Sunday, May 24, 2015
Lake Sharpe continues to have a good to great bite going for both Walleyes and Smallmouth. Fishing in the Pierre area is fair to good and the hot bite is from Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam. Pitching jigs up shallow in the Pierre area is working good right now. Current Breaks are holding the fish. Bouncers are working out on the channel edges but its so much more fun to pitch jigs up shallow. Pitch jigs up into 1 or 2 foot of water and work them back. Bouncers / minnows out in 10 to 14 foot. Further downriver the bite is mainly on the big flats and channel edges. 6 to 9 foot on the flats and 10 to 14 on the edges. Bouncers / Minnows. Pulling cranks up shallow for Bass is working too. 4 to 9 foot there and you will pick up a few eyes along the way too. FUN!!!!
Lake Oahe in the Pierre area contnues to be a tad on the slow side yet. There are a few Walleyes and Smallmouth being taken but nothing fast or consistant. I look for that bite to go here in a week or 2. Still a few Catfish and Northern being taken in the backs of the bays also. The Cheyenne River is flooding and its muddy 2/3 of the way out towards the mouth of the Cheyenne. It will be a week or 2 before that clears up. Maybe more if the rain keeps falling out west. All Lake Oahe needs is a week or 2 of really nice days and that bite will go hard. I am looking forward to that.
Thank you all,
Sunday, May 10, 2015
The fishing has really picked up in the past week from Pierre thru Fort Thompson. The Walleyes have moved off of their spawning grounds and are setting up on the normal summer patterns of sunken humps, channel edges and big flats. Its all working now... Good to great bite on jigs, bouncers and crankbaits. 6 to 16 foot. I have been pitching / long lining jigs and pulling cranks mostly. I am seeing really nice 15 to 18 inch Walleyes and the crazy surprise bite of the spring has been the Smallmouth Bass. There is an amazing Bass bite going on right now. I have had a several 18+'s, two over 19 inches and one World Class 20 inch Smallmouth so far. Limits of really nice Walleyes and Smallmouth are common from Joe Creek on down to Big Bend Dam. Once this rain system moves out of the area I look for the bite to just get better and better... I have been working channel edges and big flats at Joe Creek / West Bend and around Pierre the bluffs to Stoney Point is putting out some fish both in the channels and up on the edges. The edge fish are at like 6 to 8 and the channel fish are 12 to 15. Same deal...Bouncers, Jigs, Cranks. See you out there!
The Walleyes are still not going fast in the Pierre area. There are a few fish being taken in the backs of the major bays and the back of the Cheyenne but nothing consistant. There are some nice Smallmouth starting to go on the rocky points and submerged trees. Mainly pitching jigs and cranks there. The Pike are still around and people are still picking up a few really huge Pike while searching for Walleyes but its a random thing and nothing fast. The Channel cats are still back in the bays and easy to catch right now. I look for the Cheyenne to really take off in about 2 weeks. All we need is some steady weather to make it all happen. The Walleyes that are being caught on Oahe right now are super fat and healthy looking! This summer on Oahe is going to be great.
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Sunday, April 26, 2015
I have been fishing on Lake Sharpe hard the past 2 weeks and I am seeing some really nice 15 to 17 inch Walleyes right now. The bite is nothing fast but at the end of the day you will have a nice bag of Walleyes and Smallmouth. The bite around Pierre has slowed up but you can still find some fish if you are patient. My best bite there was on the current breaks in 12 foot of water. Jigs / minnows. My main bite has been further downriver from the Degray corner thru Joe Creek and West Bend. Using bouncers and live bait rigs in 10 to 20 foot, pitching jigs up shallow in 4 to 9 foot and longlining crankbaits in 6 to 12 foot. Its all working for me right now it seems like. Both the Walleyes and Smallmouth look really fat and healthy. I have been getting my Smallmouth fairly shallow in 6 to 12 foot on jigs / power bait and crankbaits. See my Lake Sharpe photo gallery for some pix of this weeks Walleye and Smallmouth limits. I have a good to great bite going right now and with the great weather forecast for next week I think the bite will just keep getting better and better and its good right now. Fun
There is some Pike and Catfish action to be had in the bays and in the back of the Cheyenne but not much for Walleyes yet. There are a few Walleyes being taken pitching jigs up shallow here and there but no consistant bite yet. I am thinking mid to late May the Walleye bite should really take off in the Cheyenne. Looking forward to that. No news on Salmon yet.
