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2017 2017 2017 BENNINGTON BENNINGTON BENNINGTON 2017 2017 2017 LUND LUND LUNDLXI 1875 1875 1875 2017 BENNINGTON 2006 LARSON 2006 LARSON LXI248 248 22 22 22GSR GSR GSR 22 GSR IMPACT IMPACT IMPACT SPORT SPORT SPORT 2006 SANGER V215 350 MPI Bravo III 328 Hrs 350 MPI Bravo III 328 Hrs 2006 SANGER V215 150 150 150tri-toon HP HP HPMERCURY MERCURY MERCURY 4-STROKE 4-STROKE SPS SPS SPS tri-toon tri-toon pkg. pkg. pkg.4-STROKE Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha SPS tri-toon pkg. Yamaha BALLAST BALLAST 150 150 150 HP HP HP 4-stroke, 4-stroke, 4-stroke, water water water ready ready ready AND AND AND SHORELANDR SHORELANDR SHORELANDR TRAILER TRAILER TRAILER 150 HP 4-stroke, water ready


$74,890 $35,400


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2006 2006 SANGER SANGER V215

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325 HP 370 Hrs

2003 2003 MALIBU MALIBU WAKESETTER WAKESETTER 21XTI 2017 1600 2017 LUND XL XL325 SS SS 115 115 MERCURY MERCURY 325 HP 310 Hrs ALASKAN SS 75 ALASKAN 4-STROKE 4-STROKE 75 Mercury 4-stroke 75 Shorelandr Shorelandr roller trailer trailer Shorelandrroller roller trailer Shorelandr trailer


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Pheasant’s Forever..............53 Redfield, South Dakota..... 56

FISHING Yellow Perch

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Pure Gold...........................................................................10 7 Reasons

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Tweaking the Classic Live Bait Rig

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Walleye Basics.............................................................22 Speedy Spinners .......................................................20

Lake Francis Case.............................. 26

Slow and

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South Dakota Non-meandering Lakes are

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Anglers covet the Jumbo Yellow Perch in open water or on the ice, and as a bonus— they taste great!

The yellow perch is one of the most commonly caught fish in the Midwest. This smaller cousin of the walleye is good to eat. Like sunfish and bluegills, perch are considered "panfish," or fish commonly caught to be cooked in a frying pan and eaten. Yellow perch (Perca flavescens) are members of the Percidae family of freshwater fish, which are unarguably among the best-tasting freshwater fish available. Close family members include sauger and walleye. The yellow perch has a yellow to brasscolored body and distinct pattern, consisting of five to nine olive-green, vertical bars, triangular in shape, on each side. Its fins are lighter in coloration, with an orange hue on the margins. The body is laterally compressed. The anterior portion of the body is deep, gradually tapering into a slender caudal peduncle. The opercle is partially scaled, and a single spine is present on the posterior margin. P 6age 6 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - July-August 2017

Yellow perch spawn in spring, April and May, when water temperatures are in the mid-40s to mid-50s. This is usually about a week after walleyes spawn. Yellow perch males, which are smaller than females, move into the spawning areas first. Selected spawning sites are five to 10 feet deep in inland lakes, and over aquatic vegetation, submerged brush or along sand or gravelly shorelines. Big female perch can produce up to 100,000 eggs, but most produce 15,000 to 25,000 eggs. Spawning occurs at night and early morning. The females are accompanied 2 to 5 males, which swim alongside or behind them. The eggs are deposited in a unique form–a long, sticky gelatinous mass that drapes over underwater objects. The accordionlike transparent egg mass absorbs water rapidly after it is emitted and swells, sometimes reaching seven feet long and weighing up to two pounds.

FUN FACTS The largest yellow perch recorded in Minnesota was caught in Lake Plantaganette (Hubbard County) and weighed 3 lbs., 4 oz. The largest South Dakota perch recorded is 2 lb., 13 oz., caught on Bitter Lake The yellow perch method of spawning is unique in that female yellow perch lay their eggs in long gelatinous strands, usually floating or hanging from vegetation or some other structure Yellow perch can live for up to 11 years and reach sexual maturity by 3 years of age Spawning occurs in spring during which time females deposit up to 40,000 eggs in gelatinous strings over weeds, roots, fallen trees and other vegetation in the shallows Females have the potential to spawn up to 8 times in their lifetimes. Most spawning takes place at night or in early morning. Yellow perch spawning is unique; they lay their eggs in long, connected ribbons. They are rarely caught in waters more than 30 feet deep Female yellow perch mature between two to four years old, males usually mature one year earlier According to the International Game Fish Association, the current world record belongs to a 4 lb, 3 oz. perch caught by Dr. C. Abbot in Bordentown, NJ. That record, documented in 1865, is believed to be the longest standing freshwater record in North America



