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Lake Oahe Fish

by , Posted to on 07/11/2012 4:19 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2003
Location: ND
Got this photo from a buddy who fished Oahe two weekends ago.  Fish are definitely showing signs.  Crazy part is this is just one year removed from forage flush.  It took Sak at least a few years to get to this stage.

Not terrible but I have seen worse photos for fish health.  Some seem to be holding onto some health.

Think those shad have hatched by now so maybe things will turn around or sustain at least long enough for smelt and other game fish to fill the void.

What are the rest of you seeing?




 
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Re: Lake Oahe Fish
by on 07/11/2012 4:26 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/16/2007
Location: SD

Last sunday caught good fish and they looked to be putting wieght on that was the akaska area.  they had bellys full of little fish that were to digested to idenify.  seems the ones in the 18 to 22 range looked better than bigger and smaller ones.  Maybe i have just had to many magic mushrooms and hoping for the best.  The gfp has not raised limit as we are on track for record harvest already they said at the last meeting.  On alot of lakes those would be healthy fish i think we are just acustomed to having that football looking one when the smelt are present in high numbers.  August is going to be a really telling month here

Re: Lake Oahe Fish
by on 07/11/2012 4:31 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/26/2010
Location: SD
That's about the norm for health, although it has gotten hard to catch fish over 14 inches now. (Mobridge). Earlier you could fill easily with 14-16 and occasional over 20. Did have a big one on the other night but off after his fifth run. Northerns are wicked and killing alot of walleye. I would encourage people to keep them. Daughter caught a 12 yesteday, lost a 18 or so in the net that flipped on her and was gone. Lost another that size at the boat, and another that came up with a walleye I had caught, he let go at the boat after about 10 minutes. Felt he was probably over 20. Personally I think our bigger spawners went way up river this spring because of lack of forage. As of yet they are not back in any numbers like we had last year. Fish are not as sick looking by far as 99. We'll see what is to come. I am starting to graph more bait fish.
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Re: Lake Oahe Fish
by on 07/11/2012 4:31 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
 The flw tourny this weekend will really show whats going on

Re: Lake Oahe Fish
by on 07/11/2012 4:35 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2003
Location: ND
GFP say if shad hatched?  I think they were said to be on the menu come July so if they haven't, they gotta soon.

With 80 to 90 percent of the smelt gone it must not be smelt a guy is seeing on the finder unless you happen to be on the remainder of the living.  Most likely, they are at the dam finding cool water.




 
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Re: Lake Oahe Fish
by on 07/11/2012 4:40 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/31/2005
Location: ND
Fished out of Mobride a few weeks back and caught a lot of fish with the majority bieng in the 14-16 range.  We did pick up about five or six fish in the 20-26 range.  The bigger fish looked pretty healthy, but the smaller fish were definitely on the skinny side.  My theory is that with no young of the year gizzard shad to go after the small fish don't have much else to eat and the bigger fish being able to tackle a little bigger prey have a few more options, so they are hanging in there better than the small fish. Interesting thing I have heard of but never seen before was that we had to keep a 26 inch fish, because she was deep hooked and bleeding badly, but when we fileted her out she still had all her eggs in here and they were looking on the rotten side.  This was the middle of June, so pretty odd to see a fish with eggs still.
Re: Lake Oahe Fish
by on 07/11/2012 4:46 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2003
Location: ND
cummins,

The same buddy said they had to cut a 24 that weighed 2.8 pounds.  It wouldn't swim away after they reeled it in and wasn't deep hooked.

Yeah, bigger fish seem to find the right food for awhile.  On Sak they ended up getting sick though because they were really after smelt and many were gone.

Perch became non-existant too.

Now, things are lookin good.




 
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Re: Lake Oahe Fish
by on 07/11/2012 4:50 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/16/2007
Location: SD
archer109 Said:
 The flw tourny this weekend will really show whats going on
the farther south you go the bigger the fish have been this year.  No problems getting overs down there so wont be able to compare to north sections.  Been fishing alot of suspended fish this year 3 weeks ago pulled 12 fish out of 50 to 60 fow with spinners 30 ft down.  People were probally wondering what the hell we were doing out there.

Re: Lake Oahe Fish
by on 07/11/2012 10:56 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2003
Location: ND
KurtR Said:
archer109 Said:
 The flw tourny this weekend will really show whats going on
the farther south you go the bigger the fish have been this year.  No problems getting overs down there so wont be able to compare to north sections.  Been fishing alot of suspended fish this year 3 weeks ago pulled 12 fish out of 50 to 60 fow with spinners 30 ft down.  People were probally wondering what the hell we were doing out there.


Makes sense since I'm sure the bigger smarter more expierence fish who like the bigger baits like smelt are following the 10 percent that remains.

Are their northerns out there?  I'd love to fish somewhere a northern is not.  My goodness gracious are they thick in the upper end of Sakakawea.




 
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Re: Lake Oahe Fish
by on 07/11/2012 11:01 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
 The fish in the ND section of Oahe and the Missouri River are doing just fine.  Our fish dont rely heavily on smelt, there isn't enough deep water habitat to support smelt populations in ND's part of Oahe.  YOY, perch, white bass, crappie, pike, etc..etc....provide food.  There hasn't been a smelt run in at least a decade in ND.   

