Hutch's Guide Service Fishing Reports.
2014 Fishing Reports
Lake Oahe/Sharpe fishing report Pierre area April 7th thru April 13th 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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