Lake Sakakawea Fishing Guide

Lake Sakakawea is 178 miles long with an average 6 miles wide of big walleye producing potential.  I grew up fishing this massive reservoir and my love for it has only gotten stronger.  With over 30 years of experience on this lake, it still remains exciting and mysterious.  

The Big Lake was famed in the early 80’s as a whopper producer with many fish over 8 pounds caught.  It’s on its way back to the “Good old Days” and with new rules in place with the Army Corp of Engineers, the lake will remain in good shape for many years to come.  

This massive body of water is loaded with smelt, in walleye terms, Prime Rib!  These walleyes are feasting heavily on this forage, and they are growing fast.  The best part of fishing Lake Sakakawea is all the different ways you can try and catch them.  Pitching jigs shallow is an angler’s favorite for the early portion of the season.  Once the water warms up a little, guys will start chasing these golden beauties with a bottom bouncer and slow death or Lindy Rigs.  

Another transition happens and deep running crankbaits and jig raps become the go-to bait!  This body of water goes super strong from ice-out until ice up and it also does well in the winter!  Get a hold of me today and book a trip on one of the top walleye producing lakes in the country!

Honest Lake Sakakawea Fishing Reports

Lake Sakakawea Fishing Report-July 27th, 2020

In a funk, goofed up, fished out, messed up are all terms being used to describe Lake Sakakawea right now.I can't say I disagree with some of these descriptions. It is fishing and we do have a few things working against the lake right now.An over abundance of smelt,...

Lake Sakakawea Fishing Report-July 11th, 2020

Goofy weather, lots of rain, wind, thunder have all played or taken its shot at Lake Sakakawea here the last week or so.The one thing I have to say is the Big Lake is resilient! To go through all those changes plus rising water with both rain and runoff and it's still...

Devils Lake & Sakakawea Fishing Report- July 20th, 2020

With my fishing adventures, I had the opportunity to head east for a few days to fish with friends and a former hockey teammate of mine on Devils Lake. But before I give you a Devils Lake report I start with a Lake Sakakawea one.For those of you that followed I did...

Lake Sakakawea Fishing Report-July 2nd, 2020

Well, I figured I would hold out to send a Lake Sakakawea fishing report until right before July 4th. The 4th of July used to be the benchmark for the Van Hook Arm and the mid section of the lake. Lots have changed but a lot still remains the same. I just posted an...

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