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   After my great night's sleep in the Midwest Motel, Stockton, Kansas, I found the morning was absolutely magnificent.  When you are out in the great plains, the humidity is low and that makes the sky a brilliant blue.  Restaurants were in limited supply in Stockton.  There was no place for breakfast, and only three places for something to eat besides the quick shops.  You can check out the town on their website.  I went to the quick shop and loaded up on Gator Aid, water, power bars, breakfast sandwiches and coffee.  The night before I had dinner at Cune's Corner. Here it is.  Some of the best ice cream in the world and it is right in the middle of Kansas.  Sandwiches and a dinner special are available.  The shop is within walking distance of the Midwest Motel. A better shot of Cune's corner. I headed for the lake.  The wind was dead calm.  That was no... (more)

Is It Really a 21 Kg Pike?

    The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, is supposed to have caught a 21 Kg. northern pike.   That would be a 46 pound fish and probably over 5 feet long.  The pike and the video below was supposed to prove it.  Unfortunately whoever made the claim, was definitely blowing smoke.  The pike looks more like a 21 pound fish, not a 21 Kg. Northern Pike. Having caught some big pike before, this one does not fill the bill.   Still it is an excellent catch, and if you watch the video below you will see that it was a really good looking catch.  What impressed me the most was how th... (more)

The Mallards Are Coming, The Mallards Are Coming

A fellow club member on a trip to North Dakota as of the first week of October had not shot a Mallard.  They were all north of the Canadian  border per his report.  But they will be coming as they do every year.  Another friend reported there were only 50,000 Mallards at Sand Lake National Wildlife reserve near Aberdeen, South Dakota.  They will be coming.  They always do. Sunrise at the blind   Temperatures in Bismarck, North Dakota were in the lower sixties to high fifties.  That is the same temperature pattern we are experiencing as we start the second week of October.  Th... (more)

The Walleye Bite is On

      From Lewis and Clark Lake in southern South Dakota north to the North Dakota border, the Missouri River system is alive with boats.  Fishermen are all after one of the best eating fresh water fish on the planet.  That is the walleye.  Filleted out, dipped in the batter of your choice, and then fried, provides outstanding fare.  If you select a reservoir or fish below one of the many dams along the Missouri River, you will never go wrong.   Fried Walleye Recipe   Ingredients: 2-4 walleye fillets 2-4 cups of Italian bread crumbs ½ to 1 tablespoonful of Italian seasoni... (more)

The Snow Geese Have Come, The Snow Geese Are Here

Wow, what a day!  I got to the blind around 9:30 on Friday morning.  The snow geese were flying north in enormous flocks riding on a strong south wind.  Our spread looked good, but we had a major problem with the setup.  The lake was still frozen over and the pump was not operating.  The repair order had been placed, but it was not yet pumping water.  There was only one other hunter, so the two of us stood most of the morning and watched as thousands upon thousands of snow geese headed north.  In addition, I had never seen so many specks.  We've never seen this many of this breed... (more)