Month: August, 2015

Lake Sharpe / Oahe

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Lake Oahes walleye bite is still all over the place.  Tough bite.  When the wind blows they can be up shallow in 15 foot or less or hanging out in 40 to 50+ foot of water.  Its hard to dial that bite in.  Bouncers and live bait are still the bait of choice but longlining crankbaits can put a few in the boat too.  Both leadcore and mono there.  The Salmon bite is still slow overall but if you do stick one its going to be HUGE.  Its worth the gamble for a 20 pounder.   The Salmon have been running 80 to 100 foot down on the face of the dam.  Usual stuff there... Flashers, Dodgers, Spoons, Crankbaits.  I like Blues, Green and Pink for my Salmon colors.  The best bite going on Oahe right now is the Smallmouth Bass.  Find a rocky point with deep water nearby and hold on.  I like a bouncer / minnow set up there.  Pitching jigs and crankbaits are working for the Bass too.  Dont forget to hit the rip rap on the face of Oahe Dam this fall for Smallmouth too.  Fun!

 Lake Sharpe has the best bite going right now hands down.  I have had a good bite going for both Walleyes and Smallmouth up shallow in 10 foot or less when the wind blows.  There is also a good deeper sunken hump / channel edge bite going on too out in 15 to 20+ foot for Walleyes.  Both live bait rigs and longlining crankbaits are working good.  My best bite has been from Joe Creek to Big Bend Dam.  Lots of 13 to 16 inch Walleyes with an occasional one over 20.  The Smallies are killer on Lake Sharpe and I have been sticking some really nice Bass lately.  I look for the Smallmouth bite to explode as the water cools down.  Not much of a Walleye bite around Pierre yet.  Once the Corps starts dumping water to drain down Oahe the bite around Pierre will pick up big time.  Cant wait for that bite to go... The bluffs, Antelope, Stoney point...oh yeahhhh....

Tight lines,

Karl

Oahe / Sharpe

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Lake Oahe has a deeper bite going on for Walleyes at 40 to 50 foot.  Main lake points with stair step ledges out deep are working the best for me.  2 oz. bouncers rigged with a plain hook / bead is working the best for me.  Half a crawler is my bait of choice for Walleyes right now.  Nothing fast but if you keep bouncing around looking for active fish there are some around.  Deep.  There are some nice Smallmouth being taken on Oahe up in 20 foot or less.  I like to run a bouncer / plain hook or smile blade set up for them.  They are great fighters and there are some big Smallies out there right now.  The Salmon bite is starting to go.  Nothing fast there either but the Salmon being caught are huge!  There has been several Salmon over 20 pounds caught very recently.  I think that there is a good chance the state record for Salmon will be broken this fall.  Run your cannonballs at 80 to 100 foot down.  Flashers, squids, trolling flies.  Blue, pink, chartreuse, glows....  Its worth the gamble for a Salmon of that size! 

Lake Sharpe has a great bite going on right now on the lower end from Joe Creek thru Big Bend Dam.  The walleyes are feeding on shad and mayflies right now and the bite has been very good the past few days.  My best bite has been fairly shallow at 12 to 19 foot deep.  Channel edges and sunken humps are working the best for me.  Once again bouncers rigged with a plain hook / half crawlers.  I am starting to pick up some nice Smallmouth along the way too.  The Smallmouth bite will really come on in the next few weeks on Lake Sharpe.  Once that water starts to cool the Smallies roll up shallow and go crazy.  Fun.  I have been fishing hard the past couple weeks and the bite has been very good overall on Lake Sharpe.  There is some fish being caught in the Pierre area but the better bite is downstream.  I look for the close bite in Pierre to really start to go when the Corps starts dumping alot of water to drain down Lake Oahe this fall. 

Thank you,

Karl