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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Sunday, October 19, 2014
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how is the fishing doing right now on oahe? Deciding to make a trip or not.
Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Tuesday, October 7, 2014
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Fishing report Lakes Oahe, Sharpe Pierre area for Oct 4th 5th and 6th 2014


I took Mason Fleenor from Ida Grove Iowa and his friend Jim Brehm from the Dunes SD fishing on a couple of windy days. The first day we went on Oahe, caught three walleye and then had to get off the big lake due to weather (Big wind/rain). We decided to fish for catfish on Sharpe below the dam the rest of the day and caught maybe 10 from 3 lbs. to 10 lbs. saving the day. Went back on Oahe for walleye day two in better conditions and got their limit of real nice walleye and 3 crappie. We caught these fish in around 20 fow on minnow/ Bouncer rigs. I am going to take them down to West Bend for a half day of fishing on their way home so will cover that in my next report. A couple of nice guys and we had a great time. Once again the bite around Pierre is good when the weather lets you fish. There has been a lot of wind this past week making for tougher fishing but that comes and goes so if you are planning a trip cross your finger's this time of the year as it is a real factor in the success of every trip.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Sunday, October 5, 2014
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Lakes Oahe/Sharpe fishing report Pierre area for 1st 2nd and 3rd Oct 2014


Lots of wind. That is really the whole report. When you can access the areas that are holding the fish both on Oahe and Sharpe the bite is decent however fall winds in the 20 to 50 mph range have made for real limited success for most anglers.On Oahe fishing with minnow rigs is starting to be a little more productive than crawlers and that holds true on Sharpe as well. Fishing in depths of 10 fow to 30 feet in areas from the Cheyenne north is the best for walleye and on Sharpe the West Bend area has the edge. A note on the upcoming season pheasant opener. This year looks to be much better over the whole state with GF&P's reporting numbers way up and around the Pierre area I know that is true. It looks like breaking out the shotguns is a real good idea for those wanting to hunt birds. I will be posting these reports less frequently now as the fishing season winds down (weekly) however if there are any major changes I will report them.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Fishing report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for September 20th thru Sept 30th 2014


I took a week off so I have not been keeping up the reports however I am back on the water now. I guided the Todd Harder group of repeat customers to one day of poor results fishing the Joe Creek area on Sharpe. I went their mainly to get out of 50 mph forecast wind and they did come so we went in early. The next day we fished Oahe getting limits of walleye and a big northern. We caught these fish in around 20 fow on mostly minnow/crawler rigs. I then fished a father son son in law group of guys Don Spencer, Steve Spencer and Mike Morris for a trip once again plagued by real unstable weather conditions with the last day bringing 40 to 50 mph winds. We did have one day of nice weather getting limits of 17 inch avg size walleye and some catfish. Another day had strong winds and we did get walleye but did not limit. Real nice guys that had bad luck with the weather. That brings me to say that on Oahe the walleye, smallmouth fishing is good when the weather is good but if you get big wind/ rain days you can have limited success. Sharpe around Pierre remains spotty with running a lot of water a daily occurrence. I think the fall bite will be very good especially on Oahe but pay attention to forecasts whenever possible.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Saturday, September 20, 2014
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Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre SD area for Sept 18th and 19th 2014


I guided Lucas Ahrens and his friend James Mcgowen from Beaver Crossing and Valipraso, Nebraska for one day of walleye fishing and one day of smallmouth bass fishing. We got limits of both each day with real nice walleye day one along with a big northern and limits of bass to almost 5 lbs. with several over 18 inches and one almost 20 incher. We fished Oahe both days in water depths around 20 feet for both species and caught most of the walleye on night crawler/bouncer rigs and the bass on minnow/bouncer rigs. The walleye were and easy 17 inch avg and so were the bass with all of these fish fat, healthy and showing signs of plenty of food to eat. I am also marking huge schools of small bait fish now even down on the lower end of the lake north of cow creek and up to the bend so barring any unusual happing the lake should be healthier in the future. Most good fishermen that are fishing in the right area's are doing limits on Oahe but due to fishing pressure in some areas it can be challenging. Lake Sharpe is an on again off again fishery so far this fall with nice fish one day and hard hunting the next day. A lot of fishermen over look the smallmouth fishery but from the smiles on the faces of the recent customers I have taken bass fishing, that might not be the best fish to overlook. There are real good numbers of 17 inch to 19 even 20 inch fish available and they are some of the best fighters in the lake. They are also very good eating especially if cooked either fresh or not kept in the freezer too long. The key to finding them is easier as just get around underwater trees anywhere and usually this time of year there will be some around. Hunt for the areas holding the most bait fish to find the walleye.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre SD for Sept 15th 16th 17th 2014