Spiny anterior dorsal fin

6 to 9 dark, vertical bars No fang-like teeth

Paired fins, from amber to bright orange

Yellow perch, also known as Ringed Perch, Lake Perch, or Raccoon Perch. Perch feed by sight and need light to find prey. Midwest Hunting & Fishing - July-August 2017 • Page 7

The egg mass is semi-buoyant and moves gently with water currents and waves. Severe weather may cause the egg mass to be torn up and washed onto land. Unlike the sunfishes, yellow perch parents do not remain to guard the nest, eggs or young. Yellow perch eggs take eight to 25 days to hatch, or longer. The hatching time of these and other fish eggs depends on water temperature. Hatching takes longer in cool water, a shorter time in warmer water. Newly hatched yellow perch head for deep water, where they form free-swimming schools. After about a month, they return to shallower water, and like the adults, live near the bottom. Young perch feed on zooplankton and small aquatic insects, and in turn are food for larger predator fish. Small fish, including small perch, are mainstays of the adult perch’s diet. Adult perch also eat aquatic insects and crustaceans.

Perch fishing has changed over the decades, but their love for food hasn’t. Live bait is usually more effective than artificial lures.

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Conservation and Management Yellow perch are usually not the sport fish most anglers try for, but they are one that most anglers catch. They are especially common in the ice-anglers bucket. Yellow perch flesh is firm and very good tasting. One of the problems with perch is that they tend to overpopulate, especially in lakes where too many of the larger sport fish have been harvested. Lakes with lots of "nuisance" small perch are called "perch lakes". The usual management strategy is to allow the predator fish species to recover, which often happens on its own because anglers go elsewhere.

References: wikipedia. org, MN Department of Natural Resources, SD Game Fish & Parks, lakescientist. com

Keep Moving

They are very active daytime feeders for most of the year, but tend to feed in short spurts. Moving often is suggested (every 30 minutes or so), especially during ice fishing, until you locate an active school of fish.

Light Tackle

When fishing perch, use the lightest weight rod, hook, sinker, and line as conditions allow.

Fish off the Bottom

Perch orient toward the bottom, so your bait or lure must be fished on or near the bottom.

Flash Retrieve

The flashing action of the fighting fish seems to draw other perch back into the area. As action increases, land fish more quickly and get the bait back down.

Slip Bobber

Unlike a traditional bobber, a slip bobber can be adjusted to target practically any depth.


Drop the jig to the bottom and let it hit the bottom. Let it sit there. Then give it a short, upward jerk and drop it back down to the bottom. Give the perch plenty of time to see the bait and react to it. 


Cast just past the area you’re targeting and work your bait through the area slowly, with small jerks.

Variations of Color & Flashiness


Perch will also be naturally attracted to different colors and flashiness. Make sure your lures have some flash and color to them so perch will go check your lure out.

Worms Perch find chopped worms truly irresistible. & Lob hook pieces of a worm on a small hook, Nightcrawlers perch can’t resist this bait.

Line of sight

Perch feed by sight and need light to find prey. They start foraging only after sunlight enters the water depths. Perch are rarely caught at night. Midwest Hunting & Fishing - July-August 2017 • Page 9

