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Updated Sports Show information (RAPID CITY 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.



Council Bluffs Iowa Show Until Sunday

council bluffs Iowa show until Sunday

River City Hunting and Fishing Expo

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

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Des Moines show until Sunday, January 10th

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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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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.


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 btm/bouncer/crawler/minnow/leeches than the plugs but pulling plugs is always a good alternative and sometimes can be the best.

Kent Hutcheson
Cell Phone: 605-220-2844

Hutch say's...
Kent Hutcheson

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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