Lake Oahe Missouri River Fishing Reports

Well now that the tournaments are over on the Big Lake we have some info we can give.  First of all I would like to congratulate all of our guides who cashed a check in the Governors cup and the Dakota Walleye Classic.  

The fishing really picked up the week between the Governors cup to the Classic.  Most fish in the Gov Cup came back in the bays shallow pitching cranks and jigs as well as livebait rigs.  The fishing was tough and the bites were few and far between so you really needed to capitalize on the bites you got.

The fishing last week however was a completely different story with most people catching  lots of fish pretty much anywhere.  The winners did come back in a bay but the gusty winds might have played a factor in that.  There were fish on main lake points as well as in the bays and we caught at least 50 fish per day prefishing.  The fish we were catching were coming on nightcrawlers and leeches in 15 to 20 feet of water.  We worked the points to the west of beaver all the way to the beacon.  I did not fish much in the bays or East of Beulah Bay but heard the bite was good all over there as well.  I did catch some fish on crankbaits as well while prefishing.  I was pulling flickershads on leadcore in 15 to 20 feet.

Fishing is excellent on Lake Sakakawea right now with easy limits getting caught.  If you are interested in a walleye fishing trip on the Big Lake check us out at and give Brian a call.
Had boats out on Sakakawea a few times last week and the fishing seems to be improving with easier limits of walleyes coming in.  With the upcoming Governors cup tourney this week I won't say much other than the fishing is starting to heat up.  Should be interesting to see what the waits will be.

If you are interested in some good fishing on the big lake give us a call.

 Fishing remains excellent on Lake Oahe.  We had boats down there several days last week with easy limits of walleyes getting caught.  We worked areas 15 to 20 feet deep with crankbaits near the stateline.  Most fish we are getting are 14 to 17 inches but actually had a few over 20 inches as well.  We also fished spinners with nightcrawlers working points in the same depths.  Looks like this fishery is going to stay good all summer with the amount of fish still in the area.

If you are interested in a fun day of walleye fishing check us out at and give Brian a call.

The walleye fishing on Lake Sakakawea is a little spotty right now.  We are catching limits most days if the weather cooperates.  I think the water still needs to warm up and the fishing should get a little more consistent, however the fishing can be very good some days.   We have had boats fishing steady the past week and we have found fish all over with no real depth or contour pattern to follow.  We have caught fish in the bays as well as on main lake points.  We haven't been able to put a real good crank bite together so we have been concentrating on live bait rigs.  One thing we have found is that there seems to be a lot of smelt around and the fish really don't need to eat what we put in front of them.  If you can find fish on the electronics and fish them long enough they will bite but the hard part sometimes is waiting long enough.  This doesn't sound like the best fishing report but there still is some good fishing to be had.  We had a couple days last week that we boated around 30 walleyes.

If you are interested in a fun day on the water check us out at and give Brian a call.
Fishing remains good on the North Dakota side of Lake Oahe.  We had boats out of the State line area a few times last week with good results limiting out on Walleyes and catching some other species mixed in.  The bigger fish that we caught came on crankbaits in a wide variety of depths.  We have caught fish in as little as 12 feet and as deep as 25 feet.  We have fished with live bait a little lately but cranks definitely seem to be working better still.  The fishing on this fishery remains strong and doesn't look to be letting up at all in the near future.

If you are interested in a fun day of walleye fishing check us out at and give Brian a call.
 We had boats on Lake Sakakawea 4 days last week and walleye limits came easy all the days we fished except Saturday which is due to the terrible weather.  We have been catching fish using livebait rigs and jigs working points in depths ranging 10 to 20 feet.  We used mostly nightcrawlers and some minnows but the crawlers seem to work better, we have not tried leeches yet.  We have been working the east end of the Lake so I can't speak for whats going on anywhere else but I have heard reports of the same story all over.

If anyone is interested in catching fish on Lake Sakakawea check us out at and give Brian a call.
I fished the state line area of Lake Oahe on Saturday and Sunday and despite the terrible weather the fishing was surprisingly good.  On Saturday with the rain we fished a new area close to the ramp and did good.  We started out using livebait but ended up switching up to cranks pretty quick because the bait just didn't seem to be producing.  It ended up being a good decision, we caught a lot of walleyes after the switch.  On Sunday we had to fish the calm side of the Lake because the wind was just to much and we ended up doing very well.  We only fished for a couple hours and ended up catching about 40 fish.  Crankbaits seem to be working the best, probably because a lot more water gets covered.  Most of the fish we caught were in the 12 to 16 foot range.  The walleye fishing on Lake Oahe should remain good for quite some time with the amount of fish that are in the area.

If anyone is interested in a fun day on the water check us out at and give Brian a call.

Lots of fish still getting caught on Lake Oahe near the state line in North Dakota.  We are catching fish on both crankbaits and live bait rigs.  It seems like the bigger fish are a little deeper than the smaller fish but there is still fish scattered all over the Lake.  The walleyes are mostly 14 to 17 inches with some occasionally over 20 inches.  With all the fish to catch right now it makes for a fun day of reeling in fish.  We have also caught some real nice Northern Pike as well.

If you are interested in an exciting day of fishing on Lake Oahe check out and give Brian a call.

North Dakota Fishing Guides

Lake Oahe Guides are a group of licensed Fishing Guides that offer fully guided fishing trips and are based out of Bismarck, ND. Lake Oahe Guides focuses their efforts not only on the Lake Oahe region around Bismarck but also on Lake Sakakawea.

While most of our efforts are concentrated on walleye some of the other species we encounter are northern pike, white bass, smallmouth bass, catfish, carp and more.

From daily fishing packages to multi-day fishing packages, Lake Oahe Guides will accommodate any group of any size.

Contact Brian at: 701-400-2083

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