As I sat in the driver’s seat of my Bass Cat, while dad backed me down the launch, I couldn’t help but be excited for what the day had in store. It was mid-July and we were heading out on Rainy Lake in search of giant smallmouth bass. The air was warm­, the winds were calm and the sunrise was giving hint to clear skies. The area had experienced about a week of stable hot weather and more of the same was expected. As the boat slipped into the water, my eyes were immediately drawn to the electronics. Water temperature was in the mid 70’s...perfect!! The stage was set for a top water bite and I was anxious to get to our first spot. During the summer months on Rainy Lake, there will always be a population of bass up shallow with the biggest fish typically relating to vegetation. Here’s another secret...during the dog days of summer on Rainy Lake, go shallow. I mean really, really shallow. Smallmouth on Rainy Lake behave somewhat like largemouth, in that they will set up in the slop, sometimes in water as shallow as a foot or two. Armed with this information, we made our way to the back of an inlet flooded with pencil and cabbage weeds. Several loons were fishing in the bay, giving instant notification that bait fish were present. I dropped the trolling motor and eased towards an isolated patch of cabbage. My eyes were glued to the water’s surface, looking for any hint of life. As we slowly approached, I saw what I was looking for...a small swirl on the outside edge of the cabbage patch. I immediately cast my Rapala X-Rap Pop about 5 feet past the swirl. Once the ripples dissipated, I gave the lure one aggressive pop, creating a slurp that echoed throughout the bay. Before the lure even had a chance to settle, wham!! A big smallmouth crushed the lure in a watery explosion. As the fish turned and the rod began to load up, I set the hook in a sweeping motion to the side, driving the treble hooks home.

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The aftermath was an aerobatic display of bronze leaps and tail dances that smallmouth are so famous for. The fish would measure just over 19 inches and north of 4 pounds. This scenario was no accident and is why bass anglers set their alarms in the morning. In fact, if you were to ask a crowd of bass anglers their favorite pattern, I’d bet the overwhelming response would be top water and for good reason. Not only is it exhilarating to watch a bass explode on the surface, but did you know that top water baits typically catch bigger bass? Given the right conditions, not only can you have the most fun possible on water, but you’ll be rewarded with some of the biggest bass in the system at the end of the day. When stable weather meets water temperatures over 60º, it’s time to add top water lures to your bass fishing arsenal. Top water baits can be classified into 3 basic types: Poppers, Propeller and Walking. Due to their versatility, poppers have long been my go-to top water lure and under the right conditions, are very effective. Please allow me to share a few things that I’ve learned along the way in hopes of stacking the odds in your favor this open water season. When it comes to set up, I prefer to throw all top water baits on a 6.5 foot medium fast casting rod with a 6.4:1 bait caster spooled up with 10-12 pound monofilament. Casting gear provides more control while fighting fish and the soft action keeps more fish pegged. The monofilament plays an important role too because it floats, allowing the nose of the bait to ride high in the water. Additionally, the elastic property of monofilament acts as a shock absorber during strikes which increases the hook-up ratio. Poppers come in a variety of sizes and plethora of colors, however their overall designs are similar. The baits are cupped at the front, designed to “pop” or displace water when pulled forward. Poppers are most effective when winds are light and really shine when throwing to specific targets such as isolated weed vegetation, rock piles or lay downs. The popper can be cast to these high percentage spots and worked in place, keeping the bait in the strike zone longer. What makes the popper so versatile is that it can be fished with very subtle action or worked more aggressively; it can be twitched, popped in place, ripped or even walked.

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Imparting the action is generally the same regardless of how it’s is fished. Cast the lure out and let it settle. Drop the rod tip to about 2 feet off the water and point it at the lure. Drop the rod tip towards the water in a downward motion, pulling the lure forward. If you want the lure to throw more water in a spitting fashion, drop the rod tip aggressively on slack line. Let the fish tell you what they want with respect to how aggressive to fish the lure. To walk the bait, snap the rod downward on slack line and raise the rod while slowly reeling in some of the slack. Quickly repeating the process in a rhythm will cause the bait to walk to the left and right back to the boat. It takes some practice, but once the correct cadence is discovered, the bait will walk side to side with ease. The walking technique is especially effective for working outside edges of vegetation or fan casting flats in search of active fish. Tying the lure with a loop knot is best for walking as it promotes more action to the lure. When it comes to color, I’ve had success on everything from transparent to chartreuse and everything in between. My go-to is always a natural color like olive or perch, but don’t be afraid to experiment.

Several loons were fishing in the bay, giving instant notification that bait fish were present.

