Month: June, 2016
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Lake Oahe is putting out some really nice fat Walleyes right now. I was up in the Cheyenne today and although there was no huge numbers of Walleyes the bigger ones were worth the wait. I was working bottom bouncers in 15 to 30 foot and if I had a number to pick it would be 22 foot. Go shallow when the 3 to 4 foot waves start pounding in hard creating mudlines that hold lots of baitfish. I found some nice fish in 15 foot in the bigger waves and then out deeper when the wind let up a bit. Bouncers and crawlers were the best presentation today by far. There are a lot of Pike in Oahe right now and its a blast to hook into them on light Walleye tackle. I have been pounding on Smallmouth on shallow humps that top out in less than ten feet. I like to find that type of structure with really deep water nearby. Loaded with Smallmouth every time. I would call Oahes bite fair to good depending on the wind. Fun
Lake Sharpe is on fire right now. Not uncommon to go thru 50 plus Walleyes and the Smallmouth bite is good too. I had three South Dakota Trophy Angler Award Smallmouth Bass last week. Biggest was almost 20 inches. The Walleyes this year on Sharpe look really good. Lots of 14 to 18 inch Walleyes to be had. When the size limit comes off in July you could have your limit of 14 to 18 inch Walleyes in no time flat. Then its time to roll up shallow and pound on the world class Smallmouth Bass fishery that Lake Sharpe is famous for. My best presentation for Walleyes on Lake Sharpe right now is along the channel edges in 16 to 25 foot with bouncers and crawlers. Sunken humps and Islands are holding a ton of Walleyes too. Roll up in 14 foot or less for the Smallmouth Bass bite. Tons of action there. Both the Walleye bite and the Smallmouth bite on Sharpe is very good. Bouncers and cranks for the Bass. The best bite on Sharpe is still downstream from Degray to the Dam. I like fishing the Lower Brule side.
I have been getting ALOT of phone calls and emails asking if I go to the dock as soon as we limit on Walleyes. I have NEVER done that in my 22 years of professional guiding. I FISH A FULL 8 HOUR DAY and we fish for ALL SPECIES of fish. Those people have been ripped off and I don't blame them for being upset. There is lots of other species of fish to for and we practice catch and release all day long. I cut the hooks on my deep hooked fish and mainly chase Smallmouth after we limit on Walleyes. Don't let anyone tell you that there is no bite other than Walleye. The Bass limits are quite liberal and limits of Walleyes and Smallmouth on the same day is not that uncommon. I fish for EVERYTHING for a FULL DAY! Walleyes, Smallmouth, Northern Pike... Whatever is biting... This is YOUR trip and I am going to give you your moneys worth. I have been a professional fishing guide for 22 years and will not rip you off like that. You get what you pay for.
Friday, June 17, 2016
Lake Oahe continues to have a fair to good bite going in. Weather dependant. I have been finding some nice fish up shallow in the mudlines when the wind blows. On the calmer days I am working out to 30+ feet. bouncers and plain hooks have been my bait of choice lately... Crawlers all the way. I have been popping a few Smallmouth and White Bass up shallow pulling crankbaits too... 10 foot there. Lots of baitfish on Oahe right now and that is making the bite slower but if you get on some bigger fish and keep working them you can box a real nice limit of Walleyes. There still a ton of Pike up shallow and hang on tight when you get one on... Oahe is known for World Class Northern Pike... There is some really nice Smallmouth on Oahe right now and I am finding them up on Gravel islands and gravel saddles with deep water nearby... bouncers and minnows there. Pitching jigs can be fun there too... Oahe rocks...
Lake Sharpe is on fire right now. not uncommon to go thru 50+ fish a day. There is a fair bite around Pierre along the channel edges, current breaks and working the bluffs with bouncers / crawlers / minnows. The killer bite is from Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam. I like working the Lower Brule side. My best Walleye bite in there past couple days has been either around 16 foot or 20 to 30 foot depending on the wind. They move shallow when the wind blows hard. Smallies are starting to go good too. I have been working some sand bars and points with crankbaits and also pitching plastic up on the points for the Smallmouth. My main walleye presentation is bouncers / crawlers but everything is working now.... Bring lots of bait.
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Lake Oahe continues to have a fair to good bite going on. Lots of Walleyes in the system right now. The bite is fairly shallow on days with wind and a little deeper on calmer days. I have been fishing out to 30+ foot some days. Bouncers, pitching jigs, crankbaits... Its all starting to go now. Then next week or two things will really take off on Oahe. There is everything up there... Walleyes, northern Pike, Smallmouth, White Bass, Crappie, Catfish, all kinds of fish being caught right now. Minnows, crawlers are the best. The main lake is starting to go and I have been fishing from Bushes on down.
Lake Sharpe has a good to great bite going on depending on the wind conditions. Downriver from Degray down has the best bite going but I fished in very high winds around Pierre a couple days ago and I had really good success on Walleyes and huge White Bass so dont be afraid to fish close to Pierre if the winds on Oahe or Lower Lake Sharpe get to strong. 8 to 20 ft along channels, sunken humps & islands on lower Sharpe and current breaks on upper Sharpe. Its all going now... Bouncers, jigs, cranks you name it.. minnows and crawlers... I was pitching jigs close to Pierre.
The early Summer bite is coming on strong now and I look for the bite to just get better and better in the next week or 2. Especially on Oahe.