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2015 Fishing Reports


Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for May 14th thru May 21th 2015

Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for May 14th thru May 21th 2015

Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for May 14th thru May 21th 2015

Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for May 14th thru May 21th 2015

Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for May 14th thru May 21th 2015

Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for May 14th thru May 21th 2015

Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for May 14th thru May 21th 2015

I guided the Tom Gilbert Group from Michigan, then the Cooper Group from the Des Moines area and Bill Hilbert and his friend Tim from Kansas over the last 7 days. We fished both at West Bend on Sharpe for walleye/smallmouth and on Oahe for northern/catfish. We caught the fish at west bend mostly on either flicker shad plugs or bouncer/minnows in 8 fow or less and we caught the catfish/northern in 5 fow or less on slip bobbers/smelt in the back of creeks/bays. The last trip I guided we caught more northern than the previous trips along with around 25 nice catfish average. There are a lot of boats in the Bend area and the bite there is mostly good for walleye and smallmouth however numbers of under 15 inch fish are being released to get limits. From the bad river down to the bend the water is still too muddy to do much. Walleye fishing on Oahe around Pierre is still slow but temps are coming up so the bite should get better with every warm day.

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Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for May 11th thru the 13th 2015

Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for May 11th thru the 13th 2015

Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for May 11th thru the 13th 2015

Fishing Report Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for May 11th thru the 13th 2015

Weather kept most boats home on Sunday and Monday with rain/wind. It also has the bad river running muddy water into Sharpe making the fishing around Pierre limited to fishing from the Bad to the dam and catches there probably average 2 to 4 fish a boat so traveling down to West Bend or going on Oahe are the best choices until the river clears up. I guided repeat customers Marvin and Audrey Finn from Sundance Wy for one day at West Bend getting limits of both walleye and smallmouth bass and one day in wind conditions on Oahe to two dozen catfish and a real nice 20 lb northern pike and another smaller northern. We caught the fish at West Bend/Sharpe in 5 fow to 7 fow on minnow/bouncer combo's and pulling flicker shad plugs. The Northern/ Catfish came on smelt/slip bobbers in 2 fow to 5 fow. in the back of bays/creeks on Oahe. The bite on both Oahe and Sharpe is going especially when spring weather is good. I would say it is adequate but not on fire. Crawlers work but minnow/gulp/trolling plugs still my choice of bait. Looks like some rain in the forecast for the weekend and we need it but if you are headed over to our area probably better bring rain gear. One more time on the new regs. Remember to drain live wells/boats before you leave fish cleaning/boat ramps. For more info on this new reg geared toward stopping invasive species check out the GF&P's website for a look at what is required.

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Fishing Report Lakes/Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for May 6th thru the 10th 2015

Fishing Report Lakes/Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for May 6th thru the 10th 2015

Fishing Report Lakes/Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for May 6th thru the 10th 2015

Fishing Report Lakes/Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area for May 6th thru the 10th 2015

The fish are biting and so is the weather summing up this report before I even write it. Over the years I have always used catfish/northern fishing as an alternative to bad weather so you are going to see some catfish pictures in this report as we have had a lot of real nasty weather days. I guided repeat customer Ken Johnson and his wife to a real nice bunch of catfish and 2 northern pike. We were trying to get Ken a 20 lb. plus northern to mount but it didn't happen. Had a great time guiding them in not so nice weather that did not improve for a one day trip with Dan Casey from Rapid City and his nice two boys so we went back out in 20 to 30 mph winds/Rain catching lots of catfish for the kids but no big northern. The next day They caught walleye and a few bass down at the bend on Sharpe with NE John. I guided repeat customer Doug Kelling and his friend Colin Comer from around KC for a one day catch of 12 nice walleye and some smallmouth bass and then the weather turned bad again. Yup, catfishing in big wind sleet snow and rain. A couple of great guys that showed up without fishing partner Doug Hays this year due to some issues however we managed to have a great time in spite of really challenging weather. We caught the walleye/smallmouth at West bend on Sharpe with spinner /minnow/bouncer rigs and casting plugs/jigs in around 5 to 8 fow and we caught the catfish/northern in the back of bays/creeks in around 2 to 4 fow on slip bobber's smelt. Water temps are in the 50's on Sharpe and approaching that on Oahe. Oahe's bite is starting to go for fishermen that know the spawning area's and are willing to cast shallow. The best catch's are coming shallow with boats that are fishing deeper for the most part catching fewer limits. I love the Spring fishing but crossing your finger's for those great spring days doesn't hurt as every day brings a different set of conditions. It has always surprised me how many times I have taken folks out on catfish trips as an alternative to setting in the cabin and find out the next year even if the weather is good they still want to catch a batch of these catfish. They are good eating, outfight a lot of species, under fished (no limit on Oahe) and a completely different experience. If you find yourself here in some of this no fish weather days you might give these guys a go and find out it can be a hoot and a real surprise in a frying pan. If you fished with corks when you were a kid like I did it can also bring back a lot of memories. Remember to drain live wells/ boats before leaving fish clean area's to comply with new regs.

