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Lake Sharpe West Bend area

  • briana
    Participant
    chatfield mn
    Posts: 8
    #1319846

    Went out to Lake Sharpe last weekend fished below the Big Bend Dam the first day, with mixed results. Caught a few 14 inchers in the tailrace area, had better luck down stream by crow creek. Most fish caught on bottom bouncer and spinner rig with a minnow. The next day we launched at Iron Nation boat ramp and motored down steam to the west bend campground area. If you do this be very careful as the river is not marked and there are many trees and sandbars. I have a good friend who is a Lower Brule conservation officer and he went with us and showed us the way and where to fish. Once we got there the fishing was great lots of 15-19 inch walleyes. All caught on minnows I tried crawlers,leeches and crankbaits and could not get a hit. The highlight of the day had to be the smallmouth bass. We caught so many we ran out of minnows. Id start drifting in 15 ft of water and go in shallower. The walleyes were in the deeper water. 10 ft probraly the best. This is truelly a Trophy smallmouth fishery. Good luck brian a

    tom_gursky
    Participant
    Michigan's Upper Peninsula(Iron Mountain)
    Posts: 4745
    #442451

    Nice report! Sounds like a great day!

    wade_kuehl
    Participant
    Northwest Iowa
    Posts: 6167
    #442479

    Thank Brian! Great report!

    redneck
    Participant
    Rosemount
    Posts: 2623
    #443098

    Great report Brian. Do you live out that way or were you just visiting. Sharpe is one of the lakes that is on my list to learn more about this year. Sounds like I need a guide like you had.

    briana
    Participant
    chatfield mn
    Posts: 8
    #443500

    Redneck: I live in Chatfield MN, but have been fishing the missouri river for eleven years, we used to go three or four times a year. With the price of gas and a little boy around now twice a year is about all I can get away with. I learn something new each time I go. To answer your question yes a guide is helpful, nessasary no. The river can be a little tricky to navigate the river channel is not marked like the mississipi,but with the new chips for the gps it will show you the way. I stay at the Golden Buffalo Resort and Casino it is on the Brule reservation. The rooms are cheap,clean and close to where I like to fish. My favorite spot is Iron Nation Boat ramp where the Medicne Creek enters Lake Sharpe. If you would like more info .P.M me and I will get in touch with you. Good luck brian a

    kooty
    Keymaster
    1 hour 15 mins to the Pond
    Posts: 18101
    #443514

    Definitely a great area Brian. I’m not as well versed in that section as some of my friends. I fished the upper end of Sharpe almost exclusively. However, we did run from Pierre to West Bend one day for a tourney. This was back before we had maps&gps. Let’s just say the pucker factor was high. My buddy Jeff was running his brand new Lund down uncharted territory. It was blast though!!!

    redneck
    Participant
    Rosemount
    Posts: 2623
    #444029

    I wonder how accurate the Navionics map is for Lake Sharpe. I know it is listed in the High Definition section but that area seems to change on a regular basis.

    kooty
    Keymaster
    1 hour 15 mins to the Pond
    Posts: 18101
    #444034

    I don’t know anyone who has used the chip yet. I was hoping to this summer, but went and got her self pregnant again. No long trips for Kooty til next year now.

    briana
    Participant
    chatfield mn
    Posts: 8
    #444564

    Hey Redneck I tried to send you a pm let me know if you did not get it. I am still learning this computer stuff. brian a

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