Missouri River Fishing Report- May 16th, 2021

Written by Mike Peluso

May 17, 2021

Things on the river remain pretty solid! Lots of fish to be caught, and many of them really like being caught right now on a jig and minnow.

Scary part for me at the moment, is I feel the walleyes are moving fast. Extremely fast downstream. Upstream is good, downstream for us river rats, not so much. The bigger fish are definitely using the current to help drift these fish south back into Oahe.

Fish are being caught however, and being caught at a pretty good clip! The only frustrating part right now, is how much the fish are moving and how much we as the angler have to adjust and relocate them. You can pull into a spot and do pretty well. The next day they may not be there. Jigs and minnows, pitched around the sandbar structure for me is awesome right now.

That doesn’t mean you can’t catch fish in these areas on other techniques. You certainly can and will end up doing really well! It’s just hard for me to believe my spring river run near Bismarck is almost over.

With that said, things will begin to fire on both Sakakawea and Devils Lake. I’ll be switching gears to those bodies of water starting June 1st!

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