North Dakota Fishing Reports

Ice Fishing Report-November 27th, 2022

Ice Fishing Report-November 27th, 2022

We are getting closer to full time winter guide mode! My stuff really fires up for me December 9th. After that there is no turning back! With this recent little spurt of warm weather it really slowed me down wanting to venture out on ice. In fact, it got me to...

Ice Fishing Report-November 20th, 2022

Ice Fishing Report-November 20th, 2022

People are venturing out on the small ponds and a few areas up here on Devils Lake already. Ice isn't great, but we are seeing 3 to 6 inches of ice. The further north the more ice we are seeing. One of the problems we are seeing and are going to see early on...

Ice Fishing and Equipment Report-November 16th, 2022

Ice Fishing and Equipment Report-November 16th, 2022

I don't want to put the cart out in front of the horse, but ice fishing has started. I should be talking about the fishing on the river and if weather permits catching some really nice fish on Sakakawea or the Tailrace. Instead we will talk a little about ice...

Early Ice Fishing Report-November 13th, 2022

Early Ice Fishing Report-November 13th, 2022

I really don't want to be talking about ice fishing yet, but Mother Nature definitely had other plans for us up here in North Dakota. Hard for me to believe we were open water fishing a week ago in 70 degree weather and now we have 2 feet of snow on the ground. Of...

Mid Week Fishing Report-November 9th, 2022

Mid Week Fishing Report-November 9th, 2022

Hard to believe, but I'm pretty sure our open water days for the 2022 season are pretty much over with, especially if this snow hits us like they are saying. Unless you go to the Tailrace or Nelson Lake, it's safe to say you can start getting the ice fishing equipment...

ND Fishing Report-November 6th, 2022

ND Fishing Report-November 6th, 2022

So much has happened since my mid week fishing report. We had a close call on a new state record walleye. Some good numbers of fish have started to show themselves in the river, and yes it's deer hunting season. It's been a common theme since I was in grade school...

Mid Week Fishing Report-November 2nd, 2022

Mid Week Fishing Report-November 2nd, 2022

I can't believe the open water guide season may be coming to a close. The long range forecast isn't looking good. I'm holding out hope to possibly get some nice days toward the end of of November yet. I was fortunate enough to fish Sakakawea the last few days and also...

Mid Week Fishing Report-October 26th, 2022

Mid Week Fishing Report-October 26th, 2022

This weeks Mid Week Fishing Report is somewhat depressing, somewhat not. Depends on how we look at it I guess. Sakakawea remains the place to be this fall. Fish are showing up again in decent numbers but even better quality. Jig raps remain the key presentation, the...

ND Fishing Report-October 23rd, 2022

ND Fishing Report-October 23rd, 2022

The first half of this week we couldn't have asked for better fall fishing weather. For me, the week was spent both on the Missouri River and Devils Lake. Unfortunately, I was going to fish Lake Sakakawea later in the week, but Mother Nature said otherwise. I'll start...

Mid Week Fishing Report-  October 19th, 2022

Mid Week Fishing Report- October 19th, 2022

A little change of pace for me being back up on Devils Lake. I'm not sure why I'm e em going to say this, but the wind has corporates the last 3 days up here and so have the fish! One of the cool parts of fishing this time of year anywhere for that matter is the lack...

Missouri River Fishing Report-October 16th, 2022

Missouri River Fishing Report-October 16th, 2022

Things are slowly getting better. These winds we had last week forced me to reschedule my guide trips at Devils Lake to this coming week, but I did however fish a couple days on the river near Bismarck. The water is low. Before you decide to follow and old trail make...

Mid Week Fishing Report-October 12th, 2022

Mid Week Fishing Report-October 12th, 2022

I was all ready to spend the week up at Devils Lake for 3 guide trips. After watching the news and seeing winds for the next 5 days anywhere from 25 to 45 mph I decided it wasn't worth it. As I've gotten older I have come to realize I don't hate walleyes that bad. The...

Missouri River and ND Fishing Report-October 9th, 2022

Missouri River and ND Fishing Report-October 9th, 2022

It finally happened! We have had a few super cold nights here in North Dakota. I've said it before but I feel as though the fall walleye on most bodies of water will start firing when water temps dip south of 55 degrees. I spent the whole week scouting the Missouri...

Missouri River Mid Week Fishing Report-October 5th, 2022

Missouri River Mid Week Fishing Report-October 5th, 2022

Lots and lots to talk about in this weeks mid week fishing report. It amazes me how things change, especially this time of year on the Missouri River near Bismarck. I've written in a few reports here as of late about the lack of forage the smaller fish may have in...

ND Fishing Report-  October 2nd, 2022

ND Fishing Report- October 2nd, 2022

This week on the river near Bismarck is kinda the same story as before. A few small fish around in that 12 to 13 inch size. I'm hoping we will see some more fish show up here in the next couple of weeks. Sakakawea continues to be good! I just cannot believe how that...

Mid Week Fishing Report-September 28th, 2022

Mid Week Fishing Report-September 28th, 2022

It's no secret Devils Lake and Lake Sakakawea have been absolutely on fire all season long! Sakakawea in my 40 years of fishing it was without question the best I've ever seen it! So kudos to the ND Game and Fish for how those fisheries are today. Just an fyi for some...

Sakakawea and Devils Lake Fishing Report-September 25th, 2022

Sakakawea and Devils Lake Fishing Report-September 25th, 2022

If you follow me on my Snapchat you know there are two things I absolutely hate. One is the beet juice they use on our streets in Bismarck in the winter, the other is wind. As you can guess by the time of year, I haven't been complaining about the beet juice yet. The...

Mid Week Fishing Report-September 21st, 2022

Mid Week Fishing Report-September 21st, 2022

Ok, if someone has the controls for the fan you can dial it back a bit. I just spent the last 3 days at Devils Lake and now I'm pretty sure 60 plus of those hours were winds over 15 mph and as much as 30. Definitely wears on a guide. Even though the wind blew, the one...