Month: May, 2016
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Lake Oahe. The bite on Oahe continues to pick up as the water warms. I have been mainly fishing in the Cheyenne River arm. Both live baiting and pulling crankbaits. I have been cranking up shallow in less than 15 foot and my best live bait bite depth has been 18 to 22 foot. Dont be afraid to go up shallow when the wind blows. Shallow mudlines hold a ton of fish when the wind blows. Bouncers, jigs, cranks... its all working now. The main lake bite is just starting to go and the next couple weeks are going to be on fire. I see everything up on Oahe... Walleyes, Smallmouth, Northern Pike, White Bass and even a few Crappie. The Fish look incredibly fat and healthy on Oahe right now. Its going to be an awesome summer.
Lake Sharpe. The Bite on Lake Sharpe has been good to great lately. Lots of Walleyes and Smallmouth Bass to be had from DeGray to Big Bend Dam. There is still a few fish being taken in the Pierre area but the bite is much better downstream. Everything is working here too. Bouncers, jigs, crankbaits... I have been pulling plugs in 6 to 12 foot and my best live bait bite has been around 9 to 12 foot. Channel edges and sunken humps and islands are holding alot of Walleyes right now. I am finding my Smallmouth up on shallow points and sand bars. The fish look really nice and there are a lot of 15+ inch Walleyes around right now.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Lake Oahe has a fair to good Walleye bite and a really good White Bass bite going on in the Cheyenne River arm. I was off the Water about 1:30pm today (Oahe / Cheyenne) and we caught 8 Walleye, 16 White Bass, 3 Northern Pike and 1 Smallmouth Bass. Everyone I talked to had some fish going. The Walleyes seem to go best on jigs pitched up shallow or on a fairly light bottom bouncer tipped with a minnow out to 20+ foot. You can really hammer on the Bass by pulling crankbaits up shallow. My water temp coming into the Cheyenne early this morning was 54 degrees. Going out 57 degrees.
Lake Sharpe has a fair to good bite going on for Walleyes from Pierre on down. The water is clearing up below the Bad River and that has opened things up around Pierre. Stilling basin, bridges, the bluffs and the big sand flats are all holding a few fish. Jigs, bouncers and crankbaits. Downriver from Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam has a fair to good bite going on too. Walleyes and Bass there. Walleyes are up on the shoreline points and I like trolling up shallow for Bass on Lake Sharpe this time of year.
The bite will keep getting better and better as the water warms up. The next few weeks are going to be a blast.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
The Cheyenne River treated us really well today. 16 Walleyes, 21 White Bass, 2 Northern Pike and one pig 17 3/4 inch Smallmouth to round out a great day on Lake Oahe. Pitching 1/8 oz jigs up into 4 foot and working it back out to 15 / 20 foot. Water temp was 52 coming in early this morning. 58 on the way out. Warm water is the key this early. Chartreuse powerbait minnows on 1/8 oz. jigs. Pulling crankbaits up shallow put some fish in the boat too. 10 to 12 foot there. Jigs were better for Walleyes and cranks pounded the Bass. Fun day... Lake Oahe is starting to go. I talked to 7 other boats and everyone had some Walleyes in the box. Some more than others... Its fishing... In about a week or 2 this bite is going to go hard. Lake Oahe rocks.
Lake Sharpe continues to have a fair bite going around Pierre and a fair to good bite going for walleyes at West Bend and beyond. Jigs and minnows are the bait of choice right now around Pierre but further downriver its all working.... jigs. cranks. bouncers. Both Walleyes and Smallmouth. Pitching jigs up shallow on the bluff points, bouncers on the channel edges and pulling plugs on the flats at Joe Creek / West Bend / and beyond.
I am mainly concentrating on Oahe right now. Its only going to get better from here on out. Come on warm water!