Lake Sakakawea Fishing Report-October 16th, 2018

Written by Mike Peluso

October 16, 2018

OK I’m going to start this off by saying guiding today on Sak isn’t exactly what it’s always cracked up to be. Today was one of the toughest days I have had on the water in a long time. Not because of lack of fish, but simply because of the conditions that we were faced with all day long. Normally you can find areas on Lake Sakakawea to get out of the wind. Today there was absolutely no place to hide for some reason. We fought extremely hard to boat three walleyes, three northern pike, three white bass. A couple carb and a half dozen missed opportunities with fish halfway up coming off. I wish the weatherman would be able to predict the wind a little but better than what they did today, but such is life. I will say this, the fish we did catch, were  worth every minute of the agony of the wind blowing our hats in the water and splashing water in our faces.  The interesting part right now on this massive body of water,  is the amount of food  and the amount of marks that you see on your electronics. The even more frustrating part for me anyway, is the time and effort spent dangling Lindy jigs with minnows and also jig raps in their faces, and for whatever reason, you can hardly get these fish to respond. But once again, when we did it was a quality fish. I’m not 100% sure what is taking place on this body of water. I do however feel there are way more fish/ walleyes than what you could ever imagine down there but my guess is they don’t need to eat therefore they don’t until night or just certain times of the day. All the fish we cleaned today had smelt, white bass and perch in them. Let’s just hope some stable weather will get these marble eyes responding to our lures! Still taking bookings until October 31st! Back to the river tomorrow for a trip! I’ll report back. Call me or text me at 701-471-8649.

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