In preparation for our trip I had a chance to speak with owner John Miller in depth about the fishing on this section of the Missouri River at length. John shared with me that earlier in the year, for the entire month of May, the Pike fishing was fantastic. In fact he showed me photos of numerous fisherman of all ages that had already caught Pike ranging all the way up to 18 pounds consistently during the entire month before we arrived.
John also shared with me that traditionally the Salmon fishing on the river has been very good for many years, but when the big flood hit back in 2011 it really messed with the Salmon population in the area and that is still recovering. But John stated that if you want to catch Walleyes, the time to come is from early June to late July. In fact the Walleye fishing is so good for those two months that it is rare for the Millers to have a vacant cabin available as their past customers come flooding back every summer. On average John said the customers who fish with his son Dusty, who also runs a guide service on the river, they catch between 20 – 40 Walleyes per day, all summer long.
After a delicious and much needed dinner served at the Pike Haven Restaurant we had a chance to visit with the Miller’s youngest son Alex who manages the restaurant and bar. Alex shared with us the favorite part of being at the Pike Haven Resort in his opinion, other than the fantastic fishing, is the ability for their customers to unplug for a few days from the real world and relax and enjoy the peaceful setting that they have to offer. If fact they are one of the only resorts on the Lower Lake section of the river that has a private access point to the river itself.