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

Devils Lake Fishing Report-June 12th, 2022

Devils Lake Fishing Report-June 12th, 2022

Well things have really started to heat up here on Devils Lake! If you take a look at all the weights in the Spirit Lake Casino Tournament you'll see what I mean. Pretty impressive to say the least. So what's working? Maybe a better question or easier question would...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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