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Got out on the water (Sharpe West Bend) with my friend and internet guy Jon Sailer for a great day of fishing down at the bend. We had some equipment fail's with a bow mount that wouldn't work but in spite of that we managed to get nine keepers for supper. The fishing around Pierre has been mostly centered on the river (Sharpe) with rain/weather causing a lot of dirty water below the bad river so most of the traffic has been from the bridges to the dam or down at the bend. Minnows Jigs Gulp are the baits of choice however pulling plugs has been producing some days.10 fow or less in all the key areas that hold spawning fish is where most of the action is. Oahe continues to be great for nice northern and some walleye with less boats out on the big lake however walleye fishing is spotty. Fish are being caught from right on the bank to 35 fow. The season is just getting started and should improve daily with longer warmer days but this time of year if you are coming over watch the weather as much as you can. I will start to do reports on a more frequently now as I will be on the water most days.
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I hope every one is having a great Easter. This will be the starting report of the 2016 season and thru March I will do around one a week going to every three days in April. For most fishermen it is still real early in the year and most boats that are out (more than normal) are in state anglers that are able to fish when they see the weather is good. The bite has been good on Sharpe with catching a lot of under 15 inch fish needed to fill out limits but most boats going out are producing limits. The ratio of male /female fish is still heavy on female's full of eggs so if that bothers you wait just a couple of weeks until the males start milking. The females go off bite during the spawn for the most part so most of the fish that you catch (Males) are not going to hurt the future fishery as much. Jig fishing with minnows/gulp is the most common method right now however some days pulling plugs is putting fish in the boat. Northern fishing has been very good on Oahe with either going after them with boats or bank fishing using Pike rigs and smelt. Haven't heard much about a walleye bite on Oahe but that is due to not many anglers after them. All in all the over all report is that for the average fisherman it is still to early. April is just around the corner so fishing and weather should start improving daily. Just remember that all of the trips in the next month or so are going to be weather orientated. It looks like another great season coming up with plenty of fish around and the water levels are good.
I will have my BOOTH and be at the OMAHA SPORTS AND TRAVEL SHOW starting this THURSDAY and going thru SUNDAY the 24th to the 28th February so if you are in the area attending the show stop by my booth and visit about the upcoming season.
Now until Sunday. Booth 8 right inside front door to show.
I am doing sports shows so I have not been around the water in Pierre but from what I hear not a lot going on in Pierre with the ice fishing (open water around dam) mostly north of Pierre and only die hard fishermen going out below the dam. Those who are out on the nice weather days are getting walleye to eat for supper jigging or pulling plugs. I also see they have put gravel on the city ramp in Ft. Pierre. I will have my BOOTH and be doing SEMINARS at the RAPID CITY SHOW on the 12th, 13th and 14th of February so if you are in the area or going to the show stop by my booth to visit or come to one of my seminar's to catch any new info I have on Oahe/Sharpe fishing around the Pierre area and any new tactics that seem to be working to catch the fish.
I will have my booth at the RIVER CITY HUNTING AND FISHING EXPO AT THE MID AMERICA CENTER this week end JANUARY 15th 16th and 17th 2016. I will also be doing daily seminars on the up coming season on OAHE/SHARPE WALLEYE FISHING in SOUTH DAKOTA. This is always a great show with free parking and easy access in COUNCIL BLUFFS IOWA. For more info go to their web site www.rivercityexpo.com
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HAPPY NEW YEAR AND SPORTS SHOW/SEMINAR SCHEDULE FOR 2016
I will be doing SEMINARS about walleye fishing on the Missouri river reservoirs (specifically on Lake's Oahe/Sharpe) and will have my BOOTH at the DES MOINES IOWA BOAT AND TRAVEL SHOW JAN 8TH 9TH AND 10TH. The following weekend I will be doing WALLEYE SEMINARS and have my BOOTH at the MID AMERICAN CENTER IN COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA JAN 15TH 16TH AND 17TH and in FEBRUARY I will be at and have my booth at the OMAHA BOAT SPORTS AND TRAVEL SHOW on the 25th, 26th, 27th and the 28th of February. I haven't finalized plans for the Rapid City Show yet but if I do it I will post that after the 1st. If you are in the area kicking tires (boat) stop in and see me. I hope all of you had a great Christmas and wish all of you a HAPPY NEW YEAR.
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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.
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.
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