Indian Hills / Mahto (Red Butte) Bay Area
Indian Hills / Mahto (Red Butte) Bay Area covers the region from McKenzie Bay to Nishu and Beaver Bay.
I fished west on Sunday out of Indian Hills Resort and had a good day pulling cranks for walleyes over smelt in 40-60 FOW. Some nice eaters and a couple of "picture fish", along with several pike. Big RR's on boards or Flicker Minnows and RR's on leadcore worked best for me. Miles of smelt in this area of the lake right now.
Video report here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6xUpM996RM
Jim Carroll NPAA #13
Fishing out of IH Sunday the 10th. Didnt get on the water until 1 but still managed some fish. In 3 hours we kept 6 fish ranging from 15 to 20 inches. Let go several small ones mixed in with some smallmouths. Only bait we had was crawlers so couldnt say what else was working. Using a typical lindy rig setup pulling at speeds of 1.4 to 1.8 in depths anywhere from 16 to 30 FOW.
Picking up around Indian Hills area. Won't be long and it will be on like Donkey Kong on the east end.
Good fishing last weekend out of Indian Hills running west and trolling cranks in 30-45' feet of water. Caught fish on FireLine, but lead core was a little bit better overall for numbers. Mostly nice eater sized fish, with an occasional picture fish and lots of pike. Looks like its going to be a good fall on the big lake.
Video report here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpDtOO3Lt0Q
Jim Carroll NPAA #13
Went to IH this last weekend and did really well on walleyes 14"-17" range. Started out fast and furious in 8-12 feet of water Saturday morning. Using live bait rigs with crawlers and leeches. Didnt have any minnows so no report if they were working or not. Speeds ranged from .8 to 1.2 until the wind picked up enough where we could just make drifts. Worked out nice but no large fish came of it. I think our biggest between two boats for the weekend was a 23". With the waves picking up we were blown in shore a bit further (6-8 FOW) and thats where we managed to get a few nicer fish.
Saturday 8-20-11 - Weather was in the higher 70s with light winds (5mph or less). Fished in the Bite Me Invite at Indian Hills Resort on the west End of Lake Sakakawea. No we didn't win the tourny, lol. We did come in with 8 walleye, 3 bass, 3 northerns, and 2 decent perch. We had two walleye over 4 lbs with 2 just a tick over 15 inches (these 4 were what we weighed), and the remianing 4 were 14 inchers. We fished crawlers on spinners with 2 hook harness and 1/2 oz to 3/4 oz bouncers.
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I think the transition from North to South may have began! There are some great fish being caught at Deepwater. Maybe they will make the corner yet. All the walleye we are seeing are in great shape and have some weight to them. I can only mean good things for the future!
Eastern Lake Sakakawea Recreation Report
July, 28 2011
We are still waiting for the big bite to start! Not sure what is changing the pattern of the walleye. Traditionally we see the walleye start here just a week or so after the bite up north but this year it just has not been very strong. The Game and Fish guys were out last week test netting and they told me there are some really nice fish out there but they are scattered, McKenzie Bay had a good concentration as well as Deep Water. The age classes we are going to see in the next few years are growing and are very healthy. If I get a report from them I will send it on.