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

Ice Fishing Report-December 26th, 2021

Ice Fishing Report-December 26th, 2021

Well, to a few people these reports suck. I do need to remind everyone, I DO NOT get paid to post a report. I merely do it to help folks gather a little information before venturing out. I will say this, the positive feedback I get, outweighs the negative. So for...

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Missouri River Fishing Report-December 5th, 2021

Missouri River Fishing Report-December 5th, 2021

Broken record I know! Can't argue this at all. I said probably 3 fishing reports ago I was gonna make the switch over. Well, that hasn't happened quite yet, but looking out my window this morning it's definitely ice fishing season. I was supposed to start the ice...

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Missouri River Fishing Report-November 28th, 2021

Missouri River Fishing Report-November 28th, 2021

A little bit of a repeat from last weeks fishing report. For you diehard ice fishermen things are starting to happen. For you diehard open water fishermen, things are still happening. This week I found myself checking a few smaller bodies of water up and around the...

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ND Fishing Report-November 21st, 2021

ND Fishing Report-November 21st, 2021

We have had a decent week of weather. A few guys have been out probing both the open and frozen waters. For me I'm not quite ready to venture out on the ice. I do so much ice fishing starting mid December running into mid March, I'll wait until she's thick enough for...

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Missouri River Fishing Report-November 14th, 2021

Missouri River Fishing Report-November 14th, 2021

I know our open water days are limited. The long range forecast does have a couple nice days in there, but it's definitely turning colder and my brain is slowly shifting to the hard water season. The fish are still biting on the river however. It seems the fish are...

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Missouri River Fishing Report- November 8th, 2021

Missouri River Fishing Report- November 8th, 2021

I had to go back and change this first paragraph of my fishing report. I totally forgot to post it. I've been busy fishing obviously, but me fishing, bird hunting and bow hunting all on the same weekend totally sidetracked me from posting a fishing report. So here it...

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