The bite has really taken off for me in the past week or 2 and I am getting some really nice limits of Walleyes and Smallmouth right now. This bite will only get better and better as the fish transition off of the spawn. Please come spend a day or two on the boat with me and enjoy some of the world class fishing this area has to offer. Thank you and good fishing!
Monday, April 20, 2015
Lake Sharpe is really starting to go around the Pierre area now. Its not a slam dunk killer bite ( I think that bite is a week or 2 away yet ) but if you are patient and work your patterns there are some really nice Walleyes to be had. The Walleyes I see are really fat and healthy. The females were really ripe and ready to go. We should have a great spawn this spring. I have been fishing hard this past week and the fishing has been good. Just working 1/8 oz jigs in current breaks. Its nothing fast but the fish are there. There is a crankbait bite further downriver on the channel edges / sandbars some days too. You can find fish all the way to DeGray now. Current edges and breaks are holding the most fish. My best depth was 11 to 12 foot up around Pierre. There is a bite going at West Bend too. Pitch jigs up on shallow points and shelves to connect with the fish there. Not uncommon to catch them up in 4 to 5 foot when you are pitching those points. 1/4 oz jigs work better there. The next few weeks are going to be great. The fish are moving in big time and they are hungry.
Lake Oahe is still a week or two away as far as the Walleyes go. I have not heard much coming out of the Cheyenne River yet. With some warmer weather that bite should really start to go. Looking forward to that. There are still some Pike to be had in the bays and the catfish are thick too. There has been a few boats out chasing Salmon but that bite has been tough. I think once the thermocline sets up later this summer that bite will go. It will be interesting to see as there was some really nice Salmon caught last fall. I am looking forward to fishing in the Cheyenne soon. Jigs n minnows.... My favorite time of year!
Thursday, March 19, 2015
LAKE OAHE is totally free of ice now. Gone in just a couple days thanks to some high temps and winds. The next 2 weeks are prime time for the biggest Pike of the year. This bite will last 2 to 3 weeks and the super huge trophy Pike ALWAYS come early. NOW is the time to come chase the Pike of your dreams.
Look for the warmest water that you can find in the back of any major bay, throw out a quick strike rig baited with the biggest Smelt that you can find and hold on. Bring a gaff as those giant Pike are hard to get on shore and almost impossible to net in shallow water.
I am fishing hard now and I am mainly concentrating on Pike and Salmon right now. I am chasing Pike from shore tomorrow as the forecast is high winds for the next few days. Once the wind goes down I am going to break out my Pro-V and longline for some Salmon in the mornings and then hit a bay in the afternoons for Pike.
LAKE SHARPE is putting out some nice Walleyes but its nothing fast. The usual spring haunts of the stilling basin, bridges, antelope creek, Ft. George are holding some fish. Jig and Minnow all the way. The bite on Sharpe and Oahe is just going to get better and better as the water temps warm into the low 40's.
I will keep you posted. Thanks!
Monday, March 16, 2015
Well spring is finally here and with the unusual warm temps we have been having everyone has been hit with fishing fever.... Me included. I have been on the water alot this past week on Lake Sharpe breaking in my new boat and just happend to have a few minnows on board... There are a few Walleyes being taken in the stilling basin, around the bridges and downstream around Antelope Creek and Ft. George. The water temp is slowly climbing into the mid to upper 30's. Jigs and minnows are the ticket right now as far as presentation goes but when that water warms up a bit the crankbait bite will explode. The Walleyes are just starting to go and the bite will only get better in the next week or 2. Hang on.
Lake Oahe still has alot of ice but once again with these super warm temps the ice is turning dark and starting to go. I put ice out about a week or 2 away. Its hard to tell as Mother nature controls all. I know I have my Pike stuff ready to go... This years Pike bite is going to be nothing short of fantastic. I look for ALOT of super 20# plus Pike to be taken by anglers this spring. There are a ton of 18 to 25 pounders out there right now. I have been here almost 3 decades and there are more big Pike in Lake Oahe than I have ever seen. Now is the time to start chasing that giant Pike of your dreams.
There should be a ice out Salmon bite going at that same time too. Long lineing crankbaits / spoons on mono and leadcore can be deadly this time of year. I look for the Chinook Salmon bite to go this spring and it should be interesting to see the Atlantic Salmon try to get a foothold in Lake Oahe this fall when the GF&Parks start stocking them.
Monday, November 10, 2014
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 2014 fishing season was really, really good and I look for 2015 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 21 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.
2015 will be my 21st 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 in 2015. 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..
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