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FISHING REPORT LAKES OAHE/SHARPE PIERRE AREA UP TO EASTER WEEKEND APRIL 2021

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Weather was nice fishing was good and the boat were out. Lots of boat/fishermen on the water and I think for the most part everyone caught some fish. The community spots were very busy but if you didn't want to fish around other boats and know the river the nicer catches came away from the crowds as usual Mike Kulm was over again and he and friends really caught nice fish in around 20 fow using jigs/minnows or jigs/plastic and that is what is the presentation that most boats are using. They did not fish around any other boats so if you are willing to spend some time looking you can avoid the crowds and do well. This time of the year weather is the big factor so cross your fingers, if you are coming over and hope for those beautiful spring days. Checking the forecast for the days you are targeting is just good sense. Good sportsmanship calls for releasing as many of the females full of eggs as you can in my opinion but GFPS set limits of 4 fish per person with no season close so apparently they are not concerned. Northern fishing on Oahe has been good with smelt rigs the bait most anglers are using. I hope everyone had a great Easter.

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FISHING REPORT LAKES OAHE /SHARPE PIERRE AREA MARCH 1ST TO 9TH

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Just a quick update about early spring fishing around Pierre on Sharpe. Once again I had some friends over fishing for a few days during a great week for the weather (in 60 and even 70 degree days) Mike Kulm and friends spent three days fishing the open water below the dam down to antelope creek. They worked for the fish but managed limits of nice walleye pitching mostly jigs/minnows in different depths from 10 fow to 25 fow. One thing they commented on was the number of boats out on the water. Lots so if you are coming to fish expect boat traffic especially in the community spots that hold fish this time of the year. They actually pulled out of one of these because of lots of boats and went south and did well so if you know the river you can find fish were boat traffic is light. Once again I will mention that this time of year a lot of the walleye are pre spawn females so even though the state allows you 4 fish of any sex it is just great sportsmanship from my view point to limit females to maybe two per limit and throw back the nice spawning fish when possible. I know that is hard to do some days but with the amount of early spring pre spawn fishing now it seems to me protecting females to spawn is a good idea. Granted there are opposing views but this is mine and everyone is entitled to a four fish limit of any sex so the state still must think this isn't necessary. Minnesota closes its season to protect spawning but they have always had more fishing pressure than we have had here. I have wondered in recent times if our GFPS are looking at this and am sure they feel it is not necessary. I talked to former head of GFPS John Cooper a couple of years ago and he was the one that told me he just kept a few females if necessary but that he just targeted milking males, especially when the spawn started and I think that is very good advice. The ice on Oahe is very thin some places so caution is the word. I think we are going to see more big fish in catches this year and am looking forward to a great fishing season.

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FISHING REPORT LAKES OAHE/SHARPE PIERRE AREA FEB 2ND AND 3RD 2021

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Another quick update on late winter fishing around Pierre with Jim Randash Mike Kulm and Dave from Bowman ND sticking around for what probably will be their last trip till March. They tried to fish the big lake today but the boat ramp at Little Bend was iced over from fog and drizzle so they back tracked to Sharpe and caught a nice limit of 12 fish in around 20 fow on mostly blades/jigging/ raps. Jig/minnows. They fished Oahe again yesterday keeping 8 nice fish and releasing a real nice 10 lb. 30 incher that Mike caught. Boat Ramps are real close to being done and any bad weather puts them unserviceable. All these fish are real healthy walleye with an abundance of bait fish in both lakes. We have a very healthy fishery on both Sharpe and Oahe and from my view point 2021 is looking like a great fishing year. Remember if you are going out in the winter months on open water it is better to travel with another boat especially on Oahe as a break down with no other boats around can make for big trouble. The bite around Pierre really is decent for those that want to go through the extra work that boat fishing requires this time of the year. Normally ice fishing would be the norm but this year the mild winter so far has presented opportunities for open water fishing so those hardy few going out are doing well.

