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2014 Fishing Reports

Lake Oahe/Sharpe fishing report Pierre area April 7th thru April 13th 2014

Lake Oahe/Sharpe fishing report Pierre area April 7th thru April 13th 2014

It looks like most of the ice is off of both Sharpe and Oahe. Most of the boat ramps are now in however if using some of the more remote ramps you might check with GF&Ps first. The wind is still blowing a little ice to shore by the dam etc. but after this week end it should be all gone. Most fish cleaning stations are still closed and probably won't get open till all the frost in the ground is gone. I fished a few days with guide Dave Spaid to see what is going on and we caught limits both at west bend on Sharpe and around downtown Pierre. I then guided a real nice couple Ron and Angie Blank and there Dog Bo to a real nice limit of fish at West Bend on Sharpe. We caught these fish with Jigs or bottom bouncers tipped with minnows in around 20 to 25 fow. We fished around spawning areas keeping male fish with about an 17 inch avg. size. Fishing was excellent and we ended up throwing fish back after we had a nice bunch for eating. We then spent some time fishing around Pierre catching some maybe a little bigger avg. size fish but they were running big current making the bite tougher as the day went on. The weather was great with 60 to 70 degree days and they went back to The Big Pine campground that they own in Custer with a nice possession limit plus a real nice fish meal of fresh walleye while they were here. The spawn is just about ready to go on Sharpe and should be in full swing by next week end. I found some 50 degree water in the back of bays on Sharpe. Lake Oahe water temps are much colder and any fishing there will be for pre spawn fish for a while. I think GF&Ps should have some of the more used fish cleaning stations open soon. Weather is the key for this time of year fishing so keep an eye on forecasts or have a real nice pair of long johns as temps can go either way for a little while longer. I have no Salmon reports yet but there should be some fishing for them going on now as the ice around the dam is mostly gone. They have been catching rainbow trout stockers at the marina below the dam. Smallmouth fishing is spotty. It is great to be back on open water.

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LAKES OAHE/SHARPE PIERRE AREA FISHING REPORT APRIL 1ST TO 7TH 2014

LAKES OAHE/SHARPE PIERRE AREA FISHING REPORT APRIL 1ST TO 7TH 2014

LAKES OAHE/SHARPE PIERRE AREA FISHING REPORT APRIL 1ST TO 7TH 2014

If you have cabin fever like me it is time to go fishing. Spring is slow to get here this year but fishing is good weather permitting so I will start putting fishing reports out for 2014. All of these reports thru April and May will mention the weather as that is a big part of any trips you make to Oahe/ Sharpe in these Spring months. Put another way, cross your fingers because you can get those beautiful spring days or some real nasty ones this time of the year. That being said the plus side for those that are willing to chance weather is some of the best fishing of the year especially for big fish. (Catch and release female walleye full of eggs). Cabela's came to town over the weekend for the first tournament of the year (held on Lake Sharpe) and the catches reflected that with an almost 12 lb. walleye in the bag of the tournament winners and a couple of other 10 lb. fish being weighed in. The over all weight in this tournament was around a 2 1/2 lb. avg. walleye with all teams just about bringing in limits. Most of these fish were catch either jigging or pulling plugs in the 1st 15 miles of the river. I started the season with my friend Jon Sailer putting the boat in for two hours on Sunday. We fished right in front of a boat ramp on Sharpe in off and on rain and caught a nice limit of 16 to 19 inch male walleye using jigs tipped with minnows. We had enough for supper so when the next rain started we trailered out. I believe that it is better for the life of the fishery in the lake to catch and release female walleye this time of the year. Especially the big one's as they are full of eggs. It also gives someone else a chance to put that fish of the year in the boat for picture's. Several of the pre spawn staging areas on Sharpe are loaded up with boats (community spots) on weekends and nice days but if you do not like that kind of fishing there are miles of water all the way down to the West Bend area on Sharpe putting out fish. I know that in the weekend tournament many of the places in the top ten were from way down river by competitors finding areas to fish with no other boats around so if you do not like fishing in the middle of a lot of boats you do not have to if you are willing to travel a little ways. Jigs and lindy rigs with minnows/gulp or pulling plugs (rattle baits like flicker shads) are the best producers and the fish can be anywhere from the deeper 20/30 foot holes to right up in 1 foot of water this time of the year. It looks like Sharpe should be an excellent fishery this year and Oahe might have a shortage of big fish (over 26 inchers) but should be full of nice eaters in the 14 to 16 inch range and should be another great destination for both walleye and smallmouth fishing. The big lake (Oahe) is still iced over but starting to break up. I will post ice out on Oahe as soon as it happens for early trippers and that looks like in the next 6 to 10 days or maybe sooner depending on the wind and weather.