I guided Colin Schmidt and his buddy from Storm Lake Iowa for a day of small mouth bass fishing on Oahe catching real nice limits of around 3 to 5 lb. bass. Had a real good time on a beautiful fall day with these two guys. NE John had taken them walleye fishing the day before and did well there to so they went home with a nice bunch of fish. I then guided three people from down Kansas way for the Outpost lodge for two days and we put limits of walleye some white bass and some smallmouth in the boat so Tony his wife and father in law all went back with possession limits of fish plus a nice fish meal while they were here. These fish were all caught on Oahe on Minnow/crawler bottom bouncer rigs in around 20 fow. The fish are very healthy fat walleye and so are the bass. Sharpe has still been spotty with some of the better guides managing limits of nice fish around Pierre however it can be tougher fishing some days especially for inexperienced anglers. Minnows are coming into play on both lakes so having a couple of scoops along is a good plan. If you miss the main bite area's on both lakes it can be much harder so try to get good info as to where to fish.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Sunday, September 14, 2014
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Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for the 11th thru the 14th September 2014


The river around Pierre(Sharpe) is still muddy from recent high water discharges from the dam stirring up silt. That along with run off and wind make conditions unfavorable for anyone that doesn't know their way around. I helped Dave Spaid guide some fellows and struggled all day. Until this settles down either Oahe or the West Bend area are probably better choices for most anglers. One thing that is easier around Pierre is cat fishing and that is excellent from the dam down to the bad river. Dead smelt drifted on around a 1 oz weight works along with many other baits. Nice catfish from 2 to 10 lbs. are common. I then spent 3 days guiding on Oahe getting my customers all limits of nice walleye some northern pike and lots of smallmouth/white bass. Danna Van Dyne, wife Laurie and son Logan are repeat customers and along with friends from Nebraska we caught nice limits of around 17 inch avg walleye. I then spent two days fishing Tony Spader from Sioux Falls and his whole family on Oahe. A great bunch of guys and every one caught fish and had a great time. We spent day one fishing walleye on Oahe then day two fishing smallmouth bass on Oahe with nice weather and in my boat full limits of walleye/bass with a few 20 inchers along with a good number of 18 to 19 inch fish in the bag. The smallmouth avg was and easy 17 inches with several bass around 4 to 5 lbs. We caught all of the above walleye in depths of 15 fow out to 30 fow and the same for the smallmouth. The walleye were about 50/50 on either bottom/bouncer minnow or crawler rigs with many fish coming on spinner rigs. Oahe right now can be challenging for inexperienced anglers or even very good anglers if you miss the main bite so try to get as much good info as you can before you hit the water. Many of the well known fall hot spots are different right now as the water level is close to the all time high. The lake has more bait fish from the little bend boat ramp north to Mobridge. Weather is always a factor in the fall so if you are coming to Pierre hope for the best.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre SD area for Sept 6th thru the 10th 2014


The fishing on Oahe continues to be very good especially on the nice fall days. Weather is always a factor with fall fishing and if you are planning a trip here hope for the nice days. I guided Lonnie Wann and his group of Agra grow guys(repeats customers for many years) for three days of solid fishing. Guides Dave Spaid, Scott Van Leare, Ne John and Jody Cutler helped me and even with the weather taking a turn for the worst a great time was had by all. Full possession limits of 17 inch average size fat healthy walleye along with some smallmouth bass, northern pike, white bass and catfish were caught along with two nights of walleye for supper .These guys are from Nebraska and Iowa and most of us guides have gotten to know them over the years and really look forward to their annual trip. We all fished Oahe in depths of around 10 fow to 25 fow using bottom/bouncer/ minnow crawler or gulp rigs along with a few of us pulling plugs on the second day in 30 mph wind. On their last day I did take some guys in the group down on Sharpe cat fishing catching 19 big ones (3 to 10 lbs.) by noon. Sharpe is still putting out fish and some days can be very good but remember the 15 inch size limit. That can make coming in with a full bag challenging some days. Minnows /chubs are coming into play more in both lakes Salmon fishing has picked up some but for the most part can still be iffy. All in all if you get favored with nice fall weather and get good info as to were the main bites are( There is more baitfish from little Bend north) you can expect to do well.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Sunday, September 7, 2014
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Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for Sept 3rd thru the 5th 2014


