Ice Conditions for Southeast S.D. Jan. 2

Below is an ice conditions report for some of the lakes in Southeast South Dakota sent out by GF&P. Conditions right now are extremely dangerous and ice is unstable at best. On Lake Mitchell a large pocket of open water can be seen in the middle.  If you think you must go on the ice please take proper precautions.

Southeast South Dakota Ice Reports 

Ice conditions are EXTREMELY UNSTABLE at this time throughout the Southeast Region of SD.  The mild weather has deteriorated ice to the point where extreme caution is advised to anyone who may want to venture onto the ice.  If you do go, the following suggestions are advised:

  • Go with a companion, walk in single file with one person testing the ice while the other person stays on shore, or on good ice, as a rescue person
  • Test the ice often
  • Wear a life jacket
  • Carry ice picks
  • Take a length of rope in case you need to pull your companion out
  • Carry a cell phone where it can stay dry, but easily accessed
  • Have a plan on how you will get out of the water if you happen to go through
  • Don’t go if the ice is unsafe

 

AuroraCounty
WilmarthLake- Very few fishermen on lake.  Four inches of ice reported last week. There is sheet water starting to be visible on top of ice, with spots opening up on lake. Conditions Very Poor.  

 

BrookingsCounty
All lakes are 6-10 inches but very UNSTABLE.  Sheet water is starting to develop on ice along with places opening up on some lakes.  Still fisherman activity on ice.

Brookings area lakes had about five inches of ice on average, but there were areas of open water along shore on both Nature Park Ponds.  A couple of holes, drilled near the access point on Gustafson’s a few days prior, had caused the ice to deteriorate around them so that you would have gone through if you were not paying attention. 

HutchinsonCounty
LakeMenno- Around 4 inches of ice with fishing activity present

KingsburyCounty
LakeThompson- Open water on south side of Oldham Grade.  Quite of bit of fishing activity reported on 2 mile, and up around Schaeffer’s Slough.  6-10 inches in places with some open water around the main lake.

Ice on all other lakes is UNSTABLE, with ice anywhere from 5-10 inches.  Some sheet water occurring on lakes.

LakeCounty
MadisonandBrantLake- 4-7 inches of ice.  Some fishing occurring.

Herman – Due to aerators main lake is open and very dangerous around rest of lake.

Other sloughs/lakes – Thin ice throughout area.

LincolnCounty
LakeAlvin- No fishing activity reported.  Ice is 4 inches, but starting to turn blue and becoming very unsafe.

LakeLakota- Minimal fishing activity. Ice starting to turn blue and becoming unsafe.

McCookCounty
LakeVermillion- Open spots on lake with some people still trying to fish. Thin ice around 4 inches.

IslandLake- Fisherman activity present with some thin spots on lake.

MinerCounty
LakeCarthage- Shack went through ice—EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.  Still some fishing activity.

MinnehahaCounty
FamilyPark- Ice is unstable and honeycomb like. No ice fishing advised at this time.

Beaver – Lots of open water in the middle of lake.

TwinLakes- Some open water around the points 7-10 inches some fishing activity.

ScottsSlough- Ice conditions could be unstable.

SanbornCounty
There is no good ice throughoutSanbornCounty.  No ice fishing advised at this time.

TurnerCounty
Ice is UNSTABLE ON LAKES          

UnionCounty
McCookLake- EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.  No ice fishing advised at this time.

Fishing at Pike Haven on Lake Oahe

I spent this weekend on Lake Oahe at Pike Haven with my father in law, brother in law, and dog Stella, doing some fishing and having an all around good time. We saw great success catching our limit of walleye on Saturday in only a couple hours of fishing. Our boat was bottom bouncing with spinners and a nightcrawler but we saw other boats pulling plugs along shore as well.  

