Missouri River Guide Service

( Bismarck, North Dakota )

Bismarck, ND Fishing Guide

The State Record Walleye was caught on this stretch of river in 2021, 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 around the city limits of Bismarck!  We’re a local Bismarck, ND fishing guide, who travels from the tailrace by Lake Sakakawea, all the way to the south end by Hazelton.

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 Missouri river system.

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 in North Dakota Fishing Reports

Missouri River Fishing Report-October 23rd, 2021

Missouri River Fishing Report-October 23rd, 2021

I put out a post earlier this week about the condition of the fish on the Missouri River. The fish are definitely on the skinny side. The good news is the water temps are falling and these fish should begin to feed heavily. We finally experienced our first hard frost...

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Fish Condition on the Missouri River-October 21, 2021

Fish Condition on the Missouri River-October 21, 2021

This is kind of a fishing report (I'll still post one this weekend) but I wanted to write on the condition of the Missouri River near Bismarck as I see it from being on the water fishing everyday. disclaimer I am not a Game and Fish Biologist, this is merely what I'm...

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Missouri River Fishing Report-October 10th, 2021

Missouri River Fishing Report-October 10th, 2021

So the calendar is saying fall. The temps lately are saying otherwise. Unfortunately, this is slowing the start of the river fall bite somewhat. The fish are biting at times and other times they are not. The one thing I've noticed is the fish are feeding in short...

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Missouri River Fishing Report-October 2nd, 2021

Missouri River Fishing Report-October 2nd, 2021

I have finally begun my fall transition to the river here near Bismarck. Water is super low, and the structure has changed, but the fish are starting to show themselves and for me this is the most exciting time of the year! Before I go all in on this river report....

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North Dakota Fishing Report- September 12th, 2021

North Dakota Fishing Report- September 12th, 2021

It's been a relatively slower week of fishing for me. I did chase musky one day. I chased walleyes on the river south of Bismarck one day and fished Devils Lake one day guiding. So I guess this is going to be a mixed report. I'll start with the Musky day. We never...

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