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After a good nights sleep, we were ready to hit it bright and early. This
time my wife, Pam, was up before I was because she wanted to get onto Bitter
and catch a plethora of walleye. The folks at Sportsman Cove had told us we
would catch a lot of fish before we caught a keeper for us. Apparently the
state of South Dakota had removed the minimum on the lake and you can keep
what you catch. That is good and bad. Anything smaller that 15 inches in
our minds is not worth keeping. You just don't get much meat out of fish
We were at Casey's quick stop by 6:30 a.m. for coffee and a breakfast
sandwich, the next stop was Bitter Lake. We used the access at the
southeast end of the lake which is a fine ramp and dock the state has put in.
The bad news according to the people at Sportsman Cove, wa... (more)
Click on a banner, you cannot own enough gear.
We awoke early and headed into Webster to grab some breakfast at Pereboms
Restaurant. The plan for the day was to fish till noon on Pickerel lake.
This is a beautiful lake and one of the original glacial lakes. Clear deep
water makes this body of water a real sleeper. The people at Sportsman Cove
never recommend it, but I always see a few boats working the various
shoreline and points. The lake is surrounded by upscale homes and it looks
like some of the people live there year round. At the north end is a state
area ... (more)
There is one section of the farm north of Fort Calhoun I have never hunted.
As described in previous postings, this farm sits on top of a series of hills
that rise steeply from the valley to the west. The valley area is where the
deer are hanging out. These deer came up out of the river bottoms as the
Missouri River flood water rose. Here they are finding some very good
dining. Good for them, but not for the landowner. He rotates his crops
and this spring planted corn instead of beans. Corn is around seven dollars
a bushel and the deer have big appetites. They like the c... (more)
Pierre, South Dakota is not only the capital of this beautiful state but it
has what is considered the premier lake in a chain of lakes that make up the
Great Lakes of central South Dakota.
Oahe Dam forms Lake Oahe that extends from Pierre, South Dakota all the way
to Bismark, North Dakota. The lake covers more than 370,000 acres with a
depth of up to 205 feet. The lake is 231 miles long. With a shoreline of
up to 2,250 miles, this allows for some of the best fishing habitat in the
country. The lake is named for the Oahe Indian Mission.
Besides excellent population of... (more)
Northerly flow and stable conditions produced some excellent fishing.
Studying the weather for the last week and my wife and I decided to head
north to Webster, South Dakota and fish a few of the many lakes in the
region. Checking in with Sportsman Cove we got the recomendations and what
to use for bait. We had a different idea in mind for bait and it wasn't
live as I wanted to see if the success at Pierre could be duplicated.
We wanted to drive up Friday evening and hit it really hard Saturday morning,
but Webster was having it's yearly all school reunion and the motels wer... (more)