The fall bite on Oahe is outstanding with most boats that are fishing the right area's coming in with limits of real nice healthy walleye and some smallmouth bass. Also I have been hearing reports of some Salmon being caught on the big lake. Sharpe is still going at West Bend but the 15 inch size limit is making for fewer limits coming in. As always in the fall the weather will start to come into play as it did with the Wheat Growers annual trip. They caught a day of 40 mph wind and that made fishing real tough for them. I guided the last two days for the Outpost Lodge fishing 3 guys from Ord NE and they hit they weather just right along with the fishing. We fished on Oahe both days catching their possession limit of 17 inch avg size walleye with a few over twenty inchers included in the catch. Check the pictures of these fish out to get an idea of how much the lake fish have improved over the summer on fishinghutch.com. We used bottom bouncer/ minnow or crawler rigs fishing in around 25 to 30 fow. Plug pulling and chubs are also working in some area's. A great trio of guys and we had one of those great trips you can have in the fall with 70 degree weather not much wind and lots of fish. All of the fish we caught were healthy fat walleye so that is encouraging indicating lot of bait for them to eat. I am also marking big schools of bait fish in Oahe mostly from around Pike Haven north to the 212 bridge so the fall and next years bite should be much better for a bigger size fish. If the river clears up on Sharpe around Pierre look for the fall migration of walleye to improve catch's there also but it has been tough fishing in the muddy water making Oahe the best choice. Getting good info were to fish on Oahe is very important as you can miss the bite if you center your fishing in the wrong spots. Get were the bait fish are and the stained water is. Primarily from the Little Bend, Cheyenne, Bushs Landing, areas north to the 212 bridge.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for Aug 27th thru Sept 2nd 2014

I guided one of my favorite bunch of guys from around Belleville Kansas for three days getting them possession limits of walleye to take home. Steve and Doug Sederlin along with their friend Gary Simmons have been coming up for a lot of years and once again we had some great times. We fished both on Sharpe and Oahe catching the bigger fish on Oahe. The bite down at West Bend is going to be much harder to put limits in the boat now that the 15 inch limit is in effect. I then guided Dick Schutes and his friend Glenn from Iowa for one day staying on the river around Pierre and this was a big mistake as from the Bad river on down was real muddy from recent rains and the bite up to the dam was not good. I think until water clarity clears up and more of the fall fish start to arrive it is better to stay on Oahe. I then spent three days with Bill Lyons and his daughter Mary and his son fishing Sharpe at Big Bend day one and keeping some small fish for eating. The bite was lots of fish in 5 fow on night crawlers . The next two days we spent fishing on Lake Oahe getting their limit each day and also plenty to eat while they were here. The fish we caught were an easy 16 to 17 inch avg. and were all like the walleyes of old on the lake. Big around and full of fat. For anyone worrying about a shortage of bait and size of the fish in the lake take a look at the pictures of these fish. We caught all of these fish in around 25 fow to 35 fow on both night crawler/ Bouncer rigs or Minnow/ bouncer rigs however many presentations including lead core line are working . Creek chubs are also a great bait but a little expensive and I have found over the years that two big minnows on a hook are almost as good. I think the fall bite on the lake is going to be good especially for experienced anglers that know the lake. It seems like there is more bait from the Cheyenne river to Mobridge and if you are coming fishing concentrating your efforts from Little Bend to the 212 bridge in the Pierre area is better because of the bait fish abundance.

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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for August 23rd to Aug 25 2014

Not a lot has changed since the last report. The river (Lake Sharpe) around Pierre still is muddy from rain/wind from Pierre down to Joe creek making fishing harder. West Bend area is still going strong for smaller walleye and now small mouth bass are biting. Oahe from the Cheyenne river north continues to put out limits of very healthy fat walleye some bass and some northern pike. I guided a real nice couple staying at the Outpost lodge to limits of real nice walleye on Oahe. We caught these fish in around 20 fow on btm bouncer spinner crawler combinations. Kevin and Karen Bowen were favored with a real nice almost fall day and a good bite so they went back to Iowa with some good eating and memory's of a great time. The fish on Oahe are full of bait (small shad etc) and are real healthy looking like the walleye of old days on the lake. After the 1st of Sept when size regs go back on Sharpe it is going to be hard for me not to spent much of my fishing on the big lake.

