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

Lake Oahe, ND

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.

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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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Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Beaver Bay East Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off State Route 1804, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.

Beaver Bay Main Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off State Route 1804, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Cattail Bay Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off 91st Street SW, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Fort Rice Landing Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off 63rd Street, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Fort Yates Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Proposal Avenue, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Langeliers Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off 100th Street, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Maclean Bottoms Landing Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off 106th Street SE, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Prarie Knights Landing Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off 80th Street, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Marinas

Misty Waters Marina
5800 Burnt Creek Loop
Bismarck, ND 58503
701 223-9003

Ricker's Marina
2540 Marina Rd
Mandan, ND 58554
701 222-2000

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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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