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LAKE OAHE 2014 FISHING FORECAST

Access PDF version of 2014 Lake Oahe Forecast

Each year, biologists working on Lake Oahe collect information on fish populations from netting surveys and information on angler use and harvest of those populations from creel surveys. By looking at trends in fish populations and angler use and harvest, predictions can be made about fishing on Lake Oahe for 2014.

Key Issues for Lake Oahe in 2014

  • Walleye abundance is near the normal lake wide average, with majority of the population around 15 inches.
  • Walleye daily and possession limits have returned to the statewide regulation.
  • Rainbow smelt abundance is low due to high loss through Oahe Dam from the flood of 2011 and poor production in 2012 and 2013; but smelt have potential to rebound if spring conditions are ideal for their spawn.
  • Northern pike abundance has remained stable, with many reaching a size attractive to anglers.
  • Chinook salmon fishing success is unknown for 2014, but stocking will continue to provide a future fishery.
  • Lake Oahe should have good fishing for many species in 2014.
  • Boat access may be an issue depending on water levels for Lake Oahe.
Information on each fish species

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