Van Hook Guide Service Walleye Fishing Report
Van Hook Boat Ramps and Docks
28, 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
July 2
8, 2014

   The Yellowstone runoff is about over
and the lake level is stabilizing.  This
morning the corps reported we were at
.35, down a tenth over the last
 Current inflow is just about a
perfect match for what is being
released 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.35
Van Hook Walleye Fishing Report
July 2
8, 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
10 to
5 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 25
to 30 lindys a day last week. Probably the most
consistent bite has been fishing the numerous humps and bumps throughout the Van
Hook Arm from 20 to 25 feet deep with a lindy and crawler behind a bottom bouncer.

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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