Lake Oahe/Sharpe fishing report April 14th thru April 18th 2012
The spring weather came into play over the weekend with Rain almost all day Sunday so not many boats out. Heard reports of some nice fish being caught on Oahe from the dam up to Snake creek on Saturday with over 20 inch fish common but not a lot of numbers. Sharpe continues to put out fish limits. I guided Troy Vanecek, Bob and Tim a fireman, deputy sheriff and Dad from Council Bluffs Iowa on Monday Tues and Wed. The weather was rainy/cool Monday morning so we started on Sharpe around Pierre catching 16 fish limits of walleye to 23 inch's both pitching jigs shallow and dragging lindy rigs in 15 ft. The main bite around Pierre on Sharpe is mostly drifting in around 10 fow with minnow/ Jigs/rigs. The second day was really nice weather so we went up on Oahe and fished in the Cheyenne river. The bite was good and we kept 16 walleye around a 17 inch avg.6 northern around 10 to 15 lbs and some nice small mouth. We probably caught at least twice that releasing the smaller northern/walleye. Caught the most fish pitching jigs/minnows into the banks but later in the day the fish mostly moved out deeper and we caught them in around 25 fow. The fellows were going to drive back to Omaha after fishing Wednesday so I took them down to Big Bend on Sharpe to go small mouth fishing as they only needed a few walleye ( after shore lunches) for there possession limits of walleye A beautiful no wind 70 degree day and we had constant action catching and releasing at least 75 walleye in the 15 to 18 inch range and that many small mouth keeping 20 small mouth. We caught all these fish in 5 to 10 fow. on jig/minnow/rigs. They went home with there possession limits of walleye/smallmoth bass some northern and a few white bass .A great trip for a great bunch of guys. Water temps at the bend were in low 50's. Much colder around Pierre and you can find 50 degree water in back of creeks/ Cheyenne river. The spawn at the bend is in full swing and we never caught a female there Above the dam in the colder water I think it is just starting and I think it is maybe it is midway up river on Oahe. The smelt run should be starting soon on Oahe Salmon fishing is slow..Remember to take your time both on Sharpe and Oahe as water conditions have changed since last fall and there are danger spots around on both lake's. Looks like a real nice warm up next week so expect to see more boats around making for a real early season.
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