Missouri River and ND Fishing Report-October 9th, 2022

Written by Mike Peluso

October 9, 2022

It finally happened! We have had a few super cold nights here in North Dakota. I’ve said it before but I feel as though the fall walleye on most bodies of water will start firing when water temps dip south of 55 degrees.

I spent the whole week scouting the Missouri River from Bismarck south to Beaver Bay. There is definitely a small push of fish beginning to show up. I personally think we are going to see a decent fall bite, it’s just going to be a tad later this fall. To be honest with you, if you are considering putting your boat away I would hold off for a bit. Jigs and minnows in the slack areas with the cooling water will be the ticket.

Lake Sakakawea I guess this week just continues to do her thing! Probably should be the number one destination to fish this fall, and the number one reason not to put the boat away! It’s going to get even better, mark my words. With the cooling temps the fish will move shallower and will begin to put the feed bag on again to bulk up for winter. Jig raps will be the bait of choice.

I’ll be back up on Devils Lake this week so I will report back on Wednesday how that is going. I would anticipate a bridge jig rap bite and a leadcore trolling bite.

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