Here are my top 3 tips when it comes to fishing a popper: 1. Target high percentage spots: As previously mentioned, the popper really shines when targeting specific spots. To target the spots effectively, you have to think like a bass and put your bait in a spot where the fish want to ambush prey. Locate spots such as isolated vegetation, rock piles, boulders or lay downs and you’re in business. Big smallmouth love to use vegetation as concealment to ambush prey. Dissect the vegetation by working the outside edges first, followed by any lanes or holes within the vegetation itself. Bass use the holes as ambush points, sitting just inside the weeds waiting for their prey to enter the clean water. The popper can be cast into the clean water and worked in place, ringing the dinner bell to hungry bass. 2. Pay attention: I can’t count how many fish I’ve seen missed due to the angler (myself included) not paying attention or watching their bait. Rainy Lake can only be described as heaven on earth, so it’s no wonder that even the most disciplined angler can become distracted by its splendor only to look back and see that their popper vanished. Typically, the angler will set the hook into empty water like a batter missing a 90 mph fastball. It never ceases to amaze me how delicately a 4 pound smallie can slurp the bait without making a sound. Secondly, continually scour the water in search of active fish. Good quality polarized sunglasses are the rule for all types of fishing and top water is no exception. Hints of life may be as obvious as a fish swirling or as subtle as minnows scurrying from a predator beneath. These scenarios indicate that fish are actively feeding and are much more catchable, regardless of the time of day or water depth. Cast that popper out there!

“Given the right conditions, not only can you have the most fun possible on water, but you’ll be rewarded with some of the biggest bass in the system at the end of the day. When stable weather meets water temperatures over 60º, it’s time to add top water lures to your bass fishing arsenal.” Photo credits: Shane Wepruk HSM Outdoors 12 Page 12 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - July-August 2017

3. Wait to set the hook: There is nothing harder than waiting to set the hook when a bass crushes your bait, but you will land significantly more fish if you do. On a strike, wait until the rod loads up and the weight of the fish can be felt before setting the hook to improve your hookup ratio. We’ve all ducked from screaming lures and that’s not nearly as much fun as lipping a big bass. There’s nothing more exhilarating than watching your popper disappear as a big ‘ol bass train wrecks your lure. It brings a visual component to the game, and raises childhood memories of staring at a slip float for any indication that a fish is present. I don’t know about you, but I get goose bumps just thinking about it!!

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Many people think kayaks don’t make good fishing vessels, so I’m going to tell you why they are a superior fishing platform.

Kayaks can get into remote and skinny water where boats can’t go

Kayaks are extremely portable. You can load your gear and get kayaks into waters that are NOT accessible to power boats. Kayaks can be carried, or wheeled on carts, to launch areas that are unavailable to motor boats. Do you like fishing spots that get very little pressure? Kayak anglers do and we’re giddy about it! Another advantage; once you’re on the water, you can get into spots that big boats can’t. Kayaks can get into skinny water that’s only a few inches deep. We can fish those waters or go past them to access other waters nearby. Fishing from a kayak opens opportunities to fish waters that aren’t accessible to other water craft. Many kayak anglers are Bass fans. Bass anglers know the importance of not disrupting Bass that are bedded. Kayaks offer the ultimate in stealth. You can move from spot to spot very quietly. P 16age 16 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - July-August 2017

Fishing is about excitement – fishing from a kayak gets you closer to the action

Nothing beats the feeling of setting the hook, the anticipation of seeing the fish, enjoying the fight and landing that fish. It’s fun from shore and from a power boat, for sure. But in a kayak, you crank up the experience! You’re VERY close to the water. I’ve enjoyed many experiences where a large Northern followed my lure right up to the side of my kayak. The fish was within a few feet of me when our eyes met before it turned and darted away. Even more exciting is when you’re hooked up. A big fish can you pull you around in a kayak. For kayak anglers, this is known as a “sleigh ride.” Hang on while you get pulled around, it’s FUN! Then the real excitement starts – landing the fish. I really like targeting Northern Pike from my kayak. They’re aggressive, do that gator roll thing and have feisty attitudes. They’re inches away from you when you get them to the side of the kayak. Makes my heart pump just thinking about it.

The popularity of kayak fishing has exploded in the last 10 years. Kayak manufacturers have designed boats specifically for anglers. They’re wide, stable, comfortable, have plenty of room for gear and can be outfitted with advanced electronics. The sport has grown rapidly on the east, west and gulf coasts of the United States. In the last five years, we’ve seen this craze move inward to the Midwest.

