Friday, June 17, 2016
Lake Oahe continues to have a fair to good bite going in. Weather dependant. I have been finding some nice fish up shallow in the mudlines when the wind blows. On the calmer days I am working out to 30+ feet. bouncers and plain hooks have been my bait of choice lately... Crawlers all the way. I have been popping a few Smallmouth and White Bass up shallow pulling crankbaits too... 10 foot there. Lots of baitfish on Oahe right now and that is making the bite slower but if you get on some bigger fish and keep working them you can box a real nice limit of Walleyes. There still a ton of Pike up shallow and hang on tight when you get one on... Oahe is known for World Class Northern Pike... There is some really nice Smallmouth on Oahe right now and I am finding them up on Gravel islands and gravel saddles with deep water nearby... bouncers and minnows there. Pitching jigs can be fun there too... Oahe rocks...
Lake Sharpe is on fire right now. not uncommon to go thru 50+ fish a day. There is a fair bite around Pierre along the channel edges, current breaks and working the bluffs with bouncers / crawlers / minnows. The killer bite is from Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam. I like working the Lower Brule side. My best Walleye bite in there past couple days has been either around 16 foot or 20 to 30 foot depending on the wind. They move shallow when the wind blows hard. Smallies are starting to go good too. I have been working some sand bars and points with crankbaits and also pitching plastic up on the points for the Smallmouth. My main walleye presentation is bouncers / crawlers but everything is working now.... Bring lots of bait.
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Lake Oahe continues to have a fair to good bite going on. Lots of Walleyes in the system right now. The bite is fairly shallow on days with wind and a little deeper on calmer days. I have been fishing out to 30+ foot some days. Bouncers, pitching jigs, crankbaits... Its all starting to go now. Then next week or two things will really take off on Oahe. There is everything up there... Walleyes, northern Pike, Smallmouth, White Bass, Crappie, Catfish, all kinds of fish being caught right now. Minnows, crawlers are the best. The main lake is starting to go and I have been fishing from Bushes on down.
Lake Sharpe has a good to great bite going on depending on the wind conditions. Downriver from Degray down has the best bite going but I fished in very high winds around Pierre a couple days ago and I had really good success on Walleyes and huge White Bass so dont be afraid to fish close to Pierre if the winds on Oahe or Lower Lake Sharpe get to strong. 8 to 20 ft along channels, sunken humps & islands on lower Sharpe and current breaks on upper Sharpe. Its all going now... Bouncers, jigs, cranks you name it.. minnows and crawlers... I was pitching jigs close to Pierre.
The early Summer bite is coming on strong now and I look for the bite to just get better and better in the next week or 2. Especially on Oahe.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Lake Oahe. The bite on Oahe continues to pick up as the water warms. I have been mainly fishing in the Cheyenne River arm. Both live baiting and pulling crankbaits. I have been cranking up shallow in less than 15 foot and my best live bait bite depth has been 18 to 22 foot. Dont be afraid to go up shallow when the wind blows. Shallow mudlines hold a ton of fish when the wind blows. Bouncers, jigs, cranks... its all working now. The main lake bite is just starting to go and the next couple weeks are going to be on fire. I see everything up on Oahe... Walleyes, Smallmouth, Northern Pike, White Bass and even a few Crappie. The Fish look incredibly fat and healthy on Oahe right now. Its going to be an awesome summer.
Lake Sharpe. The Bite on Lake Sharpe has been good to great lately. Lots of Walleyes and Smallmouth Bass to be had from DeGray to Big Bend Dam. There is still a few fish being taken in the Pierre area but the bite is much better downstream. Everything is working here too. Bouncers, jigs, crankbaits... I have been pulling plugs in 6 to 12 foot and my best live bait bite has been around 9 to 12 foot. Channel edges and sunken humps and islands are holding alot of Walleyes right now. I am finding my Smallmouth up on shallow points and sand bars. The fish look really nice and there are a lot of 15+ inch Walleyes around right now.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Lake Oahe has a fair to good Walleye bite and a really good White Bass bite going on in the Cheyenne River arm. I was off the Water about 1:30pm today (Oahe / Cheyenne) and we caught 8 Walleye, 16 White Bass, 3 Northern Pike and 1 Smallmouth Bass. Everyone I talked to had some fish going. The Walleyes seem to go best on jigs pitched up shallow or on a fairly light bottom bouncer tipped with a minnow out to 20+ foot. You can really hammer on the Bass by pulling crankbaits up shallow. My water temp coming into the Cheyenne early this morning was 54 degrees. Going out 57 degrees.
