Monday, October 5, 2015
The fishing around Pierre has been fair to good depending on the wind and weather. Channel edges, sand bars and big flats are all holding fish. 5 to 12 foot deep and I like to pull spinners and plain hook rigs downstream around Pierre. There is jig bite behind the bridge pilings and the Tailrace is starting to go a bit too. The bite from Joe Creek to big Bend Dam is outstanding for Smallmouth and fair for Walleyes. I have been working shallow there... from 5 to 15 foot. Bouncers, jigs and crankbaits are all working downriver. The water is cooling down and with some steady weather the fall bite will continue to improve all up and down Lake Sharpe.
The Walleye bite on Oahe is starting to pick up a bit as the water is cooling down and the fish are starting to show up shallow again. There are some eyes being taken in less than 20 foot of water now and I look for that bite to continue as fall progresses. Fat and healthy is how I would describe the fish on Oahe right now. The Smallmouth Bass bite has been good to great lately on Oahe. I have been finding my best Smallmouth bite on sunken islands and rocky humps in less than 20 foot of water. The face of the dam has been holding some Bass too. Bouncers, jigs and crankbaits are all working on Oahe and I would favor minnows when chasing the Smallmouth.
I look for the fall bite to continue to be good as long as we have steady weather. The long range forecast looks good and I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for another great summer!
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Lake Sharpe is really coming on for the Smallmouth bite and there are nice 15 to 18 inch Walleye limits to be had if you are patient and work your patterns. Lots of younger fish to go thru to find them though. I see 2 different things going on from Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam. There is a deeper submerged timber bite going on in 25 to 30 foot of water and a really interesting bite up shallow in 4 to 8 foot of water. Lots of shad in Sharpe and that is driving that shallow bite up in the milfoil. Both live bait (bouncers) and pulling crankbaits are working good. When the wind starts rolling that shallow bite can be crazy fun. The killer fall bite for Smallmouth Bass is really setting up nicely. The bite in the Pierre area is just starting to go fairly good. Work the deeper holes and channel chutes there. Bouncers and live bait.
Lake Oahe is putting out some good Walleyes but nothing fast there. 20 to 50 foot and dont be afraid to go a bit shallower when the wind blows. Dont overlook going into the backs of the bays as far as you can get and work some of the deeper points there. There are some good Smallmouth Bass being taken on sunken humps and rock piles with deep water nearby too. The face of the dam always holds some good Bass. Bouncers and livebait for the Walleyes and the Bass too. I have been known to pitch some jigs up for Smallmouth too. Fun. The Salmon bite is SLOW but if you get one its going to be huge. 80 to 100 foot for your cannonballs there. Face of the dam / Berm.
Thank you all,
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Lake Oahes walleye bite is still all over the place. Tough bite. When the wind blows they can be up shallow in 15 foot or less or hanging out in 40 to 50+ foot of water. Its hard to dial that bite in. Bouncers and live bait are still the bait of choice but longlining crankbaits can put a few in the boat too. Both leadcore and mono there. The Salmon bite is still slow overall but if you do stick one its going to be HUGE. Its worth the gamble for a 20 pounder. The Salmon have been running 80 to 100 foot down on the face of the dam. Usual stuff there... Flashers, Dodgers, Spoons, Crankbaits. I like Blues, Green and Pink for my Salmon colors. The best bite going on Oahe right now is the Smallmouth Bass. Find a rocky point with deep water nearby and hold on. I like a bouncer / minnow set up there. Pitching jigs and crankbaits are working for the Bass too. Dont forget to hit the rip rap on the face of Oahe Dam this fall for Smallmouth too. Fun!
Lake Sharpe has the best bite going right now hands down. I have had a good bite going for both Walleyes and Smallmouth up shallow in 10 foot or less when the wind blows. There is also a good deeper sunken hump / channel edge bite going on too out in 15 to 20+ foot for Walleyes. Both live bait rigs and longlining crankbaits are working good. My best bite has been from Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam. Lots of 13 to 16 inch Walleyes with an occasional one over 20. The Smallies are killer on Lake Sharpe and I have been sticking some really nice Bass lately. I look for the Smallmouth bite to explode as the water cools down. Not much of a Walleye bite around Pierre yet. Once the Corps starts dumping water to drain down Oahe the bite around Pierre will pick up big time. Cant wait for that bite to go... The bluffs, Antelope, Stoney point...oh yeahhhh....
