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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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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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Fishing report for Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for July 6th,7th, and 8th 2014


Oahe right now around the lower end of the Lake is challenging. Smaller walleye under 15 inches are more the norm than over 15 inch fish and over 20 inch fish are much harder to get in daily bags. I finished guiding Tim Vogel and his wife from Sioux Falls SD to a limited success day on Oahe coming in with a limit of smaller fish after they had a much nicer day fishing down on Sharpe getting limits of 16 to 17 inch fish. We caught the fish in 20 fow to 35 fow on crawler/bouncer rigs. I then spent two days with the voice of NE Football Sean Callahan his dad Pat and friends Larry, Rod, Keith and Kenneth down at West Bend. With guides Dave Spaid and Scott Van Leare helping we put possession limits of nice 17 inch avg size walleye and some smallmouth bass in all three boats for both days. They also had a couple of real nice fish meals cooked at the Lodge. Just a great bunch of guys from down Nebraska way and everybody had a great time in some real nice summer weather. Most of the fish were caught along tree beds in 25 to 30 fow however we also caught some shallower in 5 fow to 10 fow. We fished bouncer/crawler/ gulp or spinner rigs rigs deep or pulled flicker shad plugs in around 10 fow to 15 fow. Sharpe continues to be the best bite for this size walleye this year. Right around Pierre dirty water from farm island down to around Joe creek continues to make the bite tougher in that area. Having sun screen, bug spray and lots of water in your boat is a real good idea. The fishing pressure in many area's is still high but has come down some after the 4th weekend.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Sunday, July 6, 2014
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Lakes Oahe/ Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for June 3rd thru the 4th 2014


A lot of fireworks and a lot of fish as the bite on Sharpe continues to be good and Oahe continues to put out a smaller year class fish for the most part. I took the Alexis Kee family Alexis Gus and Uly fishing for a day on Sharpe then guided the Jim Carlson family from around Gothenberg, Ne. down at West Bend for two days catching limits of fish all three days. These fish all avg well over 15 inches and we kept around a 17 inch avg. size walleye along with some nice smallmouth bass. Most of the fish were caught in 10 fow to 20 fow on crawler/bouncer rigs or gulp/bouncer presentations however you can catch them any number of ways including pulling plugs. It is getting hot out so sun screen and lot of water along with fly/bug spray are real good ideas.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Thursday, July 3, 2014
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Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for June 28th thru July 3rd 2014


Weather has been a factor in recent days with rain/wind making fishing much tougher when the weather is a factor. I guided the DSI drywall /Knuth group from Lincoln Ne.to one much tougher day on Oahe with all the guides struggling in lots of rain. We all caught some fish but quit early to get out of the rain. The second day everyone of the boats brought limits of walleye and some smallmouth at West bend on Sharpe. I then guided repeat customer Kurt Jones and sons for one day in big wind (gusts to 50) on the river in Pierre having limited results. We then spent day two at West Bend and once again when the weather was nice caught over 40 walleye and bass at the Bend keeping nice limits of 17 inch avg. size walleye and some real nice bass. A real nice family and the DSI group of guys was great. We caught most of the walleye at West Bend in around 30 fow on crawler bouncer  rigs and the smallmouth in around 10 fow on crawlers or gulp.The fishing on Oahe for walleye is still going for numbers of fish however putting larger walleye in the boat is harder. Lots of little walleye but most boats struggle to get many over 15 inch fish. Smallmouth fishing can be good on Oahe and is very good for big smallies on Sharpe. Minnows, leeches, crawlers and pulling plugs are all working. The water level on Oahe is high with the lake full due to reduced discharges and snow rain/ run off.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Monday, June 30, 2014

Well we just finished up with the Cabela's NWT tournament  out of Mobridge.  I finished 4th after a frustrating week of pre fishing.  Lets just say I burned a bunch of gas running up and down the river looking for a big fish bite and was unable to get anything dialed in.  I tried every trick I know and and some that were even new to me, but they all resulted in the same thing.  A bunch of walleyes in the 13 to 16 in range.  So I did the only logical thing and came back home.  I fished the entire tournament within 5 miles of Swan Creek and caught a ton of fish.  I started both days off with my co-anglers catching a 23 plus inch walleye.  I have to thank both Carl Odde and Tom Hubbard for their great effort and good humor.  I had a blast.  Most of our walleyes came off of Pro Tackle  propeller rigs in silver and chartreuse.  We fished from 9 to 11 fow. and mostly around main points of small bays.  The last two days of guiding have even been better than the tournament for the average size and easy limits.  There seems to be a bunch of fish in that 17 to 20 inch range showing up.  I want to say thanks to Mark Cutler, Kerry Konald,  Nick Cekella, Paul Steffan, Travor Diegel, Tommy Houck and my Dad for all the time and effort they put in trying to help me with the pre fishing for this event.  We do have some openings from here on out for both guiding and rooms so call Shonda and get out here and enjoy what seems to be the best bite of the summer so far. 

Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Friday, June 27, 2014
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Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for June 23rd to June 27th 2014


Fishing around Pierre is going strong on both Oahe and Sharpe with limits of fish coming in the most experienced anglers boats. The average size walleye on Oahe is smaller however most boats have some bigger walleye in their daily limits. Sharpe still continues to put out an average size stringer of 16 to 17 inch fish for most boats around Pierre and down at West Bend. I guided the Runge family from Wisconsin and Deadwood to nice limits of fish at West Bend and then guided some fellows for the Outpost Lodge from Chicago and Nebraska to limits of fish on Sharpe. I then spent 2 days with the Sam Clem group of repeat customers to possession limits of real nice fish on Sharpe fishing one day in the Pierre area (limits but tougher bite) and one day at West Bend with limits before the storm hit at 1:00 o'clock. On this trip I believe one of the guys caught the biggest smallmouth (getting it Mounted) I have caught in my boat at least in SD. A 21 1/2 incher that weighted 6 1/2 Lbs. A real big bass for SD lake's and if it had the girth it would have approached state record status. Sharpe is starting to be known for these bigger size bass and they are a real bonus to walleye fishermen. We caught the fish on Sharpe in 25 fow to 30 fow around tree beds along with the smallmouth on bouncer/crawler rigs and on Oahe we caught most of the fish around 17 fow on the same. In the Pierre area we stayed in around 10 fow.Temps are going up and storms continue to move through so summer is here. Boat traffic is high on both lakes and fishing ramps are busy along with cleaning stations. Sun Screen, Bug spray and lots of water are very good ideas.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Monday, June 23, 2014
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Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for June 18th thru 22nd 2014


I guided the Mike Samuleson group a great bunch of guys from around Hastings/Kearney NE. We spent two days down at West Bend on Sharpe. The bite is good there and we took limits both days throwing many fish back to end up with a nice 17 inch avg size walleye. I then guided the Bill Van Den Top family from around Rock Valley Iowa for one day of fishing on Oahe and one day at West Bend getting limits both days. Both of these groups went home with full possession limits of walleye, and some bass etc. We caught the fish at West Bend in depths around 25 to 30 fow on bouncer crawler rigs or gulp/bouncers. On Oahe we caught numbers of fish (over 50) in 10 fow out to 25 fow using mostly crawler/bouncers. The avg. size walleye we caught was smaller by 3 inches on Oahe compared to Sharpe. Still if you are looking to get a big fish (over 25 inch) I favor Oahe for both Walleye and northern. I also think it is a lot easier to get away from crowds on Oahe. The lake is at over full pool and continues to rise so there is a lot of water to fish. West Bend on weekends is very busy and finding fishing areas crowded is normal. Sun Screen, and bug spray and lots of water make trips better.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Thursday, June 12, 2014
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We fished out of the Whitlock area from the 12th to the 16th. The wind blew almost every day for at least part of the day and it rained hard on Saturday. Most of the fishermen were still busting their butts trying to catch walleyes but the walleyes were quite small on the average.We did see some nicer walleyes at the cleaning station Sunday but the larger ones were skinny for sure.We only fished for walleyes for a little while and kept going back to the bank for Smallmouth. They were on fire and probably averaged 15 inches. We easily caught over a hundred in four  days and most likely close to two hundred. They were just too much fun! We also caught an occasional White bass along with them, anywhere there were rocks. After the downpour Saturday we fished for walleyes for a couple hours and caught several but the biggest was fourteen inches. We tired of that so went up in a small creek and caught 12 catfish on cutbait in about 90 minutes. The cats went from four to ten pounds and were hungry! We could have easily litterally filled my boat with them. All the bait you need is at the cleaning station, walleye ribs and heads work great. I would return just to fish for the smallmouth. They are truly a fun fish to catch.
Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for June 10th thru June 17th 2014


The fishing on Sharpe is good where wind and run off rain water has not made the lake too muddy. Basically on Sharpe from the Antelope creek area to the Iron Nations is much harder fishing due to this. West Bend is still putting out limits of nice walleye and the smallmouth bass are going strong now. It is just the opposite on Oahe with fishing harder in gin clear water so looking for stained water is the key to good baskets of fish. Most anglers that know the lakes are coming in with limits of walleye, some northern and now numbers of smallmouth. I guided some anglers from Colorado, and then guided a family of father, son and grandson from Jefferson City Mo. to possession limits of walleye and in the case of the Ed Zagorac group limits of nice smallmouth bass to 4 lbs. We caught most of the walleye at West Bend in around 10 fow or less and on Oahe in 7 fow or less. Stained water (a key to success) is easy on to find on Sharpe but you have to look for it on the lower end of Oahe. Backs of bays where the wind is blowing into, creeks with the wind coming in causing mud lines are all good starting places. Gulp presentations, minnow or crawler rigs and pulling shallow plugs all are working along with leeches. If you are fishing Oahe in the clearer water fishing deeper ( 20 fow to 40 fow ) seems to put more fish in the boat. Oahe limits are still a much smaller avg. size compared to Sharpe but Oahe still remains the best chance at bigger northern pike and the over 20 inch walleye. There is a lot of fishing pressure at the more popular area's and spring/early summer weather is still a factor.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Monday, June 9, 2014
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Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for 7th ,8th. and 9th 2014


