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Fishing Article from Mike Edwards AKA Captain Walleye of Lake Sakakawea of Pure Fishing Guide Service
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Pure Fishing Guide Service
Updated: 04/16/01
Mike Edwards
   Early spring and fall produce some of the best Walleye fishing in the world on the legendary Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers. Located just west of Lake Sakakawea in Williston North Dakota.  This area of the two rivers have been a secret kept hush hush by the locals for years. (Only if Al knew ) 
   All age groups of walleye from the one pounder to the jumbo fourteen plus cruise the system for forage and their annual spawning ritual. The bait fish are thick. Shiners, smelt, cisco, suckers and other pray fatten the walleye up fast and create a non stop feeding frenzy.
   The spring fishing mostly takes place at the confluence west of Williston at which the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers merge. If the Yellowstone is semi clear most anglers troll up river with a crank bait such as the Rapala rattling and the Bomber or the Berkley Frenzies. Then drift back down the troll zone with a jig tipped with a fathead. Preferred is a deer hair jig with a one inch tail and minnow. The deer hair is hollow and allows a slower fall leaving the presentation in the strike zone for just a bit longer, plus the deer hair gives an added minnow imitation effect. however these are hard to find , hand tied and expensive to the angler. I have found most jigs in these waters will still produce effectively when presented correctly. 
   In the fall working both rivers, anglers use short lindy rigs with floats and fatheads. Many anchor or nose their boats into the banks working both deep eddies and current lines or what I call holding areas and running areas to produce hogs and easy limits. 
   Another great technique I have used the past few seasons is trolling these same eddies and current lines with a short lindy rig tipping it with a three to four inch creek chub. The results of the Lindy weight digging into the muddy bottom and the chub following close behind can be devastating on walleye often making it near impossible to fish with the allowed two rods .Although the double hook ups, both rods hosting a five pound plus eye can be fairly exiting.
   Navigating the rivers can be difficult as they are changing constantly leaving new undetected shallow submerged sand bars and cutting out new channels. On the other hand once you are able to negotiate these issues the excitement begins. Navigating these changing waters is like exploring it for your first time and the honey holes change creating a challenging game of search and destroy. It probably bares some of the same excitement felt by Lewis and Clark as they explored these same waters in their era.
   In either season spring or fall , this fantasy fishing dream for most and memorable experience for few are well worth the tall tells a angler will bring back after their experience on the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers.
Captain Walleye
Pure fishing Guide Service

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