Month: April, 2016
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!
Monday, April 4, 2016
Oahe's WORLD FAMOUS Pike fishery is on fire right now. The water temp on the main lake is going into the low 40's which is ideal for the spawn. Prime time for huge Oahe Pike. The next couple weeks are going to be the peak bite for trophy sized fish over 20 pounds.
I was guiding for Pike on Saturday and we had a stellar day with 8 pike total weighing in at just over 75 pounds. Our biggest Trophy Pike was just over 18 pounds. Awesome day to say the least. Fun! Please take a look at my pictures of this trip on my Dakota Walleye Guide Service Facebook page. Great string of Pike....
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 cold fronts slow that bite up a bit. Both pulling cranks and pitching spoons will take off when the water temps warm up a bit more.
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 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 really nice walleyes around the Pierre area. 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 I have been catching some good fish by longlining crankbaits too. 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 warm up a bit more. Good to fair bite all in all. Steady warm weather is all we need.
Thank you all,