I spend a little time out there and if you look closely and look in the shallows, there is an aweful lot going on right now, with a bunch of little fish (i can't tell what they are yet) and the predators to follow.  Look closely along any shoreline near some shallow slack and predators are pushing these baitfish and feeding.  Caught walleyes casting cranks into 1.5 feet of water the other day.... and they had plenty of fat reserves on them (tasted great too).

Time and experience has taught me that this system has a way of taking care of itself and bouncing back quickly.  We have perfectly normal water levels and lots of flooded cover for the production of forage.    
Re: Lake Oahe Fish
by on 07/11/2012 11:15 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/15/2005
Location: SD
Had friends in the Mobridge area this week with livewells full of coughed up shad.  Said there were some pretty good balls of bait in the area they were fishing and shad could be seen in the water.  Have not heard of the same with smelt anywhere.  Will be in the area again this weekend to see for myself.

One thing to note is that fish condition varies greatly.  There are 28" fish that weigh less than 6# and others that weigh 9#.  Some fish that are caught look great and then the next not so great.   Bigger fish are generally easier found the farther south, I too look forward to the FLW results.

Northerns are all over.  Going to be a serious run of those fish over the next several years.

The GFP says that harvest this year could be the highest ever, even more than the 14 fish limit during the last crash.  Everyone is catching fish, that alone is a sign of the forage situation.  But I really don't believe that the true results will be known till this fall or maybe next spring. 
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Re: Lake Oahe Fish
by on 07/11/2012 11:28 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/24/2004
Location: ND
they look like fish caught in MN.   Not all eyeballs are DL fat.
Stay thirsty my friends
Re: Lake Oahe Fish
by on 07/12/2012 00:01 AM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/24/2004
Location: ND
permo --- i have to bring the ole lady down to Oahe ----I hope your right and something is biting other than my sunburn!
Stay thirsty my friends
Re: Lake Oahe Fish
by on 07/12/2012 00:16 AM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/26/2009
Location: ND
Tailrace to stanton walleyes I've seen are starting to look fat and should be obese footballs by late august/september.  drifted the chutes and down river with a color camera down and seen quite a few schools of 2 to 5" white suckers and lots of schools of fish to small to ID at a distance.  been seeing alot of 3 to 5" white bass also, and there's more huge fat goldeyes in the upper portion of the river than I have ever seen in the 20 years I've fished down there.

I've also noticed the tailrace seems warmer than usual and the water has a mild green algae bloom in it (which is a good thing for the bottom of any aquatic food chain) usually the water is alot clearer this time of year, possibly higher nutrtient load still from the high water & flooding last year.

anyone hear word of the cisco situation down there, did they spawn?
Re: Lake Oahe Fish
by on 07/12/2012 02:21 AM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/16/2009
Location: SD

Like was said. "The Big Boys are in Town." Just got off work and won't see the takeoff; but guessing not many boats will take a right out of Spring Creek(Away from the Dam).

One step at a time...Be careful.

Re: Lake Oahe Fish
by on 07/12/2012 04:23 AM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/16/2009
Location: SD
The Shriners are in town, Gonna take the kids to the circus, Heard it's indoors.

One step at a time...Be careful.

Re: Lake Oahe Fish
by on 07/15/2012 01:56 AM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/16/2009
Location: SD
The same pattern won this year as last. Spinnerbaits in the trees on Peoria. weights went down approximately 1 pound per fish. thats a lot on a slot lake.Espescially when one translates it to inches. The winning spinnerbait went down  a half ounce too. Could this be a drought?

One step at a time...Be careful.

Re: Lake Oahe Fish
by on 07/15/2012 07:34 AM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2003
Location: ND
So what was his spinnerbaits to pitching jigs ratio on weigh fish?

Ya fish sound worse the further south you go. There must be more young of the year fish than NDGF thought survived. Or this year was very good.

Talked to a guy who said fish worse as you go south and as you gonorrhea can still find some skinny ones but can also find decent ones.

See if the shad tidy over the skinny ones.




 
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Re: Lake Oahe Fish
by on 07/15/2012 08:23 AM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/20/2003
Location: ND
Man those fish don't look to good.

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Re: Lake Oahe Fish
by on 07/15/2012 09:51 AM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/23/2004
Location: ND
My observation from the Garrison Tailrace to Stanton is that about half of the walleyes we catch are on the skinny side, and half look okay.  Maybe some of them are slower learners and haven't adapted yet to the change in forage.
Re: Lake Oahe Fish
by on 07/24/2012 05:21 AM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/16/2009
Location: SD
Ted T won our Governor's cup on the spinnerbait pattern. Weights went down even more. Stood in line to the scale behind a 27 and a half incher. It weighed 4 pounds even. Big fish 4 the weekend was a 30 incher that went 6 and a half. Had a 25 day 2 that went 3 and 2/4. Guessing by those who post; the problem is going to rectify itself. Trust the Government(corps) and those in the know. Hear says it's all good up North The Akaska Classic should be an indicator on the health of the system.. Caught a ton of Crappies. Heard reports of Bluegfills.

One step at a time...Be careful.

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