Lake Sharpe has a fair to good bite going on for Walleyes from Pierre on down. The water is clearing up below the Bad River and that has opened things up around Pierre. Stilling basin, bridges, the bluffs and the big sand flats are all holding a few fish. Jigs, bouncers and crankbaits. Downriver from Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam has a fair to good bite going on too. Walleyes and Bass there. Walleyes are up on the shoreline points and I like trolling up shallow for Bass on Lake Sharpe this time of year.
The bite will keep getting better and better as the water warms up. The next few weeks are going to be a blast.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
The Cheyenne River treated us really well today. 16 Walleyes, 21 White Bass, 2 Northern Pike and one pig 17 3/4 inch Smallmouth to round out a great day on Lake Oahe. Pitching 1/8 oz jigs up into 4 foot and working it back out to 15 / 20 foot. Water temp was 52 coming in early this morning. 58 on the way out. Warm water is the key this early. Chartreuse powerbait minnows on 1/8 oz. jigs. Pulling crankbaits up shallow put some fish in the boat too. 10 to 12 foot there. Jigs were better for Walleyes and cranks pounded the Bass. Fun day... Lake Oahe is starting to go. I talked to 7 other boats and everyone had some Walleyes in the box. Some more than others... Its fishing... In about a week or 2 this bite is going to go hard. Lake Oahe rocks.
Lake Sharpe continues to have a fair bite going around Pierre and a fair to good bite going for walleyes at West Bend and beyond. Jigs and minnows are the bait of choice right now around Pierre but further downriver its all working.... jigs. cranks. bouncers. Both Walleyes and Smallmouth. Pitching jigs up shallow on the bluff points, bouncers on the channel edges and pulling plugs on the flats at Joe Creek / West Bend / and beyond.
I am mainly concentrating on Oahe right now. Its only going to get better from here on out. Come on warm water!
Monday, April 18, 2016
Lake Sharpe has a good bite going on depending on the weather conditions. The recent rain storms have slowed things up a bit but all in all the bite is good. The best bite around Pierre has been on current breaks near sandbars, wing dams and channel edges. I love to pitch jigs so that has been working the best for me but there is a good crankbait bite going on too. 1/8 to 1/4 oz. jigs tipped with minnows and shad raps / wally divers are my go to baits this time of year. As far a colors go I like chartreuse, green and white. The Corps are running a fair amount of water thru the system and that seems to be helping the bite. West Bend has been putting out some nice fish too. Pitching jigs up onto shoreline points and longlining crankbaits on the flats is the best bet there.
Lake Oahe has slowed up a bit for Northern Pike as the big females have spawned and moved back out into deeper waters. There are still some Pike being taken but mainly smaller males with an occasional big female mixed in. I look for the Cheyenne River to pick up for Walleyes in the next couple weeks. That bite usually kicks into high gear in mid May. There has been a few Walleyes taken here and there in the major bays of Oahe lately but nothing fast. I look for the Walleye bite on Oahe to go in a couple weeks. We need some hot weather to warm that water up a bit... I cant wait to get my boat up into the Cheyenne River.
Both Lake Oahe and Lake Sharpe are on the upswing both for numbers and sizes of all species of fish. There will be alot of 20+ inch Walleye this year and the Northern Pike fishing is the best I have ever seen and I have lived here for 28 years. The sleeper bite on Oahe is Smallmouth Bass fishery. The Smallies on Oahe are awesome and rival / exceed the World Class Smallmouth fishery on Lake Sharpe and its generally untouched. Lots of fun up shallow this year! The baitfish populations on both lakes are back to normal and the fish look really fat and healthy. Come on warm weather!
Monday, April 4, 2016
Oahe's WORLD FAMOUS Pike fishery is on fire right now. The water temp on the main lake is going into the low 40's which is ideal for the spawn. Prime time for huge Oahe Pike. The next couple weeks are going to be the peak bite for trophy sized fish over 20 pounds.
