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

ND Fishing Report-November 6th, 2022

ND Fishing Report-November 6th, 2022

So much has happened since my mid week fishing report. We had a close call on a new state record walleye. Some good numbers of fish have started to show themselves in the river, and yes it's deer hunting season. It's been a common theme since I was in grade school...

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Mid Week Fishing Report-November 2nd, 2022

Mid Week Fishing Report-November 2nd, 2022

I can't believe the open water guide season may be coming to a close. The long range forecast isn't looking good. I'm holding out hope to possibly get some nice days toward the end of of November yet. I was fortunate enough to fish Sakakawea the last few days and also...

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Mid Week Fishing Report-October 26th, 2022

Mid Week Fishing Report-October 26th, 2022

This weeks Mid Week Fishing Report is somewhat depressing, somewhat not. Depends on how we look at it I guess. Sakakawea remains the place to be this fall. Fish are showing up again in decent numbers but even better quality. Jig raps remain the key presentation, the...

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ND Fishing Report-October 23rd, 2022

ND Fishing Report-October 23rd, 2022

The first half of this week we couldn't have asked for better fall fishing weather. For me, the week was spent both on the Missouri River and Devils Lake. Unfortunately, I was going to fish Lake Sakakawea later in the week, but Mother Nature said otherwise. I'll start...

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Missouri River Fishing Report-October 16th, 2022

Missouri River Fishing Report-October 16th, 2022

Things are slowly getting better. These winds we had last week forced me to reschedule my guide trips at Devils Lake to this coming week, but I did however fish a couple days on the river near Bismarck. The water is low. Before you decide to follow and old trail make...

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Mid Week Fishing Report-October 12th, 2022

Mid Week Fishing Report-October 12th, 2022

I was all ready to spend the week up at Devils Lake for 3 guide trips. After watching the news and seeing winds for the next 5 days anywhere from 25 to 45 mph I decided it wasn't worth it. As I've gotten older I have come to realize I don't hate walleyes that bad. The...

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