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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Saturday, April 12, 2014
By: on 04/12/2014 5:44 PM | Add Comment | Post New Report |

Lake Oahe/Sharpe fishing report Pierre area April 7th thru April 13th 2014


It looks like most of the ice is off of both Sharpe and Oahe. Most of the boat ramps are now in however if using some of the more remote ramps you might check with GF&Ps first. The wind is still blowing a little ice to shore by the dam etc. but after this week end it should be all gone. Most fish cleaning stations are still closed and probably won't get open till all the frost in the ground is gone. I fished a few days with guide Dave Spaid to see what is going on and we caught limits both at west bend on Sharpe and around downtown Pierre. I then guided a real nice couple Ron and Angie Blank and there Dog Bo to a real nice limit of fish at West Bend on Sharpe. We caught these fish with Jigs or bottom bouncers tipped with minnows in around 20 to 25 fow. We fished around spawning areas keeping male fish with about an 17 inch avg. size. Fishing was excellent and we ended up throwing fish back after we had a nice bunch for eating. We then spent some time fishing around Pierre catching some maybe a little bigger avg. size fish but they were running big current making the bite tougher as the day went on. The weather was great with 60 to 70 degree days and they went back to The Big Pine campground that they own in Custer with a nice possession limit plus a real nice fish meal of fresh walleye while they were here. The spawn is just about ready to go on Sharpe and should be in full swing by next week end. I found some 50 degree water in the back of bays on Sharpe. Lake Oahe water temps are much colder and any fishing there will be for pre spawn fish for a while. I think GF&Ps should have some of the more used fish cleaning stations open soon. Weather is the key for this time of year fishing so keep an eye on forecasts or have a real nice pair of long johns as temps can go either way for a little while longer. I have no Salmon reports yet but there should be some fishing for them going on now as the ice around the dam is mostly gone. They have been catching rainbow trout stockers at the marina below the dam. Smallmouth fishing is spotty. It is great to be back on open water.


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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Monday, April 7, 2014
By: on 04/07/2014 7:41 PM | Add Comment | Post New Report |

LAKES OAHE/SHARPE PIERRE AREA FISHING REPORT APRIL 1ST TO 7TH 2014


If you have cabin fever like me it is time to go fishing. Spring is slow to get here this year but fishing is good weather permitting so I will start putting fishing reports out for 2014. All of these reports thru April and May will mention the weather as that is a big part of any trips you make to Oahe/ Sharpe in these Spring months. Put another way, cross your fingers because you can get those beautiful spring days or some real nasty ones this time of the year. That being said the plus side for those that are willing to chance weather is some of the best fishing of the year especially for big fish. (Catch and release female walleye full of eggs). Cabela's came to town over the weekend for the first tournament of the year (held on Lake Sharpe) and the catches reflected that with an almost 12 lb. walleye in the bag of the tournament winners and a couple of other 10 lb. fish being weighed in. The over all weight in this tournament was around a 2 1/2 lb. avg. walleye with all teams just about bringing in limits. Most of these fish were catch either jigging or pulling plugs in the 1st 15 miles of the river. I started the season with my friend Jon Sailer putting the boat in for two hours on Sunday. We fished right in front of a boat ramp on Sharpe in off and on rain and caught a nice limit of 16 to 19 inch male walleye using jigs tipped with minnows. We had enough for supper so when the next rain started we trailered out. I believe that it is better for the life of the fishery in the lake to catch and release female walleye this time of the year. Especially the big one's as they are full of eggs. It also gives someone else a chance to put that fish of the year in the boat for picture's. Several of the pre spawn staging areas on Sharpe are loaded up with boats (community spots) on weekends and nice days but if you do not like that kind of fishing there are miles of water all the way down to the West Bend area on Sharpe putting out fish. I know that in the weekend tournament many of the places in the top ten were from way down river by competitors finding areas to fish with no other boats around so if you do not like fishing in the middle of a lot of boats you do not have to if you are willing to travel a little ways. Jigs and lindy rigs with minnows/gulp or pulling plugs (rattle baits like flicker shads) are the best producers and the fish can be anywhere from the deeper 20/30 foot holes to right up in 1 foot of water this time of the year. It looks like Sharpe should be an excellent fishery this year and Oahe might have a shortage of big fish (over 26 inchers) but should be full of nice eaters in the 14 to 16 inch range and should be another great destination for both walleye and smallmouth fishing. The big lake (Oahe) is still iced over but starting to break up. I will post ice out on Oahe as soon as it happens for early trippers and that looks like in the next 6 to 10 days or maybe sooner depending on the wind and weather.


