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The Peluso Report: Fast Fall on Devils Lake

The first half of this week we couldn't have asked for better fall fishing weather. For me, the week was spent both on the Missouri River and on Devils Lake. Unfortunately, I was going to fish Lake...

 

The Peluso Report: Access, Wind Make Fall Tough

I was all ready to spend the week up at Devils Lake for three guide trips last week, but after watching the news and seeing winds anywhere from 25 to 45 mph, I decided it wasn't worth it. As I've gott...

 

The Peluso Report: Small Movements

I've written about the lack of forage the smaller fish may have in Lake Oahe in a few reports as of late. While this is the case downstream on the main body of the flow, I'm not so sure this is the...

 

The Peluso Report: Not Ready for Beet Juice!

If you follow me on my Snapchat you know there are two things I absolutely hate. One is the beet juice they use on our streets in Bismarck in the winter, the other is wind. As you can guess by the...

 

The Peluso Report: Transition Fishin'

There is a lot of transition happening on Devils Lake right now, and I’m guessing this is the story for most of our waters in North Dakota. It’s just that time of year! Water temperatures fall at...

 

The Peluso Report: Fishery Status Update

In this week's fishing report I'm going to change course just a tad. With my recent cancellations, it has given me an opportunity to scout the upper stretches of the Missouri River near my hometown...

 

The Peluso Report: Walleyes Still White Hot

Walleye fishing up on Lake Sakakawea remains insane this week, and Devils Lake also remains good. I keep waiting for a major slow down, but it just hasn't happened yet. Like I've talked about in past...

 

The Peluso Report: Still In Season

It is hard to believe it's late August already. Kids are back in school, football season is starting, and the seasons are about to change. This means a few things for me. One, I don't stop guiding....

 

The Peluso Report: Split Decision

I split this week between fishing for walleyes on Lake Sakakawea and Devils Lake. I've talked about this in the past how guiding on three different bodies of water help make me a better fisherman and...

 

The Peluso Report: Back on Sak

I'm back on Lake Sakakawea this week and the walleye fishing certainly isn't a letdown. This lake has been on fire since the very beginning this year and it hasn't let up a bit. The walleyes are...

 

Spinner Selection Key on DL Now

The walleye fishing has been good on Devils Lake this past week! Bug hatches, tons of new food like baby perch and white bass, and lots of freshwater shrimp, give fish plenty to eat, yet the walleyes...

 

The Peluso Report: A Return to Devils Lake

I reluctantly left Lake Sakakawea earlier this week to travel east to Devils Lake, and all the discussion as of late has been regarding how good the fishing has been on both of these waters. I'm here...

 

The Peluso Report: Sak Sustaining Success

The walleye bite at times is absolutely insane for both numbers and quality fish on Lake Sakakawea this past week, with overall fishing success continuing to be good. Walleyes on most days have been t...

 

The Peluso Report: Sak Staying Solid

This week, the walleyes are still biting across Lake Sakakawea. Some areas like the mid-section or the Van Hook Arm can be better, but that doesn't mean the eastern edge can't be dynamite! Key depths...

 

The Peluso Report: Crawlers Strong on Sak

The walleye fishing is on fire up here on Sakakawea. On certain days, it's truly remarkable. A mix of slow death, PK prop rigs, and a plain old live bait rig with crawlers is hard to beat. The fish...

 
 By Mike Peluso    Recreation    July 4, 2022

The Peluso Report: Gusts & Musts

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...

 

The Peluso Report: DL Fish Hot Ahead of Warmup

Things have really started to heat up here on Devils Lake! The impressive walleyes and total weights in the Spirit Lake Casino Tournament recently are evidence of that. So, what's working for...

 

The Peluso Report: Calming on Devils Lake

We finally have received a couple lighter wind days and we have also been able to get around Devils Lake a little more. Both of which have helped the fishing. The water hasn't warmed up a ton yet but...

 
 By Mike Peluso    Recreation    June 6, 2022

The Peluso Report: Spring River Recap

I honestly cannot believe this is my last spring river fishing report. It just feels like we all got cheated out of a nice long season here. It is what it is, so here we go. Looking back, the...

 
 By Mike Peluso    Recreation    May 30, 2022

The Peluso Report: Clearing Up

Walleye fishing on the Missouri River has definitely improved since Wednesday of last week. The water in the river is settling back down, it's clearing up, and the fish are responding. I'm almost...

 
 By Mike Peluso    Recreation    May 23, 2022

The Peluso Report: Explosive Fishing

Boom goes the dynamite if you are looking for action! Early this spring I was questioning if we had a population of smaller fish. Well, I'm here to tell you we do! Unfortunately, I fear these are olde...

 
 By Mike Peluso    Recreation    May 16, 2022

The Peluso Report: Fast Forwarding

It is hard to believe the Big Muddy walleye tournament has come and gone already on the Missouri River this spring, but that's probably because we never really had a spring. Lots of major weather even...

 
 By Mike Peluso    Recreation    May 9, 2022

The Peluso Report: The Big Muddy

It's the week of the Big Muddy walleye tournament, which is always the pinnacle of the spring here on the Missouri River near Bismarck. It means a couple things to me. First off, I wasn't allowed to...

 
 By Mike Peluso    Recreation    May 2, 2022

The Peluso Report: Remember to Forget

It's been a spring to remember on the Missouri River in the sense that it'll be tough to forget, no matter how much I might want to. Thinking back, I can only recall two days so far this season, since...

 

The Peluso Report: Mud Watch

So, we dug out of this late spring snow here in Bismarck. We got anywhere from 18 to 20 inches of snow, but to the north and west of the Missouri River, they received a lot more. Now, as I wake up...

 

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