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Topwater Mayhem

Fishing Mid Summer Crappies

FAST & EASY...................................................................... 6

Courtesy of Chad Peterson HSM Outdoors

Topwater Tips & Lures


Forever Tight Lines 9

5 Ways to Catch More Summer Fish

MID-SUMMER BLITZ................................................... 8 Key-in on Crappie

SLAB STATS & FACTS...........................................10 Top Upper Midwest



Tips & Lures for

Top Kayak Fishing Destinations in the Upper Midwest

RUN AND GUN...........................................................20 TOPWATER MAYHEM...........................................22

By Ron Strauss, President, Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association


Get Kids to be Kids Again

KIDS IN THE OUTDOORS.................................26 An Alternative to Boat Fishing

INFLATABLE PONTOON FISHING............28 Catching Walleye Machines

CRAWLER HARNESS............................................38

Camping It’ll Be Fun They Said!

CAMPING TIPS............................................................32

Fowl Talk


Ducks Unlimited: DU Needs You

Ducks Unlimited

FOWL TALK.....................................................................58

Special Destination Sections Central/Northern Minnesota......36-37 Lake of the Woods, MN................42-43 Pierre, SD...........................................44-47 Upper Oahe - Lake Oahe, SD.... 48-49 Chamberlain/Ocacoma, SD........ 50-51 Glacial Lakes of SD........................52-55 Mitchell, SD.......................................56-57

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58 Kids in the Outdoors

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Getting kids to be kids again


Editorial Fabulous Fish Recipes

The Cutting board............. 62-63 Anyone can be a First Responder

Stop The Bleed.................................... 66

Note from the Editor

It seems we went right from winter to summer, with a very short spring. I can’t remember a Memorial Day weekend in the 90’s. From the sounds of things, the fishing has been good all over. We have a great issue for you with some great information. Our featured fish this issue is the crappie. This is a great sport fish found in all our five states. Captain Josh shows you how to catch mid-summer crappies. We have great news of our new partner Ducks Unlimited. We will now be bringing you a new section called Fowl Talk, this will keep you updated on all the remarkable things this organization is doing for habitat in our area. If you are not a member, look at this section and you will want to help and be a member. We are excited to welcome Brian Bashore to our staff, we are getting ready to head out to ICAST in Florida in July. Check out our Facebook page for reports from the show. midwesthuntfish • Like our page! • Post your photos & much more!

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It’s a hot mid-august afternoon and I’m scheduled to go crappie fishing on a North Central Minnesota lake. A great walleye fishing lake which also has a good population of nice crappies—which are easy-peasy to catch all Spring— as they are for most anglers. But once summer rolls around, most anglers can have problems finding crappies until Fall or even first ice. Over the years, I have developed a consistent easy to learn pattern to bag crappies almost anywhere during the hot summer months—especially in weedy shallow water.

“Find a submerged weed bed on flat, cast hard baits into the weed bed, snap jig and retrieve rapidly above or through weeds, catch a fish, go home and eat it!”

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Crappies are very versatile fish in adapting to their environments. They love to hang suspended all summer long over open water near deep humps or mid lake points, just outside from the weed lines or hanging over the bottom basin transition zone, maybe swimming like schools of salmon chasing plankton clouds over mid-lake mud flats—all of which need to be located with electronics. These areas are very productive for an avid angler with a slip bobber arsenal or the proficient jig/plastic fisherman (no live bait needed). I love the challenge of catching these fish, but the learning curve can be daunting and time consuming for a not so experienced angler—in other words not a good idea on a half day guide trip.

So, shallow weed flat crappie here we come!

It’s really crazy how many crappies never leave the shallow weedy flats throughout Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter (this last winter I caught almost all my crappies in water less than 10 ft.—all winter long). And why would they leave the weeds? Shade, cooler water temps, oxygen rich, full of food (young of the year baby fish/minnows), and shelter from preditors that feast on crappies—like northern pike. These fish are also some of the biggest crappies in the lake. I key on weed beds made up of primarily cabbage weed. If there are other weeds mixed in—no big deal, might even be better. I do tend to stay away from weed beds made up of 100% coontail—there are fish in those beds, they are just not as lure friendly. What kind of lure? Here are the three hard baits I “tear and pop” through the weeds—Jigging Rapalas (#5) the Northland Puppet Minnow Darter Jig 1/8 oz. and the Bill Lewis Tiny Trap 1/8.oz (small sizes and natural colors to match the food sources). All of these baits can be retrieved/popped/torn/ jerked (descriptive enough? Lol) over the tops and or mid-way down through the weeds. All of the baits are hydrodynamic and pointy solid baits with no hinged parts or huge hooks—a perfect combo for searching and combing large weeds beds full of fish. Tie the bait on a 7’ or longer medium action rod (a fast action tip helps too) with Berkley Trilene monofilament 10 lb. test line to help getting fish out of the weeds once hooked. The thicker diameter of the line will also help the bait “float” higher on the retrieve.Position the boat a long cast away from the weed bed and have at it!

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The second 320-291-0708 the bait hits the 218-732-9919 water, start crankin’ and snap jigging (short quick pulls) the bait so it darts all over the place as you work it back to the boat at a pretty good clip. Snagging a ton of weeds? Then go faster. The fish will come up like a bass and slam the bait—you will not be able to retrieve/ snap jig too fast for the fish! Work all sides of the weed bed first, then attack the middle of the weed bed. Depths will range from 6-12 ft. Look for weed beds not far from or on the first break to deeper water from shore. Mid-flat weed beds are good too! I just prefer weed beds positioned on the outer edge of the flat (closer to deep water drop off vs. closer to shore). Keep the boat moving along while everyone is casting until a fish is caught. If a fish is caught, keep pitching to that “spot” as there may be a school of crappies—not just one. Be ready for bonus pike, bass, and walleyes. It’s common to get a variety pack anytime you are fishing in the weeds. On that note, bring a few of each bait because you may end up donating a couple to the toothy fish. Well, it’s about that simple folks! Find a submerged weed bed on flat, cast hard baits into the weed bed, snap jig and retrieve rapidly above or through weeds, catch a fish, go home and eat it. Lotsa Fish! Lotsa Fun! Minnesota Fishing Guide Service, www. Capt. Josh Hagemeister, 320-291-0708, 218-732-9919.

Photo Credits: Captain Josh Hagemeister

If a fish is caught, keep pitching to that “spot” as there may be a school of crappies—

not just one.

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5 Ways To Catch More Summer Fish July and August are in my opinion the instigators of awesome mid-summer fishing. The dog days of summer are a myth. Someone who had a dog started this “fake news” long ago—lol. In reality, the fishing this time of the year is at its peak, for all species of fish. And why not? As the water temps boil so do the metabolisms of the fish, which means they burn more calories, which means they eat more, which means we catch more. See what I mean? The problem is what to write about, so I have decided to do a July/August sampler. A bunch of short blurbs of hot summer options that come to mind.




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• Walleyes in Shallow Weeds Yup, I said shallow weeds, preferably cabbage weed, but any thick lush weed can work. I’m talking weed beds, weed flats, inside weed lines (the weed edge closest to shore, not the deep water weed line) or shallow outside weed edges, all in the 5-10 ft. range. Of course if the water is brown vs clear it can be shallower yet. Work the edges or tops of these weed beds by casting or dragging jigging Rapalas at a fast pace. Hit the weeds once in a while and tear the bait free. Another option are swim baits and/or plastics worked the same way. Forget the deep walleyes, the hogs are always shallow. Anytime of the day is good. • Sunset Largemouth and Surface Baits Hit the edges of the slop, lily pads, docks or comb the tops of big weed flats. Slow moving surface baits like a good old fashioned Jitterbug or the plain jane cackling of a buzz bait are easy to use options. Whatever you choose, pick something slow and easy to grab if you’re a fish in the dark, throw in some watery noise and hang on. Use a long rod with a forgiving tip in case your hooksets are premature. The soft tip will allow the fish a tad more time to inhale the bait and also has a built in delay you might need if your trigger happy. I usually don’t pay attention to the bait and only set the hook after I feel the fish, not when I hear the fish. • Suspended Summer Crappies Most anglers give up on the big slabs when the spring bite is over. Mistake! Crappies can form huge schools during the summer. Find the suspended schools over deep water with your sonar during the day. They love to hang off weedy points that cut out into the lakes basin, little “cuts or nubs” along lengthy straight massive deep weed lines or off the sides of underwater humps that have weeds growing on the tops. Typically they will roam around these objects suspended at the weed line depth. So if the weed line is at 12 ft., they may be suspended over 30 ft. of water (usually 50 yards or less from the structure) at 12 ft. That is also the depth they will be feeding at. The crappies will simply swim to the weed line as dusk approaches to feed. Once you figure out their “contact point” you’re set. The fish will generally be there every night. Simply cast a 1/16 oz. tub jig, count it down to the “fishy depth” and slowly swim it back to the boat. The fish will typically eat the bait within the first few feet of the retrieve. Pay attention to the surface near these areas as well, especially during an insect hatch. • Jumbo Perch Deluxe Why wait for winter. Sleep in and head out around 9 am. There can be huge perch roaming deep weed lines or even the nearby mud flats. Make sure to also check mid lake rock piles. That’s a secret by the way. Search and destroy is the key. Cover water fast to find these roaming scavengers. I like to use a 1 oz. bottom bouncer with a JB Lures hot flash series crawler harness. Use a small blade like a #2 Indiana and tip the harness with a night crawler chunk. A gold blade is a good choice. Move the boat around 1-1.5 mph. Depths can vary but the 15-30 ft. range is a consistent window. The bonus is the walleyes and big bluegills you will catch as well. • Eelpout on Crankbaits Just kidding, that’s an attention getter lol. Seriously, a good #5 option is the forgotten deep water northern pike. A good way to catch a summer monster is to fish them deep. Everyone can catch shallow warm water eater sized pike, but the bigger pike like cold water like a trout. Key on midrange walleye spots in that 20-35 ft. depth profile. Mid-lake sunken humps topping off in that depth range, deep under water points intercepting deep water (50-80ft), and deep weed lines next to deep water all have potential to hold a big old water wolf. If these areas connect with the thermocline— perfect! Keep an eye on the sonar, because the big pike mark easily. The areas I described can also hold walleyes—which is important. Now get out the deep water muskies baits, giant jig/plastic combos, deep diving monster crankbaits, or the biggest live bait you can find on a live bait harness and start fishing. Oh yeh, you are going to need a bigger net. Minnesota Fishing Guide Service, www.minnesotaguideservice. com Capt. Josh Hagemeister, 320-291-0708, 218-732-9919.


