Month: February, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Spring fishing is upon us and 2017 is going to be another great year of fishing. Both Lake Oahe and Lake Sharpe are looking great. The snowpack and runoff forecast for this spring is perfect for a great spawn of ALL fish species and its Lake Oahe's turn for holding back water to facilitate the optimum spawning conditions of steady to slowly rising water. What a great combination to have going for us. I have been prepping my boat and rigging tackle hard the past few weeks and I am all set. This warm weather we have been having lately has really sparked fishing fever both on Lake Sharpe and Lake Oahe. I look for this years Northern Pike bite on Lake Oahe to be one of the best in years. There is more trophy Pike over 20 pounds in Lake Oahe right now than I have ever seen in 23 years of guiding. My guide book is filling up for this season so please call or email me ASAP to lock in a couple days of fishing on some of the best fishing waters in North America. I have been guiding for 23 years and I will put you on the best bite going. Its YOUR fishing trip and I am here to make it a great one. No going in early in my boat unless YOU ask to go in. I do not pull off the water at noon when we have our limits of Walleyes... I fish for ALL species of fish and we will chase Smallmouth, Pike and Chinook Salmon from there. The cheaper guides will pull you off the water as fast as they can which is a total ripoff considering the awesome Smallmouth Bass, Salmon and Pike bite we have going around here. You get a full 8 hour day with me. Cheaper is not better. I have made many great friends over the years and I want you to come back year after year also. 75% of my business is repeat.
Lake Sharpe has a fair to good Walleye bite going on in the Pierre area. The melting snowpack combined with good releases of water out of Oahe Dam has set the stage for the prespawn run of Walleyes. The fish are starting to move upriver and the bite around Pierre reflects that. The water is still cold but if you are patient and work your patterns you can put some really nice fish in the box. There was a 28 inch eye taken last weekend and there is more of those out there... jigs and minnows are always the ticket this time of year. 4 to 6 pound test combined with 1/8 or 1/4 ounce jigs is the best presentation going right now. White, green, chartreuse and pink combos are my favorite colors this time of year. Pitch and drag your jigs slowly along sandbar edges, current breaks and deeper holes. A lot of times I will anchor up and just wait the fish out as they are driving baitfish up and down those channel edges. Patience is the key in colder water. The best bite is the top 5 miles of Lake Sharpe and the Pierre area seems to be the best. From the tailrace area, the boulders, mouth of the stilling basin, the bridges tojust above the Bad river is all holding fish. The bite further downriver is tough due to the stained water coming out of the Bad River. Lots of boats out right now with this super weather we have been having.
Lake Oahe still has a lot of ice cover and I look for ice out to be the last couple weeks of March but its hard to tell at this point. There is still a lot of cold weather left before spring truly hits us. The Northern Pike bite is going to be outstanding this spring to say the least. DakotaMart just got in a bunch of really nice smelt and I would stock up on a few now as they usually sell out pretty fast come ice out. Big Smelt are hard to come by sometimes and they have some really nice ones on hand now. I am really excited about this springs Pike bite. The conditions could not be better... Tons of giant fish in the system, steady to rising water, good bait.... I am all set. If you want a serious Pike from 18 to 30 pounds this spring is the time to come. I have lived here for 30+ years and have not seen a better scenario for Trophy Pike. I also think this springs ice out Salmon bite will hold a few surprises too. I had 5 Salmon last fall over 20 pounds with the biggest one topping out at an incredible 30 pounds 12 ounces. Should be interesting to see how that bite develops this spring too. Oahe is an amazing fishery to say the least.
Please go to my FaceBook page at Dakota Walleye Guide Service as I have been posting a LOT of current Corps snowpack and runoff reports, custom made tackle for sale and other interesting things that I come across about Lake Oahe and Lake Sharpe. I have been honored to be on the Dr. Juice USA Pro Staff this year and I will be posting some offers on FaceBook for you to win some really cool items from Dr. Juice. Please give my page a like while you are on FaceBook and give me a call at (605)223-3186 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or if you just want to chat about fishing. Thank you and God bless...