Me with a 21.5 incher (Photo by Brian Davidson)

Every fish we caught was fat and healthy and I am sure they will taste great when I make walleye tacos later tonight. It was also my new dog Stella’s first time on the boat.  She was a little antsy at first and wanted to jump in a few times but over all she did great sleeping in the fishing net on the run back to the boat ramp.

I was extremely impressed by the amount of fishing structure in this area.  The river is extremely wide here yet there are coves, coveys and shelves to be exploited no matter what kind of fish you are going after. It was great just to be out of the water and catching fish.

As for Pike Haven itself, it is a great little cabin/motel camping area with a fantastic restaurant.(try the prime rib you won’t be disapointed) Located about 20 miles west of Onida it is extremely secluded but nice to get away.  At the resort they have anything you will need for a fun weekend and no reason to drive anywhere else. From their location on the river you can easily get to the mouth of the Cheyenne River, Whitlock, or go south near the dam.  

trusty walleye dog Stella

 
 

Has anyone been fishing been fishing on the river lately?  How did you do?  Share you photos by emailing them to chuber@mitchellrepublic.com for possible publication in The Daily Republic or on this blog.

Fishing report for July 25

Below is a copy of the fishing report on the Missouri River for July 25 in South Dakota.

Lake Oahe 

In the Pollock area fishing is going really well and anglers are catching limits.  Many are using crankbaits in 7-15 feet of water, with crawlers, leeches and crankbaits being used. Anglers are catching some big northern pike in deep water – around 30 feet pulling plugs. Boat ramps are all open and in good shape in this area. Shore fishing is also going strong.

At Mobridge fishing is good everywhere with the fish moving a bit deeper. All bait is working well in 15-20 feet, with some nice limits coming in. Fish are healthy as they’ve ever been. Reports are still coming in that this is the best fishing they’ve seen for years.

At Akaska  fishing is going very well – limits are coming in and they are very busy in this area. Anglers are using crawlers, leeches and crankbaits. They are fishing in around 15-20 feet – still fishing shallow. The best action is on the Moreau River, pulling plugs or using spinners and live bait. Shore fishing here is going really well.

At Gettysburg  there is plenty of access and the walleye fishing is good with anglers catching lots of nice fish. The depth varies from 15-30 ft and crawlers and leeches are working the best. You can get your boat on the river anywhere here.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek the fishing is unbelievable – the fish are everywhere. One angler said Oahe was certainly on fire this year. Anglers are fishing in 17-20 feet using crawlers and pulling plugs. Areas that are good are into the Cheyenne and above Bush’s Landing. Last week a 27 inch, 7 lb. walleye was caught and a 29 inch, 9 lb. Northern and smallmouth are still going well in bays and shallows and along the points. Salmon are still going slow in 110-150 ft, but look for them to pick up with the warmer weather. Speaking of warmer weather, if you are looking to beat the heat, try pulling plugs at night along the face of the dam, Peoria Flats or Sully Flats.

At West Bend there have been anglers doing well but you need to adjust for the high current and then you can catch fish. Some anglers are hugging the shoreline out of the current and are doing well. Anglers are using spinners with crawlers, Lindy rigs and crankbaits. Now’s the time to come to the Pierre/Fort Pierre area – especially in the middle of the week when there is less traffic.

Francis Case

Around Chamberlain  fishing is still good on both Lake Sharpe and Francis Case. This is one of the best years for fishing that Francis Case has seen. Anglers are fishing along the banks and high points in the river. It’s going well both north and south of Chamberlain and you can launch your boat in the city or use the high water ramp at Cedar Shore Resort! Lake Sharpe is still going well for walleye, smallmouth and white bass. Fishing on Francis Case is also going well in 15-25 feet using leeches and crawlers, with some pulling crankbaits. Anglers are also catching a few smallmouth and white bass. The 15-inch limit on walleye came off July 1.

