1. The Hook

    Fished Thursday morning, Friday morning, and Friday evening. The fish seem to have shifted deeper. Seemed that way for the spots we fished, anyway. I’m sure it’s possible to find shallower fish, but our best luck was on deep flats, 24-30 fow.

    Did catch a few in 8 fow out on shell, but we caught far more in 25-28 fow.

    Still pulling crawlers, and/or pitching jigging raps. Didn’t pull cranks, but that probably would have been the best tactic, as the fish were very spread out.

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  2. 11 days at The Hook

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    I was at the lake from the evening of June 30th, until July 10th. The fishing was fantastic!
    The depth we caught them in would vary from day to day, but the best was in that 13-16 fow range. We also caught fish as deep as 24 fow. Bottom bouncers with slow death and crawlers was always good, but we had some fun over the vacation, as well, pitching jiggin' raps, pulling cranks, and pitching jigs.

    The cranks seemed solid at any time. The jig pitching was hit or miss.
    The jiggin' raps would vary as well, but often times seemed ...
    Lake Sakakawea
  3. Van Hook - Jig Bite

    Lake Sakakawea is on fire! Especially the Van Hook Arm. The amount of 16"-20" fish is unreal, and a good number of the over 20", as well. Friday, we tried to get out before the wind, but it ended up catching us. We were able to spot lock on a nice pod of walleye and have some success. Most of our fish, as of late, have been in the 8-13 fow range, and we have been on a good minnow bite.

    Fished Saturday and Sunday as well. Same story, same program, for us. Cruise around until we side image a pod of fish, spot lock, start pitching.

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    Lake Sakakawea
  4. Walleye & Sauger

    3 of us went out to the New Town area, again. We started our search in 20-25 fow, but struggled to find decent numbers. Once we moved in, shallower, we found an abundance of fish on a river channel shoreline. We picked up most of our fish drift jigging, and drifting with bottom bouncers. Both minnows and crawlers worked. If the wind pushed us .8-1.0 mph, the crawlers did better, and if we were able to slow down to .4-.5 the minnows did better. While drifting, we caught fish from 4 fow to 18 fow, with a greater number of fish in the shallower depths.

    After we had our fill of ...
    Lake Sakakawea
  5. New Town - Lake Sakakawea

    A buddy and I went out to the New Town area on Sunday, and found a mess of post-spawn walleye. 50 degree water to start the day, that warmed up to a surface temp of 54 by the afternoon. We caught our fish on jig/minnow, lindy/minnow, and crankbaits. The fish sure seemed plump and healthy, and there is a large class of 16-19" fish in the system.

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    Lake Sakakawea
  6. East End: Sakakawea

    Fished East Sak, for a chunk of the day, today. Pitching jig/minnow in 4-8 fow. We found a few, but for what we were seeing on the side imaging, I wouldn’t say we knocked it out of the park. Water temp, where we were at, was around 38 degrees. On the plus side, I moved my trolling batteries, and charger, from the front of the boat (under rod locker) to the back of the boat, plus added a 4” manual jack plate, and gained around 4 mph on the 2080.
    Lake Sakakawea
  7. Audubon In The Dingy

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    Did some fishing today, with a buddy, on Lake Audubon. We did not wake up early, and we did not fish late. We got out there after the day had warmed up a bit, and headed for home as the wind started to pick up, but we had a fun day, caught some walleye, and one nice pike that drug the little dingy boat around for a bit. Most of the fish were on jig/minnow, but one came on the hyper rattle. I always look forward to this time of year. There is something pure and fun about fishing out of the little dingy boat. Hopefully get another trip or two in it before ...
    Lake Audubon
  8. Van Hook

    A couple of buddies and I fished on Saturday. We focused our efforts out towards the river, and ended up having a very fun day. We pulled cranks all day, and had our best luck in that 23-24 fow range, pulling flicker shads at 2.2-2.3 mph.

    We worked a number of spots, and probably caught 50 'eyes on the day. I'd say over half of them were 16-16.5". Cookie cutter lunch fish, with a few smaller, and a few bigger, although we did not catch a single fish over 20" on the day.

    The water temps are warm, of course, in that 75 degree range.

    We did try ...
    Lake Sakakawea
  9. VanHook is still HOT!

    We have been fishing the south end of the Hook, and it has been going pretty well. We went out Friday evening and found our fish in 18-23 fow. On Saturday, Micah (my daughter) and I went out around 8:00 pm. The fish had slipped out a little deeper. This time we found them in 25-27 fow. It was honestly one of my favorite fishing trups, because Micah caught her 5 in about an hour. I was still at 3! It took me another 30 minutes to get my last two, and she let me know it. Haha. I was pretty dang proud of her, and I think it was one of those trips that may contribute to her being a lifetime fishing ...
    Lake Sakakawea
  10. Fish in a Barrel! Van Hook

    The fishing slowed down for a couple of days, but picked right back up in time for the weekend. It is fast and furious mow. Fish in a barrel! We did well pulling cranks one night, and have done very well pulling crawlers on multiple days. Finding fish in 15 fow consistently, but also finding some shallower and some in that 20’ range. We’ve been getting up at the butt crack of dawn to beat the heat, and back in time for breakfast. Get out there and wnjoy it while it’s good folks! Name:  BB8EE029-E9A2-4E79-BC99-DDC3D437AA47.jpg
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  11. Van Hook Walleye

    Well, it took longer than usual, but the migratory fish have finally moved into the arm. Water temps are 65-70+, and the fish can be caught at all depths. We primarily focused on depths under 15 fow, as it seemed to produce better fish. Our best fish came in 8 fow and less.
    There were a lot of people fishing flats. Too many for me to dive into the middle of that zoo, so we focused on islands, and shorelines. Both were equally good.
    I was primarily "family fishing", so we were pulling bouncers and slow death. These are the days where I could care less if I catch a ...
    Lake Sakakawea
  12. Hook to the River

    We put in at Parshall, poked around the hook, then the Pouch area, and the Independence Point area, but had trouble getting the fish to go, so we worked our way up river. We eventually got into some fish, but not until we got to the Huntsalong/Reunion Bay area. We were trolling jigs, and trolling lindy's with minnows. Both produced fish. We found them in the 25 fow range. It was pretty windy where we were, so we ended up moving at .8 to sometimes over a mile per hour.
    Not the best day ever, but I think we managed a dozen 'eyes or so, a handful of white bass, a few pike, 3 nice catfish, ...
    Lake Sakakawea
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