What a tremendous stretch of fishing on Lake Sakakawea this past week! We did have some heavy winds to deal with, but all in all the fishing was really good.
Most of the fish we saw this week were your perfect eaters. We saw strong numbers of 14 to 18 inch fish with some big fish mixed in. We did catch one over 28 and a few fish in the 23 to 26 inch range as well. No rhyme or reason, just mixed in with the rest.
Half crawlers on a 1.5 oz bouncer pulled fairly slow in 22 to 30 foot of water seemed best. We did catch a few deeper and shallower. We also saw some of those really big smallies show up! A 18 and a 21 incher to be exact.
Things seem to be stabilizing pretty much over the whole lake. I would expect the bite to remain strong now until ice up. Jig raps are starting to show signs of life and those will get better and better as the water temps begin to taper off.
I’m now headed back to Devils Lake for a few days. I have scattered dates available for both Sakakawea and Devils Lake. I will also begin to shift gears late September to start up again on Oahe and the Missouri River. If your looking for a trip email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
MPO Fishing Report-March 19th, 2023
So as I reported earlier in the week my ice fishing for the season is closed for the year. It was a banner season on Devils Lake. Definitely the best winter I've had in the last 5 years. I'm now turning my attention to the open water. Now normally I begin guiding...