Missouri River Fishing Report-March 11th, 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!

March 12, 2021

Well we shifted gears and I just can’t believe it’s open water season. Absolutely crazy to think one week ago I was driving a truck on the ice and now I’m driving a boat on the Missouri River near Bismarck.

River like always has changed of course. Like each spring it takes a little time to sort out all the new spots, hazards, sandbars and lots of dead cattle scattered along the shores and sandbars. So sad.

One big observation was the fish we caught were full of smelt. Haven’t seen a ton of smelt in the walleyes down here for awhile. Another thing we are seeing are some big northern pike mixed in with the walleyes. The one thing that didn’t disappoint on our first outing of the season, is we boated a 28 plus inch walleye.

So all in all the very first time on the water this season was a successful one! The rest of the walleyes boated were extremely healthy. I will say this, take your time venturing out and pay attention because there is a lot of obstacles your going to encounter and some of which could be career enders. So be careful!

We kept things simple today. We pitched 1/4oz Northland Jigs tipped with minnows with a 6’10” JTX ml JT Custom rod up on the current sides of the sandbars near the main current.
If your looking to save your boat or get the dust off the long rods get ahold of me to book your Missouri River trip near Bismarck today.

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  1. Brian Gale

    Does anyone have a map of the location of sand bars to avoid on the river?

    • Chris

      The sandbars change, a lot. So an updated map, in my opinion, isn’t feasible.


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