 In the Platte  area fishing is really good. There is lots of water on Francis Case and fish are everywhere. North of the bridge is good with anglers using live bait in 12-15 feet. Around Red Rock anglers are picking up walleye up on the flats. Fish being caught are healthy and looking good. And, yes you can get your boat on Francis Case!

At the PickstownWagnerLake Andes area walleye fishing on Lake Francis Case is simply excellent! The fish are big and fat – with 18-24 inches being the average. Ramps are open at Prairie Dog, St. Francis and South Shore. Areas around the dam intakes to the Wheeler area are going well. Most are fishing in about 20-25 feet, using crawlers and spinners. Shore fishing is fabulous below the dam! A five-year-old pulled in a 5 lb. walleye this past week! There have been reports that you can’t get in the lake here – that simply is not true. At Pease Creek for instance, the dock is out, but you can still get in – and you will not get fined. Please call the local people to find out what’s happening – you don’t want to miss that fishing trip because of bad information!

Around Lewis & Clark Lake they are catching walleye while drifting with bottom bouncers tipped with crawlers or leeches.

On the Missouri River some shore fishing only – there is a no boat restriction here also. Discharge here will reach 150,000 also. Lots of fish being caught from shore – drum, walleye, smallmouth bass. Bait being used is nightcrawlers, leeches and crawdads.

Springfield Area – walleye are being caught and some small northern are being caught. All boat ramps in the Springfield area are closed, as are the campgrounds at the Sand Creek Area and the Springfield Recreation area. All boat ramps in the area are underwater and the docks have been pulled from the water.

On Lake Yankton they are catching catfish, bluegill and crappie using crawlers and minnows.

S.D. fishing report for July 5th

Below is the fishing report in South Dakota from Great Lakes of SD tourism association.

I went out to Lake Thompson this weekend and caught a couple walleyes and one nice perch.

Let me know how you did by commenting on the blog.

Lake Oahe 

In the Pollock area fishing is going pretty good and most everyone is bringing in limits.  Anglers are using leeches and crawlers in 7-12 feet of water. Boat ramps are all open and in good shape in this area. Shore fishing is also going strong.

At Mobridge fishing has slowed a bit. Now the bite seems to be going strong south by Walth Bay.  Anglers are using crawlers and leeches. Depth is anywhere from 7-15 feet. Fish are healthy as they’ve ever been. Reports are still coming in that this is the best fishing they’ve seen for years.

At Akaska  fishing is going very well – limits are coming in and they are very busy in this area. Anglers are using crawlers, leeches and spinners. They are fishing in around 6-12 feet. There are lots of small fish, but with that are some really nice big ones too. Shore fishing here is going really well.

At Gettysburg  there is plenty of access and the walleye fishing is very good. They are catching lots of nice fish. You have to work through the smaller fish, but they are certainly catching the big ones. All baits are working in around 10-12 feet. Anglers are using minnows, crawlers and leeches in 10-25 feet of water.

Around Spring Creek / Cow Creek good fishing has moved down towards Mission Bay, Mailshack and Okobojo Point. Smallmouth, northern, walleye and catfish are doing well. Salmon are still pretty sporadic, but those being caught are in the 4-10 lb. range. Since there is no thermocline yet they are being caught in anywhere from 10-75 feet – and can be anywhere is that area.  Walleye are going very well from the dam up past the Whitlock area. Best bait is bottom bouncer/spinner or Lindy rigs and crawlers and leeches in about 7-17 feet of water. Some anglers are using crankbaits. A jig and minnow is working the best for smallmouth.

NOTE: A modification has been made to the “no boating zone” at the face of the Oahe Dam. Rest of Lake Oahe is open. Boaters will continue to have access to the lower end of Lake Oahe via the West Shore Boat Ramp, which is located near the face of the dam. The boaters will be diverted away from the whirlpool and boat closure area via a series of buoys. The order will be in effect until rescinded by the Governor.

Please click here for more information.

