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  1. East Sak

    Little to no wind on Saturday, 7/26, but found the eyes right away. They again moved lower each week and we were having them bite the slow death/worm or slow death/Gulp in 28'-30'. 8am-10am produced good results and then they scattered some. We moved to another sunken island and it was dead until noon. We then picked up another three and decided to leave the lake. Not getting a breeze of any kind was pretty warm behind the console. We accepted 14 walleye and left the lake one short. All of our keepers were 15" to 22" and looked pretty healthy.

    At least it was easy ...
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    Lake Sakakawea
  2. East End - Sak

    Community spots were busy and produced a few fish, but nothing like previous weeks. The walleye were a bit deeper this past weekend than the weekend prior. July 13th they were best found in 18'-22' and this past weekend they were more likely in 22'-25'. Did capture a 21" eye right on the edge of the structure drop off at 18'. Love it when those heavier fish decide when they're coming up or not. Seemed like he just wanted to sit there and not come closer. When that initially happens you KNOW it's time to get the net ready.Harvested only four eyes until the wind came up and made fishing ...
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    Lake Sakakawea
  3. Oahe - Ft. Yates

    Fishing is slowing down with the water temperatures rising. Water temp was up to 69* in 20ft deep along the shoreline. Did manage to catch a limit, but the number of fish caught dropped from one week prior. Most of the harvest came from 16' to 18' on a lindy rig with a single bead. Worms were just as successful as the minnows.

    Time to start heading north to Sakakawea & Audubon for the remainder of summer. Tight Lines!
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    Lake Oahe
  4. South on Oahe

    Launched out of Beaver Creek and headed south. The lake level is way up so there are changing conditions each week. We started off in 12-13 FOW and caught decent numbers two weeks ago, but then the level went up another two feet and this complicated the efforts because the former shoreline and trees/bushes were now in the zone. So we moved out to 14-16 FOW and continued a decent harvest of 15-1/2" to 20" walleye.

    The minnow on a Lindy rig and single bead out produced the worm, the spinner rigs, or other tactics. We also noticed that upping the speed from 0.9mph to 1.1mph ...
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    Lake Oahe
  5. Deepwater Bay

    Gorgeous weekend for temperatures and light winds, no doubt about that. Fishing strategies changed, though, as the walleye population seemed to be on the move and their bite was a bit light. Both Saturday and Sunday we had to work a number of places and change presentations, but after 90mins the fish would turn off and disappear from the sonar.

    We started out at depths of 25'-27' and using Lindy rigs with either worms or leeches. When those presentations stopped we converted over to jigging raps and caught a few more as those stopped working. We switched back to a Lindy/leech ...
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    Lake Sakakawea
  6. Mo River in Town

    Two of us went out Sunday later morning @ 9:30am. Put in at keelboat park and started south by Fox Island on the Mandan side. About a dozen boats but very few getting caught. Made three passes by floating and pulled up stakes.

    Popped up below the Expressway Bridge. Another dozen boaters but this time we caught a few walleye. Then, like a light switch they turned off. Made four passes drifting and pull up stakes again.

    Went north by the condo building next to Memorial Bridge. Water was too high to keep the current away from the honey hole. Didn't even stay and ...
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    Missouri River
  7. Audubon - 7/23/17

    Started fishing by 7:15am and was slow. Pulled bottom bouncers & slow death/worm in 15'-18'. Ventured from island to island and only one small mouth bass. Went deeper 18'-21' and picked up two dink walleye and one more small mouth. Went to another island and went deeper yet, 23'-27' and then it started! Had a limit by noon.

    Quit fishing by 12:40pm with a limit and had some catch n' release for those last 40mins. Almost all walleye were 14" - 17" but good eaters for the deep fryer that night.

    The walleye were so hungry by the time I was reaching ...
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    Lake Audubon
  8. Hazelton / 10-2

    Filled parking lot, but I got there at sun-up and a decent slot to park. Way too many dinks and most people only had one or two walleye to bring home. The fish heading back into the lake just hasn't happened yet.

    Zero walleyes for me, so I left by 1pm and decided motorcycling was much more of an enjoyment than getting skunked on the river!

    I'll pop back on the water in 2wks and maybe lower water temps will start pushing them south.
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    Missouri River
  9. Audubon - 27Aug16

    Fishing was great with the sun, blue skies, and light winds. Catching, however, was pretty slow. Lots of dinks near any sunken island or exposed island in depths of 15'-24'. Did manage to harvest one 16" and one 17" in that 21'-23' range, but mostly was slow to the bite. Ventured down to the 28'-32' range with zero bites.

    Was by myself. When I packed up and headed to the cleaning station three older fellas were there with three walleye and six smallies, so I didn't feel bad about bringing two in for myself. Another boater arrived and he and his wife had five between ...
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    Lake Audubon
  10. Beaver Creek / Renner Bay / Pump House

    The cold front messed up the easy fishing. Spoke with a game warden Saturday evening 7pm and he said nobody he checked since noon had a limit of fish out of Beulah Bay. He was there checking live wells and drain plugs.

    I couldn't locate active fish in Little Soldier Bay so I moved out into the main lake where the stronger NW winds were coming into the shoreline. First pass I netted 16" and a 24-1/2" fatty in 20 feet of water. Just like that I was the only boat of ten to stick around because it shut off as fast as it turned on. Two fish total between 9am-2pm. Came ...
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    Lake Sakakawea
  11. Ft. Stevenson area

    Fishing was on and off this past Saturday. Two passes of nothing and then one pass with three. Then three-four passes with nothing, and then one or two. We move to another spot at a point outside of Garrison Bay and get one fish in 90mins. So, we move again and head over to Seven Sisters. One fish in another 90mins.

    What's worse than 25mph winds? 0mph winds on a 90-degree day! Holy crap...

    Finished with 10 of 15 possible walleye, with top two a 20" and 21" size. We were all up and down the depth column, from 18ft down to 30ft.
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    Lake Sakakawea
  12. Ft. Stevenson area

    Returned to the north side after 4wks of travel, yardwork, etc. Had to get my fishing fix so I can survive the summer. Thinking that the lake is much warmer now than a month ago, I decided to see if the fish were a tad bit lower in the column. July 4th we were pulling in walleye 15'-18' left & right. Friday we focused on 18'-19' and got into them right away.

    My buddy had four in the boat before I was even able to get a bite. What I noticed was, he was on the outside run. So, I moved the boat over to outside the previous graph line at 20'-21' and BOOM, I was tied 4-4 within ...
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