I was told I need to report Real fishing reports this week. I’m still not sure how much more real I could make these? I try very hard to give people an idea and a head start on the particular body of water I’m fishing. I do not get paid to post reports. I merely do them to try and help folks out.
Another fine line I walk with my fishing reports is to not hinder my guide business. If I hand out a waypoint or exact spots, all I’m doing is putting a whole bunch of people on top of each other, and I’m going to make it more difficult for me to do well for my clients. I’m on the water everyday. I work hard to stay on top of a bite and spend a lot of money and resources doing so. With that, I’m not going to let this take away from me trying to help speed things up on the water for you the reader.
With all that said, the fish are still biting all across Lake Sakakawea. Some areas like the mid section or the Van Hook Arm can be better, but that doesn’t mean the eastern edge cant be dynamite! Key depths have been 12 to 18 foot. Now, some days with the right winds and water clarity they move up shallower. Some days deeper. For us we are still keying in on the water temps. Lake is fluctuating around 68 to 72 degrees. If you are seeing it in this range you are good to go!
As far as presentation. Pretty hard to beat a slow death hook with a half a crawler on an 1.5 oz bouncer moving .7 to 1.0 depending on the currents and the wind. Yes we still have current coming into the lake. So pay close attention to the rotation of your lures.
I have a few openings in August up here on Sakakawea if you are interested in a trip. If so get ahold of me! The fishing has been unreal and I don’t see it letting up.