Month: July, 2015
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Lake Oahe has slowed up a bit as the Walleyes are at 20 to 35+ foot most days. When the wind blows and the waves start kicking up a good mudline dont be afraid to roll up shallow and give it a try. Bouncers and livebait rigs are the ticket right now. Minnows, crawlers, leeches are all working on plain hook rigs and spinner rigs. I have been pulling alot of spinners lately and that has been working good for me. I like silvers, greens and chartreuse #3 Colorado blades. Pull them fast on a heavy 1 1/2 to 2 oz. bouncers and really make those spinners pound. There is a spotty crankbait bite going too both on mono and leadcore line.... No real big numbers of Walleyes are being caught on Oahe right now but the ones you do see are nice fat Oahe footballs. There are some really nice Smallmouth to be had up in 15 foot or less and on the face of Oahe Dam. I have heard of a few Salmon being taken around the intakes and the face of the dam up to Chantier. 60 to 80 foot. Flashers, dodgers, spoons. No numbers of Salmon being caught but I have heard of a couple taken over 20 pounds in the past few days.
Lake Sharpe is really putting out some nice fish right now. If you are patient and work your patterns you will come home with 15 to 17+ inch fish. Lots of 13 to 14 inch fish being caught right now too. Fun! Lots of action and there are some really nice Smallmouth mixed in with the Walleyes. My bigger Walleyes this week on Lake Sharpe ran 19 to 21 inches and I had 2 Trophy Angler Smallmouth Bass coming in at 19 1/2 inches and 18 1/4 inches this week too. World Class Smallmouth! I would call the bite on Sharpe good to great from Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam. Channel edges, sunken humps and islands in 12 to 20 foot has been the best for me. Bouncers and live bait rigs. I have been pulling alot of spinner rigs on Sharpe too. Same colors as Oahe. There is a hit or miss bite going on around Pierre too. Bluffs, Bridges and the boulders are putting some fish out when they run some water. I look for the fall bite to explode around Pierre when the Corps starts to drain Oahe down for winter. Heavy current will draw alot of fish upstream to the Pierre area this fall.
Here is a link for the corps water levels on all the lakes...http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/plots/plots_rollover.html#
Another great link for the wind forecast http://windmapper.com/forecast/Pierre
Monday, July 13, 2015
Lake Oahe has a fair to good bite going on right now. I have been fishing from Spring Creek to Sutton Bay and I am finding fish the whole way along. When the wind blows the fish move up into the mudlines and feed fairly shallow in 15 foot of water or less. On the calmer days I am finding Walleyes out to 35+ foot on the main lake points. Both live bait rigs and Crankbaits are working. I prefer a heavier bouncer rigged with plain hook and spinnner rigs. Minnows, crawlers, leeches... your choice. Longlining crankbaits on both mono and lead core is working out deeper on the suspended fish. Lots of bait on my graph every day. Oahe is in great shape and the fish are FAT Lake Oahe footballs. There are some nice Smallmouth to be had on the face of the dam too. I could catch Bigfoot easier than a Salmon right now. Walleyes are where its at on Oahe right now.
Lake Sharpe has a good to great bite going on from Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam. Lots of 14 to 16 inch Walleyes to be had along channel edges and sunken humps in 14 to 20 foot of water. There are a few Smallmouth being taken along the way too. Bouncers and spinners are working the best for me on Sharpe. Heavy bouncer and go fast, make that spinner pound and hang on. Minnows, Crawlers, Leeches... its all working now. Chartreuse. There are some Walleyes being taken around the bridges and tailrace area too. Nothing too fast there but if you are patient you will find some fish close. When the Corps turns the water loose this fall to drain Oahe the bite on lake Sharpe around Pierre is going to go hard.
The bite on both Oahe and Sharpe is a good one all in all. Granted some days the weather makes it tougher but if you really take a look at all the fisheries that we have going right now its amazing. Walleyes, Smallmouth, Pike, Catfish, White Bass... I had 7 species in my boat the other day up on Oahe... come share in the adventure this area is famous for!