Lake Sharpe / Lake Oahe Fishing Report
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!