Lake Sakakawea Fishing Report-October, 9th, 2019

Date: 08.09.2022

Meet Your Fishing Guide

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!

So what did I learn this past week and a half on Lake Sakakawea? Lots!! The fish are there and they are healthy! Do they always bite? No, but it’s what keeps us coming back for more. I swore after the first day of this last tournament I’m done fishing tournaments.
I talked a lot about the long boat ride we endured in the Casino Cup in my last report. I swore I wasn’t going to make a run like that in the Big 10 l, and that probably cost us going to some areas further away where we caught fish in practice. Although we did weigh a decent bag of fish staying pretty close to the launch site on day 2. Heading out that morning we made the decision to fish the closest spot we caught a quality fish in practice.
Anyway, my partner Jason Feldner and I talked long and hard about how our fishing in tournaments has changed over the years because of our guiding. Here’s a guy who has won a PWT and an RCL, and I had a bunch of top finishes in the same circuits, along with at least 10 that I can recall 1st place finishes over the years. We talked how it’s hard for us to get out I’d guide mode and turn to tournament mode.
The way Sakakawea has been all year it was even tougher for us to adjust. The teams that did well in the Big 10 did just that! The fish were shallow chasing fresh young of the year smelt. The water was dirtier and with it being dirtier in this section of the lake, it made it the perfect combination. We however stayed with pulling bait and cranks in the 18 to 25 foot range. We caught plenty of fish this way. It’s just some of the bigger fish slid up shallow and were chasing the bait.
I took this same way of thinking back to the lower end of Sakakawea guiding and it too paid off! Lots of folks were out deeper and we decided to probe a bit shallower.
Jigs and minnows, lindys with minnows, and jig raps pitched all worked. It was funny this past week and a half how much it got me to thinking about walleyes and the moods they can get in. It has also inspired me to write another article which I’ll begin working on.
I know we have a major storm bearing down on us. I’m hoping it comes and goes since I still have trips booked until the end of October. If things go well I will still bring you a Sakakawea or two reports and for sure some local Missouri River reports.
With the colder weather coming in it’s also not going to be long before we are on the hard and frozen stuff. I’m taking bookings for perch, walleye and pike on Devils Lake. I have lodging available to book packages up on Devils Lake. I’ll also be offering spearing on Devils Lake and Lake Sakakawea. Don’t wait to book your trips! mikepelusooutdoors.com@gmail.com yo reserve your spot!

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4 Comments

  1. Marvin

    Thanks for sharing that fishing report Kind of unusual for a guide to do that!!

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    • Mike Peluso

      I do it to try and help folks do well on the water. I hope that the fishing gods will repay me for being upfront and honest with people. Thanks for reading! Mike

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  2. Rex

    Thanks for sharing the information

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    • Mike Peluso

      Thank you for reading! Mike

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