Lake Sakakawea Fishing Report-August 26th,2019

Date: 08.07.2022

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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!

I promised a Lake Sakakawea Fishing Report after this past weekends guide trips. If there is one thing I can say for sure after the last 3 days on the lake, is bait, more bait, and more bait. Oh, and fairly deep and hard to catch walleyes.
The lake is in a funk right now. I can actually say I saw a few firsts this past weekend on Sak. I saw no trailers at some of the most popular boat ramps on the lake, and dry fish cleaning stations. Certainly not what we are used to seeing.
So what is going on right now? I have so many theories I’m not sure where to begin? First is the amount of food these fish have to eat. Not only do you see bait all over your electronics, you can actually see it swimming around your boat and and along the shorelines. Of course there are tons of smelt, but we are also seeing huge numbers of perch, white bass, and only god knows what all the other minnows are. So to me right now it feel like the fish have T-Bone steaks to eat and we are offering them hotdogs.
Another major challenge is the water these baitfish are swimming in. It’s high and not all that warm for this time of year, and still extremely high. This weekend though, it felt as if I could actually see the water dropping and looking at the water levels online, it is for sure dropping! Mix in all theses variables, plus changing weather and winds, and it makes for tough fishing.
We did however scrap together a decent number of fish for the clients. It was a grind at times and super frustrating to see fish on the electronics that would not eat. The fish we did catch were not huge, but plenty of action and really good eating size fish if you kept at it. We once again concentrated our efforts deeper. We scoped the shallows hard after receiving a tip of some nice walleyes being caught shallow trolling. I was unable to lock that pattern down and went back to the depths to probe the deep fish with bouncers and slow death. We did put the lead core to work, and there is definitely a bite going there also.
I have a few trips up at Sakakawea here this week and I also have a couple trips way down south on Lake Oahe this week. So yes, I will give you a report from down that way afterwards. I feel Sakakawea will turn back on here in the coming weeks and we will be chasing trophy walleyes very soon. If your looking to get out snd catch some fish please get ahold of me to book a trip! Lodging also available! mikepelusooutdoors.com

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4 Comments

  1. Tommy Howell

    Hey Mike, just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your fishing reports, and your insights as to what’s and why’s things are happening. I’m from Hibbing,MN, but have spent the better part of my life fishing in the Deer River area, having guided out of Cut Foot Sioux Inn, and fishing most of the MTT and WWT tournaments. Anyway, just wanted to say hi and let you know I enjoy the fish reports, take care.

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    • Mike Peluso

      Tommy thank you so much! When someone would stop me at a gas station, bsitshop, fish cleaning station and tell me they like the reports I used to joke around and say so your the one lol I can’t say that anymore cause the numbers of visitors to the site per week is actually staggering right now so I’m happy people are finding them useful! Thank you so much for follow! Mike

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  2. Stephen Ullrich

    Hi Mike thank you for these reports as well just to let you know I’m from Nebraska planning a trip to Sakakawea around the 25th of September and your reports give me lots of Hope staying at Lake Sakakawea State Park fishing the tailraces and up on the lake if you have any suggestions for that time of the year love to hear them I usually fish pierre been doing that for 40 years i thought I would give Lake Sakakawea shot this year

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    • Mike Peluso

      My Sakakawea fishing report I just posted will get you going! Thanks for following m!

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