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FISHING REPORT LAKE OAHE/SHARPE PIERRE SD AREA FEB 1ST 2021

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A quick winter update for the hardy fishermen wanting to venture out. No ice all the way up to around Charlie Creek so open water on Oahe. The boat ramps are open around Pierre so my friends from Rapid City Jim Randash and Mike Kulm along with Dave from ND came over for a few days of winter fishing. Day one on Oahe they put in at Little Bend and kept 8 nice fish then day two went on the river (Sharpe) and got limits (12) of nice walleye. On Oahe they lost a real big fish and heard of an 11 lb. and a 13 lb. fish being caught and released. They caught all of the fish on either Jig/minnow or Jigging raps and plastics. The fish were deeper on Oahe (40 fow) and around 20 fow on Sharpe I will mention if you are going out it is better to go with another boat as break downs can be dangerous this time of the year. A mild winter so far but this next week looks nasty. I have heard of a lot more teenage size walleye being caught than I have for a long time so this spring should be really interesting.

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FISHING REPORT LAKE OAHE/SHARPE JANUARY 2021

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I just had 3 good friends/fishermen stay at my house and fish Oahe for two days and Sharpe for one day so I thought I would just do a little update on their trip for those of you that are still wanting to fish. Jim Randash Mike Kulm from Rapid along with Dave from North Dakota caught an avg of 11 keepers a day and also released an 11 I/2 lb and an 8 1/2 Lb plus walleye along with losing a couple of other big fish at the boat. The fish they caught and kept were all healthy and in good shape with all there overs each day.. They had to break thin ice going out of spring creek so as far as open water fishing goes it is probably about over on the big lake. They fished up around the Cheyenne and caught just about all of these fish on plastics (jigs pitched) in around 30 fow. The last day Monday they fished Sharpe around Pierre keeping only 7 keepers but the bite for the hardy fishermen has been ok most days on the river. I am not pushing this late open water fishing for everyone as a boat break down can be dangerous. If you go out go with another boat for obvious safety reasons These guys are all very good fishermen just looking for one last shot at some bigger fish before ice fishing takes over and are willing to put up with all the extra work involved. I am waiting until Spring due to a fact called age and putting 150 days on the water already this year or maybe just getting to be a woss. Any way there should be good fishing next spring and I would not be surprised if someone puts a new state record up maybe both on walleye and smallmouth. These guys also caught and released an almost 7 lb. smallmouth too. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and look forward to seeing many of you next spring.

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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 btm/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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Kent Hutcheson

The 2021 open water fishing season is here. Once again a big thank you to my 2020 customers for your business last year and in years past. You can scroll thru the catch's/reports tab above for previous years and see a lot of happy faces and also around a 100 % walleye limit success story. The thing I am the most proud of is the amount of repeat customers that you will see if you scroll back over the years. This is a real good indication of the kind of fishing/hunting we have in the Pierre area along with supporting my decision to start my guide service here years back. Just a lot of great memory's with a lot of great folks.

Lake Oahe could be a little slower and more challenging on the lower end of the Lake. Walleye numbers appear to be less from basically the Cheyenne down to the dam but the further up river you go numbers of both bait and fish improve. To me this probably means I will spend more time fishing north of Pierre on Oahe, Most of the walleye/smallmouth fishing should be good for the good with most guides and experienced anglers doing well. Water levels should be high and that will help hopefully with a smelt run this year. Bait fish continue to be good on Oahe but a smelt run would really help the over all fishery.

Lake Sharpe this year. Plenty of shad again makes this another great year on the small lake. There should be plenty of over 15 inch walleye around making limits for the anglers spending time on the water very good. Smallmouth fishing should continue to be excellent however average size will be better on Oahe. Catfishing on both lakes will be great for those spending the time to fish for these guys. They are an under fished alternative and can make for a great mixed bag experience. Northern and white bass make for more eating fish limits on both lakes.

I will continue to post the fishing catch's/reports pages as soon as I get on the water with an average up date every 3 days in the hope that this feature will help those of you who are planning trips. I will give general info on area's we are fishing ,depths we are fishing, and baits that are working along with picture's of the size fish we are catching. My hope is that you can use this feature to help you in planning a trip or saving some time in hunting the fish.

Lake Oahe/Sharpe in the Pierre area still continues to be one the best location's for the quality of fishing/hunting that is here for those coming from Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, even eastern Colorado and eastern Wyoming. We also see a lot of Wisconsin Minnesota angler's over here so we hope you will come our way. There are also many other things to do while in Pierre. Information on my things to do tab will show some of these.

If you need a licensed experienced ( 30 plus years and USCG CAPTAIN) guide service please give me a call or send and email and hopefully we can do a trip together sometime.

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