Brian Schumacher - February 13, 1970 - May 20, 2018 Janet Veit - April 27, 1970 - May 20, 2018

Brian Schumacher and his wife Janet Veit were on their first international fly fishing adventure last month in Iceland, when Brian accidentally stepped into deep, moving water and Veit jumped in to save him. Both were swept out into the lake. Members of the group were on the shore and rushed to help them, but the weather was so bad they couldn’t reach them in time. The group went for help and found a resident nearby with a boat. It was that fellow that went out and pulled them out of the water, but they could not be revived. Both died that day doing what they love, fly fishing. I first visited with Brian about two years ago about sharing his knowledge of fly fishing the Driftless area of Minnesota. He told me he was not a writer but wanted to give it a try. Well two years and seven articles later, Brian rose to the ranks of one of our top Pro-staff writers.

Thanks Brian, for being a part of our hunting and fishing industry and sharing your life with us. Forever Tight Lines Thanks again, Paul

We talked about two weeks before he and his wife left for Iceland and wanted to know if he could write a story about his adventures. He was very excited to be able to share his trip with us. I told him to give me a call when he got back, and we could put it together. I am sorry that call never happened. Brian and his wife will be greatly missed. His talents as a writer, professional angler, hunter, sportsmen and just being a great guy will always be remembered. If you ever wanted to learn how to fly fish and visit the Driftless area in Minnesota, please check out Brian’s articles. Once you read one you will want to read them all.

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• Crappie can grow up to 20” long and weigh 5 pounds, but the average size is around 1/4 – 1/2 pound and 8 to 12 inches long. Crappie over 1 pound are considered a prized catch. • Mature crappie feed primarily on aquatic insects, baitfish, worms, and small crayfish. Crappie are a schooling fish and will also school with other types of pan fish. They prefer underwater structures like fallen trees, weed beds and other structures that might be submerged. Generally during the day crappie tend to stay deep under water and only move to shore when feeding, mostly at dawn or dusk. However, during their spawning period they can be found in shallow water in large concentrations. They do not go into any semi-hibernation during the winter, making them a prime target of anglers that are ice fishing. Crappies, both black and white can have color variance that is affected by their habitat, age and the colors of the local breeding population.

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Native to North America, the crappie species exists in healthy numbers throughout nearly all the lower 48 states. They also reside in parts of southern Canada. They are known in different parts of the country by different names, papermouth, slab, speckled perch, goggleye to name a few. There are two typical varieties of crappie: white crappie and black crappie. Both can be found living in the same waters, often schooled up together. They can both be caught using the same lures, bait, and tactics.

WHITE CRAPPIE Distinct vertical bands of blue/gray spots

5-6 spines in dorsal fin

BLACK CRAPPIE: • Primarily silver/slightly gold with black speckled markings all over, and they have 7 or 8 spines on their dorsal fin. WHITE CRAPPIE: • Mostly silver but have only faint vertical bar markings on their sides, and only 6 spines on their dorsal fin.


7-8 spines in dorsal fin

No true pattern to black spots

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The best lures to use for crappie are small jigs One of the best baits to fish with is live minnows. To bait up, hook the minnow right below its dorsal fin and cast it out. This is one of the crappie’s favorite things to feed on. Don’t forget to use a bobber if you are using live bait such as minnows Test different depths for your line until you get a bite The easiest time to hook a crappie is during spawning season, which is in the spring and early summer If you catch a crappie, don’t just move on to the next spot. It is very common to reel in numerous fish if you find a populated crappie bed. Just keep casting! Crappie are less active during the day; they feed mostly at dawn and dusk Fish in areas close to underwater debris, such as limbs and brush piles Generally, you will need to fish shallower in the spring and deeper in the summer Crappie are active in the winter, which also makes them very popular for ice fishing The easiest time to catch a crappie is during the early morning and in the late afternoon Be careful with your hook set. Crappie are known as “papermouths” because the tissue in their mouth and lips is very thin. Crappie are very depth sensitive, so before you go and tie on ten different lures, make sure you’re thoroughly covering every possible depth within an area.


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Crappie are less active during the day; they feed mostly at dawn and dusk Ideal spawning temperature is the low 60’s During spawning season, crappie and their nests will be in water approximately 1-5 feet deep

WORLD RECORD Black Crappie: 6 pounds

WORLD RECORD White Crappie: 5 pounds 3 ounces

Crappie have pure, flaky, white flesh that has earned them the reputation among anglers as the finest tasting freshwater fish

Average Life Span:


White Crappies are more tolerant of turbid water than Black Crappies

Crappie are clo­sely related to the family of sunfishes and black basses

Crappies are nest builders, generally nesting in the spring when water temperatures are warm

White Crappies tend to be longer than Black Crappies

The oldest recorded age of a specimen is fifteen years

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Most of us have a similar background in fishing. As a youth, a parent or grandparent introduced us to the sport. In effect, they were our “guide,” rigging gear and selecting destinations to fish. As we grew in the sport, our friends became a great source of information on everything fishing and where to fish. The list of variables for fishing success is lengthy. The weather, the right lure or live bait, wind and more. But the biggest discussion in any fishing outing is about the destination. Where to go? You want to be in the right place at the right time. As a kayak angler, the areas and types of water you can fish is expanded. I’ve had the good fortune of meeting new friends and have learned about great destinations from fellow kayak anglers in our club. Some destinations are kept secret among only a handful of people. Other spots are great for kayak fishing and more generally known. Recently in our Facebook group, members were going to a spot I’d had success on a few days earlier and were looking for advice. The comments section filled with great suggestions. I marked up a Google Earth map and messaged it to the person who’d made the post showing where I’d had success. Others had done this for me, it was my way of paying back to the community. For this article, I worked with some of my kayak fishing friends to share some productive, interesting upper midwest regional destinations.

Josh Engelmann with a nice Lake of the Woods pike caught outside a weed bed from his kayak

Josh Engelmann with a nice Lake of the Woods pike caught outside a weed bed from his kayak

President of the Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association

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When people talk about Lake of the Woods they see images of acres and acres of big water and large walleye caught from power boats. What’s forgotten are the rivers, creeks and bays that feed into the lake on the south shore. In the spring, these are great places to chase trophy northern pike from a kayak. The ice pack melts in the creeks and bays first and the pike move into these areas to spawn. Lake of the Woods is a Minnesota border lake and pike fishing is open year-round. Every spring a group of Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association anglers plan a trip to target monster pike. This Josh we hit Lake of the Woods. Page 14 •year, Midwest H unting & Engelmann Fishing - July-August suggested 2018 14

Josh had previously stayed at Cyrus Resort on Bostic Creek for ice and open water walleye fishing trips. Josh told us, “It’s only a short kayak paddle down the creek from the resort to the bay which is protected on three sides by Morris Point and is perfect for fishing from kayaks. The bay is lined with weed beds along the shore, with some patches in the middle of the bay. It’s the perfect depth and habitat for spawning pike.” Early this spring, a group of us headed to Lake of the Woods. The open water in Bostic Bay was in the mid 50º range, but the main lake was still frozen. Josh commented, “It was cool to be fishing an open water weed bed and look out on the main lake and see the ice pack. Each day we could see the lake ice retreat further. It was a unique experience.” We had fabulous fishing on this trip. Lots of large quality pike that fought hard! We returned the big ones to the water to keep the population thriving and kept some smaller ones for a fish fry. Our group used a handful of tactics. Josh told us, “I mainly used spinners and swimbaits. Most of my success was on a 3/8-oz. swimbait fished along the weed edges.”

The best fishing was yet to come!

