Lake Sharpe / Oahe
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!