I was guiding for Pike on Saturday and we had a stellar day with 8 pike total weighing in at just over 75 pounds. Our biggest Trophy Pike was just over 18 pounds. Awesome day to say the least. Fun! Please take a look at my pictures of this trip on my Dakota Walleye Guide Service Facebook page. Great string of Pike....
My best presentation lately has been a quick strike rig baited with the biggest Smelt that I can find fished on the bottom with an 1/8 to 1/4 oz split shot. There has been a fair to good bite going on pulling crankbaits for Pike but cold fronts slow that bite up a bit. Both pulling cranks and pitching spoons will take off when the water temps warm up a bit more.
Please give me a call or email if you want to take advantage of Lake Oahes world class Pike fishery. The best shot at scoring a 15 to 30 pound Trophy Northern Pike is going to be the next couple weeks. Once the giant female Pike spawn they disperse back out into the main lake. NOW is the time to fish for the Pike of a LIFETIME.
Sharpe continues to put out some really nice walleyes around the Pierre area. I have been fishing mainly from the Stilling Basin down to Ft. George. I love to pitch and drag jigs so that has been my main presention of choice but I have been catching some good fish by longlining crankbaits too. My best jig presentation has been in current breaks and channel edges in 10 to 20 foot. Light line and 1/8 to 1/4 oz jigs tipped with a minnow. Cranks in 10 to 12 foot along the sand bar edges and on the big flats downstream. The Walleye bite will EXPLODE when the water temps warm up a bit more. Good to fair bite all in all. Steady warm weather is all we need.
Thank you all,
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Oahe's world famous Pike fishery is going into full swing now. The water temp on the main lake was 36 yesterday and the water temp in the bay I was in was 38. Prime time for huge Oahe Pike. The next 2 weeks are going to be the peak bite for trophy sized fish over 20 pounds.
I was very blessed to get 2nd place in the Grey Goose High Rollers Pike Tournament yesterday under very tough weather conditions. Cold front / snow flurries. Challenging to say the least. Had to go old school... looking for a 15 foot shelf with 30 to 50+ foot of water very close by. I was lucky enough to find that shelf with a mud line drifting over it. Patience is the key to pike fishing this time of year. There were several Trophy Pike over 20+ pounds taken in the Tournament and my biggest Pike yesterday weighed in at 16 1/2 pounds capping off a 3 fish tournament limit weighing in at 26.66 pounds. Special thanks go out to Scott Pitlick and the rest of the Grey Goose Tournament Team. It was a very well run professional tournament. Looking forward to fishing it next year....
My best presentation lately has been a quick strike rig baited with the biggest Smelt that I can find fished on the bottom with an 1/8 to 1/4 oz split shot. There has been a fair to good bite going on pulling crankbaits for Pike but the cold front / snow flurries slowed that bite up a bit. Both pulling cranks and pitching spoons will really take off when the water temps hit 40. Fun.
Please give me a call or email if you want to take advantage of Lake Oahes world class Pike fishery. The best shot at scoring a 15 to 30 pound Trophy Northern Pike is going to be the next couple weeks. Once the giant female Pike spawn in low 40 degree water they disperse back out into the main lake. Now is the time to fish for the Pike of a LIFETIME.
Sharpe continues to put out some nice walleyes around the Pierre area. Granted the recent cold fronts have slowed the bite up a bit but with some steady warm weather the bite will really take off again. I have been fishing mainly from the Stilling Basin down to Ft. George. I love to pitch and drag jigs so that has been my main presention of choice but there has been some nice fish taken by longlining crankbaits. My best jig presentation has been in current breaks and channel edges in 10 to 20 foot. Light line and 1/8 to 1/4 oz jigs tipped with a minnow. Cranks in 10 to 12 foot along the sand bar edges and on the big flats downstream. The Walleye bite will EXPLODE when the water temps hit close to 40 degrees. Come on warm weather!!!
Thank you all,
Monday, March 7, 2016
Lake Sharpe has a fair to good bite going on right now in the Pierre area. Weather dictates all this time of year. Catch some steady weather the fishing is good. Catch some cold front and then the bite slows. The water is warming up more and more and water temps drives the bite more than anything this time of year. There is a bite from Oahe Marina all the way to twin bridges right now. Jigs / Minnows is the bait of choice. I have had my best luck on 1/8 to 1/4 oz jigs. Whites and greens have been working the best for me as far as colors go.