We were at a fabulous fishing destination at the right time. The weather was beautiful and our group was focused on fun and helping each other. We all share a passion for pike fishing. But one of us is “the hardest working man in kayak fishing.” Todd Kewatt always catches more and higher quality northern pike than anyone on our outings. He trolls longer, farther and tries more tactics than anyone I know. He always figures out what the pike want. One day he got us all on pike using lipless crank baits. He’s also a big fan of fishing with very large spoons. On the last day, I was 100 yards from him and he yelled, “Get over here, I’ve had five hits on a spoon and it’s a huge pike!” I got near the spot he was in and we both fan casted the area. Then it happened. “I got it!” Todd yelled. Rod bending action and multiple runs by the fish ensued. Finally, Todd got the fish in the net and then into his kayak. “WOW, that has to be a 40 incher,” I said. Then my jaw dropped, “What’s that?” Todd was removing a very small spoon from the mouth of this very large fish. Todd told me, “This spoon is over 40 years old. It belonged to my Dad, I just had a feeling it would work.” Lake of the Woods is a huge body of water. The locals at the resort viewed us “kayak guys” as an oddity. We were launching our yaks from the same place the big power boats and 27 ft. guide boats will launch during the walleye opener the following week. We saw very few power boats on Bostic Bay during the five days we fished. We were at the right place, at the right time thanks to Josh who suggested we try this destination.

Todd Kewatt with a Monster 40” pike caught from his Hobie Pro Angler fishing kayak

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Brad Durick shows off a big Red River catfish

Kayak fishing and touring the flooded farmscapes in the Waubay area is a unique experience

The Red River is home to the greatest channel cat fishery in the world. It’s one of the last nearly "wild" rivers in the United States. With slower running currents and huge, hard fighting catfish, it’s a kayak angler’s destination dream! Brad Durick is a Grand Forks local who’s been a hardcore catfish angler for nearly 20 years and has guided professionally for over 10 years on the Red River. He’s well known for his research and writing on how to better pattern and catch catfish. Last year he added kayak catfishing to his list of services. Brad told us, “The popularity of catfishing with kayaks in the south has absolutely exploded. We’re bringing that to the upper midwest! We fish for cats from the kayak in a similar way we fish in the boat, we anchor and fish on the bottom with 2-5 ounces of weight. When you a hook a cat from a yak, the real excitement begins. Hang on and get ready to go for a ride!” It’s called adventure catfishing! Kayak fishing is all the rage around the United States. Bass is the most popular species in kayak fishing, but there is a trend toward using kayaks to target larger fish like channel cats. If you want to crank up your kayak fishing fun, GO BIG! Learn more about Brad Durick and adventure kayak catfishing:

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Sunset paddles on the Red River offer a spectacular view of Grand Forks and the surrounding area

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Tyler Solsma shows off a beautiful Waubay area walleye from his kayak

The Waubay, SD, area landscape features beautiful rolling prairies. Waubay Lake has been rising for decades and has reclaimed farms as shorelines expand. Over time, fields, trees, buildings and rock piles have been submerged. These are a hazard for power boaters, but easy for kayak anglers to work around. Local kayak angler Tyler Solsma says, “I find the flooded farms to be beautiful, I’ll see barns and houses right in the middle of the water. There are even tractors under water where you’re fishing! This certainly makes this area a unique kayak fishing destination!” The upside of the rising waters is they’ve created an ideal habitat for spawning game fish. The local economy has benefited from the phenomenal fishing opportunities available and anglers from the upper midwest are making it a must-fish destination. Tyler told us, “Walleyes are the top game fish in the Waubay Lakes area. My favorite fishing method is a jig tipped with a minnow. I also use bottom bouncers and spinners. About 7 years ago I decided I wanted more of a challenge and the ability to go where others couldn't. I got into kayak fishing and can get into waters that power boats can’t. Even better, there are tons of roads that are flooded that lead right to prime fishing water. It’s easy for me to put my kayak in and launch from these spots.” Tyler rents Hobie kayaks for visitors to fish or tour the local lakes. You can learn more about his services at:


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Shane measuring a nice smallmouth caught in the Clearwater area





Kayak anglers from across the upper midwest rave about the fishing on the Mississippi River near Clearwater, MN. It’s a world class fishery. Shane Olson, tournament kayak angler, describes the area. “The opportunity to catch trophy fish from multiple species is possible. Power boats cannot access most spots in the area and there is very little shore development. Your time on the water is spent surrounded by raw nature. Best of all, the sheer number of quality small mouth bass is outstanding!” Shane prefers to fish rivers since they tend to have less developed shore lines. He says the Mississippi near Clearwater is unique. “In some parts, there are fields and on other parts of the float the terrain transitions to bluffs. These changes in elevations on land correlate to deep edges in river water. You get to fish many different types of areas and structures. You constantly need to be aware of the water and conditions and take advantage of it. This is part of what makes this water so fun to fish,” Shane says. Shane’s secrets for catching big, hard fighting smallmouth bass in the Clearwater, MN, area “Square bills, top water and tubes; with these three lures it’s tough not to catch smallies. Look for current breaks, structure points, the back of islands and places where smallmouth bass can rest and eat, then show them these lures which look like food. You’ll catch fish!” Celebrate the mighty Mississippi, smallmouth bass and have fun at the BronzeBack Classic Fishing Tournament Clearwater Outfitting is a local river shuttle service and kayak fishing dealer. Twice each summer they host the BronzeBack Classic Tournament. The area has plenty of options for lodging and restaurants. The tournaments are well run and a ton of fun. Kayak anglers from all over the upper midwest meet to compete and outsmart and catch the abundant smallmouth bass in this stretch of the river. Shane has taken second place in the BronzeBack Classic twice. He’s so hooked on fishing these waters, he’s never missed a tournament. Learn more about this area or the Clearwater Outfitting Bronzeback Classic Tournament at: Shane, a local kayak fishing guide, has taken me to destinations I never would have thought about trying. One year, it was the best bass fishing I’ve ever had. Last year, we hit up one of his favorite spots which resulted in a 37” pike. If Shane says the Clearwater area is tops for catching smallmouth bass…it’s gonna happen for you! You can learn more about Shane and his guide service at: facebook. com/kayakfishingadventuresmn/ Page 18 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - July-August 2018

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ONE OF THE BEST DAYS OF FISHING OF MY LIFE! Are there secret spots that even kayak anglers keep to themselves? ABSOLUTELY! Are kayak anglers more likely to share their hot spots? I think so. The culture among kayak anglers is different than other fishing segments. Since we can get to exclusive waters that shore anglers or power boaters can’t, the threat of a secret spot getting out and being choked with too many anglers is greatly reduced. For a kayak angler, sharing these secret spots with a small group only adds minimal pressure to these prime fishing areas. My “LAKE X” STORY! What I’ve learned since founding the Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association is kayak anglers like to roam on the water and fish how they want and where they want. That’s how we fish when we’re out as a group. We also enjoy having other yak anglers close by to celebrate catches with us and take pictures to share via messages and social media. Last year, one of our members discovered an awesome pike lake that is very difficult to access. He shared it with a few members and asked we keep it quiet. I fished “Lake X” a few times last season and had good luck and watched others land some monsters. This year, we went back to “Lake X” shortly after the Minnesota opener. The pike bite was on fire. I scored a 36.25” pike in the morning and a 38” beauty that afternoon with lots of other fish in between. Community sharing is the power of being part of online groups and being a member of a kayak fishing club. Your skills and success rate will improve. You’ll learn about new fishing destinations that are public and some that are secret. Get out and fish new waters and meet new friends. I want to thank everyone who helped contribute to this article. I also want to thank all the friends I’ve met through kayak fishing. You’ve made my fishing better and continually make me laugh. Special thanks to the “Lake X” angler for finding and sharing their special spot. I’d like to tell you who the person is…but it’s a SECRET! 0840.cc40.ad_Layout 1 2/10/17 8:24 AM Page 1

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The term run & gun is often associated with bass fishing, running from one point to another searching for active bass willing to bite. The same method works for channel cat fishing with some modifications. Instead of running and gunning points and ledges you want to run & gun coves and pockets. Many people think that channel catfish retreat to deep water during the day, but they can be found in very shallow water. During the daytime light penetration in shallow water will force channel catfish to seek dark places to wait out the day. They can be lured out with the correct presentation and bait. Most channel catfish will stay in the brush, but there are always a few that will come out and aggressively take your presentation. These are the fish you are looking for and the reason that the run & gun method can put more channel cats in your livewell than any other method, during the day. What I look for when searching for catfish during the day is shallow coves with brush or standing timber. Brush seems to be better during the day while the standing timber is a great structure for night time pursuits. I usually hit all the coves, even those without visible cover. There could be plenty of cover below the surface, so be sure to fish all the coves in your run & gun approach. I usually only give a spot 15 or so minutes before running to another spot so you don't waste too much time in those barren coves. If there is some unseen cover below the surface, you might put a couple good channel catfish in the boat. Lake coves and pockets will hold catfish this time of year, so when approaching the cove or pocket, be sure to shut off the big motor and maneuver into position with your trolling motor on low. Channel catfish are easily spooked in shallow water. Drop an anchor off the front of the boat and back into position, letting out a little rope to ensure that the boat won't break the anchor loose in the front. When in the back of the boat you can drop a second anchor with just a little slack so the boat doesn’t swing. Once in position the rods are baited and set out. Fan your casts to cover the cove completely. Be sure to focus on any visible cover. If there is visible brush be sure to surround it with your baits. It’s important to let the fish come to you. Keep your baits out of the middle of the brush where you will hang up. This will waste time in retying instead of catching catfish. Hang ups will also run every fish out of the brush and is why you make the catfish come to you. You can also return later and catch another fish out of the brush that produced an hour or two earlier.