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Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for May 3rd 4th and 5th 2014

Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for May 3rd 4th and 5th 2014

Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for May 3rd 4th and 5th 2014

Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for May 3rd 4th and 5th 2014

We have had some calm days and some wind days but all in all the fish are going on Sharpe and starting to go on Oahe. The spawn seems to be almost over on Sharpe and this means you can catch fish shallow or out to 15 to 20 fow. It makes finding the fish harder because they are scattered, however the fish are biting (especially the male walleye and smallmouth bass) when you locate them. Oahe fish are behind Sharpe due to a little colder water in our area but the spawn is going here also and fishermen in the know are taking limits. The bait of choice is still jigs/minnows/gulp however pulling plugs on windy days can be productive. I haven't tried crawlers yet but suspect that they are working as water temps in shallow water on Sharpe is in the high 50's with most water on Oahe in the high 40's to low 50's. I guided a nice couple from Omaha traveling from a Hills trip to limits of nice walleye and some white bass fishing down river from Pierre and then took repeat customer's Jerry Fennell friend Bill with Dave Spaid guiding the rest of the crew to nice possession limits of walleye and bass. Day one we caught the fish shallow from 3 fow to 10 fow on reel bait flasher jigs/gulp or bouncer/ minnow rigs. Day two because of 25 mph wind we pulled flicker shad plugs in around 6 to 8 fow down at the bend. Just a great bunch of guys from Colorado, KC, Omaha and Wisconsin that come for a old school get together every year and we all have a great time, guides included. Spring is here and the fishing is starting to go on both lakes. I will mention again for new readers 2015 new fishing regs require you to pull live well and boat plugs before you leave the fish cleaning areas were you are fish so if you are unfamiliar with this new regulation check out the GF&P'S website for a complete list of the new law.

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Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for April 23rd to May 2nd 2015

Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for April 23rd to May 2nd 2015

Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for April 23rd to May 2nd 2015

Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for April 23rd to May 2nd 2015

Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for April 23rd to May 2nd 2015

I have been getting in late so have got behind on these reports but will try to get them on line now about every 3 days. Fishing has been spotty up till May but we have been putting limits in the boat recently so I will call the bite much better especially on the lower end of Sharpe. Catfish/Northern mostly on Oahe however water temps coming up so this bite is right on the edge of going. I guided Mark Engel the Johnson group from around Rapid and then the Mike Austin group from Denver with limited results but getting full possession limit's at the bend on Sharpe for the Austin group. The bite at the bend is everywhere from 3 fow to 20 fow as the spawn is about over. We caught all of our walleye /bass in less than 5 fow fishing gravel/shale spots with either minnows or gulp the last to days but fishermen were catching them out to 20 fow. Water temps on Sharpe are in the 50's at the bend and high 40s around Pierre were the bite is good for some and not so good for others as the key is running across a spawning female with a lot on males around. Pitching /dragging jig the best choice but bottom bouncer/minnows work some. On Sharpe I look for crawlers to come into play soon. Smallmouth fishing is excellent on Sharpe also. Remember to drain live well/boats when you leave fish cleaning or ramp area's to comply with the new reg's.

