My name is Kent Yancey. I was born and raised in the Minot, ND area and have lived and worked in Bismarck, ND since 1984. Big Muddy Guide Service grew out of my passion for the sport of fishing and I would love to share that with you. I have 30 years of experience on the Missouri River, Lake Sakakawea, and Lake Oahe.
I like to catch anything that swims, but my target most of the time is walleye. I am skilled at all techniques for catching them, from jigging to cranking. The Missouri River is where the season starts, sometimes as early as January. The tail race below Garrison Dam stays open all year except for the coldest of cold snaps and usually provides good winter fishing. With the arrival of spring, March and April, we generally start to move to the Bismarck area and south as the river opens. Spring time on the Missouri river is usually a magical time with many big fish coming to net. These are often released back in the water, as this time of the year is the spawn, unless they are of trophy status and the fisherman wants to mount them. (I like to give them a chance to do their business). Sometime in mid May to June things get going on Lake Sakakawea and Lake Oahe and I start to shift my focus here all the way through summer and into the fall. Both lakes have a very good walleye population, in addition to smallmouth bass, crappie (on Lake Oahe) and northern pike. The small mouth fishery on Sakakawea has taken off in recent years and I enjoy chasing these very feisty fish.
In recent years I have started to fly fish and would enjoy sharing that with you, as well. I take a couple trips to Montana every year to catch trout. The really cool thing about fly fishing is anything that you can catch on conventional tackle can be caught on the fly rod. This past summer I learned how to catch carp on the fly and this was some the most exciting fishing I've ever had.
I will do everything I can to make your trip as enjoyable as possible.
Give me a call and lets get on the water.