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Lake Oahe chinook salmon

The outlook for the Chinook salmon fishing season in 2015 is unknown.

Annual stockings have and will continue to provide a salmon fishery for the future.

The summer months are typically when most salmon are caught. However, early spring can also be a good time to fish without the need of downriggers. If you are after larger Chinook salmon, try fishing in the late summer and fall.

Salmon Fishing Techniques

To effectively catch Chinook salmon on Lake Oahe, anglers need to remember salmon are a cold water fish. The warmer the water gets, the deeper Chinook salmon tend to reside. In the spring and fall, anglers fishing the lower portion of Lake Oahe can do well trolling with spoons and crankbaits.

During the warm summer months, downriggers are used to get a variety of lures such as: crankbaits, spoons, herring, dodgers, flashers or squid down to where the fish are. In the fall, shore anglers can do well casting spoons and crankbaits from shore around Whitlock Bay when the Chinook salmon are preparing to spawn.

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