Stink bait is a great option for efficiently harvesting many eater size catfish and is a go to bait for many channel catfish anglers. Catching these pan sized channel cats are fun, especially for young anglers, but if big channel catfish is what you’re looking for, live or fresh cut-bait will work the best. Fresh bait tends to lure the bigger channel catfish. The channel catfish is classified as a scavenger, but they act more like a predator once they get a few pounds in size. The bait doesn’t have to be alive for channel catfish, but it should be fresh. Fresh bluegill works great for luring channel cats out of the brush. Be sure bluegills are legal for bait where you fish. Cut shad works fine, but bluegill seems to be preferred, especially in a lake that is full of shad. Bluegill becomes a delicacy where the main forage is shad. Cut-bait is best because you can get more bait out of one bluegill this way. Scale both sides of the bluegill, then fillet it and discard the carcass. Removing the scales will help release more scent and make a soft bait so the channel cats can easily engulf it. Only hook one chunk of fillet to your hook and don't wad the meat on the hook. Just one stick is enough with the bluegill fillet. The tough skin will help keep it on the hook. Don’t ball the meat up on the hook or you will lose the gap in the hook. This will cost you hookups because the wad of meat will slide out of the fish’s mouth because the meat is covering the hook point.

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Run & Gun is often associated with bass fishing—running from one point to another searching for active bass willing to bite. The same method works for channel cat fishing with some modifications. Instead of points and ledges, run & gun coves and pockets. Many people think that channel catfish retreat to deep water during the day, but they can be found in very shallow water.

Terminal tackle for early spring channel cats is the conventional catfish rig. You should use heavier tackle for targeting big channel catfish. This technique tends to catch big channel catfish and you have to be able to wrestle the fish away from the brush because that’s where it intends on taking its mid-day snack. If it makes it to the brush you will probably have to bring the whole brush to the boat if you want that fish. Baitcasting reels with 20-pound monofilament works great. At the end of your line, thread on a sinker slide, then add an inline swivel. The swivel is mainly to stop the sinker slide, but if you have ever caught a good size channel catfish you know how they will roll and the swivel will help prevent line twist. A great hook for this technique is a circle octopus

hook. An octopus circle hook works better than a true circle hook because with a circle hook you have to let the fish hook itself. If you set the hook with a circle hook you will pull it out of the fishes' mouth and if you let the fish hook itself, you run the chance of it getting into the brush before hooking up. With the octopus circle you get the benefit of the circle hook, but you are able to set the hook with the slightest bite. Snap a 1/2 to 3/4 oz. sinker to the sinker slide and the rig is ready. The sinker slide protects your line and keeps the fish from feeling any resistance from the weight. This is important with channel catfish because they are very sensitive to the tension of the line itself and will definitely feel the sinker if attached directly. Try this technique on your next trip for great results. Use that fresh cut-bait for bigger channel catfish. You might not get as many bites as with stink baits, but the fish are quality and they usually aren’t messing around on the takes. These run & gun methods work, you should try it the next time out to see what happens.

About the Author Ken McBroom is a freelance outdoor writer/photographer. For more information please visit www.ramblingangler. com and follow Ken’s American Panfishers page on Facebook.

Be sure to check the rivers during the early catfish season. Channel catfish will migrate up river to spawn and can be caught there earlier than you might expect. Photo by Ken McBroom

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With open water season here in the mid-west region, it is nice to be back in the boat and slingin’ some lures across the lake. I love fishing for multiple species with various presentations across the board, from bobber fishing, trolling, and jigging.

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When it really gets down to the nitty gritty of it, I am a total freak when it comes to top water action, especially when I am guiding. There is nothing better than seeing a client’s reaction when they see the water explode. Now, top water presentations take some practice. I am sure we have all fallen victim of setting the hook-on sight versus feel. Once you have the timing figured out, it is so much fun. There is something special about that thrill of a fish jumping out from underneath the lure and smacking it. I have a hard time passing up a bed of lily pads when I see them. The frog rod comes out, and the ploppin' begins. I have a wide array of top water lures in my arsenal. Of course, we all get "caught" at the local bait shop when we see the new hot lure, and we must have it! Will it work? More than likely. There are many different top water baits to choose from. Why? Well, there are several species we can target almost any time during the open water season that will get fish fired up. From Sunfish, Crappies, Bass, Pike and of course the illusive Muskie. Page 22 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - July-August 2018

Here are some pointers for species specific top water tactics: Panfish. I love getting crappie and bluegill to go on top water lures. When I can find these fish up in the shallows or in the pencil reeds, I will throw little poppers. Some may be familiar with the old hula poppers, they are tried and true. I normally find these fish feeding in the shallows in the evening in calm waters. I try to keep the boat positioned far enough away to cast into the targeted area. Normally you can find these fish feeding on the surface around dusk. Little ripples of gills and crappies will be cruising the top of the water feeding on bugs. If you find this, then you can anticipate catching them. Now, to the most common of species for top water fishing. The Largemouth Bass. There is a wide array of lures that make some erratic splashing across the water to make bass go crazy. Bass have that distinct lateral line that helps them sense intrusion. They don't necessarily see the frog swimming or popping across the pads, they can feel the vibration of the pads moving. In some cases, therefore they may overshoot their prey, or even jump right over it. It's kind of stereotypical that bass are always going to be in the lily pads. In most cases you may find one or two in a stand of pads. Sometimes you may strike out. For me, I can't take the chance on watching the water explode.

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When it comes to top water lures for bass, there are several different ones to choose from. Retail stores are flooded with all kinds of different baits. Not only that, but the technology has come a long ways with realistic actions and moving parts. With synthetic materials, these baits are just shy of being the real deal. There is an abundance of frogs on the market, along with poppers, and prop baits. Using the prop baits and other floating stick baits, you'll want to target areas that are shallow, yet less weedy. Weeds will more than likely get caught up in the hooks, or props and cause the bait to foul up. Most times, I will seek out shallow stands of cabbage, or coon tail, even the edges of lily pads when throwing these types of baits. My favorite top water fishing comes into play chasing toothy predator fish. When it comes to pike and muskies, there is nothing better than seeing those giants make a wake Photo credits: behind the wake of a top water.

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For Pike, I like to throw a lot of buzz baits. Basically, they look like a spinnerbait with a different type of blade. The blade is designed like a prop, and skims across the top of the water creating a wake with bubbles along with making a unique noise. One of my favorite buzz baits is the Northland Tackle Buzzard Buzzer. It is built well, and they are affordable. Northland tackle has a variety of weights and colors to choose from.

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Another great bait for northern pike is a prop bait called a Wounded Zara Spook. This bait has a unique action in the water and will certainly get a pike's interest to eat. When it comes to the Muskie, they can be the most frustrating to most people. I absolutely love throwing top waters for these monsters. Again, there are hundreds of different lures of choice. They cast a wide variety of sizes shapes and colors. Once you can get one of these monsters to roll, I promise you, that you will be hooked! Do yourself a favor, and pick up some top water baits this summer and go have some fun.



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I remember the days when I was a kid, when we would play kick the can or hide and go seek. Being outdoors as a kid, was a chance to play with friends and be creative at the same time during our play and that’s when my Dad and I would go fishing on a weekly basis. Boy have those times changed. Being outdoors has been replaced with smart phones, computers, & TV. When I was a kid, it was a treat to watch TV and usually it was on Saturday mornings when cartoons were awesome and not like some of the programs that are shown today.

So, what’s happening? Kids today are losing interest in the what the outdoors has to offer. Not all, but I don’t see as many out anymore. Here are a few things that I think could help get those young minds interested again.

