Missouri River Fishing Report-April 22nd, 2019

Written by Mike Peluso

April 23, 2019

Man oh man are things changing rapidly on the Missouri River right now! The spawn is on, hard to believe I’m saying this already, it feels like just yesterday I was giving reports on the boat ramps and open water.
With things developing quickly with shifting sandbars, walleyes spawning, and State Records getting caught, it’s an exciting time to be out on the Big Muddy chasing walleyes.
I feel as though personally we don’t have the numbers here as of right now that we are used to seeing this time of year. We do however have quality fish around. I do believe when they decide to release some water from the Garrison Dam Tailrace we will get another flush of fish up in the river. Hopefully.
A mix of jigs and minnows, large plastics on jigs, and crankbaits are working. Jigs in the 3/16th and 1/4oz sizes seem best flipped up on the sandbars. The females are setting up to do their thing, and the males are going to be right behind them. Once the spawn is over I would anticipate a strong push of fish in the 14 to 18 inch range to show up.
Ok, enough talking about the river. It sounds like guys are already getting out on Sakakawea. Look for the bays to kick out fish here early. I love pitching jigs up on the shallow rocky areas this time of year. If positioned right you can catch a bunch and you will catch quality fish! Things are starting to happen and this is the best part of my job.
I have some openings coming up in May for the Missouri River and it’s going to be fun! Once the males show up it turns into a numbers game. Fun for kids to catch fish this time of year and certainly the weather is usually warmer. If your looking to book a trip or try and schedule a guided fishing trip here on the Missouri River, Sakakawea, Devils Lake please Email me mikepelusooutdoors@gmail.com

Related Reports

Ice Fishing Report-November 27th, 2022

Ice Fishing Report-November 27th, 2022

We are getting closer to full time winter guide mode! My stuff really fires up for me December 9th. After that there is no turning back! With this recent little spurt of warm weather it really slowed me down wanting to venture out on ice. In fact, it got me to...

Ice Fishing Report-November 20th, 2022

Ice Fishing Report-November 20th, 2022

People are venturing out on the small ponds and a few areas up here on Devils Lake already. Ice isn't great, but we are seeing 3 to 6 inches of ice. The further north the more ice we are seeing. One of the problems we are seeing and are going to see early on...

Ice Fishing and Equipment Report-November 16th, 2022

Ice Fishing and Equipment Report-November 16th, 2022

I don't want to put the cart out in front of the horse, but ice fishing has started. I should be talking about the fishing on the river and if weather permits catching some really nice fish on Sakakawea or the Tailrace. Instead we will talk a little about ice...