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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre SD area for August 18th thru August 22nd 2014


Fishing on Sharpe around Pierre has gotten tougher many days. West Bend is still going with limits common but both places have a lot of smaller fish now and with the 1st of Sept approaching (limit size back to 15 inches on walleye) it will be harder to come in with good catches until the fall bite gets going. Oahe right now probably is a better choice especially after the 1st as size restrictions do not apply on the smaller fish. I along with around 27 other guides have been guiding the CVA group for the Outpost Lodge for two groups of around 75 people. Many guide's fished on Oahe and many on Sharpe. I spent one day at West Bend and two days on the river around Pierre and managed to get limits every day but it was much easier at West Bend. In between the two groups I guided Don Kaelber and Mary Ann from Rapid City to limits of fish on Sharpe but all three days I spent around Pierre were harder fishing. I have been catching the fish on Sharpe on either Bouncer /Gulp or spinner/crawler rigs in around 10 fow. On Oahe most of the guides were getting fish around 17 to 30 fow however there were some bigger weights coming in on lead core line/plug fishing. All in all I think the CVA group are having a great time and it is always good to see them here every year. This company makes a lot of guides, employee's, and customers happy every year including Les Wolfe the owner of the Outpost Lodge. Thank you Central Valley Ag. for the trips.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Sunday, August 17, 2014
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Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for August 13th thru the 17th 2014


Just finished helping Dave Spaid guide the Capitol Motor's group of repeat customer's spending both days on Lake Sharpe and getting them full possession limits of walleye and a few bass. A great bunch of guys and they had a great time however the bite on Saturday around Pierre was harder work than it has been. Before this group I guided Dennis Brown and his wife Mary from Lena' Illinois on Sharpe also getting possession limits of real nice walleye plus a bonus 22 inch rainbow trout Mary caught. We caught the fish in Pierre in around 10 fow using both Berkley Gulp and spinner/crawler rigs. Once again the first 20 miles of Sharpe can be challenging if the corps is running the wrong current. There is also a lot of dirty/stained water below the bad river presenting adverse conditions in many area's so every day the bite can be harder if the wrong conditions exist. The walleye on Oahe have moved deeper in many area's and catching them down as deep as 50 fow is happing some day's. Smallmouth fishing is still good on the big lake so days that walleyes are harder to find many boats are having fun putting some bass in the bag. Plenty of fly's around so good spray is helpful.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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Fishing around the Pierre area on both Oahe and on Sharpe continues to be about average for both lakes in the month of August. Most boats that know the two lakes are putting limits of walleye along with some smallmouth and northern pike in their boats daily. Both lakes can present challenges depending on weather, water clarity, and the amount of current being run. Size on Oahe still remains smaller however 14 to 15 inch fish along with much less boat traffic can make it a good choice many days. The water discharges from the Oahe dam are now high making for some murkier water all the way down to West Bend. I guided a real nice Grandfather Steve Anderson and his two grandsons from Cherokee Iowa for a day on Oahe catching around 18 fish from depths of 18 feet all the way down to 40 feet on mostly crawler/bouncer rigs. I then (along with guide Dave Spaid) spent two days fishing the SST Software group of six guys. They were ramrodded by both Chad Greenlee and Brett Shaw from Oklahoma, MN, and Iowa. We spent day one catching full limits of walleye and a few smallmouth down at West Bend then spent day two fishing around Pierre on Sharpe. The fish were caught both on flicker shad plugs and bounce/gulp/crawlers in from 8 fow to 10 fow. The average size has gone down at the Bend some days and on this trip we caught nicer walleye around Pierre with one over 20 inch fish and numerous 18 to 19 inch walleye. Just a great bunch of fellows and both Dave and I had a fun time guiding them. Weather and fishing are both stable so not a bad time to visit.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Monday, August 4, 2014
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Fishing report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre Area for Aug 3rd and 4th 2014


The bite on Oahe is improving daily as more fish/bait fish are showing up on the lower end of the lake. The fish still are on the smaller healthy 14 1/2 inch size however getting a mixed bag of walleye, smallmouth bass and some northern pike along with a lot less boat traffic and some bigger fish in each daily bag made Oahe my choice for the last two days. I guided Don Smith and his grandson from Mn to possession limits of both walleye up to 18 inches and smallmouth (around a 17 inch avg) along with a nice northern (15 lbs) seeing maybe a half a dozen other boats on the lake. We used nightcrawler/bouncer rigs and also Berkley Gulp/bouncer rigs to catch these fish in around 25 fow to 35 fow. I think the gulp out preformed the crawler's on this trip. Lake Sharpe continues to put out fish with a lot of muddy water almost down to West Bend making the bite tougher some days especially if the corps runs either not enough or too much current. Boat traffic is high so if that is a factor in your fishing Oahe might be a better choice. Fly's are abundant so repellant in the boat is a plus. I use horse stable spray and it helps but is not fool proof.


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