Missouri River Fishing Report-Bismarck, ND April 2nd, 2019

Date: 08.09.2022

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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!

Super excited to bring everyone this fishing report! A bunch of good stuff to report on. First thing first the open water spring walleye bite on the upper portion of the a Missouri River near and north of Bismarck is now in full swing.
The Garrison Dam Tailrace stretch remains low, but the walleyes are there. You have to work for them but if you have patience and can grind it out the days end up pretty well. Now, I will say this, it’s going to get lower starting April 9th. The Corps of Engineers have decided they are going to cut flows for a few weeks due to flooding downstream.
So what are the reduced flows at each end of this walleye tank going to do? My guess it might be a lot like 96-97 when the water was high and backed up. The water in the river is super low right now, but with zero coming out on the bottom end it will begin to climb up hill. The movement will be slower for sure.
As of this report there are a few boat ramps open in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Fox island is pushed off, the interstate ramp is pushed off and useable. The only issue we have at the moment is muddy waters. Usually with good flows coming out of the Dam things clear fast. Not sure how the lower flows are going to affect this? However, I feel the fish are here and waiting, and with low waters they should be concentrated.
Go to tactics early on in this dirty low water will be big jigs, big plastics, Misty in whites will be best. Don’t be surprised if the fish are in really really shallow. I know I’m super excited now to start probing the river here locally!
I have scattered dates available right now so don’t hesitate to get ahold of me. I love to try and help guys learn the big muddy and at the same time, have a chance at a personal best, or even maybe a state record! Mikepelusooutdoors@gmail.com

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