The Peluso Report: Gusts & Musts

Mike Peluso

By Mike Peluso

Once again the wind seems to be giving us problems up here in North Dakota. Recently, one out of every three days the winds are strong enough to keep us off the water. When you can get on the water and things are right, the bite is on!

One thing I have learned these last two weeks up here on Sakakawea is make sure you have bait and different types of bait. One day crawlers work great, the next day minnows or leeches. It’s kind of goofy, but the water temps keep changing and we have pretty good flows coming in.

The fish are moving with the water temperatures and water clarity. The best part right now is that the fish are healthy and a majority of them are the perfect keepers. Don’t get complacent though, because any hook set could be a big one!

Biting fish can be found primarily in 10 to 18 feet of water. Lindy rigs or slow death rigs on a bottom bouncer working great! If you are pulling slow death or lindys, watch your speed. There is plenty of current again this year. You can still catch some nice fish pitching jigs up shallower as well.

I have some opening in August and I’m just beginning to book my fall trips on the Missouri River near Bismarck. Get ahold of me!

Mike Peluso is a Dakota Edge Outdoors contributing writer and a licensed ND fishing guide specializing in walleyes on the state’s premier waters.

Featured Photo: A calm stretch.  When winds taper, anglers are finding good action trolling Lindy and slow death rigs on Lake Sakakawea for a healthy population of keeper sized walleyes. DEO Photo by Mike Peluso.

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