Oahe / Sharpe
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,