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Lake Sakakawea Fishing Reports

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Lake Sakakawea - Monday, July 28, 2014
By: on 07/28/2014 10:12 PM | Add Comment | Post New Report |
Well now that the tournaments are over on the Big Lake we have some info we can give.  First of all I would like to congratulate all of our guides who cashed a check in the Governors cup and the Dakota Walleye Classic.  

The fishing really picked up the week between the Governors cup to the Classic.  Most fish in the Gov Cup came back in the bays shallow pitching cranks and jigs as well as livebait rigs.  The fishing was tough and the bites were few and far between so you really needed to capitalize on the bites you got.

The fishing last week however was a completely different story with most people catching  lots of fish pretty much anywhere.  The winners did come back in a bay but the gusty winds might have played a factor in that.  There were fish on main lake points as well as in the bays and we caught at least 50 fish per day prefishing.  The fish we were catching were coming on nightcrawlers and leeches in 15 to 20 feet of water.  We worked the points to the west of beaver all the way to the beacon.  I did not fish much in the bays or East of Beulah Bay but heard the bite was good all over there as well.  I did catch some fish on crankbaits as well while prefishing.  I was pulling flickershads on leadcore in 15 to 20 feet.

Fishing is excellent on Lake Sakakawea right now with easy limits getting caught.  If you are interested in a walleye fishing trip on the Big Lake check us out at and give Brian a call.
Lake Sakakawea - Saturday, July 26, 2014
By: on 07/27/2014 12:03 PM | Add Comment | Post New Report |
Fished the big water yesterday.  The wind made it a real challenge but the fish were bighting.  back trolled into the waves with a tiller. Caught fish in 20 feet out to 30 feet, didn't seem to matter as long as you were in that range.  Crawlers on bottom bouncers seemed to work best with a few fish caught on leeches.  Very aggressive bite. No minnow bite.  We were soaked head to toe but we got our limit.
Lake Sakakawea - Sunday, July 20, 2014
By: on 07/20/2014 2:05 PM | Add Comment | Post New Report |
Fished Thursday had no luck tried Douglas Bay area.  Tried again on Saturday my nephew caught 4 14" walleyes in about !/2 hr then he snagged broke his rod and lost his spinner tried about 2 hrs more no even a bite 34 of us fishing from boat he was the lucky one fished right out of lake Sak state park islands.
Van Hook Arm - Thursday, July 17, 2014
By: on 07/17/2014 9:22 PM | Add Comment | Post New Report |
Put in at Van Hook today and fished shell village and Independence point, some fish on shell but the best bite was on Independence point. 15 to 20ft on lindy's with leeches was the best with a few fish on crawlers.
Lake Sakakawea - Tuesday, July 15, 2014
By: on 07/15/2014 9:30 PM | Add Comment | Post New Report |
Had boats out on Sakakawea a few times last week and the fishing seems to be improving with easier limits of walleyes coming in.  With the upcoming Governors cup tourney this week I won't say much other than the fishing is starting to heat up.  Should be interesting to see what the waits will be.

If you are interested in some good fishing on the big lake give us a call.

Lake Sakakawea - Sunday, July 13, 2014
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Lake Sakakawea - Monday, July 14, 2014
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Lake Sakakawea - Wednesday, July 9, 2014
By: on 07/09/2014 08:04 AM | Add Comment | Post New Report |
The walleye fishing on Lake Sakakawea is a little spotty right now.  We are catching limits most days if the weather cooperates.  I think the water still needs to warm up and the fishing should get a little more consistent, however the fishing can be very good some days.   We have had boats fishing steady the past week and we have found fish all over with no real depth or contour pattern to follow.  We have caught fish in the bays as well as on main lake points.  We haven't been able to put a real good crank bite together so we have been concentrating on live bait rigs.  One thing we have found is that there seems to be a lot of smelt around and the fish really don't need to eat what we put in front of them.  If you can find fish on the electronics and fish them long enough they will bite but the hard part sometimes is waiting long enough.  This doesn't sound like the best fishing report but there still is some good fishing to be had.  We had a couple days last week that we boated around 30 walleyes.

