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!

ND Fishing Report-Sept. 23rd, 2019

Rain, rain go away, come back another day. This fall so far has seen its fair share of moisture. Lake Oahe/river is high and dirty at the moment. Fishing was getting pretty good until it dirtied up here the past week. Lake Sakakawea is showing signs of life right now....

Lake Oahe North Dakota Fishing Report-Sept. 10th, 2019

I’ve got a couple different fishing reports to do this week. One for Lake Oahe and also one for Lake Sakakawea. I’ll do the Lake Oahe south of Bismarck/Mandan report first since the Prairie Knights Casino Cup Walleye Tournament is coming up. The fishing from what I am...

ND Fishing Report & more-Sept. 18th, 2019

We are nearing trophy walleye time here in North Dakota! Both Lake Oahe and Lake Sakakawea have the potential for huge walleyes this time of year. One of the changes I made recently is I’m now going to Guide full time year round! Usually once school starts many of the...

Missouri River (Oahe) Fishing Report-Sept 3rd, 2019

With the weather kinda of goofy and the winds continuing to blow, I have remained south on Oahe so far this week. I will however be on both Oahe and Lake Sakakawea this week. The same story holds true as last report. When you find the fish they are nice and healthy....

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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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