Missouri River Guide Service (North Dakota)

The State Record Walleye was caught on this stretch of river in 2018, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it is broken a few more times right here in the very near future.  Spring and fall are the best times of the year with ice out averaging mid to late March.  

The spring run will begin right at ice-out, and remains strong into early June! For you guys looking to dust off the winter open water rust because your state is closed, look no further!  You will have a chance at a fish of a lifetime right in the city limits of Bismarck!  The Missouri River is no place to mess around however with lots of obstacles in the road such as sandbars, logs, rocks, and other debris.  This is where my 40 plus years of fishing this system helps me read and stay on top of things on this constantly changing river.  

The fish will begin to taper off and head back down into Lake Oahe as the spawn ends and the water temps begin to rise.  Expect these toothy critters to start showing back up near town (Bismarck, ND) in late September.  Lures of choice are mostly jigs tipped with minnows or plastic in the spring and fall.  Pitching shallow sandbars is my favorite tactic in early spring with vertical jigging in the fall.  Let me tell you this is so addictive!  

Good numbers of fish are caught with a chance at a trophy walleye especially early spring.  Coming to fish with me on the Missouri River near Bismarck also gives you an opportunity to take in Bismarck’s other attractions.  Hawk Tree Golf course and the States Capital just to name a couple.

Honest Missouri River Fishing Reports (North Dakota side)

Missouri River Fishing Report- Nov. 22nd, 2020

I guess I lied! I said I was probably done with the open water fishing reports…but of course, the weather straightened out and I filled my 2020 rifle tag, and I have managed to get out a couple (few) more times here lately. The water levels on the river have continued...

Sakakawea/Missouri River Fishing Report-Oct. 27th, 2020

Sakakawea/Missouri River Fishing Report-Oct. 27th, 2020

I'm not exactly ready for ice fishing quite yet. It's obviously getting closer and I have already started booking ice fishing trips, but we still have some open water days ahead. Looking at the long range forecast, I see some open water trips in my near future.It's...

Sakakawea & Missouri River Fishing Report- Nov. 5th, 2020

Sakakawea & Missouri River Fishing Report- Nov. 5th, 2020

I think my open water season is coming to a halt here Sunday. The long range forecast looks like it will once again turn cold and shift to ice making mode instead. I've had a heck of a good open water season and I'm certainly not going to complain that we have to call...

Missouri River Fishing Report-October 17th, 2020

Missouri River Fishing Report-October 17th, 2020

Once again I'm happy to report the wind bite has been good. Lots of keeper size wind gusts ranging anywhere between 20 and 40 mph. You can get wind pretty much every day you step outside.Amazingly enough, I have been able to get on the water. It hasn't been easy to...

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