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Fishing on North Dakota's Beautiful Lake Sakakawea!

Liebel's Guide Service


4-30-20 Fishing Report

Posted on May 4, 2020 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (1)

4-23-20 Report

Posted on April 27, 2020 at 2:12 AM Comments comments (0)

Spring is coming???

Posted on April 15, 2018 at 9:02 PM Comments comments (0)
Well eventually we will get spring weather and the ice will melt...  It does look to be a while still with people still needing extensions on the ice augers!  One thing we do know is that when the ice melts the walleyes will be plentiful.  I attended the ND Game and Fish Advisory Board meeting last week and they said there was great natural reproduction last year and walleye numbers are among the highest on record!  They also mentioned that bait fish was abundant so that means good things for many years to come!  Northern Pike numbers aren't as good as they have been but the size is increasing! We saw a good number of big fish through the spear holes this past winter.  The water levels for Lake Sakakawea are looking good with predictions of peaks around 1846.  The mountains that feed the lake are approaching snow pack similar to 2011 when we saw record highs on the lake. 

We have 4 boats lined up and ready to fish this summer so we can get you out almost any day you want at the moment.  We can accommodate almost any size group so give us a call to book your Lake Sakakawea fishing adventure! 701-770-6746

2017 Recap

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 11:17 AM Comments comments (0)
Well we are approaching ice up on Lake Sakakawea, hoping maybe to get out once more over Thanksgiving weekend if I am able to fill my whitetail buck tag!  It has been a GREAT YEAR on Lake Sakakawea, the fishing was as good as I've ever experienced!  We are entering the "good old days" and it is very exciting to be a part of!  

We at Liebel's Guide Service would like to thank YOU, for all of your support and patronage.  Without YOU we wouldn't be able to do what we love; spending days on the water putting YOU on fish!  We are already booking trips for the summer of 2018 and with 4 guides we have the ability to get you on the water no matter how big or small the group!  

We are also going to be offering some ice fishing trips this winter with the main focus on Darkhouse Spearing of Norther Pike.  Guides Jeremy and Cobi will be taking you on the "hunting trip of the ice fishing world."  They have all the gear needed you just need to show up and "chuck a spear!"  Stay Tuned to the website and Facebook for our updates as they come.  We are still sorting details and will post everything we we are able.  The spearing season opens on Dec 1.  We may not have fishable ice on all of Lake Sakakawea by then but we will keep you updated.

Lastly, again I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart.  To show our thanks we will be offering you a holiday special!  Purchase a trip or trips with me for the summer of 2018 between now and Dec 31st, 2017 and I will knock $50 off your total trip cost.  Please contact me (701-770-6746) and I will get that all set up.  You will only have to pay a $100 deposit instead of the normal $150!  I also can do Gift Certificates!  Thanks again for everything! 


-Matt Liebel

7-1-17 Fishing Report

Posted on July 1, 2017 at 1:58 PM Comments comments (0)
Lake Sakakawea continues its spectacular year with the bite now strong on most of the lake.
The best numbers bite is out west in the New Town area but limits of walleyes are being caught from White Earth to the Embankment on the east end. The extreme west end has been a little slower due to muddy water from the mountain runoff.
The lake is predicted to remain relatively stable for the next few weeks so the stellar bite should continue! The size of the fish and tournament weights have been way up compared to past year, we encourage you to practice selective harvest and let the big girls go! There are plenty of perfect eater sized (16-20″) fish, and you can catch fish almost any way you want.
Our best methods have been trolling Berkley Flicker Minnows and Flicker Shads. On days where the crank bite is slow Mack’s smile blades with a Berkley fusion 19 slow turn hook and a half crawler will put fish in the boat! Depths really vary depending on locations and wind, but 10-16 feet is a good starting point. Windy days look shallower and calm days look deeper. There are so many fish in the lake use your electronics to tell you what depth you should be in!
We have openings available for many days in July! Give us a call @ 701-770-6746 to book your Lake Sakakawea fishing adventure.

6-22-17 Fishing Report

Posted on June 22, 2017 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)
Fishing continues to be great on Lake Sakakawea! We have had a great summer so far!  Thank you for all the support, we appreciate it!

