Fishing at Pike Haven on Lake Oahe

I spent this weekend on Lake Oahe at Pike Haven with my father in law, brother in law, and dog Stella, doing some fishing and having an all around good time. We saw great success catching our limit of walleye on Saturday in only a couple hours of fishing. Our boat was bottom bouncing with spinners and a nightcrawler but we saw other boats pulling plugs along shore as well.  

Me with a 21.5 incher (Photo by Brian Davidson)

Every fish we caught was fat and healthy and I am sure they will taste great when I make walleye tacos later tonight. It was also my new dog Stella’s first time on the boat.  She was a little antsy at first and wanted to jump in a few times but over all she did great sleeping in the fishing net on the run back to the boat ramp.

I was extremely impressed by the amount of fishing structure in this area.  The river is extremely wide here yet there are coves, coveys and shelves to be exploited no matter what kind of fish you are going after. It was great just to be out of the water and catching fish.

As for Pike Haven itself, it is a great little cabin/motel camping area with a fantastic restaurant.(try the prime rib you won’t be disapointed) Located about 20 miles west of Onida it is extremely secluded but nice to get away.  At the resort they have anything you will need for a fun weekend and no reason to drive anywhere else. From their location on the river you can easily get to the mouth of the Cheyenne River, Whitlock, or go south near the dam.  

trusty walleye dog Stella


Has anyone been fishing been fishing on the river lately?  How did you do?  Share you photos by emailing them to for possible publication in The Daily Republic or on this blog.