 Lake Sharpe  – Please see the note at the beginning of this report on the Pierre/Fort Pierre area! The area from the Oahe Dam to Antelope Creek is closed to boating.

At West Bend there have been anglers doing well but you need to adjust for the high current and then you can catch fish. Anglers are using spinners with crawlers, Lindy rigs and crankbaits. Smallmouth, catfish, and northern pike are still going strong. Now’s the time to come – especially in the middle of the week  when there is less traffic.

 

 

Francis Case

Around Chamberlain  boats are being put in and the fish are biting. The high water ramp at Cedar Shore Resort is open, so despite the high water you can get on the lake! Lake Sharpe is still going well for walleye, smallmouth and white bass. Fishing on Francis Case is also going well in 7-25 feet using leeches and crawlers. The 15-inch limit on walleye came off July 1.

 In the Platte  area fishing is good. There is lots of water on Francis Case, so again, you’ll need to check for ramp availability. Anglers are using leeches and crawlers – live bait seems to be the best option. Fish being caught are healthy and looking good.

At the Pickstown - Wagner – Lake Andes area walleye fishing on Lake Francis Case is fair to good! The fish are big and fat – with 18-24 inches being the average. Ramps are open at Prairie Dog, St. Francis and South Shore. Area around Prairie Dog Bay is going well as are all points and banks along the river. Some anglers are starting to find the walleye inside the bays. Most are fishing in about 15-25 feet, using crawlers and leaches. Smallmouth are on a good bite up above pitching baits around shallow rocky areas. Shore fishing is fabulous below the dam for white bass and walleye! Debris is not bad – just use caution and slow down a bit. There is no boating below the Fort Randall Dam.

Around Lewis & Clark Lake they are catching walleye while drifting with bottom bouncers tipped with crawlers or leeches.

On the Missouri River some shore fishing only – there is a no boat restriction here also. Discharge here will reach 150,000 also. Lots of fish being caught from shore – drum, walleye, smallmouth bass. Bait being used is nightcrawlers, leeches and crawdads.

Springfield Area – walleye are being caught and some small northern are being caught. All boat ramps in the Springfield area are closed, as are the campgrounds at the Sand Creek Area and the Springfield Recreation area. All boat ramps in the area are underwater and the docks have been pulled from the water.

On Lake Yankton they are catching catfish, bluegill and crappie using crawlers and minnows.

Fishing Report for June 6

Here is the latest fishing report from Great Lakes of South Dakota.  I did some fishing at Lake Poinsett over the weekend and had some success catching a few walleyes, small mouths, and pike over a few hours.



Lake Oahe

In the Pollock area fishing for walleye is going very, very well. Anglers are using spinners, crawlers and leeches are starting to go hot and heavy. The good depth seems to be around 15-25 feet. A large number of fish were caught over the weekend.

At Mobridge fishing is excellent and at this time the Moose Flats area is very good. Anglers are using jigs and minnows with a few starting to use crankbaits. Depth is anywhere from 10-25 foot. Report from the MoRest Motel is that they had fisherman last week that had been coming for 20 years and said they was the best fishing they’ve seen! Time to get out on the water. There is a bit of debris in the water, but not a lot at this time.

At Akaska  fishing is really taking off and there are limits coming in. Anglers are using crankbaits and live bait. Silver spinners are good as is a red hook with green bead. They are fishing in 10-20 feet. Shore fishing here is going really well with multi-species coming in – catfish, walleye, northern, smallmouth. With the high water fishing from shore will be good this year and no standing in mud – great for kids!

At Gettysburg  there is plenty of access and the walleye fishing is getting better all the time. Most anglers are using minnows and crawlers in 3-14 feet of water. The smallmouth population is starting to get active. All areas of the river seem to be taking off. Again, Oahe is full as it has ever been. A little bit of debris so you need to watch for that.

