Missouri River Guide Service

( North Dakota )

Missouri River, ND Fishing Guide

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)

North Dakota Ice Fishing Report-January 18th, 2021

January in North Dakota! Up and down is its steady diet for both the fishing and the weather!This recent wind storm and now a little snow that blew through the state sure messed with things! Not only are the fish all messed up, but the ice didn't fare all that well...

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The MPO Quick Glance-December 9th, 2020

Depth-10' to 30'Water Temp-38.9 Bait Used-fathead minnowsPresentation-jigging/pulling jigs upstreamTackle Used-Northland Jigs/Clam JigsRods-JT Custom 7’3″ mag ml JT 6'10" mag mlBoat-Ranger 620 FS Ice Thickness-NAAccess-Fort RiceBody of Water-Lake OaheWind/Weather-48...

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The MPO Quick Glance-December 8th, 2020

Depth-4’ to 17'Water Temp-41Bait Used-fathead minnowsPresentation-jigging/pulling jigs upstreamTackle Used-Northland Jigs/Clam JigsRods-JT Custom 7’3″ mag mlBoat-Ranger 620 FS Ice Thickness-NAAccess-Fox IslandBody of Water-Missouri River Wind/Weather-57 light NW...

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The MPO Quick Glance-December 7th, 2020

Depth-4’ to 15'Water Temp-39.5Bait Used-fathead minnowsPresentation-jiggingTackle Used-Northland JigsRods-JT Custom 7'3" mag mlBoat-Ranger 620 FS Ice Thickness-NAAccess-Fox IslandBody of Water-Missouri River Wind/Weather-51 light NW 5-10

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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...

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