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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
By: on 09/07/2014 07:22 AM | Add Comment | Post New Report |

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
By: on 08/12/2014 9:34 PM | Add Comment | Post New Report |

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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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Sunday, August 3, 2014
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Fishing report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre Area for July 31 And Aug 1st,2nd 2014


I guided a real nice family of 4 Father Brett Bundy and his boys for a one day trip on Sharpe to limits of 16 walleye catching these fish in around 10 fow. We used spinner/crawler rigs and although we worked hard we managed to get all their fish. There is a good amount of boat traffic again around Pierre on Sharpe so if that bother's you Oahe can actually be a better choice as boat traffic is much less. If you fish the right area's fat 14 I/2 inch fish with some 17 to 23 inch fish mixed in are not uncommon for angler's that know the lake. Bait fish north of the little bend boat ramp are all over so that is a key to the fishing. Get in area's of stained water with a lot of bait around and you should do well.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Fishing Report for Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre Area July 25th thru the 28th 2014


I guided the Jon Foxman family for a tougher day on Sharpe but came back and guided the Doug Hays, Doug Kelling and Rex Lovell group of repeat customers for two days on Sharpe spending one day around Pierre and one day at West Bend catching these three of guys full possession limits of walleye, a big catfish and a few bass. We fished around Pierre with spinner/crawler rigs or gulp in around 10 fow and down at the Bend we fished deeper in and around tree beds in 25 fow to 30 fow with bouncer /crawler rigs. Had a great time with these guys as well as Jon Foxman and the next father son team from Le mars, Iowa Rich Ellefson and son Matt. I fished down on Sharpe with them the first day catching a nice limit of walleye and then fished Oahe the 2nd day coming in with on nice 23 inch walleye a few smaller ones along with a couple of bass and a bunch of catfish .We caught these fish in around 35 fow but the bite on Oahe is not good now with smaller walleye the norm. Sharpe for the most part is very good but around Pierre if the Corps runs the wrong amount of current (either very little or to much) even around Pierre can be tougher .Plenty of fly's/bugs around so if you are coming over good repellent well make for a better trip along with plenty of water and sun screen.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Fishing report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for July 19th thru the 24th 2014


I guided Mike Grahm and his son Storm from the St Paul MN area on Sharpe fishing both days in the Pierre area. Fishing was excellent and we kept limits/possession limits of real nice walleye to 20 inches with a least a 17 inch avg size. We caught most of these fish in around 10 fow fishing either Berkeley Gulp on bottom/bouncers or crawler/bouncer rigs. I then fished the Krutsinger/ Fields Group of repeat customers from around Seward NE for two days of limit fishing on Sharpe and one day of smaller walleye /catfish/ Smallmouth fishing on Oahe. A great family bunch and they went home with their possession limit of fish plus a nice fish supper while they were here. We caught the fish on Sharpe the same way as the previous group and on Oahe most of the fish we caught were in around 20 fow on night crawler rigs. The 40th annual Governors Cup tournament results are a reflection on the current bite on Oahe. One hundred sixteen teams fished it keeping 562 fish with an avg of 4.84 fish per boat that weighted an avg of 7.15 lbs per boat. The winners Keller/Hjelm had 12 fish that weighed 19.67 lbs. I know a lot of these guys that fished in this tournament and it was full of a lot of real good fishermen. They did have to weight only fish over 15 inches and I am sure a lot of under 15 inch fish were thrown back but right now these weights are the reason why I have spent more time guiding on Sharpe this year than I have in the past. I do believe you still have a better chance to get a over 25 inch fish on Oahe and bigger Northern. Some days better fishermen are coming in with some nice stringers. There is also a lot less boat traffic on the big lake so if these are things that you favor Oahe is still a good choice. Average fish size is still a little better on most days on Sharpe so if you are looking for that Sharpe is better right now. They are starting to run more power daily so unless we get more rain/wind the river is starting to clean up some.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Friday, July 18, 2014
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Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for July 15th thru the 18th 2014