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If you’re a young family or are going to start a family, get them started right away. But don’t push it to where they won’t like it. What do I mean? Well, make it a fun day and get them on a bite that they can catch fish and a good bite is simple, panfish. Teach them the basics like casting, setting the hook, and taking the fish off the hook. Keep them interested at all times and if your kids say they are done...then it is time to go, don’t push them to continue. By keeping the fishing trips short and letting them set the tone of the day, you will be successful. Remember, it’s about your kids having fun and you want to keep it that way. Also, when your outdoor trip is done, take them to Dairy Queen for ice cream to top the day off. Your goal is to keep them wanting to go back out fishing again, or even on hunting trips as well. We don’t want to forget about hunting. Short outings apply to both. When I have been out fishing, and this happened not too long ago, I watched and heard a father and his two sons fishing, and it wasn’t exactly pleasant to hear. Getting down and lecturing his sons for missing a fish and how to pay attention to the line and bobber and this happened until one of the sons started to cry. This is an example how to discourage our kids from being in the outdoors. Let them fish and let them make mistakes, it happens! This is about them for 2-3 hours or however long they want to, you can always go out later or another time if you want to fish. I remember when I was a kid and my Dad asked if I wanted to head out to fish, there was no hesitation on my part. I wanted to go because my Dad made it a challenge and fun to fish and the best part was, he always had a good bite happening when we were out. At times, I just sat and watched him fish, which was fun as well, but I know that I always asked questions about the details of fishing. Today we need to take that same approach and just have fun doing it. What type of gear should you get? Don’t go all out and buy the best rod and reel, but you can get them a basic setup. A good setup is a Zebco rod and reel, which it is very simple for your kids to use. Click the button and cast. If they master that setup, then move them to a spinning reel and so on from that. They will feel that they are in control, plus it keeps them busy at the same time. Teach them and allow your kids to make mistakes because when we were kids, we made them and that’s how we learned. The last 2 years, I’ve been filming for “Fishing the Midwest TV Show” with Bob Jensen and Mike Frisch and Mike has a program called “School of Fish”. This is an awesome program to get the kids to learn the fundamentals of fishing from the classes that Mike teaches. Every year, from all the students that take the “School of Fish Class”, their names go into a hat and 2 kids are picked to not only fish but are on a segment of the TV show. Kids need to get involved in these types of programs, in conjunction with fishing with their parents. I watch the kids as I’m filming and see how they get excited and how quickly they pick up the sport. Again, the key here is getting them on a good bite where they are having fun. With the advancement of social media and technology, it’s important to get those kids outdoors. Get your kids to be kids again and get the imagination juices flowing, instead of being on their smart phones and computers. Not saying that technology is bad, but it has caused a shift in the interest in the outdoors. So, let’s review. Keep your outdoors adventures short, keep them fun, and let your kids experience the joys of fishing, hunting, or whatever outdoor activity that interests them. Until next time, be safe and always include a kid in your next outdoor adventure. Photo credits: Chad Peterson HSM Outdoors

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For those who don’t have the finances for a big boat, there is a growing trend in the fishing world in the use of kayaks and inflatable pontoons and the advantages that they have to offer to fishermen and women looking to leave the shores for more fishing opportunities.

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Many sonar companies are making kayakcompatible sonar systems due to its ever-growing popularity. I use the (Vexilar SonarPhone series) T-Pod—a large bobber outfitted with sonar and a Wi-Fi signal.

Fishing boats have always been one of the top ways to find fish on the open water. They’re fast, with motors that seem to get bigger and more efficient every year, they can carry some of the latest in fishing electronics, and are able to hold loads of gear, along with live wells for bait and fish for the fryers. The problem is that boats are expensive, and all that gear isn’t cheap either and not everyone can afford a boat or the other costs that come along with having one, such as boat and trailer licenses and insurance as well as maintenance and repair fees. But for those who don’t have the finances for a big boat (myself included), there is a growing trend in the fishing world in the use of kayaks and inflatable pontoons and the advantages that they have to offer to fishermen and women looking to leave the shores for more fishing opportunities. Kayaks and pontoons have been gaining rapidly in popularity for their affordability, their customizations, and for their ability to get into some places where the bigger boats can’t get into or are not allowed to be in. Several smaller lakes in the Black Hills are like this. There are magazines that promote kayak and pontoon fishing and help show readers how to make the most of their smaller watercraft. Many even have locations for sonar hookups as well as trolling motor capabilities to help get around faster. I attached a small transom mount trolling motor to my pontoon to help me get around faster. I still use the paddles when needed and they are always attached, even if they don’t get used. These crafts have such a shallow draft, that they can get into backwater bays and areas where high weeds would prevent a larger boat from getting to fish that normally aren’t targeted very often. This can result in some good opportunities to land some monster fish. Of all the advantages that kayaks, and pontoons have, this is probably one of the biggest ones. Have you ever had a fifteen-pound pike pull you around in a big boat? Probably not, but unless you are anchored down in a kayak or pontoon, prepare yourself to go for a ride because a big pike or bass will do just that! I speak from experience. As far as gear goes, using a kayak or pontoon requires you to keep your gear at a minimum to maximize what space you do have. Mountable rod holders are a must, if you want to have more than one pole handy. I have two attached to mine so that I can bring three rods out with me, plus it gives me the ability to troll crankbaits or bottom bouncers if I choose to fish in that way. Small tackle bags are handy to have that don’t take up much space either. Small nets that can be extended with one hand are very useful if you have space for it. I also recommend looking at foldable anchors of at least ten pounds in weight because the wind will play more of a factor than anything in your ability to remain in one place. Up until recently, one of the biggest disadvantages of kayak/pontoon fishing was the lack of space for or ability to put electronics on them. Sonar is always a must-have when on the water. But now, many sonar companies are making kayak-compatible sonar systems due to its ever-growing popularity. Vexilar came out with their very affordable SonarPhone series of portable fish finders a few years ago that uses your smartphone and a free app that works with their fish finders. I myself use the T-Pod model of this series, which is a large bobber outfitted with sonar and a Wi-Fi signal. Midwest Hunting & Fishing - July-August 2018 • Page 29

Affordability, numerous customization possibilities, exercise, and access to backwater/non-motorized boat areas are just some of the reasons why kayaks and pontoons are showing up in more and more places.

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I simply drop the T-Pod in the water and it turns on automatically. Once I’ve opened the SonarPhone app, it starts searching for the Wi-Fi signal coming from the T-Pod and when it connects, I get the same instant sonar feedback that you get with any sonar system and since it’s a Wi-Fi signal rather than Bluetooth, it doesn’t use any data or drain my battery fast. Using it last year was truly a game-changer for me, as I was able to see the depth, temperature, and structure below me for the first time since I started using my pontoon almost ten years ago. Trolling was always a problem before I started using it and I had no issues last year after hooking it up. If you want to use this sonar system, I would highly recommend getting a rail or bike mount to hold your phone to the frame, so you don’t have to worry about holding it and fishing at the same time. While there are some obvious disadvantages to using kayaks and pontoons (distances are not covered fast, weather and wind are more of an issue, lack of space for gear), there are many reasons as to why their use is on the rise. Affordability, numerous customization possibilities, exercise, and access to backwater/non-motorized boat areas are just some of the reasons why kayaks and pontoons are showing up in more and more places. They are great for many fishing purposes and offer users a unique experience that you have to try out to see for yourself and while you may have all of the high tech gear that is always present on most large boats, there are options out there to bring some of that technology with you to make your outing on the water more successful. Kayak and pontoon fishing is something that many shore fishermen and women should look at if they want to get out on the water. Just make sure you bring that anchor with you should that big pike or bass you catch decide to try and give you a ride around the lake.

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How many of us have been invited to go camping and it hasn’t turned out quite how we thought it would? Unless it’s a positive experience, many of us would never think of going again. If it rained and your tent leaked. If your area is in the thick of the woods and you were eaten alive by mosquitos. If you woke up in the middle of the night to hear your Mom hush you, because your Dad forgot to put the cooler in the Suburban and the bears were eating all your food…true story. I grew up camping, these were our vacations because they were inexpensive.

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These vacations consisted of packing up the cooler, tent, sleeping bags, loading all 5 bicycles on our bicycle rack, and being told 10 times before we left, “Did you go to the bathroom?...Well go again. You didn’t? Well just try anyway!

We aren’t stopping.”

Leaving at the blank crack of dawn and fighting with my sisters over who got stuck in the middle. But guess what? These are some of the best memories growing up. Even the time our (my sisters and mine) best friend threw up on me in the middle of the night because my older sister made her drink Tab and eat s’mores. If you have a positive experience, or least a memorable one, you will probably want to do it again. There are a few ways to ensure a positive experience, aside from Ma Nature taking her course. The priority, pack bug spray. Totally kidding, that it is a priority, but it is important. With that, make sure it has a higher Deet percentage, as this helps with mosquitos, as well as ticks. If you plan on hiking, make sure to bring long pants and socks that you can pull up over your pants. This helps to prevent finding those disgusting blood-filled monstrosities in unwanted areas. You have better options of high Deet products at outdoor stores as opposed to your local grocery or pharmaceutical chain, so make sure to check there. It is well worth spending the extra money to protect against the potential of Lyme’s disease, as well as your comfort level as opposed to warding off a swarm of hungry mosquitos. Secondly, if you are the type that hates sleeping on the ground, you have a couple options. The first being a cot, again your outdoor stores will carry these. My preferred option is to run to my nearest big-box store and get an air mattress. This works fantastic for camping and you will have the comfort level to get you through a weekend. My tip to you is spend a few extra dollars and get one of those “egg carton” mattress liners to go underneath the air mattress. Yes, I said underneath. This gives you a longer life for the mattress, as campgrounds are often rocks, pebbles, sand and matted down grass. Not the plush grass you’d desire. Last option is Glamping, otherwise known as Glorious Camping. This is where you have all your amenities, sometimes even indoor plumbing, and sumptuous living conditions all in the outdoors.

