Oahe / Sharpe

Friday, August 26, 2016


Lake Oahe is still putting out some incredible Salmon in the past couple weeks.  I was chasing Salmon day before yesterday and we stuck a huge 24 pound Chinook Salmon.  Huge fat male with a beautiful hooked jaw.  I have boated 4 Salmon this year over 20+ pounds and several from 10 to 19 pounds.   NOW IS THE TIME TO COME for a Trophy Salmon. 

I have been running flashers and squids / flies mainly with some trolling spoons thrown in the mix once in a while.  My go to colors are green, pink, blue, glow and chartreuse.   Blue trout / blue fly was the hot setup again on the 24 pounder but I see fish being caught around me on ALL different colors.  I have those 5 main colors down on my cannonballs and let the fish tell me whats up.  I change colors / setups quite often.  Dont get stuck on blue just because I caught these fish.  Tomorrows color will be different.... It always is....lol  

Most of the Salmon have been coming out in the deeper water on the face of Oahe Dam but dont be afraid to try the Twin Bays to Chantier Creek pull too.   I set my cannonballs at 70, 80, 90, and 100 ft. to start out and go deeper / shallower from there.  Usually over 110 to 180 foot of water.   Dont be afaid to go into 80 foot of water and run your cannonballs shallow.  The Salmon are moving constantly and are all over the place depthwise.  TRY EVERYTHING depthwise and colorwise.

The walleye bite on Oahe continues to be fair as there is so much baitfish in Oahe right now they dont have to feed much and are not that active.  The Walleyes I do see are coming on deep cliff edges and suspended near there.  Bouncers / crawlers and trolling crankbaits on leadcore there.

Now the Smallmouth Bass on the other hand are going crazy on Lake Oahe. Lots of really nice 17 to 20+ inch Bass in Oahe. Fairly shallow bite here... 5 to 30 foot. I am having my best luck on Bass with live minnows. I seem to find most of them suspended around saddles and rocky humps with deep water nearby. Super fun as these fish are fighters who battle you all the way to the boat. Don't overlook this fishery.  The Smallmouth Bass on Oahe right now are some of the biggest Bass that I have seen in 22 years of guiding... World class to say the least...

Lake Sharpe is on fire in the Pierre area for Walleyes.  Nice limits of Walleyes from 15 to 17 inches are common if you are patient.  Lots of 12 to 14 inch Walleyes mixed makes for awesome action.  From the Bluffs to Stoney Point is holding tons of fish.  Its all working now.  Bouncers, jigs, crankbaits... Crawlers and minnows all the way...  My best bite is up shallow in 4 to 9 foot shelves with current breaks along the main channels.  This fall bite has really turned red hot with all the water they are running out of Oahe Dam right now. 

There is still a bite from Degray down to Big Bend Dam but the better bite is further upstream.  There is some really nice Smallmouth coming out of Joe Creek and West Bend right now with a fair to good Walleye bite too.  Sunken islands and channel edges are your best bet on Lower Lake Sharpe. 12 to 30 foot depending on the weather / wind.  Bouncers / jigs / crankbaits.  Minnows and crawlers. 

Thank you,





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