Missouri River fishing near Bismarck has been good but variable the last week or two, been seeing a lot of walleyes in the 12" to 16" size. Have manged to bring home 6-8 eaters several times with 2 hours of fishing mixed in with a 4 hour pleasure cruies on the pontoon. Other boats seem to be mostly jigging and we see them catching some fish, but we have been getting a lot more on crank baits in 5' to 10' of water using #4 shad/glas rap or #4 salmo hornet. Lots of junk in the water so a split shot helps keep the lure clean.
Missouri River (ND Lower Portion)
FISHED NORTH OF MISTY WATERS FISHING WAS VERY GOOD HAD A 3 MAN LIMIT WITH THE MAJORITY OF FISH 17-20" AND ACOUPLE 23-25" WE RELEASED LOTS OF SMALLER ONE MIXED IN ALSO HOPE IT STAYS HOT
Fished both 4-21 and 4-22 north of Graners boat ramp fishing was spotty friday was able to get a 1 person limit 2 guys in the boat, The two of us were able to get 8 on saturday. Spent anywhere fro 4 to 6 hours each day. The bite was hard compared to last year we could limit out within hours. Between cooler water and more water it taking some time, water temp still arouund 41 three weeks ago it was 38.
Fishing with jigs and minnows, put in at hazelton fished south to cannonball, fishing was excellent 15-25' of water
Fished from the desert ramp all the way to the barrels and only a couple Northern, never marked any walleyes on the graph, gonna be a slow fall on the river around here i believe
Didnt mark a singal fish, no bites, no fish
Went fishing south of Mandan fishing must be slow no boats docked at Graner, Look like a couple boats at fort rice. Put in at the Casino 1 other boat he was leaving. Fished Beaver bay area 1 Crappie and northern. Went north seen another boat, caught 1 perch called it a day very slow. Used crawlers,leeches and cranks.
Fished south of Fox island boat ramp on the Bis. side. Caught nothing but small walleyes.
Fished the Heskett station from 8 to 10:45. Tried jigs and plastics and cranks, had one bite on the jig. Didn't see anyone else catch anything either. Still a nice night to be out though.
My wife and I went out saturday afternoon for a while and got into a nice little pocket of fish. We found a little hole south of Bismarck that was around 15' deep and ended up keeping 6 walleye from 15-17 inches. We threw back two smaller ones. I had a white jig and she was using a multi colored yellow and pink jig. It was a nice evening to be fishing.