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Fishing At Lake Oahe

AKA: Oahe Reservoir

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Fishing for smallmouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, lake trout, Chinook salmon and northern pike at Lake Oahe in North Dakota.

In the upper reaches of the Missouri River, behind the Oahe Dam, lies Lake Oahe. One third of this 370,000-acre lake is in south-central North Dakota, including a third of over 2,200 miles of shoreline. It is very fertile smallmouth fishery and also maintains abundant schools of catfish, walleye, trout, salmon and pike. The real draw is the population of quality smallmouth bass. Four to five-pound fish are quite common, and smallies over six pounds are not uncommon. Walleye, lake trout and landlocked salmon also grow big here and draw attention from fishing enthusiasts. The ideal way to fish this large body of water is from a boat, yet anglers can find plenty of places to fish from the bank. At least a dozen boating access areas have boat launch ramps. General Sibley Park & Campground has a boat launch for small craft (up to 15 ft) and is ideal for launching canoes, kayaks and car-top boats. Ice fishing in winter can be very productive for crappie, walleye and pike. Plenty of campgrounds, RV parks and lodging options are available, primarily on the eastern side of the lake.

Primary fish species residing in Lake Oahe

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Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Walleye Lake trout Chinook salmon Northern pike

Lake Oahe Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

General Sibley Park Campground - 701 222-1844

Hillcrest Acres Campground - 701 255-4334

Bismarck KOA Journey Campground - 701 222-2662

Hazelton Recreation Area Campground - 701 255-0015

Beaver Creek Recreation Area Campground - 701 255-0015

Kohler Point Campground - 701 595-0696

South Dakota Campgrounds & RV Parks

Lake Oahe ND Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information
General Sibley Park & Campground
5001 S Washington St
Bismarck, ND 58504
701 222-1844

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