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I have yet to experience this, and to be honest, I probably wouldn’t. If I am going camping, I am going to try to be as natural as I can without the extra comforts, aside from the air mattress. Third, go online and find a camping checklist. There are many different types, so find one that suits your type of camping and make sure you check it off. I can promise, if you don’t, you will forget something. Lastly, make sure you have a decent cooler. Now you don’t have to spend $300 for a name brand that will keep your stuff cold for 6 months, unless you feel the need. Just remember, you are hauling this stuff and those coolers are heavy when they are empty, now imagine it filled with all your food and beverages for the weekend. That’s enough to give you a hernia! Now you are ready to go find your little area of heaven for the weekend, but ahhhh, where to start. An excellent place to start, is your “explore” or “visit” state website. These websites have a plethora of options on where to stay and what to do. Check out your state parks too, these are great and generally well maintained. A lot of these pages allow you to reserve your campsite, and it will show what the options are, such as hiking trails, fishing, beaches, and the potential for bathroom houses with showers. Make sure if you are aiming for a weekend, to book it early, as they can book up fast. So, you are ready to go, finally. Check your list and check it twice, pack up your vacation on wheels, and keep an open mind. There are opportunities for new experience, new sights to behold, and just taking in the fresh air. Go out, have fun and don’t forget the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups instead of chocolate bars for s’mores….and if you have an ounce of consideration, don’t make your friend drink Tab while eating these.



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One of the key tips from pro walleye fishing is that crawler harnesses are extremely effective in a variety of waters, a variety of depths and are absolute walleye catching machines.

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At one point in my life, I thought about pursuing pro walleye fishing. As a step on this discernment, I fished as an amateur in the former Professional Walleye Trail (PWT). Eventually teaming up with a group of pro anglers to help them with pre-fishing, I had the chance to fish walleye waters all over the U.S. with some excellent anglers. One of the key takeaways that really helped me to become a more effective walleye angler was the fact crawler harnesses are extremely effective in a variety of waters, a variety of depths and are absolute walleye catching machines. THE BOTTOM BOUNCER There a number of ways to get your crawler harness down into the fish catching zone. 90% of my crawler harness fishing is done with a two ounce bottom bouncer. This bouncer can be pulled in 5 feet of water or as deep as 30 feet of water effectively. This versatility allows you to work up and down drop offs, on the edges of reefs or along a weedline effectively while maintaining contact with the bottom. The two ounce bouncer also works well pulling over rocks and rubble. Much of my fishing happens on Lake of the Woods. Fishing famous reefs like Starren, Knight and Bridges, Arnesen’s or Archie’s or up at the NW Angle where the 14,552 islands of the lake begin, the bouncer can ride just above the rocks avoiding snags. I let my rod tip back periodically to feel the bouncer touch bottom. By touching bottom periodically, I know exactly where my bouncer is at, yet I don’t drag the bottom which avoids snags. Bouncers are even effective in sparse weeds where many walleyes will hide out a good part of the year. The bouncer will ride through and over weeds which also can be an attractant for the spinner and crawler following close behind. On a rare occasion I will go to a heavier bouncer. For instance, out in the 32’ basin on Lake of the Woods, I will go to a 3 ounce bouncer to maintain more of a 45º angle which provides me more control while still maintaining my desired speed of 1.25 mph. THE HARNESS There are a lot of great harnesses on the market today. For most situations, purchase a variety of two hook harnesses and you will be in good shape. I personally tie my own for a couple of reasons. First off, I don’t trust the individual who tied the harness when I am fishing a tournament. Secondly, I can tie my own bead patterns, choose my line, length of harness, etc. With that being said, most don’t fish tournaments and the majority of harnesses you can purchase have quick change clevises for the blade, fluorocarbon line and effective bead patterns matched with a blade. Most of my harnesses are 4 - 6’ long. With the properties of fluorocarbon line, I can get away with 15 - 17 lb test. Not only do I have the advantage of stronger line for the fish’s teeth, pulling through rocks and wood, etc, but it actually keeps the harness running straighter with less tendency of tangling up. The line is virtually invisible in the water, thus, thicker diameter doesn’t seem to matter. It is also a benefit when the fish shakes its head in the net, the line doesn’t break. I like #2 or #4 octopus style hooks. I normally tie the hooks about 1.5” - 2” apart. This allows one hook in the head of the crawler and the other near the band of the crawler. Ideally, I want the crawler running straight in the water. If you have an interest in tying your own harnesses, I would recommend looking at YouTube, where there are many great examples.

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By tying your harnesses with a quick change clevis, you have the ability to very easily change the size, style and colors of blade.

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Use a smaller blade in the early season. As the water temp increase, adjust the blade size.

MATCH THE BAIT WITH BEADS, QUICK CHANGE CLEVISES & A VARIETY OF BLADES I like to tie harnesses with a variety of bead sizes and colors. If you are fishing with a partner, start out with different bead color patterns and spinners and begin to “hone in” on what the fish want that day. It is not a bad idea to “match the hatch” if you know what the walleyes are feeding on. By tying or purchasing your harnesses with a quick change clevis, you have the ability to very easily change the size, style and colors of blade. My personal tendency is to use a smaller blade in the early season or in very clear water. As the water temps increase, I will increase my blade size. When I say small, I mean a #2 Colorado style and when I say big, I mean a #6 Colorado. The blade size I use most often is a #4 Colorado. The go to color on Lake of the Woods and many bodies of water is hammered gold, with pink being my second choice. SPEED AND ANGLE The go-to speed for pulling a harness is 1.25 mph. I will range from 1.0 – 1.6, but most of the time, 1.25 is key. I really focus on having about a 45º angle of my line from the end of my rod to the water. A 45º angle allows me maximum control to feel the bottom. The opportunity to periodically drop my rod tip back to touch the bottom with the bouncer, yet not drag the bouncer on the bottom, is key. I prefer having the bouncer ride just above the bottom even if the fish are tight to the bottom. The 45º angle also allows me to avoid snags verses pulling the harness farther behind the boat at a flatter angle.

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WHAT ROD & REELS WORK THE BEST Although any rod and reel will work to pull a harness, the ideal set up is a medium action bait casting set up with a flipping switch. The flipping switch allows you to open the spool to let out more line as you drift or troll into deeper water to maintain contact with the bottom and not have to turn the reel handle to engage the spool. With the flipping switch, the spool automatically engages which makes life a bit easier. A spinning rod and reel will certainly work. Whichever way you go, make sure to let the bouncer and harness down slowly and do not let it free fall as it will tangle. THE STORAGE SYSTEM The easiest system I have found to store harnesses is by wrapping them around swimming noodles you can pick up in the toy department for a couple of bucks. Find a sealed container used for storage that will fit the desired number of noodles and the storage compartment of your boat and cut the noodles in lengths to fit the container and you are set. I suggest taking a filet knife and make 1/2” grooves around the noodle every inch or so. This allows the harness to stay secure while on the noodle. TIPS ON HOOKING MORE FISH Over the years, I have learned a few things that help my hook set percentages. When a walleye grabs on to the harness, it normally is not a violent strike, but more swimming weight. Slowly drop the rod back without giving any slack and after about 2 or 3 seconds, sweep the rod forward for a hook set. The other option is leave your rod secured in the rod holder. The rod will “load up” and the fish often seem to hook themselves. I know some tournament anglers who will not tell their amateur partner when a walleye is biting until the fish is actually hooked. When a walleye whacks your harness, but doesn’t stay engaged, try dropping your rod tip back and let the harness sit idle for a couple of seconds. Often time this hesitation will cause the trailing walleye to eat. LIVE CRAWLER OR ARTIFICIAL CRAWLER It is only my opinion, but live crawlers are the best. I like to pinch off the crawler with only a few inches of crawler hanging behind the back hook. My reasoning is with a 2 - 3” tail, the crawler still has incredible action and when the walleye hits my presentation with less crawler off of the back hook, my hooking percentage goes up as the back hook will end up in the walleyes mouth more often. Experiment on the boat, but normally a whole crawler is not needed. Regarding artificial crawlers, I have tried numerous brands. The time I really prefer an artificial crawler is when there are an abundance of panfish that quickly eat my bait. I prefer to have more “hook time” over being out of the water re-baiting often. Whether you fish The Walleye Capital of the World or another body of water, crawler harnesses are fish catching machines. If you don’t currently use crawler harnesses, break out of your comfort zone and try them. Adding crawler harnesses to your walleye tool belt this summer will absolutely put more walleyes in your boat.

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This deep, clear lake reaches a maximum depth of 205 feet, which ­makes for excellent boating and fishing. The long, narrow reservoir winds its way through the Missouri River Valley for 231 miles, with countless bays, coves and points that provide some of the best walleye fishing in South Dakota. There are more than 50 parks and recreation areas that provide access to the reservoir, accommodating both those who fish by boat and those who want to shore fish. Around the dam there is boat access at the East Shore and West Shore recreation areas. Access to the middle part of the lake can be found at the West Whitlock Recreation Area which provides boat ramps, shore access, fish-cleaning stations and campground accommodations through the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. On the upper lake, the Indian Creek Recreation Area contains a boat launch and marina. From Pierre to Mobridge you will also find great accommodations including motels, campgrounds and resorts.