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Lake Oahe has a deeper bite going on for Walleyes at 40 to 50 foot. Main lake points with stair step ledges out deep are working the best for me. 2 oz. bouncers rigged with a plain hook / bead is working the best for me. Half a crawler is my bait of choice for Walleyes right now. Nothing fast but if you keep bouncing around looking for active fish there are some around. Deep. There are some nice Smallmouth being taken on Oahe up in 20 foot or less. I like to run a bouncer / plain hook or smile blade set up for them. They are great fighters and there are some big Smallies out there right now. The Salmon bite is starting to go. Nothing fast there either but the Salmon being caught are huge! There has been several Salmon over 20 pounds caught very recently. I think that there is a good chance the state record for Salmon will be broken this fall. Run your cannonballs at 80 to 100 foot down. Flashers, squids, trolling flies. Blue, pink, chartreuse, glows.... Its worth the gamble for a Salmon of that size!
Lake Sharpe has a great bite going on right now on the lower end from Joe Creek thru Big Bend Dam. The walleyes are feeding on shad and mayflies right now and the bite has been very good the past few days. My best bite has been fairly shallow at 12 to 19 foot deep. Channel edges and sunken humps are working the best for me. Once again bouncers rigged with a plain hook / half crawlers. I am starting to pick up some nice Smallmouth along the way too. The Smallmouth bite will really come on in the next few weeks on Lake Sharpe. Once that water starts to cool the Smallies roll up shallow and go crazy. Fun. I have been fishing hard the past couple weeks and the bite has been very good overall on Lake Sharpe. There is some fish being caught in the Pierre area but the better bite is downstream. I look for the close bite in Pierre to really start to go when the Corps starts dumping alot of water to drain down Lake Oahe this fall.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Lake Oahe has slowed up a bit as the Walleyes are at 20 to 35+ foot most days. When the wind blows and the waves start kicking up a good mudline dont be afraid to roll up shallow and give it a try. Bouncers and livebait rigs are the ticket right now. Minnows, crawlers, leeches are all working on plain hook rigs and spinner rigs. I have been pulling alot of spinners lately and that has been working good for me. I like silvers, greens and chartreuse #3 Colorado blades. Pull them fast on a heavy 1 1/2 to 2 oz. bouncers and really make those spinners pound. There is a spotty crankbait bite going too both on mono and leadcore line.... No real big numbers of Walleyes are being caught on Oahe right now but the ones you do see are nice fat Oahe footballs. There are some really nice Smallmouth to be had up in 15 foot or less and on the face of Oahe Dam. I have heard of a few Salmon being taken around the intakes and the face of the dam up to Chantier. 60 to 80 foot. Flashers, dodgers, spoons. No numbers of Salmon being caught but I have heard of a couple taken over 20 pounds in the past few days.
Lake Sharpe is really putting out some nice fish right now. If you are patient and work your patterns you will come home with 15 to 17+ inch fish. Lots of 13 to 14 inch fish being caught right now too. Fun! Lots of action and there are some really nice Smallmouth mixed in with the Walleyes. My bigger Walleyes this week on Lake Sharpe ran 19 to 21 inches and I had 2 Trophy Angler Smallmouth Bass coming in at 19 1/2 inches and 18 1/4 inches this week too. World Class Smallmouth! I would call the bite on Sharpe good to great from Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam. Channel edges, sunken humps and islands in 12 to 20 foot has been the best for me. Bouncers and live bait rigs. I have been pulling alot of spinner rigs on Sharpe too. Same colors as Oahe. There is a hit or miss bite going on around Pierre too. Bluffs, Bridges and the boulders are putting some fish out when they run some water. I look for the fall bite to explode around Pierre when the Corps starts to drain Oahe down for winter. Heavy current will draw alot of fish upstream to the Pierre area this fall.
Here is a link for the corps water levels on all the lakes...http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/plots/plots_rollover.html#
Another great link for the wind forecast http://windmapper.com/forecast/Pierre
Monday, July 13, 2015
Lake Oahe has a fair to good bite going on right now. I have been fishing from Spring Creek to Sutton Bay and I am finding fish the whole way along. When the wind blows the fish move up into the mudlines and feed fairly shallow in 15 foot of water or less. On the calmer days I am finding Walleyes out to 35+ foot on the main lake points. Both live bait rigs and Crankbaits are working. I prefer a heavier bouncer rigged with plain hook and spinnner rigs. Minnows, crawlers, leeches... your choice. Longlining crankbaits on both mono and lead core is working out deeper on the suspended fish. Lots of bait on my graph every day. Oahe is in great shape and the fish are FAT Lake Oahe footballs. There are some nice Smallmouth to be had on the face of the dam too. I could catch Bigfoot easier than a Salmon right now. Walleyes are where its at on Oahe right now.
Lake Sharpe has a good to great bite going on from Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam. Lots of 14 to 16 inch Walleyes to be had along channel edges and sunken humps in 14 to 20 foot of water. There are a few Smallmouth being taken along the way too. Bouncers and spinners are working the best for me on Sharpe. Heavy bouncer and go fast, make that spinner pound and hang on. Minnows, Crawlers, Leeches... its all working now. Chartreuse. There are some Walleyes being taken around the bridges and tailrace area too. Nothing too fast there but if you are patient you will find some fish close. When the Corps turns the water loose this fall to drain Oahe the bite on lake Sharpe around Pierre is going to go hard.
