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- April 19th, 2021

The spawn is on! I was hoping I would be able to tell you it was to holding off as far as the spawn is considered, I was hoping it would hold off a little longer for the spring, but we all know Mother Nature has her way, and her way is right now, so it is what it is...

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Missouri River Fishing Report- April 12th, 2021

Missouri River Fishing Report- April 12th, 2021

Busy is an understatement right now for Mike Peluso Outdoors and Guide Service. Being a full time guide, even if I do get an off day, I'm out scouting to make sure I stay on top of things. Lots of stuff is already beginning to change here on the Missouri River near...

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Missouri River Fishing Report-April 3rd, 2021

We have had every extreme in weather imaginable in the past week. Other than a foot of snow and a tornado these poor fish (and fishermen) have seen it all.Through all of this, the fishing has been relatively good here on the Missouri River Near Bismarck!Water temps...

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Missouri River Fishing Report-March 20th, 2021

We are definitely in the thick of open water walleyes here in North Dakota! I'd have to go back in my calendar but I've definitely logged double digit days already.The fishing has been pretty decent overall. Of course everyone has heard about the new ND State Record...

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Missouri River Fishing Report-March 11th, 2021

Well we shifted gears and I just can't believe it's open water season. Absolutely crazy to think one week ago I was driving a truck on the ice and now I'm driving a boat on the Missouri River near Bismarck. River like always has changed of course. Like each spring it...

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Devils Lake Ice Fishing Report-Feb 18th, 2021

I have to apologize for the space in between my reports here as of late. Not only did the cold snap zap the fishing up here on Devils Lake it zapped anything worth reporting.I will say this it's hard for me to believe that we are almost on the back side of the ice...

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