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-February 5th, 2023
We finally got reminded what a good old fashioned cold snap feels like again earlier this week. The hard freeze did firm up a few areas on the lake. My fear however is this will be a short term fix with the 10 day forecast looking pretty nice. Amazingly the fish...
Ice Fishing Report- January 28th, 2023
I took the mid week fishing report off this week. Some of the reason is things are just in stall mode in the ice fishing world. The conditions have not gotten better at all. In some cases it's gotten worse. Again, there are some slush pockets on Devils Lake that will...
ND Ice Fishing Report-January 22nd, 2023
I think I should rename these to fishing blogs or something like that? I feel at times it is mostly information to help give you you an idea of conditions etc etc. So once again not much has changed here in North Dakota as far as the ice, snow, slush and access for...
Devils Lake Ice Fishing Report-December 7th, 2022
A little late (sorry new phone) I was trying to get all my apps etc redownloaded. Took a little longer than I expected, but we are back up and running again and, look out! Fishing reports galore now again from Devils Lake. Ice conditions are better than I expected. We...
Ice Fishing Report-December 4th, 2022
We have the perfect ice building weather starting this week. With that and so many out on the ice already finding success the ice fishing season is in full swing. For me, especially never knowing when the ice will be safe enough. I usually don't schedule anything...
Ice Fishing Report-November 27th, 2022
We are getting closer to full time winter guide mode! My stuff really fires up for me December 9th. After that there is no turning back! With this recent little spurt of warm weather it really slowed me down wanting to venture out on ice. In fact, it got me to...
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