Van Hook Guide Service Walleye Fishing Report
Van Hook Boat Ramps and Docks
August 11, 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
    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
August 11, 2014

    The runoff is officially over. The lake
topped at a little over 1846 and is now
dropping slowly. This morning the
corps reported we were at 1845.35,
down a foot over the last couple of
weeks.  Current inflow is 20 thousand
CFS with 28 thousand being released
hrough the dam. We are now 8 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.
    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.35
Van Hook Walleye Fishing Report
August 11, 2014

    It happens about this time every summer. The runoff is over, the lake has started
dropping and at least temporarily the great walleye fishing has disappeared. Seems like
we are into an every other day kind of bite. No doubt the walleye are still feeding, they
have just changed their diet, and we haven't figured out where they have gone to eat.
Yesterday we fished everything and every depth from the north end of the arm, to
Cormorant, to Shell Village and every depth from 8 to 40 ft with pretty slim results. There
is no doubt, fishing will pick up shortly, we just need to located their new home and get
after them. I often think we are really spoiled here at Van Hook with quick limits of nice
fish most days. Now, what we have is real walleye fishing, not fishing in the barrel. You
can get your fish, but now you have to work a bit, and throw in a little luck.
    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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