Even on the hottest summer days, early mornings and evenings on the Missouri River are refreshing and cool. Nicknamed the “Big Muddy” for the large quantities of sediment that it carries downstream, the Missouri River is the longest river in North America. The Missouri River is home to some of the nation’s best hunting grounds and most robust fishing waters. It is the perfect place for anyone looking for adventure.
At Dakota Prairie Lodge & Resort, we are fortunate enough to be positioned just a short distance from this treasure trove of historical landmarks, cultural sites, memorials, Native American traditions, and more. When you fish along our mighty river, you can experience the gorgeous scenery while appreciating the power of the so-called “Mighty Mo” and the delightful winding path that is carved through the great state of South Dakota.
Close your eyes and relax in the Missouri’s peacefulness and serenity. It’s home to plenty of natural wonders and history too – over 200 years ago, legendary explorers Lewis and Clark traveled up the Missouri. In fact, they might have caught a walleye or two themselves!
The Missouri River is known for its world-class walleye fishing. Walleye are some of the most popular game fish, but they can be wily and elusive at times. They will show up in droves one day – but the very next day, they will seem to almost disappear. A wily fisherman can outsmart them, however.
Walleye are very attracted to bright colors – yellow, red, chartreuse, or even white – so choose your lures accordingly. They spawn in the spring and fall, at which times they can be found in the river’s shallow flats. In the summer months, they prefer to spend their time in deeper waters near the points of sharp ledges and bars. Walleye have better vision under low light conditions, so early mornings or late evenings are the best times for fishing. Alternately, days that are slightly overcast or a little bit windy can lead to great catches as the sunlight through the water column gets obscured. Our expert guides know the river well and can help you find the best places to cast your line.
Your guide will assist you with any and all aspects of your fishing outing, but here are a few of our favorite tips to help in your pursuit of these beautiful fish:
Looking for an unforgettable walleye fishing experience? Look no further than Dakota Prairie Lodge & Resort. You’re sure to make a lifetime of memories that you’ll be looking forward to repeating from the moment you depart the Lodge until the moment you pull up again the next year. Our Lodge is styled in a traditional, rustic fashion sure to make all of our hunting and fishing groups feel right at home.
In addition to the rural atmosphere and beautiful prairie scenery, the Lodge offers best-in-class modern amenities and comforts that our guests are constantly raving about. We have a smoking room, a gym, on-site laundry, a spa, a fire pit, and plenty more facilities that you’re sure to enjoy. Plus, you’ll find comfortable beds, spacious rooms, and common areas full of card tables, pool tables, plush leather couches, and well-stocked bars. Whatever you’d like to do while you’re at the Lodge, we’ll aim to provide it.
We like to get our fishing groups going nice and early to take advantage of the refreshing, cool mornings on the Missouri River. You’ll start your day with a delicious, fulfilling breakfast before you head out. Enjoy a hearty meal with options like bacon, eggs, sausages, oatmeal, biscuits, and fruit to prepare you for an exciting day of fishing. Have something special in mind or need to meet dietary restrictions? Our cooks are happy to whip you up something special.
We’ll provide transportation to the Missouri River as well as a premier fishing boat filled with gas, life jackets, and best-in-class fishing gear and bait. Our expert guide will take the wheel to help you find the best places to fish for walleye. State limits allow four fish per person per day, with one over 20 inches. South Dakota allows for group limits, so your catches will be spread across your fishing party.
You’ll take a delicious, homemade lunch out with you on the boat so that you don’t get too hungry while you’re fishing. After reeling in plenty of walleye, you’re sure to work up a healthy appetite. If not, we’re sure that unpacking your hearty sandwiches will have your stomach rumbling. No matter what delicious lunch we’re serving, we’ll make sure there are plenty of cookies to go around, too.
At the end of your fishing excursion, you’ll return to the Lodge, where we’ll share a sumptuous supper highlighting South Dakota’s finest in our gorgeous dining room that overlooks acres of grassy prairie. Whether you prefer a succulent prime rib or even some of the walleye that you fished right out of the nearby Missouri River, our cooks are sure to deliver. And don’t forget a homemade slice of hot apple pie to finish the meal!
After dinner, you’re free to enjoy the evening entertainment of your choice. We’re happy to work with your group to set up an excursion – whether that’s to peruse local nightlife opportunities or check out new fishing poles at Cabela’s. We offer transportation to ensure everyone gets there and back safely.
If you’d rather kick back at the Lodge, we have plenty of activities and offerings that are sure to fill the great room with loud laughs, stiff drinks, and stories to remember. We have noticed that tales about one’s catches become quite remarkable after a few hours at the bar! You’ll want to make sure your fishing buddies remember every massive fish you reeled in!
1 person - $800 per person per day
2 people - $750 per person per day
3 people - $725 per person per day
4 people - $700 per person per day
As with all of our hunting and fishing packages, a 50% deposit is required to hold your dates. Your deposit is non-refundable, but it is valid for three years.