Missouri River Fishing Report-May 22nd, 2022

Written by Mike Peluso

May 22, 2022

Things have definitely improved since my Mid Week Fishing Report on Wednesday. The water is settling back down, it’s clearing up, and the fish are responding.

I’m almost done on the river here near Bismarck for the spring. A few more trips and we will be headed to Devils Lake for a pretty good stint and of course Sakakawea. This is always a bittersweet time for me. Usually I’m tired of the river and ready for a change. This year however with our crappier than average weather, and us missing a big portion of April due to snow. I feel like I got cheated out of the spring.

I will say this. The water temps on the river are staying cool, so it’s my guess it’s going to get really good and stay good a little extra longer than normal. Jigs and minnows are working well and so are crank baits. 7 to 10 foot of water seems to be the magic number. Crawlers on small jigs and or Lindy rigs are gonna turn on as soon as the water temps hit the mid 50’s.

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