Hutch's Guide Service Fishing Reports.
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 11th thru the 13th 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
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.
Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for April 23rd to May 2nd 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
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.
Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre area fishing report for April 12th thru the 15th
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 email@example.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
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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