70 degrees in March? Yes please! This has been an unbelievably mild winter and I think I could get used to it. It’s usually early April when the fishing itch starts but with weather like this, it arrived a little early. I decided today was the day I should set out looking for the “honey hole” along the shore.
I rigged up a black fat head jig and tipped it with a Fire Tiger Power Bait. Since I only had an hour or so to get out today I decided to let the minnows live and try my luck with pitching some plastic. Oahe Downstream Marina was my destination. This isn’t much of a secret spot but it’s easily accessible for all shore fishermen. As I headed from the parking lot towards the shore line I noticed a handful of boats fishing near my spot and thought two things; either these anglers can’t afford the gas to wander more than 100 yards from the dock or they were catching some fish near my spot.
A couple of casts into my excursion I noticed most of the boats were reeling in some smaller walleye around the 15 inch mark. Lake Sharp has a 15 inch minimum on all walleye except during the months of July and August. Some of the anglers were keeping the tasty eaters and some were throwing them back, I was just hoping to reel a couple in. After a good twenty minutes of nothing I decided to switch it up a bit. Sticking with the fire tiger power bait I changed to a chartreuse colored red tail flasher jig. Why you ask? I have no idea it’s just the first jig I saw in my box. Hah! Well it must have been a sign because one cast and WHAM! That 15 inch walleye fought like a giant shad hell bent for the ocean. Ok so it wasn’t much of a fight but I was on the board and had the “skunk” off my back, and remember, it’s only March, I was excited to get out on the water.
Living along the Missouri River I am extremely fortunate to have hundreds of great shore fishing opportunities within minutes. Our state Game, Fish and Parks does and outstanding job allowing access to shore fishing up and down the Missouri River. All you need is a rod and reel along with some bait (live or plastic) and there is a pretty good chance you will hook into one of 156 native fish living throughout the river.