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/Tailrace Fishing Report- June 20th, 2019

With our recent winds and rains I switched it up on Wednesday and ran up to the Garrison Dam Tailrace to try and get in on the spillway action with the corps of engineers opening up the gates. With the excitement of getting back in there with running water like the...

Missouri River/Lake Oahe Fishing Report-May 14th, 2019

The river here locally near Bismarck is going through some growing pains as the water continues to rise. At last glance they were releasing 27,000 cfs out of the Garrison Dam. They are saying they want to get to 32,000 cfs. What does this do? A couple things actually....

Lake Oahe Fishing Report-May 18th, 2019

With the weather we have been having lately sure makes it difficult to do my job. Wind, rain, and cool temperatures have all played a part here lately, and oh, did I mention really high water. The amazing thing for me is how good Lake Oahe can be even when conditions...

Missouri River and Lake Sakakawea Fishing Report-May 8th, 2019

It’s happening! The water is rising and it’s coming up quickly! If you have ventured out to a boat dock near you, especially in the Bismarck/Mandan area, you will notice the river looks completely different. Along with it looking different, it’s also acting different....

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Missouri River
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Monster Missouri River Walleyes near Bismarck spring of 2018
Published at 2018, May 07 was on the water with the Walleye Wizards Fishing League and we captured a gi
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