Paddling & moving about quietly & freely on the water creates a strong sense of serenity

There’s a common thread among people who enjoy the outdoors. We enjoy the fresh air and connection with nature. Just being on the water and fishing is relaxing and fun. Kayak anglers enjoy time on the water in a different way. Most kayak anglers either paddle or pedal their boats, so you get a workout that includes many muscle groups. It’s quiet and there’s no rumbling exhaust or gas and oil smell from a motor. The experience is more tranquil. For safety reasons, it’s a good practice to meet with a group when you go kayak fishing. You watch out for others and they watch out for you. But that doesn’t mean you need to fish in the same spot. You’re free to go where you want and fish the spots you like. No debate with a boat Photo credits mate on where to fish next. Ron Strauss, President

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The kayak fishing community is welcoming, friendly and helpful

Selecting rods, reels, tackle and all the other gear is fun…but can be daunting for newbies. Kayak anglers have unique items that are specific to our type of fishing. Kayak anglers welcome newcomers and will help them choose and rig their rides. There is a strong do-it-yourself (DIY) spirit among kayak anglers. Hacks, work arounds and user innovation is celebrated and shared on social media and forums. Kayak anglers LOVE seeing what other enthusiasts are doing to outfit their yaks and share what they know. There can be a strong sense of competition during tournaments, but most kayak anglers are willing to share tips and tactics to help you become better at the sport. Some of the top members in our club share their knowledge with youth groups, lead seminars, administer and contribute to online resources and work one-on-one with those who have questions about the sport. You’ll find people with passion in this sport, and you’ll also find new friends. I’ve fished with many people in my life. Some of my closest fishing buddies have passed away, including my dad, brother and best friend. Their company cannot be replaced, but the people I’ve met through kayak fishing have brought their unique style, caring and sharing to my fishing outings and daily life. I’ve met an irreplaceable cast of characters. When I talk to new members or those thinking about getting into the sport, I tell them, “You’re going to love it, we have a GREAT group of people.” I say it proudly, with conviction and sincerity. I’ve made some good friends. Midwest Hunting & Fishing - July-August 2017 • Page 17

Kayak fishing presents opportunities for anglers of all types

“Kayak anglers welcome newcomers and will help them choose and rig their rides. They LOVE seeing what other enthusiasts are doing to outfit their yaks and share what they know.

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Anyone who is into fishing knows it’s a huge and varied topic. Ice fishing, bow fishing, shore fishing, salt water, inland, the list goes on and on…fishing sub topics all have their place and fans. Kayak fishing draws people from their mid 20s all the way to people in their 70s, men and woman alike. You can get started in kayak fishing at a relatively low price point compared to power boats. Entry level kayaks are an affordable way to get moving on the water. If you decide to try kayak fishing, there are many ways to get your feet wet. Most dealers have demo days. You can try different boats on the water. Our club encourages new users to do this. You’ll get a feel and knowledge of what makes an entry level boat different than a premium top-of-the line fishing kayak. You can also contact our club. Many of us have multiple yaks and will share or we can help you get a demonstration kayak to use at one of our events or tournaments. Kayak anglers also come from the ranks of those who own power boats. This includes me. I still have my power boat, but I fish from my kayak over 90% of the time, these days. It’s easier to load, launch and jump from lake to lake. I can meet a group of other kayak anglers early in the morning and stay as long as I like. Others can leave before me or stay later. It’s makes scheduling fishing outings very flexible, because each person has their own kayak.

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The kayak fishing fever is growing nationally, at the state level and locally It’s fun being involved in something that’s new and growing. We started the Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association in 2013. Our mission is to grow the sport in the upper Midwest. Membership in our club is FREE. You can use our forums or like our Facebook page to ask questions, learn about events and more. You’ll find people to fish with – you’ll probably find friends for life. You’ll learn new things. You can fish tournaments – or not. You choose what you want from the club. There’s something for everyone.

High profile kayak fishing tournaments and social media activity give credibility & visibility to the sport In the last couple of years, national kayak fishing tournaments have hit the scene and continue to grow in popularity. There are even worldwide kayak fishing competitions that draw contestants from countries around the world. Some of the top Bass fisherman in the world have become national ambassadors for the top fishing kayak manufacturers. Social media is constantly buzzing with posts, videos and more from users of all levels. The social sphere for kayak anglers is vibrant, alive and fun. When you’re not on the water, you can easily find information online.

