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Officials expecting big, healthy walleyes next year

By Nick Lowrey

Lake herring and smelt populations are up data shows and walleyes are taking advantage.

With salmon fever gripping the lower reaches of Lake Oahe, the reservoir’s most popular game fish, the walleye, is quietly working its way out of the post 2011 flood funk that has kept fish sizes down for four years.

The flood decimated the lake’s rainbow smelt population, which the 20-inch plus walleyes that made Oahe famous relied on as a food source. That caused sharp declines in the number of larger walleyes in the lake and may have led to slower growth in Lake Oahe’s younger walleyes.

That pattern continued for a few years thanks to a drought in 2012 and falling spring water conditions in 2013. Rainbow smelt spawn in the spring and lay their eggs in very shallow water. Their eggs can be left high and dry if water levels fall in the spring.

Last year high numbers of lake herring were found in the lake. That appears to have contributed to the size and health of chinook salmon and, according to Game, Fish and Parks Senior Fisheries Biologist Mark Fincel, a bump in the size and health of Lake Oahe’s walleye.

“The condition of the walleyes is excellent,” he said.

Biologists have recently concluded their annual gill netting surveys on Lake Oahe and the fish they caught, Fincel said, were all pretty healthy fish. Most were in the 15 to 16 inch size range, he said, which is about what biologists expected to see.

“They’ve got a lot of fat reserves,” Fincel said.

The number of walleyes in the lake appears to be down however, Fincel said, but given the near record number of fish born in 2009 the lower numbers aren’t a big concern.

The annual bait fish surveys also were finished recently, Fincel said, and they too had good news for anglers. Both the acoustic sounding and deepwater netting surveys appear to show strong numbers of rainbow smelt and age zero lake herring. That means this year’s 16-inch walleyes will have plenty of fatty bait to feed up on through the fall and the winter, Fincel said.

“There will be some toads next year,” he said of the walleye population.

The large 2009 year class will most likely start entering the 18 to 19 inch range by next spring Fincel said.

My passion in life has always been fishing, hunting & playing major league baseball.

I am truly blessed in that I have been able to make a living while enjoying my passion. Although I cannot get you a major league baseball contract, I can afford you the opportunity to enjoy your passion for fishing and hunting. I derive great pleasure in introducing you to some of the best pheasant hunting on private South Dakota property as well as walleye fishing on Lake Oahe and Lake Sharpe. I guarantee you the experience of a life time that you will want to repeat year after year.

My goal is to provide you and your party with the ultimate hunting & fishing experience. No Group is too large or too small. I can accommodate your next business conference, family reunion or relaxing get-a-way. With over 30 years of competitive fishing, guiding and hunting experience, the right equipment and hard-working trained, retrieving dogs, I can assure you, when you are harvesting ring neck pheasants in South Dakota or catching that trophy fish on Lake Oahe & Lake Sharpe, we will create memories that will be unforgettable.

"Harvesting ring neck pheasants in South Dakota or catching that trophy fish on Lake Oahe & Lake Sharpe, we will create memories that will be unforgettable."

  During my career as a pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Toronto Blue Jays, I played with and against many “hall of famers” and most of the great players of the 70’s and 80’s. I enjoy sharing stories with you about those great times in my life as we fish and hunt together.

I take pride in providing personalized service while creating the ultimate hunting & fishing holiday for you to enjoy. From the finest hotels in South Dakota, comfortable, affordable resorts, or clean, quality camp sites, I will personally reserve your accommodations for you.

When the fishing day is over, I will arrange for your hotel or resort restaurant to cook your days’ catch for you to your specification.

With return clients making up over 80% of my business, these people that repeatedly pheasant hunt or walleye fish with me are your best source of information regarding Major League Adventures and me. I will gladly provide you with references and encourage you to contact my clients.

Through my personal service, interest and experience, I will provide you with an enjoyable walleye fishing and pheasant hunting experience on the Missouri River, Lake Oahe & Lake Sharpe and in the fields of South Dakota. You can reserve your trip with confidence and be assured you are employing the best, most experienced and successful full-time fishing guides and pheasant hunting guides in Pierre and throughout South Dakota. You will enjoy a first class experience and an outdoor enthusiast’s vacation you will long remember.

I am now booking for Spring & Summer tours.


To reserve your spot, call now. I look forward to speaking with you and planning your walleye fishing and pheasant hunting trips this next season.

Captain Tom Bruno : Major Leauge Adventures, LLC
Captain Tom Bruno
Owner Major League Adventures, LLC
U.S. Coast Guard Master Captain : Reference # 2853023

Major League Adventures, LLC
Captain Tom Bruno, Owner

U.S.C.G. Master Captain ref #2853023
316 Ft. Sully Trail
Pierre, South Dakota 57501
Telephone: 970-214-2891

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