I finished guiding the Allan Soukup group of guys on lake Oahe keeping limits of walleye but once again the size was smaller with some nice ones but also we kept some smaller fish to make a limit. We caught the fish in around 17 fow on crawler/bouncer rigs. I then guided the repeat customer family Denny Kruse, Ti Kruse an Mom Helen from St. Ed NE. for one day on Oahe throwing back smaller fish and keeping enough to send them home with a possession limit as we went down to West Bend day two and caught a nice limit of 17 inch avg size walleye. Once again we caught the walleye in both places on nightcrawler/bouncer rigs with 17 fow the avg depth on Oahe and 30 fow the avg depth on Sharpe. We all had a great time and it is always nice to have the Kruz's up. I then spent a day with Bill Wisnieski and his friend from Colorado on Sharpe staying in the Pierre area. We used Berkeley gulp on Bottom/bouncers to put a nice limit of 17 inch avg size walleye in the boat. Here we fished stained water in around 10 feet staying just a little ahead of the current with the bait. Looks like a heat wave is going to show up next week so water sun screen bug spray are good things to have lots of in your boat. This week end is the annual Governor's Cup Tournament and a lot of very good fishermen will try for the win. It will be interesting to see the results and how the fish are caught. I will try and pass any information about the results in my next report.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Monday, July 14, 2014
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Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for July 12th 13th and 14th 2014


I guided repeat customers the Bailey family group with some from down Lincoln NE way and some from MN. for two days down at West Bend and we got limits and possession limits for the group of these great guy's plus some nice walleye meals while they were here. We caught the fish around underwater tree beds for the most part in around 30 fow on crawler/bouncer rigs. I then had the opportunity to take my friend former NE football coach and AD Tom Osborne down to the Bend in some pretty good wind but we caught a good number of fish keeping a limit of walleye throwing some back to get around a nice 17 inch avg size walleye. A side to this trip was some pretty good information and a reaffirmation of a slow salmon bite on Lake Oahe as Tom spent a few days fishing for Salmon catching four fish to around 10 lbs on their first day but then running into zero day. Tom is a very good Salmon fisherman so for the most part this bite continues to be real spotty. Oahe continues to put out fish but a lot of the walleye are smaller. Most boats do come in with various amounts of bigger fish but Sharpe for me still is the better place for an over all avg. size limit. Oahe remains the place to stay out of the crowds though and for better odds of catching the over 25 inch fish. Plenty of fly's /bugs out now and warmer days are the norm so lots of water and a good insect spray are good ideas.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Fishing report for Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area July 9th 10th and 11th 2014

I spent one day guiding on the river in Pierre (Sharpe) 1 day at West Bend (Sharpe) and one day on Oahe catching limits of fish all three days. I spent one day with Steve Bohling and friend from around Lincoln NE. We fished around Pierre and did get limits of walleye that avg around 16 inches fishing with nightcrawler/bouncer rigs in 10 fow. There was not much boat traffic but this was not a week end trip. I then guided the Jeff Bohlken/James Bohlken, Nile Farris/Bob Farris group of guys from NE to limits of walleye at West Bend (Sharpe) and limits of walleye on Oahe. We caught the fish at the Bend in anywhere from 10 fow to 30 fow mostly on crawler/bouncer rigs and on Oahe caught most of the fish on the same rigs fishing in around 20 to 30 fow. The avg size of the walleye at West Bend was around 17 inches and the avg size on Oahe was around 14 inches however they did get one bigger walleye around a 25 incher. The up side to fishing on Oahe is far less boat traffic and we had no trouble fishing alone. Every time we stopped on Sharpe other boats would find and join us. If finding and catching fish with a lot less boat traffic is important to you Oahe is a better choice. It is harder to put together as good as overall avg size fish stringer however but getting a big over 25 inch fish is more likely.

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