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Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for April 19th thru the 22nd 2015

Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for April 19th thru the 22nd 2015

Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for April 19th thru the 22nd 2015

Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for April 19th thru the 22nd 2015

Lots of wind days so cross your fingers if you are heading over to our area. The fishing is just starting especially when you can land on those spring days with favorable weather. I took a couple of rancher's from around Alliance fishing for northern/catfish on Lake Oahe in 20 to 25 mph winds. Gary Taylor and his friend Mark topped their catch off with one northern pike around 18 to 19 lbs. along with a couple of smaller northern and a nice pile of channel catfish averaging around 3 lbs. for some nice meals back in Nebraska. We caught these fish on smelt/slip bobbers in 3 fow in the back of two creeks both with running water .Haven't heard of much of a bite for walleye yet on the big lake but Lake Sharpe east of Pierre all the way down to west bend is starting to go with some walleye limits coming in along with some smallmouth bass. Around Pierre expect to have to throw a lot of 14 incher's back to work you way to a limit. Water temps in the high 40's to low 50's are getting the fish moving around. Jigs/minnows are the bait of choice however bottom bouncer/minnows will catch fish also along with pulling shallow running plugs. For the most part target 6 fow or less .Remember to pull the plugs on live wells and boats before you leave. You can trailer to fish cleaning places nearest the boat ramp but after that new regulations call for draining live wells and boats. Check out GFPS site for more detailed info on this if you are not familiar with the new regulations designed to prevent movement of invasive species.

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Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for April 16th thru the 19th 2015

Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for April 16th thru the 19th 2015

Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for April 16th thru the 19th 2015

Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for April 16th thru the 19th 2015

Click to enlarge Pike tourney results

Spring has arrived and as usual spring weather brings really nice days along with the wind on many and rain .I fished repeat customers the TCW engineering group of guys from North Platte NE. ramrodded by Tom Weblow for two beautiful weather days and then rain on the third day. A great bunch of guys and we had a great time. We fished the West Bend area on Sharpe and got fish but due to a lot of to dirty water ( stirred by 50 mile per hour on previous day) we had to work for the fish with limited success. The best day was day two with 23 total fish. We caught these fish shallow on reel bait flasher jigs tipped with minnows in 5 fow or less around know spawning area's .I would say the bite is going on Sharpe when weather conditions are right. Oahe is going okay for northern/catfish but still early for the walleye/bass. Willie Gloe had his annual Northern tournament with 41 teams and a 18 lb. fish was the largest with most teams catching fish in the rain on Sat. Walleye catch's along with salmon reports are for the most part not good on the big lake but with warm weather things should improve on a daily basis. We are probably a couple of weeks away from real good reports on Oahe in the Pierre area so Lake Sharpe is the best choice for walleye/ smallmouth fishing around Pierre right now. For the Northern /catfish head for Oahe and best bet are pike rigs/smelt in shallow warmer water in the back of bays or creeks.

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Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for April 12th thru the 15th

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Wind pretty much sums up the last few days. It has been keeping all but the die hard fishermen home getting boats ready. There has been a bite for walleye on Sharpe for those going out but for the most part a lot of 14 inch males being caught so I would call the bite both here and on the first 25 miles of Oahe spotty and just a little early. Northern/catfish are just starting to go and if this weather stays around a good alternative choice to fish and stay out of the wind. I went out with a couple of friends of mine Jim and Bernie Weaver from Rapid City in 40 mph winds and with taking that factor in did ok catching maybe 10 channel cats and 3 northern pike with one 10 to 12 lb. fish the largest. We caught these fish on smelt/slip bobbers in shallow warm water. Big Bend on Sharpe is starting to have some action on both smallmouth and walleye and a week of warm weather should get things moving. I heard there is a bite going at Mobridge and Pierre is usually a little behind because of the lake warming up due to shallower water north of us. I will be on the water the next three days and will put out a more detailed report after that. It is great to see spring come so we can start to spend more time outdoors (fishing).

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Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for April 1st thru Easter weekend

Not a lot of fishing activity yet as it is early for the walleye boat fishing however those boats going out are having some success. I heard of an 11 pounder coming from below the dam on Sharpe and some limits of male fish all the way down to the bend. The focus on Oahe has for the most part been bank fishing with pike rigs and smelt for Northern and that has brought in several big fish with most anglers getting action. Jig minnows is the bait of choice for walleye and will be until the water temps start to warm. There has been far more real windy days so far so I have not been guiding but after Easter I am going to start fishing so will have more updated fishing reports. Like everybody else cabin fever is driving me to get out fishing especially on the nice spring days. Have a good Easter and get the boat ready. It is early but fishing should be getting that spring start soon.

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Lake Oahe and Lake Sharpe GFP Reports


Oahe baitfish continue to rebound, walleye conditions improve.

By Nick Lowrey nick.lowrey@capjournal.com

The conditions in Lake Oahe continue to improve for walleyes and other game fish, said Game Fish and Parks Senior Fisheries Biologist Mark Fincel.

