If I was asked which of the 2 lakes I would prefer to fish, I would have to say, even though Oahe produces bigger game fish, I love to fish them both.
When March approaches, so does the pre-spawn bite! Spawn on Sharpe usually takes place at the end of March into the 1st week or so of April, with a great post-spawn bite all the way to the end of May. West Bend on Lake Sharpe is notorious for its small-mouth bass. 2-3 plus pounders are very common. Here are some previous photos of last year's 'eyes and small-mouth bass.
Around the 3rd week of May, (pending weather pattern) I will start fishing the reservoir - Lake Oahe.
Lake OaheTypically around the 3rd week of May, I head to Whittlocks fishing the post-spawn bite close to Dodge Draw, and as the days get warmer and the migration of bait fish head south with walleye following. Note, some walleye stay residential, but for the most part they are schooled, heading south towards Stove Creek, Suttons Bay, Bush's Landing, Cheyenne River and downward to the dam.
The bite stays strong as summer gets warmer. With such a deep reservoir the bite stays strong all summer in to September and October.
Around the middle of July when the heat is in the upper 90s, I fish for walleye on submerged structure, such as islands or humps, with live or artificial baits.
Once September rolls around, I typically head back for Sharpe for a great fall bite.