Lake Oahe, ND Missouri River Fishing Guide

Missouri River

The State Record Walleye was caught on this stretch of river in 2018, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it is broken a few more times right here in the very near future.  Spring and fall are the best times of the year with ice out averaging mid to late March.  The spring run will begin right at ice out, and remains strong into early June! For you guys looking to dust off the winter open water rust because your state is closed, look no further!  You will have a chance at a fish of a lifetime right in the city limits of Bismarck!  The Missouri River is no place to mess around however with lots of obstacles in the road such as sandbars, logs, rocks and other debris.  This is where my 40 plus years of fishing this system helps me read and stay on top of things on this constantly changing river.  The fish will begin to taper off and head back down into Lake Oahe as the spawn ends and the water temps begin to rise.  Expect these toothy critters to start showing back up near town (Bismarck, ND) in late September.  Lures of choice are mostly jigs tipped with minnows or plastic in the spring and fall.  Pitching shallow sandbars is my favorite tactic early spring with vertical jigging in the fall.  Let me tell you this is so addictive!  Good numbers of fish are caught with a chance at a trophy walleye especially early spring.  Coming to fish with me on the Missouri River near Bismarck also gives you an opportunity to take in Bismarck’s other attractions.  Hawk Tree Golf course and the States Capital just to name a couple.

Lake Oahe

The meaning of Oahe stands for a foundation or a place to stand on.  If you ask me what Oahe means, it means lots of water, cool scenery, and tons of hungry and willing walleyes!  This system is the holding pen for the Missouri Rivers walleyes during the summer months especially.  All those fish we see every spring and fall up here near Bismarck, are only a small portion of what stack up by the millions in certain stretches of Lake Oahe.  Honestly,  at times it can feel like every walleye in the State of North Dakota is living here.  Crank baits and bottom bouncers with spinners and slow death are the lures of choice to cover this massive flowing body of water.  Another couple of hidden gems on this portion of the Missouri River are the world class Crappies and Northern pike!  Once you arrive to Oahe you will see the Beauty of this landscape and it is simply breathtaking!  I would love to take bring you out on this spectacular body of water!

Missouri River Fishing Report-April 22nd, 2019

Man oh man are things changing rapidly on the Missouri River right now! The spawn is on, hard to believe I’m saying this already, it feels like just yesterday I was giving reports on the boat ramps and open water. With things developing quickly with shifting sandbars,...

Missouri River Fishing Report-April 15th, 2019

I promised after I was done guiding this weekend, I would give you a fishing report from the Missouri River System near Bismarck. With our recent snowstorm we had on Friday, we saw our water temps drop significantly. Our weather Saturday was really nice! Probably our...

Missouri River Fishing Report-April 19th, 2019

As we start to close in towards the end of April here on the Missouri River we have lots of uncertainty. We are sitting here wondering when they are going to begin to let some water out of the dam. The rivers level north of Bismarck is extremely low. The Garrison Dam...

Missouri River Fishing Report-April 9th, 2019

With the crappy winter we had it’s finally spring! Or is it? I think if your like me, you are glued to the TV watching the developing storm that could potentially hit us. I wouldn’t necessarily be mad if we received the moisture in the form of rain. Snow, well that...

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Monster Missouri River Walleyes near Bismarck spring of 2018
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