If you are interested in a fun day on the water check us out at and give Brian a call.
East End - Monday, July 7, 2014
By: on 07/07/2014 1:49 PM | Add Comment | Post New Report |
Well I decided to dedicate the weekend to cranking and more specifically to getting comfortable with leadcoring.  Started out thursday morning working 7-10ft with no luck.  Moved to 10-15ft with no luck.  Finally in 20-25ft I started to get into them.  Found them all the way out to 40ft.  Ended up with 16, but not a lot of size.  Biggest was 17" and I kept 2 17s 2 16s and a 14' for my day.  Friday and Saturday proved to be a little more tricky.  I managed only 3 12" fish in 2 days working 18-40ft.  I believe the fish may have moved up shallow with the stable weather for those 3-4 days.  #4 salmos and #5 shads did the trick thursday but Friday and Saturday I threw the tacklebox (all my cranks anyhow) at them with no action.  Had a few missed hookups in there but really slow.  On a side note there was some big fish caught at the pumphouse as the are letting water out of Audubon, but it wasn't real hot and heavy.  Some nice limits if you worked for them and even one over 8# pitching and vertical jigging in 20-40ft.  I will be out on the East End trying it again next weekend.  I guess I am a glutton for punishment!
East End - Monday, July 7, 2014
By: on 07/07/2014 11:25 AM | Add Comment | Post New Report |
Fishing = less than to be desired.

Always someone catching fish but if I may interject my 2 hours of fishing on the 4th, 4 hours fishing on the 5th and a near full day on the 6th it seems very tough on the East End.

People are brinding in mostly 13 to 14 inch fish with some mixed in bigger fish.  Douglas Bay (mini Van Hook) had 4 boats (including me) in it on Sunday.  Main lake was lonely (the way I like it) but after spending a lot of drive time checking graph, fishing and observing I see why people said to the heck with it and went home early Sunday.

Could be a typical two days before Governor's Cup bite.  As the days go forward I will be doing more dedicated line in the water fishing versus driving.  Not sure I really want to.  At least can have excitement at WOT.
East End - Friday, July 4, 2014
By: on 07/06/2014 1:29 PM | Add Comment | Post New Report |
We fished on the 4th of July back in the bays on the East End pitching swimbaits in shallow water.  There are some nice to fish to be caught if you dedicate yourself to this technique and I expect fishing will improve as the weather warms up this week.  With the weather we've had and all the water running through the system right now, water temps in the main lake and the bays are more even than they would normally be and the fish are pretty scattered right now.   

Video report here:

Jim Carroll  NPAA #13
Garrison Bay / Pick City Area - Sunday, July 6, 2014
By: on 07/06/2014 1:04 PM | Add Comment | Post New Report |
 Fished wed night and Thurs and Friday mornings on north shore. Caught 20+ fish each time out with most in the 14 inch range and a few up to 20 inches. Lindy's and crawlers worked well along with leeches. 17 to 22 fow. Tryed for salmon sat for a while and lost one on a herring.
Lake Sakakawea - Friday, July 4, 2014
By: on 07/04/2014 5:20 PM | Add Comment | Post New Report |
 Fished garrison bay and Douglas.   25 to 30 fow.    Crawlers slow death hooks.   Kept 8.  Threw back 15

Lake Sakakawea - Friday, July 4, 2014
By: on 07/04/2014 5:20 PM | Add Comment | Post New Report |
 Fished garrison bay and Douglas.   25 to 30 fow.    Crawlers slow death hooks.   Kept 8.  Threw back 15

East End - Friday, July 4, 2014
By: on 07/04/2014 11:32 AM | Add Comment | Post New Report |
 Hit the east end on Thursday morning. Worked every damn spot from the embankment over to Douglas. Threw the whole tackle store at em. 2 dinks and a nice sun  burn. Now I remember why I started fishing the Hook. The bite was non existent. I was very surprised.
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