Missouri River Fishing Report- May 9th, 2021

Date: 06.28.2022

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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

Devils Lake Fishing Report-June 5th,2022

Devils Lake Fishing Report-June 5th,2022

We finally have received a couple lighter wind days and we have also been able to get around the lake a little more. Both of which have definitely helped the fishing. The water hasn't warmed up a ton yet but it's getting better. 60-62 degrees and the water is mixed....

Mid Week Fishing Report (DL)-June 1st, 2022

Mid Week Fishing Report (DL)-June 1st, 2022

Wind, windy, windier pretty much is summing up this first portion of the week. We did however finally got back on the water after being held off. I've made my way to Devils Lake. My excitement was running high like always. Unfortunately my excitement to get on the...

Missouri River Fishing Report-May 29th, 2022

Missouri River Fishing Report-May 29th, 2022

I honestly cannot believe this is my last spring river fishing report. It just feels like we all got cheated out of a nice long spring here. It is what it is so here we go. Let's reflect back a little. The river opened up here in mid March kinda like normal. Maybe a...

Mid Week Fishing Report- May 25th, 2022

Mid Week Fishing Report- May 25th, 2022

And just like that…overnight actually the water cleared up on the Missouri River and the fish decided to come around as well. Crank baits, specifically jointed flicker shads were working well during the dirty water from recent rains out in western ND. This bait was...

Missouri River Fishing Report-May 22nd, 2022

Missouri River Fishing Report-May 22nd, 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...

Mid Week Fishing Report-May 18th, 2022

Mid Week Fishing Report-May 18th, 2022

Frustrating! Just when things were setting back up and the fishing was getting good. The Knife River to the north decided it needed to remind us why this system is nicknamed the Big Muddy, and muddy is what it is. Makes my job extremely difficult. Clients come to...

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