Around Spring/Cow Creek  the catfish and northern are still biting. Anglers are bringing in big healthy walleye. Fishing in the Cheyenne is going very well also. A 2 lb. crappie (15 incn) was caught this weekend around Spring/Cow Creek area. In addition, smallmouth and large white bass are being brought in.

 Lake Sharpe  – Please see the note at the beginning of this report on the Pierre/Fort Pierre area! The area from the Oahe Dam to Antelope Creek is closed to boating.

At West Bend there is no problem getting in and the campground is open. The bite is good with limits of nice walleye coming in. Bait choice is jigs and minnows, Lindy rigs with minnows and crankbaits, with some anglers starting to use crawlers. Smallmouth are also going good here. It’s recommended in all of these areas that anglers use the anchor and pitch method. With all the water that’s being let out of the dam drifting is difficult.

Francis Case

Around Chamberlain the bite is the best some people have seen – on both Lake Sharpe and Francis Case. Most fishing on Lake Sharpe is being done in 7-10 feet. Anglers are catching fish at Chamberlain and south and north. The release from the Big Bend Dam will be high also starting this week. Best areas are White River to Crow Creek and also south of chamberlain. Nice fish from 15-24 inches are being caught in the 15-20 foot depth. Anglers are using jig and minnows. Francis Case is not as narrow or shallow as below the Oahe Dam – here the river is wider and deeper so water can spread out and run. Note: The Unlimited Light Hydroplane boat races scheduled for June 18 & 19 are still on!

 In the Platte  area fishing is excellent and the fish being caught are very healthy – some anglers said they look the best they’ve looked for many years. Anglers are using jigs and minnows, with most pitching to the rocks. Some are starting to pull plugs also.

At the Pickstown and Wagner area fishing on Lake Francis Case has been good from White Swan and north. Smallmouth are biting above and below. Shore fisherman are doing well for all species below the dam. The Fort Randall Dam will be releasing 127,000 cfs by the evening of June 6 and it will go higher. All boat ramps below the dam are unusable.

Around Lewis & Clark Lake they are catching walleye pulling crankbaits, using spinners and bottom bouncers.

On the Missouri River shore fishing only – there is a no boat restriction here also. Discharge here will reach 150,000 also. Lots of fish being caught from shore – drum, walleye, smallmouth bass. Bait being used is nightcrawlers, leeches and crawdads.

Springfield Area – walleye are being caught from shore using leeches. All boat ramps in the Springfield area are closed, as are the campgrounds at the Sand Creek Area and the Springfield Recreation area. All boat ramps in the area are underwater and the docks have been pulled from the water.

S.D. fishing report for June 2

Here is a copy of the fishing report as of June 2 from Great Lakes of South Dakota Tourism

 

 

 

Lake Oahe

In the Pollock area fishing for walleye is really going well. Anglers are using minnows and nightcrawlers in 16-25 feet. A large number of fish were caught over the weekend.

At Mobridge fishing is picking up and at this time the Moose Flats area is good. Anglers are using jigs and minnows with a few starting to use crankbaits. Depth is anywhere from 10-20 foot. There are a couple of dock issues with the high water, but they are working on that.
Indian Creek Recreation Area – the campground is open, the east boat ramp is closed.

At Akaska  fishing is really taking off and they are starting to see some limits come in. Anglers are using crankbaits with a few starting on live bait. They’re also using bottom bouncers with a plain hook or hook and minnow. Shore fishing here is going really well with multi-species coming in – catfish, walleye, northern, smallmouth. With the high water fishing from shore will be good this year and no standing in mud – great for kids!

At Gettysburg  there is plenty of access and they are still catching northern and catfish. The smallmouth population is starting to get active and they are seeing walleye being caught. All areas of the river seem to be taking off. Again, Oahe is full as it has ever been.

Around Spring/Cow Creek  the catfish and northern are still biting. And, with the warm weather we’re getting this week, the walleye will starting to bite in this area also. Fish that are being brought in look healthy and good.

