Lake Sakakawea Fishing Report-August 10th, 2020

Written by Mike Peluso

ABOUT MIKE PELUSO Mike Peluso is an infamous North Dakota fishing guide that’s well known throughout the state. Mike prides himself on being consistent, as well as versatile on any body of water he fishes. Mike guides year-round, so you can find him on the water or on the ice. Give Mike a call for your next fishing adventure!

August 10, 2020

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

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