First trail camera photos of the season

After about a week of having the trail camera up on a tree strip my family plans to archery hunt this year I went out this weekend and checked what we got.  The answer, not much yet.  One doe and a few raccoons.  We know there are deer using this strip, in fact buck was bumped out when we were putting in the cam it is just a matter of time before we get them on camera.

How about you? do you have your camera up? If so send me some of your best pics from this season (chuber@mitchellrepublic.com) and I will post some on the blog

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.

Flooding and wildlife -don’t try to “help”

With flooding take it toll on forests and other areas where wildlife live SDGFP is asking that you resist the urge to “help”  these animals.

From South Dakota Game Fish and Parks
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department reports that wildlife is being displaced due to flood waters, and the public should keep a healthy distance from these animals.
The number of calls about fawns and other wildlife from woody areas now filled with flood waters have increased tremendously.
“The best thing people can do is leave wildlife where they find it, even if it appears to be displaced by flood waters, as there is a very good chance the mother will be back for it” Ron Schauer, GFP Regional Wildlife Manager in Sioux Falls, said.
The number of calls about “abandoned” fawns is on the rise in GFP offices, he said.
There may be health risks from handling wildlife, including rabies from animals like skunks. In addition, it is illegal for individuals to remove and possess deer fawns from the wild, he said, even if they look abandoned or displaced.
“Due to the very low chances of surviving in the wild after being raised in captivity, the best care they can receive is from their own parents or in the wild,” he said.

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. elk tag draw

Everyone check your emails.  Game Fish and Parks sent out email this morning with the results of the Black Hills Elk and the Custer State Park Elk license draw. 

I unfortunately did not draw this year but let me know by commenting on this blog if you did.  What unit did you get? Is this your first time drawing a South Dakota elk tag?  If you did not get one do you plan on applying on a second draw for a cow tag?

My back up plan hopefully includes a second draw try at a cow tag and black hills deer.

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.

Training Continues: The Water Retrieve

The past weekend I took the new pup, Stella, out to the local lake to try some more swimming and let her become more familiar with the water. Last week, she got the gist of swimming by watching my father-in-laws dogs bounding into the water. She really seemed to enjoy it so this week we tried her first water retrieve. 

Apprehensive at first, she would swim out to the stick and then turn around and come back to shore. By her third try though she realized she could grab the stick while swimming and brought it back to me, shaking off the water as she dropped it to my feet. I couldn’t have been more proud of her.  She receive some heavy praise from my wife and me as she wagged her tail wildly knowing how well she had done.

As it goes with training a puppy, my overwhelming pride soon turned to shame as she found the remnants of a dead duck and proceeded to play keep away from me trying to eat it whole. Don’t get me wrong I am glad she found the dead duck that nose will come in handy when one sails into some cat tails but not brining it to me and running away when told to come was not one her best momments.