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Lake Francis Case is the large, gently winding reservoir behind Fort Randall Dam on the Missouri River in south-central South Dakota. The lake has an area of 102,000 acres and a maximum depth of 140 feet. Lake Francis Case covers just over 100 miles and has a shoreline of 540 miles.

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The rolling prairie terrain surrounding along Lake Francis Case is a peaceful paradise for outdoors enthusiasts, while the reservoir itself is home to all kinds of water recreation. Species of fish in the reservoir include walleye, northern pike, sauger, sunfish, yellow perch, common carp, black bullhead, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. The walleye is the targeted game fish. This reservoir is packed full of feisty walleyes just right for eating. It seems like no matter if you are a jig and a minnow, bottom bouncer or a plug puller you are going to catch fish. And when the wind is blowing, there’s usually a ramp located where an angler can still get on the water to find fish. If you have never been fishing on Francis Case, you need to put it on your bucket list. The fishing is great and the views along the 100 miles of lake are amazing.

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Ducks Unlimited (DU) recently hit a major milestone in its efforts to restore and protect important waterfowl habitat in South Dakota. According to Manager of Conservation Programs Steve Donovan, DU has now invested over the $100 million in South Dakota since 1985. Most of this investment has taken place on private land, where DU works closely with farmers and ranchers to provide the assistance they need to conserve and enhance wildlife habitat. This investment in South Dakota demonstrates the importance of the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) to North America’s waterfowl populations and the priority given to this landscape by DU. The condition of breeding habitat in the PPR is the number one factor driving continental waterfowl populations. DU’s work to conserve these vital habitats is the organization’s highest priority. The conservation success story represents a wide variety of habitat accomplishments, including the permanent protection of over 250,000 acres of wetlands and grassland habitats while also restoring and enhancing an additional 380,000 acres. Protecting wetlands and associated grasslands ensures that future generations of South Dakotans will be able to enjoy abundant wildlife populations, including the wonderful spectacle when millions of waterfowl migrate through the state, arguably the greatest mass migration of wildlife on the planet. DU developed its South Dakota conservation program in 1984, with the first projects completed in 1985. Some of the earliest projects developed in South Dakota included the Bower and Mallard Dam projects in Lyman County that created over 90 acres of habitat, two wetland creation projects in Perkins County that established 45 acres of wetlands, the Ringer WPA and Black Slough GPA projects in Marshall County that enhanced 200 acres of wetland habitat, and the Broken Arrow and Owens Bay projects in Charles Mix County that provided over 400 acres of wetland habitat to breeding and migrating waterfowl. In those early years in South Dakota, DU invested an average of $500,000 per year in waterfowl habitat projects in South Dakota, a remarkable number for the time. In recent years, DU has invested an average of $10.6 million per year into South Dakota habitat programs during 2016 and 2017. This level of investment is in large part attributable to the Revolving Habitat Program (RHP) and DU’s significant contributions to support the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s conservation easement program. Through RHP, DU acquires certain high priority properties containing abundant opportunities to conserve wetlands, restores and protects those habitats, then sells the property usually to a local farmer or rancher with proceeds then reinvested into future projects. The unique partnership DU enjoys with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is also particularly important. DU provides assistance to FWS to help Page 5858 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - July-August 2018

that agency with the important task of working with interested farmers and ranchers to protect important habitats with conservation easements. The interest in easements among landowners far outweighs the availability of funding, making DU’s support of the program particularly important. During 2017 alone, the partnership protected over 42,000 acres in South Dakota, including over 5,600 acres of important wetland habitats, ensuring these wetlands will always provide important breeding habitat to waterfowl and many other species of wildlife. The emergence of DU’s Soil Health Program is the newest aspect of DU’s conservation efforts in the state. Promoting soil health and practices that improve soil health is a rapidly growing effort promoted by many agricultural leaders, agronomists, producers, University researchers and officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Promoting soil health is seen by many as a necessary change in agriculture to ensure long-term sustainability and profitability while also protecting natural resources, including water quality. Ducks Unlimited quickly recognized that many of the practices being promoted for their benefits to soil health also provide direct benefits to wildlife, including ducks. Diversifying crop rotations to include small grains such as winter wheat, planting cover crops, and re-seeding marginal soils back to perennial grasses are just a few of these practices that offer significant benefits to wildlife while also helping producers with their efforts to remain profitable and sustainable in today’s tough agricultural economy. DU offers both financial and technical assistance to South Dakota producers who are interested in incorporating these practices into their operation. It took 34 years for DU to reach the $100 million level of investment in South Dakota. However, Donovan believes it won’t take nearly as long to reach the next $100 million mark. “We enjoy tremendous support from our volunteers and donors throughout the country who recognize not only the importance of this landscape, but the urgent need to protect and enhance this vital resource”, said Donovan. Indeed, in recent years the pressures to convert grasslands and drain wetlands has only increased, according to Donovan. “We have had tremendous success over the last 34 years and we need to take a moment to enjoy this monumental achievement”, said Donovan, “but then we need to get back to work helping farmers and ranchers achieve their conservation goals of protecting important wildlife habitat”, he added. Continuing to fill the skies with waterfowl for generations to come will depend in large part on DU’s conservation efforts over the next several decades in this important landscape.

a new component of DU’s Preserve Our Prairies Initiative. Using cover crops as an agricultural practice have been shown to improve soil health, water quality and reduce costly inputs needed to raise corn and beans. What is not fully understood is how cover crops in an intensively farmed landscape can improve nesting conditions for grassland bird species. A Ducks Unlimited major sponsor is helping DU do the research to answer that question. In partnership with South Dakota State University and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, DU secured public funding to initiate the study. While attending a South Dakota DU Major Donor event, Diamond Life Sponsor Steve Raymond heard about the need for a private gift so that DU could fully utilize the public research grants. The Connecticut donor stepped forward to provide the needed private match, following discussions with Director of Development Terry Kostinec of South Dakota. In June of 2017, Steve came back to South Dakota to take a tour of the test areas. He worked with DU’s manager of conservation programs for South Dakota, Steve Donovan, to locate active bird nests in the field. “I am encouraged by the early results of the cover crop study” Steve Raymond said. “I appreciated the opportunity to help DU pursue new programs that not only promote soil health but also provide ducks and pheasants a place to nest in farmland.”

To find out more on how you can support DU’s efforts to promote and expand our Soil Health conservation programs, Contact Terry Kostinec (605) 760-5791 or Steve Donovan (605) 633-0270.

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Landowner Chris Lee shows Steve Donovan and Steve Raymond how cover crops improve soil health.

With a restored wetland and a cover crop field in the background, Director of Development Terry Kostinec (L) and South Dakota Conservation Manager Steve Donovan (r) present a Diamond Heritage sponsor pin to Steve Raymond.

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By Don Thorpe Volunteers come to Ducks Unlimited for a variety of reasons. Many are waterfowl hunting enthusiasts who attend a local event and see like-minded sportsman having fun hosting their banquet. They like the chance to win a gun, decoys, prints and other items. Many enjoy participating in the auctions. These sportsmen may feel this is an opportunity to network with fellow sportsman to share their love of our waterfowl heritage. While these are all reasons to attend and volunteer ultimately they want to pay forward to future generations of waterfowl sportsman so they can witness the majesty of waterfowl migrations filling the sky!

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By Bill Marketon For those of you that are not aware, Ducks Unlimited (DU) is a North American conservation organization. DU was founded more than 80 years ago by a group of duck hunters concerned about what was happening to our environment. Ducks Unlimited’s mission is to fill the skies with waterfowl for today, tomorrow and forever. To be able to do that has become critical to manage our wetlands and water quality. With this in mind, take some time when you travel around the Midwest and take notice of and witness directly what is happening to our land. We have come to a critical stage right now where we must invest more than ever into the focus of conservation and habitat. Without doing so, we will lose the opportunity to expose our children and grandchildren to our hunting heritage. It is our duty to take care of the things that we love and appreciate. Page 6060 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - July-August 2018

Ducks Unlimited recently achieved a huge milestone in South Dakota. To date, through the use of grants and agriculture partner matches, DU has invested more than $100,000,000 into conservation related activities in South Dakota alone. This opportunity would not have been available without the generosity of our volunteers, members, major donors and partners. A special thank you to Midwest Hunting & Fishing Magazine for allowing us to share our message. We hope to see you at future Ducks Unlimited events. For more information go to Bill Marketon South Dakota State Chairman Ducks Unlimited

If this describes how you feel, then it is time to step up and join your local DU Committee or if there is no local chapter then help start a new chapter in your town! We have 45 active chapters in South Dakota. The communities where these chapters exist are as diverse as the volunteers who serve these chapters. We have chapters in the largest cities to chapters in towns with populations of less than 100 people. There are chapters comprised of hardcore duck hunters and chapters with volunteers who have never hunted waterfowl. Volunteers can assist in a variety of ways, whether it is selling tickets to the banquet, directing publicity, collecting prizes, or helping set up for night of the banquet. There are many ways volunteers can step forward to help host a successful banquet. Each volunteer brings their own unique abilities to the committee. The volunteers from South Dakota come from careers ranging from all backgrounds, such as teachers, farmers, law enforcement, medical, construction, electricians, salesman, engineers, lawyers, artists, bartenders, mechanics, managers, carpenters, dentists, chiropractors, students and many more professions. The one thing they share is the commitment to protect our precious wildlife habitat for future generations. If you would like to join your local committee or if you are a current volunteer who would like to step up to become a Zone Chair or District Chair, please call Don Thorpe at 605-630-8696. Or email Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit

DU Needs Help in the Following Locations • • • • •

Redfield Sisseton Hot Springs Union County Philip

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Mobridge Clark Wall Beresford Platte

Volunteer Contacts

State Chairman Bill Marketon 605-310-9793 • Senior Regional Director Don Thorpe 605-630-8696 •

District Chairman

Steve Schutz, SE South Dakota 605-359-3598 • Take time to volunteer for your favorite organization and reach out to friends and family to recruit new volunteers. Take a kid hunting and spend time in the outdoors. There is no greater joy in life than mentoring the youth and educating them on our passions. Let your local, regional, and federal politicians know how important conservation is to the future of a healthy landscape. Your voice in Washington D.C. helps to motivate our politicians and will move mountains. You will be amazed what a simple phone call or email can do. Many organizations of all types need funding for their individual missions. We understand that everyone has a limited supply of funds they can contribute. Do your research and invest your charitable contributions into organizations that wisely use funds. Ducks Unlimited continues to be highly recognized for their use of funds towards conservation that will help to sustain habitat for all types of wildlife.

Dennis Tilly, NE South Dakota 605-999-7496 • Paul DeHaan, Western South Dakota 605-517-0208 Don DeHaan, South Central South Dakota 605-491-1777 • Steve Peschong, Central South Dakota 605-999-4574 • Mary & Jeff Schneider East Central South Dakota 605-770-7546 (Jeff) 605-770-7419 (Mary) Midwest Hunting & Fishing - July-August 2018 61• Page 61

ish F s u o l u b a F r Recipes Fo Your Catch

By Tommy LeVasseur Ingredients: • 4 crappie fillets (6 to 8 oz. each), cut into finger-sized strips • 2 qt. boiling water • 6 to 8 oz. crab or shrimp boil • Cocktail sauce Directions: Refrigerate crappie fillets in a saltwater bath for 1 hour. Rinse and cut fillets in half down the lateral line. Cut crappie fillets into finger-sized lengths and place strips into boiling water and shrimp boil mixture. Fillet strips will curl, firm up and become very white in appearance when done. Cook for approximately 4-6 minutes, depending on length and width of strips. Remove strips from water and drain on paper towels. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour or more to chill the strips thoroughly. Serve on a bed of crushed ice with toothpicks or small forks and dip curls in your favorite cocktail sauce.

By Melissa Ingredients: • 1 cup enriched white rice • 4 Tbsp. brown roux • 1/2 C. chopped green bell pepper • 2 C. beef broth • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice • 1 bay leaf • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme • 2 lb. catfish fillets, cut into 1” pieces • Red pepper flakes (to taste)

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2 C. water 1 C. chopped onion 1 tsp. minced garlic 1 lb. tomatoes, coarsely chopped 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp. ground black pepper 2 tsp. salt 1/4 C. chopped fresh parsley

Directions: Combine rice and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until done. In a large saucepan, warm roux over medium heat. Stir in onion, green bell pepper, and garlic; cook for about 5 minutes, or until soft. Stir in broth and tomatoes. Season with lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, bayleaf, black pepper, thyme, and salt. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in catfish and parsley. Simmer, partially covered, for 10 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Stir in 2 cups cooked white rice, and season with red pepper flakes. Serve.

By Lu By Raschell Rule, Ingredients: • 4 C. hash brown potatoes • 4 C. crappie fillets, chunked • 1/2 C. diced celery • 1/2 C. diced onion • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder • 1/4 tsp. onion powder • 1 to 2 cans evaporated milk • 1/4 C. melted butter Directions: In a saucepan, boil potatoes until fork tender. Add the fish chunks and remove when cooked. Sauté the celery and onion until tender; drain. Combine all into one large Dutch oven or pot. Now add cream of mushroom soup, evaporated milk, garlic powder, onion powder and butter. Simmer together until hot. Do not boil or milk will curdle. Top this hearty crappie chowder with crumbled bacon and shredded cheese before serving.

Ingredients: • 1 1/2 lb. catfish fillets, cut in strips • 2 tsp. Cajun-style blackened seasoning • 4 Tbsp. mayonnaise • 1/2 C. butter • 1 C. sliced fresh mushrooms • 1/2 C. chopped fresh parsley • 1 C. sliced green onions • 1 lb. small, peeled shrimp • 2 (10.75 oz.) cans condensed cream of shrimp soup Directions: Sprinkle catfish strips with blackened fish seasoning. Spread catfish with mayonnaise. Place in a shallow dish, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour. In a large skillet, heat 4 Tbsp. butter until it begins to sizzle. Sear the fish strips until golden, turning once. Transfer to a 9x13” baking dish, and arrange fish in a single layer. In the same skillet, heat remaining 4 Tbsp. butter over medium heat. Cook and stir mushrooms in butter until golden. Stir in parsley, green onions, and shrimp. Reduce heat to low, and cook until shrimp are pink and tender. Stir in cream of shrimp soup, and blend well. Ladle soup mixture over fish in baking dish. Bake at 375º for 30 minutes.

By Taste of Home

By Raschell Rule, Ingredients: • 4 crappie fillets • Butter, melted

• Fresh garlic, to taste • Bread crumbs

Directions: Preheat broiler. Place foil over a cookie sheet and spray with oil. Sprinkle garlic, butter and bread crumbs over the fillets. Place under the preheated broiler and cook until fish flakes with a fork.

Ingredients: • 1 large egg • 1 tsp. honey • 1 C. coarsely crushed saltines (about 22 crackers) • 1/3 C. all-purpose flour • 1/4 tsp. salt • 1/4 tsp. pepper • 4 to 6 walleye fillets (about 1-1/2 lb.) • Canola oil • Additional honey Directions: In a shallow bowl, beat egg and honey. In another bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, flour, salt and pepper. Dip fillets into egg mixture, then coat with crumb mixture. In a large skillet, heat 1/4” of oil; fry fish over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side or until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork. Drizzle with honey. Midwest Hunting & Fishing - July-August 2018 • Page 63 63

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Kones Korner is a legend known all across the upper Midwest and Great Plains as a 1920's rural gas station and store. In the 1960's a longtime gun hobby was combined with the store. Today there are still gas pumps and munchies for travelers, but the store now carries an inventory of approximately 2500 firearms. In 1966, after purchasing several guns at an auction sale, Curt displayed them in an old candy display case. The guns sold, starting a legacy that lives on today. Curt continued to add more and more guns and gun supplies. Today Kones Korner serves customers from both the local area as well as across the United States. The business has even sold to persons as far away as England. Now the business has been passed down to yet another generation. Curt’s son Vic Carter has now taken over the day to day business of Kones Korner.


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Makes Anyone a First Responder From Avera Health The only thing that is more tragic than a death is a death that could have been prevented. This is the philosophy behind the program Stop the Bleed, which teaches attendees how to lessen the excessive blood flow of someone seriously injured after a knife wound, gunshot, explosion, vehicle accident or any other traumatic situation. “A person could bleed out and die from an injury in as little as five minutes,” said Erin Beck, RN, MS, CEN, CCRN, clinic nurse educator of Trauma Services at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls. “Emergency services aren’t usually on scene and may take longer than that to arrive; the first responder could be you.” With a deep breath—and a little education—you can make the difference in these life-threatening situations. Here are the primary principles of trauma care first response: • Ensure your own safety. If there is an active shooter in the area, run away from danger. However, if you come upon a motor accident, ensure you and the victim are safely away from traffic before addressing the individual’s bleeding. • Remember the ABCs of bleeding: • A – Alert. Call 911 or have someone call emergency services. • B – Bleeding. Find the area on the body where the victim is bleeding. • C – Compression. Apply pressure to stop the bleeding by: • Covering the wound with a clean cloth and applying pressure by pushing directly on it with both hands; OR • Using a tourniquet; OR • Packing the wound with gauze or a clean cloth and then applying pressure with both hands.

“We have received a lot of interest from people wanting to share this education and have classes within their community,” said Beck, “including school officials, Girl and Boy Scout troops and church administrators.” You can purchase kits from the Stop the Bleed website, controllingblood. org. Kits, which start at $69 and come in various sizes, include items such as a tourniquet, gauze, instructional card and a marker to denote the time you wrapped the injury. Many medical supply companies also carry blood control kits. “Our goal is to have these kits right beside every AED,” said Beck.

Avera is currently working to get Stop the Bleed training courses in communities across the Avera system. Stop the Bleed is an initiative put forth by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.

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1. REMOVABLE BAIT CAN allows for ease access to bait and also stores in fridge for later use. 2. REFREEZABLE SHELL gets placed in freezer until you’re ready to use it next time.

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