My best depth has been all over the place lately. Like today for example... We were catching Walleyes in 12 to 14 foot then the current slowed a tiny bit and the fish moved out to 21 foot. Interesting.,... This time of year you have to move around and try different locations and depths quite often. My best bite for Walleyes lately has been on channel edges and heavy current breaks. Casting / Pitching jigs and deadsticking a jig or split shot rig are my primary fishing techniques in the spring. Fun...
Lake Oahe has a fair bite going for Northern Pike right now. There has been some nice Pike caught in the past week or so. No big numbers yet but the bite has started and as the water warms up the Pike bite will explode. I was up in a bay Pike fishing today and the surface temp in the bay I was in was 37. I am thinking the main Pike bite is still a week or two away. Depends on how fast the water warms up... Come on Sunshine!!!!!! No more cold fronts please....
Right now the best presentation for Pike is a quick strike rig baited with the biggest Smelt you can find... All major bays are holding Pike and I try to key on the warmest water that I can find. Usually that is in the very back part of the bay. Be sure to bring a Gaff as huge Pike are tough to net from shore. Once that water warms up you can then start to cast lures and spoons but right now the best presentation is Smelt / quick strike rig.
The next couple weeks is your VERY best shot at a Trophy 15 to 30 pound Pike. Come share in the adventure!
Thanks and God bless!
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
First of all I would like to thank everyone for another great fishing season. I have made many new friends on the water, at the ramps and cleaning stations. Lots of fun this past year! The 2015 fishing season was really, really good and I look for 2016 to be even better. The Northern Pike, Walleye and Smallmouth Bass fishing was excellent. Lake Sharpe and Lake Oahe has some of the best fishing in North America! The fish just get bigger and bigger each and every year. My customers caught 18 South Dakota Trophy Angler fish this past summer. It takes an 8 pound Walleye, 15 pound Northern and a 3 1/2 pound Smallmouth to qualify for an South Dakota Trophy Angler Award. World class fish to say the least.
2016 will be my 22nd year of guiding. Lots of water under the boat there.... I have been truly blessed and enjoy every moment of sharing the great fishing this area has to offer. There is nothing like the wind and the waves of South Dakota. Too many wonderful memories to list.... I would like to invite you to come and make some new fishing memories with me next summer. I enjoy kids of all ages and I will do my best to make YOUR trip a great one. I can accommodate any fishing package that you might need. One day, two day and three day fishing / lodging packages are available. Just let me know what works best for you and your group. Guided fishing with lodging or without, I will accommodate your every need. I have a brand new 2015 Lund Pro-V boat rigged and ready to go...
This coming spring will be fantastic for all species of fish. The Walleyes, Northern Pike and Salmon will be the first to go with the White Bass and Smallmouth Bass too follow as the water warms up. The Northern Pike bite should be really good as the Pike population in Lake Oahe is the best that I have ever seen. I will give you an honest shot at a Trophy Pike that runs from 15 to 25+ pounds. Lake Oahe is famous for ice out Pike fishing and one of my favorite things to do is chase huge Pike. The best time to capture a Trophy Northern Pike is right at ice out. Generally the last week in March / first week in April... Depends on what Mother Nature deals out as far as spring weather. The Walleyes will be going great at that time frame also. Total jig and minnow bite there. Lots of fun pitching and dragging jigs up shallow.
I feel that that Salmon bite will go better in 2016. The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks has been stocking Salmon hard. There is usually a shallow crankbite bite for Salmon right at ice out also. Many fishing options in the spring and the summer / fall fishing here goes without saying. There is World Class Fishing here from March thru October.
Just let me know what time of year works for you and I will put you on the very best bite(s) that I have going. This is YOUR trip and I want to make it a great one! 75% of my guide business is repeat customers and I want you to come back year after year also. I have made many great friends over the years.... A new Dakota Walleye Guide Service facebook page is up and running. Please visit FB and like my Dakota Walleye Guide Service page..< Previous Page Next Page >