Month: March, 2016
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,
Monday, March 7, 2016
Lake Sharpe has a fair to good bite going on right now in the Pierre area. Weather dictates all this time of year. Catch some steady weather the fishing is good. Catch some cold front and then the bite slows. The water is warming up more and more and water temps drives the bite more than anything this time of year. There is a bite from Oahe Marina all the way to twin bridges right now. Jigs / Minnows is the bait of choice. I have had my best luck on 1/8 to 1/4 oz jigs. Whites and greens have been working the best for me as far as colors go.
My best depth has been all over the place lately. Like today for example... We were catching Walleyes in 12 to 14 foot then the current slowed a tiny bit and the fish moved out to 21 foot. Interesting.,... This time of year you have to move around and try different locations and depths quite often. My best bite for Walleyes lately has been on channel edges and heavy current breaks. Casting / Pitching jigs and deadsticking a jig or split shot rig are my primary fishing techniques in the spring. Fun...
Lake Oahe has a fair bite going for Northern Pike right now. There has been some nice Pike caught in the past week or so. No big numbers yet but the bite has started and as the water warms up the Pike bite will explode. I was up in a bay Pike fishing today and the surface temp in the bay I was in was 37. I am thinking the main Pike bite is still a week or two away. Depends on how fast the water warms up... Come on Sunshine!!!!!! No more cold fronts please....
Right now the best presentation for Pike is a quick strike rig baited with the biggest Smelt you can find... All major bays are holding Pike and I try to key on the warmest water that I can find. Usually that is in the very back part of the bay. Be sure to bring a Gaff as huge Pike are tough to net from shore. Once that water warms up you can then start to cast lures and spoons but right now the best presentation is Smelt / quick strike rig.
The next couple weeks is your VERY best shot at a Trophy 15 to 30 pound Pike. Come share in the adventure!
Thanks and God bless!