 Lake Sharpe  – Please see the note at the beginning of this report on the Pierre/Fort Pierre area! The area from the Oahe Dam to Antelope Creek is closed to boating.

At West Bend there is no problem getting in and the campground is open. The bite is good with limits of nice walleye coming in. Bait choice is jigs and minnows, Lindy rigs with minnows and crankbaits, with some anglers starting to use crawlers. Smallmouth are also going good here. It’s recommended in all of these areas that anglers use the anchor and pitch method. With all the water that’s being let out of the dam drifting is difficult.

Francis Case

 

Around Chamberlain the bite is the best some people have seen – on both Lake Sharpe and Francis Case. Most fishing on Lake Sharpe is being done in 7-10 f Anglers are catching fish from Chamberlain and north. The release from the Big Bend Dam will be high also starting this week. Best areas are White River to Crow Creek and also south of chamberlain. Nice fish from 15-24 inches are being caught in the 15-20 foot depth. Anglers are using jig and minnows. Note: The Unlimited Light Hydroplane boat races scheduled for June 18 & 19 are still on!

 In the Platte  area there are boats starting to go out and fishing is picking up. The walleye being caught are looking very good and the weight is good – some said they look the best they’ve looked for many years. Anglers are using jigs and minnows, with most pitching to the rocks. Some are starting to pull plugs also.

At the Pickstown and Wagner area there have been a few boats in the boat bay below the Fort Randall Dam fishing for walleye and the bite has been fair. On the lake walleye fishing has been good from White Swan north. The smallmouth bass bite has been good above and below. White bass have been going well below. Shore fishing has been really good and all species are being caught. The shore fishing seems to be good in all the areas because of the high water.
Randall Creek Recreation Area – the campground is open, boat ramps are closed.

Around Lewis & Clark Lake they are catching walleye pulling crankbaits, using spinners and bottom bouncers.

On the Missouri River shore fishing only – there is a no boat restriction here also. Discharge here will reach 150,000 also. Lots of fish being caught from shore – drum, walleye, smallmouth bass. Bait being used is nightcrawlers, leeches and crawdads.

Springfield Area – walleye are being caught from shore using leeches..All boat ramps in the Springfield area are closed, as are the campgrounds at the Sand Creek area and the Springfield Recreation Area. All of the boat ramps in the area are underwater and the docks have been pulled from the water.

S.D. fishing report for May 31

Here is a copy of the fishing report we received from Great Lake of SD Tourism Assocaition Executive Director Karen Kern.  Remember to take caution when fishing anywhere on the Missouri because of high water levels and check with GFP to make sure it is safe to go out.

The Governor has closed boating acces facilities in below Gravis Point Dam in Yankton.

The Governor has also banned boating on Lake Sharpe, from immediately below Oahe Dam to the downstream Antelope Creek area.

If you are ever out fishing and want to give us a report of conditions please send them to chuber@mitchellrepublic.com

Lake Oahe

In the Pollock area fishing for walleye is really  go well. Anglers are using minnows and nightcrawlers in 16-25 feet.

At Mobridge fishing is also picking up. Anglers are using jigs and minnows with a few starting to use crankbaits. Depth is anywhere from 10-20 foot.

At Akaska  fishing is really taking off and they are starting to see some limits come in. Anglers are using crankbaits with a few starting on live bait. They’re also using bottom bouncers with a plain  hook or hook and minnow. Shore fishing here is going really well with multi-species coming in – catfish, walleye, northern, smallmouth. With the high water fishing from shore will be good this year and no standing in mud – great for kids!

At Gettysburg  they are still catching northern and catfish. The smallmouth population is starting to get active and they are seeing walleye being caught. All areas of the river seem to be taking off.

Around Spring/Cow Creek  the catfish and northern are biting. Reports are that there were 20 lb. northern caught this weekend. The salmon are biting weather permitting, but it’s spotty. The water needs to warm up on Oahe before the walleye fishing starts in full force. Some anglers have tried going into the Cheyenne, but with all the moisture in the western part of the state that river is running full too, so caution is needed.

