Lake Sakakawea Fishing Report-July 11th, 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!

July 11, 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 producing lots of fish, with a mix of really nice fish also.

The whole lake has a solid population of 14 to 16 inchers which are absolutely money for the frying pan! These fish are healthy and fun to catch. When your catching these fish don’t be surprised to all the sudden hook into a big one. They seem to be mixed right in.

Just like the last report, don’t get married to an area or certain depth. The fish are always moving on Sakakawea so you have to move around with them. Crawlers on slow death and Lindy Rigs are the main attractors right now and leeches are also starting to produce. Watch the winds and move around looking for stained water will definitely up your catch rates right now!
If your looking to get out and fish I have some options in August and September.

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  1. Bruce Evenson

    Hi Mike, how do you hook your crawler onto a slow death?

    • Mike Peluso

      I thread the crawler up to eye of the hook and break the crawler off with about a half inch of crawler off the hook. Make sure it spins in the water after hooking it on. Yo want that slow rolling look.


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