Is kayak fishing for you? I asked myself that question years ago. I took the plunge. I got in my yak and I’ve never looked back! This article presents some of my favorite things about kayak fishing. I think the sport is unique, exciting and different from other types of fishing. I invite you to join our club or contact me about the sport and how to get involved at 651-639-1947 or online at

About the author (pictured at left) Ron Strauss, President of the Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association. Over 20 years experience marketing fishing kayaks. Northern Pike enthusiast. Proud husband and father (and soon to be Grandpa!). Page 18 18 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - July-August 2017



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This has become a staple on the large windswept reservoirs of the Dakota’s, where the technique was born and ultimately perfected. Another technique that was developed and fined tuned on these very same reservoirs is the slow death method. Basically, a kinked fine wire Aberdeen style hook that slow rolls a half a crawler. Seductively simple and downright deadly when properly presented. As simple and effective as this is, it can be made even better with some tinkering. After a couple of seasons of trial and error, I developed what is now the Slow Death Plus line for JB Lures. It uses a standard Mustad Slow Death hook and incorporates a 4 mm bead followed by a contrasting colored 8 mm bead and then a small aircraft style propeller blade. This gives the rig a slightly bulkier profile and combined with the color and slight flicker and flash of the blade, serves to make the whole package even more deadly. There are versions with floats and even a 2-hook harness where the worm is threaded directly onto the line. Through extensive testing, I have come up with the Super Death Plus Spinner series. It combines the well proven rolling action of slow death rigs and further enhances it by incorporating the time-honored thump and flash of a spinner rig. This is accomplished by using a Speed & spinners for walleyes sounds like a direct contraction in terms. Running spinners, typically baited with night crawlers, has always been a somewhat tedious affair. Standard fair is dragging them up & down structural elements with the standard weighting system of a bottom bouncer ranging from 1 to 3 & even 4 oz., depending upon depth & wind conditions.

slightly bigger and stouter hook in the form of the Mustad Super Slow Death hook. This holds up much better to the hard strikes it will elicit at higher speeds as well as being suited to hold the trophies the Great Lakes consistently kick out. I followed this up with 2 Matzuo Sickle hooks. I also use either a whole crawler or an artificial such as Gulp. If you are not experimenting with artificial baits, I urge you to do so. I run the head end of the crawler onto the slow death hook in a traditional fashion. Then, I do not impede its natural action by impaling it with sickle hooks. The result is an incredibly natural and nearly irresistible motion. Not hooking our bait seems to be counterintuitive. Once you run it beside the boat, you will instantly see why it is best employed in this fashion. The whole crawler rolls uninhibited and has an eerily realistic snaking action. And, the hooks are running right there with it. When a fish overtakes the rig these hooks easily swing into their mouth and immediately find a meaty home. The hook up ratio with this rig is over 90%. It not only produces more hits, it all but eliminates getting bit short. It will soon become apparent that the bites it elicits are bigger too. Meaning, consistently heftier fish. I feel this is due to the entire crawler stretching out completely and making for a

Toss a hard-breaking fastball for a winning changeup in your spinner presentations.


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and suspending a big aggressive bait such as an 800 Reefrunner and on the inside, either a Super Death spinner behind an inline weight or a smaller shad bodied crank bait along the lines of 200 Reefrunner ran tight to shore. 10 ft. Eyecons can be ran with spinners with medium weight snap weights or a confidence crank like the Deep Little Ripper straight out the sides. Off the stern a 7’6” rod would run a heavy snap weight basically in the prop wash with a spinner and the other side sporting a 5” “shorty” leadcore rod with a diminutive crank such as a # 4 Salmo Hornet or a Mini Ripper balances it all out nicely. In effect, we have set out a buffet line of baits spread over a large swath of Page 20 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - July-August 2017

varying depths. We are quite literally seining the water for bites. On some days you will see all rods get their share of bites. Other days, a pattern will soon develop and you can adapt as needed. Use mono or braid line depending upon the depth. I keep my line selection limited for simplicity. 10 lb Fireline or 12lb Nano (same exact diameters) or for mono the standard and ever reliable Trilene XT in 10lb. I prefer mono in 10 ft. or less and the superlines beyond that. Mono in shallow water allows us to get our weighting systems and baits a bit further back from the boat and the stretch it provides allows us a little cushion for what are often viscous head shaking,

