have seen in 22 years of guiding... World class to say the least...

SHARPE

Lake Sharpe has a good bite going around Pierre but its nothing fast. Tailrace to Antelope Creek, current breaks, channel edges and deeper holes are all holding fish. Bouncers and spinners / plain hook from the tailrace to Antelope Creek to pitching jigs / crankbaits on the wing dams and current breaks around the bridges.... There seems to be fish here and there. With the Corps running more water now the bite around Pierre has picked up. Downriver on Lake Sharpe has the best bite going. Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam is going good for Walleyes and Smallmouth Bass. Channel edges and sunken humps / islands in 12 to 30 foot depending on the wind and or weather. Bouncers and crawlers are working the best for me here.  Sharpe is your best bet for Walleyes right now and the Pierre area is going better now that the Corps are running water out of Oahe.  Bigger fish too from what I am seeing. 

I have been getting ALOT of phone calls and emails asking if I go to the dock as soon as we limit on Walleyes. I have NEVER done that in my 22 years of professional guiding. I FISH A FULL 8 HOUR DAY and we fish for ALL SPECIES of fish. Those people have been ripped off and I don't blame them for being upset. There is lots of other species of fish to for and we practice catch and release all day long. I cut the hooks on my deep hooked fish and mainly chase Smallmouth after we limit on Walleyes. Don't let anyone tell you that there is no bite other than Walleye. The Bass limits are quite liberal and limits of Walleyes and Smallmouth on the same day is not that uncommon when the fishing is hot. I fish for EVERYTHING for a FULL DAY! Walleyes, Salmon, Smallmouth, Northern Pike... Whatever is biting... This is YOUR trip and I am going to give you your moneys worth. I have been a professional fishing guide for 22 years and will not rip you off like that. You get what you pay for here.

Thanks!

Karl

Lake Oahe / Sharpe

Friday, July 29, 2016

Lake Oahe has a fair bite going on for Walleyes and a good to great bite going on for Smallmouth Bass.  Walleyes are deep and finicky.  If you land on some that are feeding you can put some in the boat but it takes a lot of looking around to find them. Main lake points and the edge of fantasy island is holding some Walleyes in 30 to 60 foot.  Bouncers / crawlers / lead core & crankbaits.... Now the Smallmouth on the other hand are feeding heavily up shallow in 15 foot or less.  I have boated 10 Trophy Angler Award winning Smallmouth Bass in 5 days.  Lots of fish with great action.  It takes an 18 inch or better Smallmouth to qualify for this award.  Not uncommon to have a couple on at a time....  FUN.   The Smallmouth Bass on Oahe right now are some of the biggest Bass that I have seen in 22 years of guiding...   World class to say the least...

Lake Sharpe has a bite going around Pierre but its nothing fast.  Tailrace to Antelope Creek, current breaks, channel edges and deeper holes are all holding fish.  From bouncers and spinners from the tailrace to the bluffs to pitching jigs on the wing dams and current breaks around the bridges.... There seems to be a few fish here and there.  With the Corps running more water now the bite around Pierre should really pick up in the next couple weeks.  Downriver on Lake Sharpe has the best bite going.  Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam is going good for Walleyes and Smallmouth Bass.  Channel edges and sunken humps / islands in 12 to 30 foot depending on the wind and or weather.  Bouncers and crawlers are working the best for me here. 

I have been getting ALOT of phone calls and emails asking if I go to the dock as soon as we limit on Walleyes.  I have NEVER done that in my 22 years of professional guiding.  I FISH A FULL 8 HOUR DAY and we fish for ALL SPECIES of fish.  Those people have been ripped off and I don't blame them for being upset.  There is lots of other species of fish to for and we practice catch and release all day long.  I cut the hooks on my deep hooked fish and mainly chase Smallmouth after we limit on Walleyes.  Don't let anyone tell you that there is no bite other than Walleye.   The Bass limits are quite liberal and limits of Walleyes and Smallmouth on the same day is not that uncommon.  I fish for EVERYTHING for a FULL DAY!  Walleyes, Smallmouth, Northern Pike... Whatever is biting...  This is YOUR trip and I am going to give you your moneys worth.  I have been a professional fishing guide for 22 years and will not rip you off like that.  You get what you pay for here.

Thank you,

Karl

Lake Oahe / Sharpe

Friday, July 8, 2016

Lake Oahe

The Walleye bite on Oahe is fair right now.  Some days you can land on them and do well but other days its one here and one there.  I have been fishing out to 50 / 60 foot on the calmer days and up around 25 foot when the wind blows and the mudlines start going.   LOTS of baitfish in Oahe right now and all those Walleyes are feeding heavily which makes the bite tougher.  Bouncers and crawlers are my main bait of choice but pulling plugs out deep with leadcore is putting a few really nice ones in the box right too.. 

Now the Smallmouth Bass on the other hand are going crazy up shallow.  Lots of really nice 17 to 20 inch Bass in Oahe.  Super shallow bite here... 5 to 20 foot.  I am having my best luck on Bass with live minnows.  I seem to find most of them suspended around saddles and rocky humps with deep water nearby.  Super fun as these fish are fighters who battle you all the way to the boat.  Don't overlook this fishery as its world class.

