Missouri River Guide Service

( Bismarck, North Dakota )

Bismarck, 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 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- 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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Missouri River Fishing Report-October 17th, 2020

Once again I'm happy to report the wind bite has been good. Lots of keeper size wind gusts ranging anywhere between 20 and 40 mph. You can get wind pretty much every day you step outside.Amazingly enough, I have been able to get on the water. It hasn't been easy to...

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Missouri River Fishing Report-Oct. 7th, 2020

Well in my everyday battle of trying to drum up business for Mike Peluso Outdoors & Guide Service, I rely heavily on social media. So I'm as guilty as the next when it comes to technology and cell phones. I am however absolutely amazed at how fast word spreads on...

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ND Fishing Report Big 3- Sept. 3rd, 2020

I'm just gonna call this a North Dakota big 3 fishing report since I've been scattered about. I've had the opportunity to fish all three systems in the last couple weeks.I'll start with Lake Sakakawea. Lots happening on this body of water. Fish seem to be spreading...

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