Missouri River Fishing Report- May 9th, 2021

Date: 05.16.2022

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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!

Old news is good news. The big fish are still lingering around the river hear near Bismarck, and that’s a great thing! Especially if you have kids. This is the absolute perfect time to introduce a kid to fishing.

I still have the remainder of May that I will be guiding the river. The spring for me has gone way too fast and I’m going to miss not having to be a road warrior to do my job. The reports will switch to Devils Lake and Lake Sakakawea starting in June.

So what are we seeing here locally on the Missouri River near Bismarck? Lots of fish and a nice mix in size. Still seeing one of those big girls a day that range in the 26 to 32 inch range. Most, if not all, are spawned out now. They are still fun to see come up from the darkness and into a net. Less impressive without the egg weight, but still awesome fish to see!

Jigs and minnows are still doing the bulk of the catching. Crawlers on jigs will take off as soon as the water temps hit the 50’s consistently. Look for these fish now in spots that are right off the main channel. Remember a lot of fish are traveling the opposite direction they were just a week or two ago. Almost look at the river in reverse. Outsides of the spots that seemed to hold fish early will produce like crazy right now. Fish are using the current now to drift themselves back to Oahe all the while they are trying to recover from the spawn.

I expect the bite to remain strong here all the way into June if you don’t mind dodging jet skis and pontoon boats. I have a few openings left for May on the river and also scattered dates for Devils Lake and Sakakawea if your interested. Get ahold of me to see if we can make a trip work.

Recent Fishing Reports

Missouri River Fishing Report-May 15th, 2022

Missouri River Fishing Report-May 15th, 2022

Boom goes the dynamite if you are looking for action. Early this spring I was questioning if we had a population of smaller fish. Well, I'm here to tell you we do! Unfortunately, I fear these are kinda old fish finding very little to eat and not growing much. The...

Mid Week Fishing Report-May 11th, 2022

Mid Week Fishing Report-May 11th, 2022

I'm going to use the term funky or weird to describe what's happening on the river right now near or around Bismarck. Certain areas are absolutely void of fish, while others have a lot of fish. Problem is if there are a lot of fish they are in current like I have...

Missouri River Fishing Report-May 8th, 2022

Missouri River Fishing Report-May 8th, 2022

Hard to believe the Big Muddy has come and gone already this spring. Probably because we never really had a spring. Lots of major weather events that definitely got in the way. I feel good about how things played out. Even though I didn't fish the tournament, I was...

Mid Week Fishing Report-May 4th, 2022

Mid Week Fishing Report-May 4th, 2022

So many things happening right now out on this river it's hard to know where to begin. The good news is the fish are starting to show themselves in the slightly cleaner water, abs for this guide it makes life a heck of a lot better! Spawn is definitely happening along...

Missouri River Fishing Report-May 1st, 2022

Missouri River Fishing Report-May 1st, 2022

The week of the Big Muddy. Always the pinnacle of the spring here on the Missouri River near Bismarck. It means a couple things to me. First off, I wasn't allowed to fish it for the first 10 years of its existence. Sure wish I could have fished back in those days. I...

Mid Week Fishing Report-April 27th, 2022

Mid Week Fishing Report-April 27th, 2022

Can I say a bad word? If you are a TikTok fan, you know the clip I'm talking about. Well, that's how I feel about this weather right this moment. I'm honestly losing my mind. If it's not snow, it's rain. If it's not rain, it's wind. If it's not wind, it's cold. Or...

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