I guided runner up NE state football champions the Brett Froendt group of Omaha Westside coach's for three days having a great time and getting all of their possession limits of walleye, some bass and some northern pike along with some real healthy meals of walleye while they were here. We fished from 5 fow to 25 fow on Oahe for two days catching an easy 75 fish a boat day with releasing 13 to 14 inch fish and keeping 15 inch plus the norm. They did manage to get some bigger fish with a 26 incher (Caught in NE John's Guide boat who was helping me) the largest walleye. We used both spinner/crawler rigs, minnow bouncer rigs and some gulp to catch the fish. Oahe is full of the smaller fish this year so if you like a lot of action it is a great destination. The last day we traveled to West Bend on Sharpe as they were going home and did great filling out the remainder of their limits with around a 17 inch avg. size walleye so Sharpe right now is a little easier to put a 3 inch or so better fish in the boat. We caught the fish on Sharpe mostly in 30 fow on crawlers but minnows/ gulp work. There is a lot of boat traffic on both lakes as there always is in June however if fishing around a crowd is not you thing it is easier to find that experience on Oahe. Most of the experienced angler that know the lake(both Lakes) are able to get all the fish they want away from community spots. On Oahe we saw maybe three other boats all day in the area we were fishing and after running away from traffic we fished all by ourselves on Sharpe. I am mentioning this because doing this is becoming more of a challenge every year. I am not opposed to group fishing as it concentrates most of the boats in 10% of the water leaving 90% open thus protecting a huge part of the lake and making for a lot better fishing experience if you like to get away from it all and just not have to look at big groups of boats. A side to this is finding the walleye (sometime's hard) and not just a bunch of boats is what has kept me chasing these fish for many years and the greatest fishermen in my opinion are the ones that can hunt the fish down in every lake were walleye live. Finding a bunch of boats is easy. Finding the walleye is the hard part. I do not mean this in any negative way but just as something for you to try if you find yourself fishing in a crowd as if you can learn how to find these fish by yourself you will have up graded your skills to a level that probably only 10% to 20% of all the walleye fishermen around get to. All of the great walleye fishermen that I have known over the years take particular pride in having developed this ability. It is very often time consuming hence taking the easy way out and group fishing seems to many the right way but smaller avg fish usually is the price tag along with an I am in the parking lot feeling. The lakes are full of fish and I promise you they are not all just under the big groups of boats. Leech's and plug fishing are all working. Just about any way you would like to catch a walleye right now works so if you have a favorite way to fish go for it.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Saturday, June 7, 2014
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Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for June 4th 5th and 6th 2014


The weather has been great for the last three days and favored the John Hansen, Chuck Holsapple and Wayne Labart group from Bellevue NE. I had a great time guiding these repeat customers to full limits of nice 17 to 19 inch walleye plus some real nice walleye meals while they were here. Due to muddy access roads we fished the West Bend area (paved road) for all three days catching most of the walleye in around 20 fow on spinner/bouncer night crawler rigs. There is a lot of fishermen using this area but we managed to travel just far enough away from the main community spots to fish for the most part alone and I think this helps in catching just a little nicer size avg. walleye. I will mention the weather as being a big part of every trip even thru the month of June so be prepared for storms moving thru. Paying attention to local forecasts is a good habit. Minnows leeches and jig/plug fishing will all catch the fish right now so if you have a favorite method it should work. Oahe report hasn't changed with the bite being very good (numbers of walleye) but size of the fish is the challenge with many smaller walleye in the lake. Depths from very shallow to 30 fow are holding fish. One key to success is looking for stained/mud line's water as the fish spook easily in the real blue water. Some nice smallmouth are coming in along with some Northern Pike.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Friday, June 6, 2014

The bite here in the Swan Creek area this week has been extremely good.  Very good numbers of walleyes in the 14 to 17 in. range.  We do see some bigger fish but you have to go through a ton of walleyes to get any numbers of bigger ones.  Most of our walleyes are coming from 6 to 15 fow. on Pro Tackle bouncers and propeller rigs.  The crappies are few and far between so far.  Not quite sure where they are, but we will continue our search to find a bite before they spread out. There has been good numbers of small mouth bass, northerns, whitebass and catfish mixed in to make for a busy day on the water.

Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Friday, June 6, 2014

The bite here in the Swan Creek area this week has been extremely good.  Very good numbers of walleyes in the 14 to 17 in. range.  We do see some bigger fish but you have to go through a ton of walleyes to get any numbers of bigger ones.  Most of our walleyes are coming from 6 to 15 fow. on Pro Tackle bouncers and propeller rigs.  The crappies are few and far between so far.  Not quite sure where they are, but we will continue our search to find a bite before they spread out. There has been good numbers of small mouth bass, northerns, whitebass and catfish mixed in to make for a busy day on the water.

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