Lake Sharpe  – Please see the note at the beginning of this report on the Pierre/Fort Pierre area! The Pierre area is good using light jigs and crankbaits in 6-10 foot depths. The area from the Oahe Dam and down is going really well for walleye with anglers using jigs and minnows and some starting to use crawlers. The areas around Farm Island, Antelope Creek and anywhere along the bluffs is good for fishing. White bass are starting in the immediate area – now is the time for white bass!

At West Bend the bite is good with limits of nice walleye coming in. Bait choice is jigs and minnows, Lindy rigs with minnows and crankbaits, with some anglers starting to use crawlers. Smallmouth are also going good here. It’s recommended in all of these areas that anglers use the anchor and pitch method. With all the water that’s being let out of the dam drifting is difficult.

Francis Case

Around Chamberlain the bite is the best some people have seen – on both Lake Sharpe and Francis Case. Most fishing on Lake Sharpe is being done in 7-10 f Anglers are catching fish from Chamberlain to the Big Bend Dam. Best areas are White River to Crow Creek and the dam and also south of chamberlain. Nice fish from 15-24 inches are being caught in the 15-20 foot depth. Anglers are using jig and minnows. Here also we need some warm stable weather.

 In the Platte  area there are boats starting to go out and fishing is picking up. The walleye being caught are looking very good and the weight is good – some said they look the best they’ve looked for many years. Anglers are using jigs and minnows, with most pitching to the rocks. Some are starting to pull plugs also.

At the Pickstown and Wagner area there have been a few boats in the boat bay below the Fort Randall Dam fishing for walleye and the bite has been fair. The smallmouth bite has been good on the lake. Water flows below the dam are good and the water is very hign. Docks have been taken out.

Around Lewis & Clark Lake they are catching some walleye  and crappie in and around the marina.

On the Missouri River around Yankton they are catching walleye and catfish. Gates are open at the dam and discharge is high.

On Lake Yankton they are bringing a few crappie.

Memorial day weekend plans

Memorial day weekend has traditionally been an outdoors holiday with a large number of people taking part in camping, fishing, and hiking.  I want to know what your plans are for the weekend?  Do you have that favorite camp spot reserved and ready? Are you chomping at the bit to get out of the water for an extended fishing weekend trolling for walleyes or casting spinners from shore?  Do you have a family hiked planned out complete with picnic?  Let me know by commenting on this post or sending photos to chuber@mitchellrepublic.com once you get back.

Take a look at some of the events SD GFP has planned for the weekend at locations throughout the state by looking at the events calendar on their website. http://gfp.sd.gov/calendar.aspx

I for one will be partaking in an anti-outdoors weekend…I am going to a high school graduation in Omaha, so If you are outdoors this weekend enjoy it.

Fishing for greenbacks

Ever wish you could fish all day and still get a paycheck?  Cabela’s is giving you the chance. In their “Wanna Go Fishing for Millions” promotion they are giving anglers a chance to win money by catching one of the 1,000 fish the company has tagged and released back into designated waters. 

The contest runs from now until July 14, and anglers could win up to $2.2 million.  Water’s were fish were released in South Dakota include : Lake Sharpe, Lake Madison, and Pactola Reservoir.  It appears they have tagged a number of different species but did not give any information on which species were tagged in what lake.

 check out www.cabelas.com/fishformillions for more info.

Free fishing weekend

May 20-22 is free fishing weekend  and free state park admission here in South Dakota.  That means Anglers will not need a license when heading out to their favorite fishing hole during this time.  This is a great chance to take a child fishing at little cost to you.

SDGFP also wants everyone to know that if a person does not have fishing tackle they should contact their nearest state park as many have loaner fishing kits.

Get out there and enjoy the weekend.