Baitfish populations devastated by the 2011 floods are rebounding, according to 2014 fish survey data Fincel presented at the GFP Commission meeting Friday. Fincel estimates there were about 20 million rainbow smelt in the lake last year, or about double the number from 2013.

That number is important because rainbow smelt are one of the biggest reasons Lake Oahe produces large walleyes. Smelt have a high fat content, which bigger fish need to survive.

Another piece of good news for the lake was the estimated 167.2 million cool water baitfish Fincel’s survey’s found. Most of those were lake herring he said. Herring aren’t as fatty as smelt but they can help fill in nutrition gaps and take pressure off the smelt so they can recover more quickly.

“This year was a very good year for lake herring,” Fincel said.

Last year was also another record-setting year for warm water baitfish production, Fincel said. Warm water baitfish species include minnows and juvenile game fish such as perch, crappie and white bass.

The solid baitfish population seems to have translated into a healthier walleye population. Fincel’s data show the walleye population is growing and the condition of each fish is improving.

Fish larger than 20 inches long are the exception. The number of big fish is a fraction of what it was before 2011, Fincel said. However, the number of fish between 15 inches and 20 inches long increased in 2014, he said. The average size of the walleyes anglers caught in 2014 was 14.8 inches.

The abundance of baitfish didn’t exactly make things easier for anglers, though, Fincel said. Catch rates on Oahe were well below average in 2014.

“That’s actually a very good sign,” Fincel said, explaining that the fish were harder to catch because they weren’t quite as hungry this year. That means they were better fed and healthier on average.

Lake Sharpe, for its part, produced an average number of fish that were also about average as far as health.

“Lake Sharpe is really a rock,” Fincel said.

Populations of the reservoir’s main baitfish, gizzard shad, don’t crash as rainbow smelt populations have been known to do. But shad aren’t as fatty either. That makes Lake Sharpe a more consistent fishery than Lake Oahe, while at the same time means it doesn’t produce as many fish or as many big fish.


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 2015 season is fast approaching and so once again I will update this section. I would like to thank all my new customers and my repeat customers for their business in 2014.

We caught a lot of fish (pictured on the fishing reports/pictures tab)and had a lot of great times. Once again my guide service put together at least a 98% limit success ratio for the year and if you scroll thru the years above you will notice a lot of the same faces every year. This speaks to the fact that my guide service runs on repeat business. I think this speaks a huge amount about the super fishery we have here on Oahe and Sharpe around the Pierre area.

Last year Sharpe remained steady with limits of nice 17 inch average size walleye the norm and excellent smallmouth fishing. Oahe was tougher for bigger fish with a lot of the limits coming in with 14 to 15 inch walleye and smaller numbers of over 20 inch fish in the bags.

Smallmouth /northern fishing was very good. The best limits that we put together in 2014 were in the fall with some real nice 18 to 19 inch fish limits coming in. With that in mind and the fact that we have a great food base back (rainbow smelt numbers up 40 %) and normal pool water I think being optimistic about the fishery producing very good fishing in 2015 is in line.

I think Sharpe should remain stable with nice 15 inch to 17 inch average size walleye and maybe even putting out another state record smallmouth this year. Oahe could do a record smallmouth also and I look for an over all improvement in bags sizes hopefully to a 17 to 19 inch size walleye limit being not uncommon.

There are also a lot of nice northern in Oahe now (years of high water/ bait coming back) so these along with the smallmouth will continue to be bonus fish in most anglers catches. Both lake are full of channel cats and white bass with no limit on catfish on Oahe so they will still provide great fishing for those interested.

I will continue to do the fishing reports/ pictures tab again this year in the hope that it will aid you in seeing the size of the fish, the areas we are fishing, the depths we are fishing and the baits we are using. This information can aide you both in planning trips hopefully and saving a little time getting to right depths/areas/baits.

If you are looking for a guide service I would love to have your business or if you need information about the fishing hopefully the fishing reports page will help you out. I will update hunting info later in the summer and try and put projected pheasant numbers out but it should be another great year again in 15. The Pierre area and Lake Oahe /Sharpe continue to be the closest destination for Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa Wyoming anglers to experience the level of fishing we offer so we hope to see you around in 2015.

Bring a skillet because we have a lot of fish that need cooking.

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