Short Take: 371,000 acres; large tributary rivers and creeks, shallow canyons, rocky points and flats, pockets and coves, limited vegetation, some flooded sloughs in upper end. Lake Oahe stretches 231 miles across the two Dakotas, and while its primary claim to fame rests as one of the nation’s most outstanding walleye fisheries, the lake’s growing smallmouth bass population cannot be ignored.
For now, the smallmouth are basically confined to the lower half of the lake, but as has been the case in many other impoundments, the fish are almost certain to expand their range up the lake in the years ahead. There is also limited largemouth fishing in the upper end closer to Bismarck. Oahe was created between 1948 and 1962, and is one of six major impoundments along the upper Missouri River. Forage is abundant and includes the spottail shiner, goldeneye, perch, and emerald shiner. Primary Species: Smallmouth bass.
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