Van Hook Guide Service Walleye Fishing Report
Van Hook Boat Ramps and Docks
July , 2014

    Life is sooo good.  All of the Van Hook boat
ramps and docks are usable and in great shape.
The water is half way up the ramps or higher,
making for much easier backing than last year. As
long as the water doesn't get too high, the
breakwaters will be fully effective at stopping the
waves from just about any direction.
 How sweet it
is.

    
Remember to polish up on your trailer backing
skills before your first trip down the ramp.
There is plenty of parking available in the vicinity
of the ramps as well as public rest rooms and a  
fish cleaning station nearby.    
    For those of you who have the need, we have a
dry, land-based dock for getting into the boat while
on shore. Simply drive up to it, walk up the ramp
and step into your boat. The only trick is making
sure you have somebody to drive you to the water
so you can launch. Needless to say, if you’re
alone this does not work well; so please ask any
one of us as we would be happy to help.
    Seriously; if at any time at Van Hook you need
help with anything, please ask.
Lake Sakakawea Water Levels
July
21, 2014

    The Yellowstone runoff is about over
and the lake level is stabilizing
.  This
morning the corps reported we were at
184
6.43, and steady over the last few
days
. Current inflow is around 32,000
cfs. with 29,000 going through the
dam. We are now
9 ft. above normal
pool level
. I've yet to see corps
projections for the next couple of
months, but with all the flooding on the
Mississippi, I would imagine we won't
see a huge drop before fall.

    Now that the influx of cold mountain
water is over, insects are hatching and
fish are moving into the shallows.
    
Don’t forget, you can keep an eye on
the water levels by checking the corps
web site  at  
U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers: Missouri River
Basin,
Water Management Division.
Van Hook Walleye Fishing Report
July
21, 2014

    Fishing at Van Hook is excellent. Nice fish are being caught in many different
patterns. We've got fish that are deep and feeding on smelt as well as shallow fish
feeding on hatchlings and insects.
 Easy limits came this weekend just about
everywhere in 17 to 22 feet of water.
 Now the tough part--bring lots of tackle. If the wind
blows a little (which is pretty normal), the bigger walleye move into 8 to 12 feet of water.
Super fishing but lots and lots of snags. I broke off an average of 25 lindys a day last
week. One other pattern that is producing some great fish is the shallow jig bite. Some
great walleye are in the shallow weeds. Pitch a jig in there and they'll smack it like a
bass.

    If you like pike fishing, this is your year. Pike fishing is good off shore with some really
nice fish being taken.  Don't be afraid to keep a few. They are delicious table fare. There
are several websites that demonstrate bone removal. This
DEMO is provided by the
North Dakota Game and Fish.  If you see me around a cleaning station, I'll be happy to
help you learn the technique.
    Don’t forget to stop in at Van Hook Resort for the latest hot off the water information
and tips. Check out the hot spots map on the wall and/or ask... they'll give you the
straight scoop.      
    Remember, the Van Hook Guides are a friendly bunch and always willing to help you
out. If you have any questions, you can always email me.  I’ll answer promptly with the
most up
-to-date info. If you’re on the water and the walleye are being difficult, feel free to
come over and ask any of our guides what we’re doing. We’re happy to help. See you on
the water and please, most of all, be careful out there.                                                      
                                                                     ~  Evan


                                                         
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Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota
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701-421-0360
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