Van Hook Guide Service Walleye Fishing Report
Van Hook Boat Ramps and Docks
March 19, 2014

Wow, we're really looking good for the
coming summer. All of the Van Hook boat
ramps and docks should be usable and in
great shape. The water should
be 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 will that be?
Remember to polish up on your trailer
backing skills before your first trip down the
  There is plenty of parking available in the
vicinity of the ramps as well as public rest
rooms and fish cleaning station nearby. For
those of you who have the need, we do 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
March 19, 2014

    Good news abounds.  The Sakakawea lake
level is already rising significantly. This
morning the corps reported we were at 1833.69
and rising almost 6 inches a day. We have had
75 to 89 thousand cubic feet of water per
second coming into the lake and only about 16
thousand going through the dam. That is great
considering we were at 1835 back in August.

t's supposed to snow all week in the
mountains of the Yellowstone basin. Most of
the snow
pack areas are reporting from 130 to
156 percent of normal snow water equivalent. If
we continue to get more mountain snows
through March and even April, our lake levels
should be much higher than last year. By the
way, any year the lake level is higher than the
previous year,
it makes for exceptional fishing
in shallow water as insects hatch from the
previous year's mud flats.

The drought down south is over and some of
the lower Missouri reservoirs are holding at  
normal pool.  Now it's time to start wishing for
lots of mountain snow for the remainder of this
winter. The spring runoff has begun and it
looks great for Sakakawea.

Remember, 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
March 19, 2014

    My crystal ball is out and the vision is great. This isn't based on any scientific
fact, but it's my opinion and that's what it's worth. Lots of really big walleye, sauger,
saugeye, and northern have been caught all winter through the ice. Logically
speaking, that tells me the large walleye and northern populations are still strong
throughout the lake. Also, according to the NDGF
, the walleye and northern
populations in Sakakawea are strong.   

I'm so excited about the potential for this year it's crazy. Here is why. Water
levels and snow pack are just about perfect for us to have much higher water
levels for the coming year.
 We'll be able to continue fishing some of the structure
we all know and love not to mention the walleye love it too. We'll still have some
trees to help hold walleye and bait fish, and we'll have lots of fresh mudflats
covered with new water. The forage population is very strong
and could be a
nuisance. All factors considered, I believe we're going to have a great summer of
fantastic fishing.  Good water, good food, and plenty of cover makes for a great
    If you like pike fishing, this should be your year. Don't be afraid to keep a few.
They are delicious table fare. There are several websites that demonstrate bone
removal. This demo is provide by the North Dakota Game and Fish
at http://www.  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
                                                                            ~  Evan

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