LAKE OAHE 2013 FISHING 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.Â By looking at trends in fish populations and angler use and harvest, predictions can be made about fishing on Lake Oahe for 2013.
Key Issues for Lake Oahe in 2013
- Walleye abundance is high lake wide, with majority of the population less than 15 inches in length.
- Walleye daily and possession limits have increased to allow anglers the opportunity to harvest from an abundant population.
- Rainbow smelt abundance is low due to high loss through Oahe Dam from the flood of 2011 and poor production in 2012; but smelt have potential to rebound if spring conditions are ideal for their spawn.
- Northern pike abundance has increased with many reaching an attractive size to anglers.
- Chinook salmon fishing success is unknown for 2013, but stocking will continue to provide a future fishery.
- Lake Oahe should have good fishing for many species in 2013.
- Boat access may be an issue depending on water levels for Lake Oahe.
Information on each fish species
Additional questions and information can be obtained by contacting:
Missouri River Fisheries Center
20641 SD Hwy 1806
Fort Pierre, SD 57532