I have been having some days off and then doing a little hunting fishing hence not really keeping up with the reports like I usually do. Fishing has generally been good for both smallmouth and walleye on Oahe but tougher for the most part on Sharpe especially when they are running heavy current. I just finished guiding Scott Baily and his wife (friends of my fishing partner Larry Porter) from Lincoln Ne. for two days. The first day was in 20 to 40 mph winds so we just hung out below the dam with very little results. More a survival effort but day two the winds died and we got one of those beautiful fall days and got really nice fish on the big lake. We could have probably caught all the smallmouth we wanted but they were more interested in walleye so we did a little running and found some nice 15 inch to 20 inch walleye getting both their limits and mine. They were all real nice healthy fish coming from around 17 fow on nightcrawler/spinner/bouncer rigs but we did catch a few on minnows. A picture perfect day with as nice a couple as I could want and a really nice bunch of fish. Over all the bite has been good on Oahe with a lot of bigger fish being caught on a lot of different presentations but one that I will mention other than live bait is jigging spoons. For many of the guides jigging raps/spoons have been putting a lot of nice limits in the boat in depths deeper but recently down to 35 fow. The fishing season is starting to wind down now and hunting is beginning to take over center stage. There are plenty of birds on ranches that want them but some areas of public ground in the state are a little down. GF&PS put out info on the counts around the state so if hunting on public land it is good to see what areas are best. Lots of crops in the field due to lots of rain so that will be a big factor on season opener. I will still do a few more fishing reports but just about ready to hang things up for the year. If I don’t put out the info you need and you are coming later to fish feel free to give me a call and I will try and be helpful. Snow coming in this week so watch that as fishing could be real uncomfortable.



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