Hutch's Guide Service


Hutch

Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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 Anybody know what the ice situation is in the Mobridge Akaska area??  
Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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 Anybody know what the ice situation is in the Mobridge Akaska area??  
Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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 Anybody know what the ice situation is around mobridge akaska area??
Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Saturday, March 8, 2014
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 Fishing the pump house on the Cheyenne River . Did good on saturday after dark. The next day was my buddy Oscar's  lucky day he caught a 27 inch walleye  about 8:00 at night. On saturday after every body left the fish started hitting in 18 ft of water. it gonna be a night bite for awhile . I went out last night and had a tough time getting on the Ice .Its  a muddy mess today March 11th. If you want to fish this weekend better bring a bridge. Time to get out the long rods.
Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Saturday, March 1, 2014
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 Fishing the point just south of the Cheyenne River pumphouse in 60 ft  of water. The cold weather and overcast sky really turned on the bite.  I have been catching bigger fish . The majority of the fish I caught were females. It just keeps getting better. I caught the big Pike in my profile picture  last Sunday. 42 inches , 21 pounds.Some friends gaffed him and squeezed him through a six inch hole. You never know what might show up down there. Keeps it interesting.
Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Saturday, February 22, 2014
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 sorry posting took solong fished minneconjou sat and sunday walleye were slowcats were hot also caughta38 inch pike.
Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Friday, February 21, 2014
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 Fished mobridge Friday under the singing bridge. Slow morning got a 24 1/2 inch eye then just after dark we got the rest of our limit.  30 inches of ice just barely got through without an extension. All on fatheads and biting very light. My uncle got himself beautiful white bass which he was pumped about and his partner required immediate assistance with the gaff on a nice 6 foot stick... Lol
Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Once again we did have a good week on Lake Oahe.  The bite was real good when the weather allowed us to move around and find the active fish.  Seems like there is a little more consistent morning and evening run,  the midday bite is real hit and miss.  We did notice a big move on the depth that we have caught most of the fish compared to a couple weeks ago.  Lots of fish from 18 to 24 fow both on the morning and the evening bite.  Seems like 28 to 32 is the best during the middle of the day.  Jigging with variety of spoons and some jigging raps still will produce the most fish.  We also did some spearing this past week.  The pike seem to be getting more active everyday.  We do have some openings for rental shacks for both spearing and fishing available for the upcoming weekends.  I also finally have a few openings for fully guided trips, just show up and we will take care of everything else.
Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Tuesday, February 11, 2014
This past week started really slow.  Thursday and Friday we did catch some fish, but the bite was as tough as it has been all winter.  Saturday ended pretty good with some good numbers of walleyes and smallmouth bass.   The Nebraska wings and walleyes crew did manage go catch one about 6 lbs. along with some other decent walleyes and some really nice smallmouth bass up to 4 lbs.  We didn't have anyone on the ice Sunday, but the last 2 days have been pretty good for our crew from Iowa.  They had to move around quite a bit, but were rewarded with easy limits.  They had a lot more active fish when they marked them then the groups did last week.   We are also gearing up for the northern spearing from here on out.  We are going to have a couple rental shacks for the spearing so feel free to call and check on available dates. 
Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Sunday, February 9, 2014
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 Fishing  for Walleye at the point south of the Cheyenne River Pump House. The bite was slow during the day but picked up around 3:00.  Sub zero weather  drove the fish deep. I was fishing  in 60 ft of water. Fished the pump house point on Saturday  at forty feet and only caught two.
With the warmer weather coming the bite should be good this weekend. The Ice is about two foot thick. Starting to catch a few bigger females.
Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Sunday, February 2, 2014

This past week brought on a little bit tougher bite here in the Swan Creek area. We had the Crazy Nebraska crew in this week and we had to put long days in and a lot of searching to get the fish we needed.  In three days we were able to send everyone home with their possession limit and still had enough for a fish fry, but they did not come easy.  Our best luck came south of the Moreau river in  30 to 40 fow.  Marking fish was not a problem, but enticing them to bite was a challenge.  Most of the walleyes came on jigging raps.  We did mix in a few catfish, smallmouth bass and just one crappie.   Thanks again to Jeff and the crew for making our week one we won't soon forget.

Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Friday, January 17, 2014

 
The bite in the Swan Creek area is still pretty good.  Anglers do have to put in more time and effort then we are usedi  to, but there are limits out there for the taking.  This past week I was able to catch decent limits of eyes, a few crappies, catfish and a occasional small mouth the couple times I ventured out.  I did have a group of DIY fishermen yesterday who had a very tough day. But with 50 plus mph winds they were not able to move around and try to many different things.  The bite during the day has been deep, 35 to 50 fow has been the best for me.  I will move up towards evening if needed.  Most days I am off the ice was before the sun goes down with all the fish I want for the day.  Size is still not great, but most of the fish fall into that 14 to 17 in range.  Ice conditions are good.  There are some wide cracks that will be a concern when the days get longer and we get some serious melting, but for now the ice is in real good shape. 
 
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Lake Oahe, Missouri River - Friday, January 17, 2014
The bite in the Swan Creek area is still pretty good.  Anglers do have to put in more time and effort then we are usedi  to, but there are limits out there for the taking.  This past week I was able to catch decent limits of eyes, a few crappies, catfish and a occasional small mouth the couple times I ventured out.  I did have a group of DIY fishermen yesterday who had a very tough day. But with 50 plus mph winds they were not able to move around and try to many different things.  The bite during the day has been deep, 35 to 50 fow has been the best for me.  I will move up towards evening if needed.  Most days I am off the ice was before the sun goes down with all the fish I want for the day.  Size is still not great, but most of the fish fall into that 14 to 17 in range.  Ice conditions are good.  There are some wide cracks that will be a concern when the days get longer and we get some serious melting, but for now the ice is in real good shape. 
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