The bite on both Oahe and Sharpe is a good one all in all. Granted some days the weather makes it tougher but if you really take a look at all the fisheries that we have going right now its amazing. Walleyes, Smallmouth, Pike, Catfish, White Bass... I had 7 species in my boat the other day up on Oahe... come share in the adventure this area is famous for!
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Lake Oahe continues to have a good bite going on. Lots of Walleyes, Smallmouth, Northern Pike and White Bass being caught right now. Everything is working... Jigs, Bouncers and Crankbaits. I have tried all 3 presentations in the past 3 days and we limited every day. Smaller fish up shallow, the bigger ones are starting to set up a little deeper and everything is like at 18 foot or less for me. Go shallow up into the mudlines when the wind blows and go deeper on the calm days. Both Minnows and Crawlers are working on my bouncer rigs, powerbait on the jigs. Its been a great week for me. The Smallmouth are big and really starting to come on and I got into some really nice 16 to 17 inch White Bass yesterday too. Its a super fun time on Oahe right now.... The fish are shallow and feeding heavily.
Lake Sharpe still has a lot of fish coming out of the lower end from Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam. Lots of smaller Walleyes but if you are patient you will come in with some nice Eyes. Channel edges and sunken islands for the Walleyes and hit the big flats and gravel points for Smallmouth. 12 to 25 foot deep for the walleyes and 4 to 12 for the Smallmouth. Bouncers, Jigs, Cranks... Both minnows and crawlers are working good. The best bite is on Lake Oahe.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Oahe continues to have a good bite in the Pierre area. I have been fishing from Agency to Sutton bay and I have been finding fish all through there. It has been a wind driven bite for me. My best luck comes when the wind blows and the fish roll up shallow. 6 to 12 foot deep on windswept points is my best pattern. Classic Oahe mudlines... Its an amazing bite when you find it. I have been using minnows and crawlers on plain hook rigs. Been more crawler lately... I have been pulling an occasional crankbait up shallow too. Walleyes and Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, White Bass, Catfish.... Everything is going now. Fun. The fish are moving out deeper as the water is warming up. There is a deeper livebait bite going on too. 16 to 25 foot. I have been working the shallow, more aggressive fish. Its going good.
The best bite has been from Joe Creek on down. Channel edges and sunken humps. Lots of smaller fish to go thru but the bigger fish are there. Just be patient and work your patterns. Bouncers and live bait. Both Plain hook rigs and spinners. 12 to 25 foot. Minnows and crawlers. Crankbaits up shallow for the Smallies. Key on the channel edges and big flats. Oahe is where its at... Its not even close.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Lake Oahe has a good bite going on right now. The water level is high and the fish are looking for warmer water right now. My best bite has been fairly shallow when the wind blows and deeper when its calmer. Good bite all in all. Try to stay in 15 or less when the wind blows. Don't be afraid to go shallow. We pitched jigs the other day and were getting them up as shallow as 2 foot. Classic Lake Oahe mudline bite now. I see huge pike, FAT walleyes, big Smallmouth and White Bass. The bite is set to explode with this warm weather we have been having. ALL fish I see now are super fat and healthy. Jigs, bouncers, crankbaits. Its all working. I like minnows for live bait right now. Fun!
Lake Sharpe is putting out a lot of Walleyes and Smallmouth Bass right now. You have to go thru a lot of 14 inchers though. There are a few fish being taken around Pierre but the main bite is from Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam. Bass up shallow in 14 or less and walleyes out on the channel edges out to 25 foot. When the wind blows the fish seem to be shallower here too. Its all working here too... Bouncers, jigs, crankbaits. Minnows and crawlers.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
LAKE OAHE is really starting to go now. Walleyes, Northern, White Bass and Smallmouth are all being caught right now. Look for the warmest water you can find. The backs of major bays and the Cheyenne River is the ticket right now. There are 2 bites going on right now. A shallow 6 to 12 foot mudline bite and a deeper main point bite in 20 to 30 foot. Its all going now. Bouncers, Jigs, Crankbaits. Minnows are best for me but crawlers are working too. Pitch jigs up into the shallow mudlines and have a couple bouncers going as dead rods. The deeper bite is mainly on bouncers. Heavier the better there. The bite is just starting to go good and with the warmer weather forcasted for this week I look for the bite to only get better and better. Fun!
LAKE SHARPE has a good to great bite going on too. Walleyes and Smallmouth there. The muddy water from the Bad River has finally made it to around West Bend. The stained water has really made that bite go. My best bite has been on channel edges in 7 to 12 foot. Some days out to 25. There is some Smallies going up shallow and the Walleyes are on the drop offs and channel edges. Jigs, bouncers, crankbaits. Its all going here too. More fun!
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