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Lake Oahe Northern Pike

Lake Oahe contains a trophy northern pike population with many of the fish exceeding 10 pounds. When Lake Oahe refilled in 2008 and 2009, vegetation and trees on the banks provided excellent spawning habitat and the number of young pike increased. Good numbers of 3 to 10 pound northern pike are available now along with larger fish. Some mortality likely occurred due to recent reductions in baitfish in Lake Oahe. Overall, the upcoming years look good for northern pike fishing as smaller fish grow to large sizes.

Northern Pike Fishing Techniques

Anglers fishing for northern pike on Lake Oahe have the best opportunity to catch one in the early spring.

Northern pike activity increases when open water starts to show up around the edges of ice cover. Northern pike stay in shallow water through June, and then typically go deeper for the rest of the summer.

In the spring, many anglers fish from shore or shallow water with a dead smelt on a treble hook rig or cast slow moving lures. Northern pike seek out the warmest water available in the spring and feed on anything they find, including fish that died during the winter months.