Missouri River Fishing Report-April 25th, 2021

Written by 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!

April 26, 2021

Times are a changing and it looks like the weather is gonna change also speeding up the change even more. As I talked about in the last report, the fish are spawning and lots of things are about to change or are changing as we speak as we get closer to the end of the spawn.

The one thing I will say about this spring, is the fishing has been interesting and very good. We have seen a really good mix of fish as far as size goes, wit decent numbers. The cool thing I’m noticing now, especially on the side scan, is you will see groups of fish. Most groups right I’m seeing are one big female with a bunch of males laying or swimming right next to her.
Once these females spawn, those males are going to go absolutely bonkers!

With that said, things are going to really rev up this week with the warming temperatures.
I would anticipate a bulk of the remaining females to do their thing and begin their slide back down into Oahe. This doesn’t mean poor fishing. It may mean less big ones, but the action usually after the spawn all the way into June brings lots of action!
I still have some dates available in May for the river here near Bismarck. After the end of May I’ll be bouncing between Lake Sakakawea and Devils Lake mostly. Let me know if your looking for a fishing trip or two!

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  1. Scott Johnson

    Hey Mike. I’m interested in booking a trip with you next spring on the hunt for some big river walleyes. Mid to late April maybe. Was wondering about availability and price. Two guys two or three days on the water. Thanks, Scott.

    • Mike Peluso

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