After slipping into a September lull, Lake Oahe’s walleyes are back on the bite—and the action promises to get even better as October rolls on.

“We’ve been getting limits of walleyes lately, with a lot of really nice 18- to 25-inch fish in the mix,” reported Lindy pro staffer Brent Kemnitz of MoPro Guide Service in Mobridge, South Dakota.

“We haven’t seen such an abundance of fish of this size all summer,” he added. “I think they’ve been holding in shallow woody cover way back in the tributaries, and are finally making their way to the main lake.”

Kemnitz explains that new growth trees that sprouted during the drought years from 2006 to 2009 are now flooded out, and providing tempting cover that attracts and holds walleyes in the summer months.

“But now the fish are in the lower reaches of tributaries like the Grand River, and as water temperatures continue to fall, they should be in the main lake within the next week or two,” he said.

Currently, Oahe’s water is a relatively balmy 56 degrees, buoyed by daytime air temps in the high 70s.

“It’s almost unheard of for the water to be so warm this time of year,” Kemnitz said.

For anglers looking to hook up with Oahe’s transitional walleyes in the near future, he recommends targeting 15 to 20 feet of water in the lower reaches of major tributary arms.

Lindy Jigs tipped with a minnow are hot,” he said. “But the fish aren’t very aggressive. Your best bet is setting the rod in a holder and slowly dragging the jig a couple inches above bottom.”

Original Lindy Rigs and minnows are also taking their share of fish, although Kemnitz recommends swapping out the standard walking sinker with a No-Snagg Slip Sinker to avoid hang-ups where water hazards are a factor.

While the bite is good now, Kemnitz can’t wait for the water to cool off.

“Temperatures of 50 degrees and under are a really good indicator that the walleyes are going to turn on even more,” he said.