Lake Sharpe

Sharpe is going good for Walleyes and Smallmouth Bass.  The best bite is on the main lake from Degray on down.  I have been fishing the Lower Brule side and have been doing well.  My Walleye bite has been along the channel edges and sunken islands and humps in 12 to 25 foot of water.  The Smallmouth are up a bit shallower in 15 foot or less.  Bouncers / crawlers for Walleyes and crankbaits on the Bass.  There is some really nice 15 to 19 inch Bass in Sharpe right now.  Fun.   With steady weather the bite on Sharpe is good but if you hit some storms and cold fronts the bite is much tougher.  Keep at it and the fish will come.  Its been a great year for Lake Sharpe.

I have been getting ALOT of phone calls and emails asking if I go to the dock as soon as we limit on Walleyes.  I have NEVER done that in my 22 years of professional guiding.  I FISH A FULL 8 HOUR DAY and we fish for ALL SPECIES of fish.  Those people have been ripped off and I don't blame them for being upset.  There is lots of other species of fish to for and we practice catch and release all day long.  I cut the hooks on my deep hooked fish and mainly chase Smallmouth after we limit on Walleyes.  Don't let anyone tell you that there is no bite other than Walleye.   The Bass limits are quite liberal and limits of Walleyes and Smallmouth on the same day is not that uncommon.  I fish for EVERYTHING for a FULL DAY!  Walleyes, Smallmouth, Northern Pike... Whatever is biting...  This is YOUR trip and I am going to give you your moneys worth.  I have been a professional fishing guide for 22 years and will not rip you off like that.  You get what you pay for here.

I had a very unpleasant experience with a highly intoxicated client the other day.  Extremely intoxicated at 6:30 AM.  I cancelled the trip as I am not risking my customers safety, my safety and my business on that.  I do not mind RESPONSIBLE drinking on the boat at all but this was the saddest thing I have seen in 22 years of guiding.  I will not tolerate nor allow extremely intoxicated people on my boat.  Period.  

Thank you!

Oahe / Sharpe

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Lake Oahe is putting out some really nice fat Walleyes right now.  I was up in the Cheyenne today and although there was no huge numbers of Walleyes the bigger ones were worth the wait.  I was working bottom bouncers in 15 to 30 foot and if I had a number to pick it would be 22 foot.  Go shallow when the 3 to 4 foot waves start pounding in hard creating mudlines that hold lots of baitfish.  I found some nice fish in 15 foot in the bigger waves and then out deeper when the wind let up a bit.  Bouncers and crawlers were the best presentation today by far.  There are a lot of Pike in Oahe right now and its a blast to hook into them on light Walleye tackle.  I have been pounding on Smallmouth on shallow humps that top out in less than ten feet.  I like to find that type of structure with really deep water nearby.  Loaded with Smallmouth every time.  I would call Oahes bite fair to good depending on the wind.  Fun  

Lake Sharpe is on fire right now.  Not uncommon to go thru 50 plus Walleyes and the Smallmouth bite is good too.  I had three South Dakota Trophy Angler Award Smallmouth Bass last week.  Biggest was almost 20 inches.  The Walleyes this year on Sharpe look really good.  Lots of 14 to 18 inch Walleyes to be had.  When the size limit comes off in July you could have your limit of 14 to 18 inch Walleyes in no time flat.  Then its time to roll up shallow and pound on the world class Smallmouth Bass fishery that Lake Sharpe is famous for.   My best presentation for Walleyes on Lake Sharpe right now is along the channel edges in 16 to 25 foot with bouncers and crawlers.  Sunken humps and Islands are holding a ton of Walleyes too.  Roll up in 14 foot or less for the Smallmouth Bass bite.  Tons of action there.  Both the Walleye bite and the Smallmouth bite on Sharpe is very good.  Bouncers and cranks for the Bass.  The best bite on Sharpe is still downstream from Degray to the Dam.  I like fishing the Lower Brule side. 

I have been getting ALOT of phone calls and emails asking if I go to the dock as soon as we limit on Walleyes.  I have NEVER done that in my 22 years of professional guiding.  I FISH A FULL 8 HOUR DAY and we fish for ALL SPECIES of fish.  Those people have been ripped off and I don't blame them for being upset.  There is lots of other species of fish to for and we practice catch and release all day long.  I cut the hooks on my deep hooked fish and mainly chase Smallmouth after we limit on Walleyes.  Don't let anyone tell you that there is no bite other than Walleye.   The Bass limits are quite liberal and limits of Walleyes and Smallmouth on the same day is not that uncommon.  I fish for EVERYTHING for a FULL DAY!  Walleyes, Smallmouth, Northern Pike... Whatever is biting...  This is YOUR trip and I am going to give you your moneys worth.  I have been a professional fishing guide for 22 years and will not rip you off like that.  You get what you pay for. 

Thank you,

Karl

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