I'm sorry I don't update this page much, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, ProChattrr, or Instagram for the most up to date information!  At this typing we do not have any days where we are completely booked, but there are a few with only 1 boat available.  There are also a few days where we have all 3 boats available so if you are looking to take a big group fishing give us a call! 701-770-6746


Posted on March 7, 2017 at 2:29 PM Comments comments (0)
Keeping the blog updated has proven difficult, I am looking into ways that I can post from my phone to make it a little easier.  Anyways, the season is approaching, we have alot of exciting things coming for you.  Check out this blog, or our Facebook page ( to keep up-to-date on the latest happenings.

All for now.  Thanks for looking!

Matt Liebel

7-13-16 Fishing Report

Posted on July 13, 2016 at 10:22 PM Comments comments (0)
Well it has been a busy few weeks with the 4th of July, guide trips, and tournaments!  The bite is very good on Lake Sakakawea right now.  It should be pretty consistent as long as the weather stays decent.  I expect a good bite to carry on throughout the lake into early August.  Call us at 701-770-6746 to book a trip before we are all booked up for the summer!

June 15, 2016 Fishing Report--WE HAVE ADDED ANOTHER GUIDE!!!!

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 11:38 AM Comments comments (0)
First things first, we have added another guide so we now have 2 boats to allow greater availability and to allow us to accommodate larger groups.  Andrew Fisketjon has joined Liebel's Guide Service!  He has many years of experience fishing Lake Sakakawea, he has been fishing it his entire life!  Give us a call ASAP to grab the new dates we have available!  (701)770-6746  The calendar will now have a new look, it will tell you if Boat 1(myself) or Boat 2(Andrew) is available or booked.  Check it out!

I also must apologize as I had a mistake on the rack cards I had printed this spring.  I incorrectly listed the prices for 3 and 4 person trips.  We are going to honor the rack card prices if you bring the rack card with you on your trip.  So if you bring the rack card to a 3  or 4 person trip you get a $50 discount!  Normally those trips at $550 and $700, but with the rack card it's $500 and $650!  Take advantage of our mistake to save some money!

As for the fishing, the water temps are finally reaching the low 60's throughout Lake Sakakawea.  That means the bite should be picking up all over the lake.  The lake is also rising very fast, which has brought the midline down past Tobacco Gardens and Lund's Landing, the fishing is generally very difficult in the muddy water.  We have been focusing much of our time in the New Town, Van Hook, and Deepwater areas.  The walleye fishing has been a little bit hit or miss.  If you get on the right spot you can catch a bunch quickly or it may be a grind of many spots to catch a few keeper walleyes.  I don't have a real solid depth or pattern because it is changing so much each day.  Be flexible and willing to try something new or different!  Look for windblown shorelines in the afternoon, that has been the most consistent pattern.  

05/27/2016 Update

Posted on May 27, 2016 at 11:03 PM Comments comments (0)
It's that time of year again! Time to hit the water!  I hope everyone has a great memorial day and remembers the reason we have this holiday!  School is over for the year and golf season is winding down, so we are taking bookings for the summer!

Fishing is just starting to get good on Lake Sakakawea as water temperatures are rising to the upper 50's and low 60's.  As the water continues to warm the fishing should get more consistent.  There have been some real nice fishing caught already this year.  It looks to be another great year on the big lake!

We have a couple exciting announcements this year!  First we will be fishing the AIM Weekend Walleye Series, which is a new circuit here in ND and has a great format for the fisherman and fishery!  It is all CRR(Catch, Record, Release).  We have already fished one event out of Bismarck and ended up in 11th place.  We were very happy with that finish since it was our first time fishing south of Bismarck on the river and we had a tough prefish.  This series also allows us to post updates throughout the day to keep the fans up-to-date.  It's really cool!  Be sure to check out or find them on Facebook.

The other announcement is that we have added another sponsor to our team.  100X Retrievers is a full service dog training and boarding facility out of Venturia, ND.  Mike and Shawnee Bassett have over 30 years of training experience and I can tell you first hand they did great with our crazy pups!  They are down to earth people and want to owner to be involved with the training process!  Check them out at

We also are working on adding another guide to our team to provide you with more opportunities to get on the water.  Stay tuned for updates.