April 23rd to April 28th Lakes Oahe/Sharpe Pierre SD
Walleye/Northern fishing is excellent on Lake Oahe and also excellent on Lake Sharpe for spawning male walleye. The Northern Pike fishing and cat fishing is also very good on Oahe. Most of the action on Oahe is in the back of creeks with running water and the Cheyenne river. On Sharpe both the downtown area and Big bend area are going strong. I fished friends Gary Howey of Outdoorsmen Adventures TV and Larry Myhre retired Sioux City Iowa Journal sportswriter/Editor the 24th 25th and 26th filming for Gary's Show and some articles for Larry. We had constant action both at West Bend on Sharpe catching walleye and smallmouth all day on Tuesday and also on the Cheyenne River on Oahe on Wednesday. We caught both walleye and northern pike. Probably caught and released a total of well over 50 fish a day on both places with almost all of the walleye 16 to 18 inch males. The northern were from small fish to several in the 15 lb range. Also had some smallmouth bass action. We caught all of these fish shallow in 10 fow up to the bank pitching jigs/gulp and jigs/minnow. We also tried pulling spinner/minnows on Sharpe and that worked too so you can catch the fish a lot of different ways including trolling plugs. We caught very few female walleye and released those. The weather was really nice with 70 degree days and not much wind. Then I fished repeat customer Dave Petroco from Denver for 3 days. We caught limits of walleye daily but did the weather ever change with rain/ wind for 2 days. Spent Friday cat fishing to try and stay out of 40 mph wind/rain and caught some along with two northern but called it a day after sticking it out for 6 hours or so. Spring weather and that pretty well is the way it is in April. Great fishing but cross your fingers on the weather because it can go either way for you I had a great time with all of these guys. We caught a lot of fish and had three great weather days and two nasty ones. Looking for warmer stained water and shale/pebble banks is the key in the spring for the walleye or any area that you know the fish are spawning. Water temps over are 50 degree surface in back of creeks/ river but 40's on main lake. Take your time at first on both Sharpe(new sandbars everywhere) and Oahe (lower water than last year) present plenty of danger spots. No Salmon report other than and a few caught by accident below the dam.