Lake Sakakawea Fishing Report-July 9th, 2023

Written by Mike Peluso

July 9, 2023

Lake Sakakawea since my arrival June 15th has risen probably 12 feet roughly. Maybe more maybe less. The fact of the matter with that much water is it tends to spread the fish out a tad.

The one thing I have noticed a lot this week is how the fish from hour to hour are changing depths. You can make a pass in 22 foot catch and mark fish. Turn back to follow that same line you were just on and the fish are gone. Move 10 foot shallower or 10 foot deeper and boom there they are.

My point is to make sure you watch your electronics, especially the side scan to try and stay on these roaming fish right now. Another factor is current. With all the water coming into the system there is a ton of current. You really have to watch your speed especially pulling slow death or prop rigs.

There are still plenty of fish to be had. You just have to be consistent in what you are doing and grind away on the areas you are marking fish. Eventually the fish snap into a feeding mood and you can put some fish in the boat.

Unfortunately sone of these fish are coming out of water deeper than 25 foot of water. If you see anything in the form of redness in the fish’s throat it will be best to keep it. Barotrauma is a tough thing right now and into the later days of summer and fall.

Catch your fish you want to keep and move up shallower to avoid feeding the pelicans. Trust me, they are eating plenty of skippers, drum, perch etc that don’t make it after being caught. No need to be feeding them walleyes.

I don’t have a lot of dates left for this summer. Booking a few late August and September right now, but if you are looking to fish yet this summer get ahold of me to see if we can figure something out.

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