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Month by Month Guiding Breakdown

April/ May

Both of these month's produce excellent walleye fishing along with great smallmouth/ Northern/ Catfish. Weather is a factor so many times we have to stay off big water because of high winds etc. but this is a great time to go after the big northern and catfish in the back of creeks/bays to beat the weather. Also fishing on Sharpe below Dam keeps you out of wind and produce's nice limits of walleye. Jig fishing when water temps cold along with btm. bouncer presentations as water warms most common .Boat traffic can be much more around the Pierre area.

June

By far the busiest month on both lakes.( School out and just traditionally start of summer season] so book early if possible to get best guides/lodging. The fishing is excellent for all species. Weather can still be a factor. We are usually fishing with Lindy or btm. bouncer's.

July

Best all around month for both fishing and weather especially family trips Walleye fishing at seasonal peak especially in high water periods on Oahe. and Sharpe good two. Btm. Bouncer presentations most common.

August

Same as July but there can be hotter weather. If there is a breeze it is not to bad as big lake water temps keep heat down. Fish can be a little deeper but still great fishing.

September

Very good on the walleye fishing with fall weather great toward end of month. As water cools jig fishing starts to come into play again.

October / November

Fishing is still good but weather coming into play again Jigs work best especially in colder water. Combination Hunting /fishing trips most common. Just a note: You can catch fish in all the months above tolling or casting plugs and we do that often. But I have found that guiding people over the years most prefer live bait hover fishing better so I spend more time with bttm/bouncer/crawler/minnow/leeches than the plugs but pulling plugs is always a good alternative and sometimes can be the best.


Kent Hutcheson

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Hutch say's...

The 2014 season is fast approaching and with that in mind I will update the info here for you. I would like to start by once again thanking both my repeat and new customers for your support in 2013 and hope that we can all go fishing again in 2014. Last year was another great year for the most part (at least a 98% limit success ratio) however the size of the walleye was smaller on Oahe with many under 15 inch fish coming in. Sharpe continued to put out a nice 15 to 18 inch average size walleye. Both lake's did very well on both Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, along with White Bass and some Crappie. Big fish numbers of walleye seemed to be down in the later season months.
 
I plan to continue my fishing reports & picture's above again this year in the hopes that this feature will aid you in both planning your fishing trips and as a time saving feature for you in the way of information about the bite. I will post pictures of each trip we do along with the general area's, depth's and baits we are fishing in. You may also scroll back thru the previous month's and years above to help you plan a trip. I generally cover an area from Pierre down to the Big Bend (West Bend) on Sharpe and from the Dam to the 212 bridge on Oahe.

This year (2014) should be another great year on both lakes. The GF&Parks thinks it will be a rerun of last year (I support this analysis) with big numbers of 14 to 15 inch walleye but less numbers of over 20 inch walleye coming in. There is a very good population of bait fish in the way of shad, shiners. young of the year Crappie, Perch, etc. in the lake and hopefully we will get a smelt run this year on Oahe and Sharpe is full of shad so it is also healthy. Sharpe should continue to put out good numbers of both nice Walleye and Smallmouth. In other words both lakes should be very good destinations again this year. Best month May (cross your fingers on the weather) with June being the busiest. July/August are the best family months for both fishing and the weather. The fall month's are both good for weather and fishing with combo hunting/fishing trips later.
 
I hope to see many of you again in 2014,

Hutch