larger overall profile. Mature fish are selective feeders and will find this more appealing. I am also a proponent of running large #5 blades for that very same purpose. Should you want to scale this down, there is a single hook Super Death Plus version as well. And, use the quick-change clevis and snap in a smaller # 3 Ventilator blade. As important as the design of the leader portion is, there is an equally critical component that serves to balance the entire package perfectly. That being a proprietary blade from JB Lures—the Ventilator. Versions are available in either a size 3 or 5 blade with quick change clevises for flexibility, depending upon conditions. The Ventilator is truly unique in that it has 2 vents incorporated into a Colorado style blade. I feel the commotion and change in pressure created by water being forced through the vents transmits a feel of vulnerability to the fish. Furthermore, the vents create a sort of gyroscopic stabilizing effect on the whole rig at higher speeds. 1.5 mph is typically thought of as the upper end for pulling spinners. This is where the Ventilator blade begins to shine. We can run these things clear up to and beyond 3mph...without them blowing out.

Now that we have our speedy spinner rigs explained, what is the best way to put them to use? This presentation is well suited for quickly covering ground on large flats or tapering shorelines. What I like to do before ever wetting a line is to make a couple of 30 mph runs up and down the structure using trim tabs to keep the nose down on my Lund to get a safe, quick, yet thorough dissemination of the presence of fish, bait and any depth or structural elements they are relating to. I can do this due to the clarity of Raymarine multi-function displays coupled with the accuracy of Navionics background mapping that I have relied since the turn of the century. For this season it gets even better with the advent of the Axiom displays featuring built-in RealVision 3DTM sonar, and the all new Light House 3 operating system. This is all driven with blazing fast quad core performance. Once I have found an area with decent prospects, it is time to get busy. A good starting point is 1.8 mph and up to 3mph to determine if there is a decided preference. A typical set up can include more than just the spinner option. For 3 anglers in a boat, I send planer boards out via 8’6” St. Croix Eyecon Trolling Rods. One deep on the outside

turn and run bites in the shallows. In deeper water, the thin diameter and low stretch qualities of braid allow us to keep our baits within a controllable distance without going to unreasonable amounts of weight. Experiment until you come up with a program that works best for you. Another factor to consider is that spinner blade size can play a significant role. The nemesis to innovation and learning, conventional wisdom, is that big blades are only for big water, like the Great Lakes. While there is some truth to that, it is far from definitive. Big blades, like #5s, can perform just fine in smaller waters, particularly in the heat

of summer. They can also be of benefit if you are dealing with a lot of panfish and cigar sized walleyes. Bigger blades coupled with artificial crawlers will help deter them to some extent. Also, keep in mind that we are employing a bold and brash presentation specifically designed to target the largest and most active fish. When done properly, it can be the difference between an average day and a day that averages big fish. If you are encountering tentative fish with a neutral to negative attitude, it takes but a second to snap in a more diminutive size 3 blade and see if that improves the situation.

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Sometimes I get the feeling that the angling world is moving in a direction of extreme sophistication and technical fishing. I am not against that movement as I have seen the rewards from experimenting with something new. However, I think it is still okay to fall back on the good old basics that continue to put fish in the boat. When it comes to basic walleye fishing, there is little doubt that live bait rigging is as classic as it gets. This simple system of presenting live bait on a leader with a sliding sinker has helped anglers boat countless walleyes. With that being said, it doesn’t mean that a live bait presentation can’t be tweaked to make it better. My experience on the water has taught me a number of tricks that have helped me improve my live bait presentation. It starts with the rod. I am as frugal as the next when it comes to spending money on fishing rods. For example, when I am using a float, the float is doing all of the work in detecting a bite. The visual aspect of a float makes it easy to tell when something fishy is happening. I don’t need a super expensive rod to help me watch a bobber. On the flip side of this, a live bait rod should be the best rod a person can afford to purchase. After all, it is the fishing rod that is going to telegraph a bite to your hands. There is a huge difference in the sensitivity or feel found in a quality rod versus a low end model. I am a firm believer in using seven foot medium light models with a very flexible tip. The length of this rod is great for absorbing hooksets and fighting fish. The flexible tip allows anglers to watch a rod load up with weight which helps determine when to set the hook or sometimes to visually see a pick-up.

The line is the next consideration. I typically spool eightpound-test mono on my reel but use a six-pound fluorocarbon line for my leader. Fluorocarbon is less visible in the water than standard mono and it is also quite tough. On days when the bite is difficult, switch to a four-pound-test leader. Leader length can make a difference. If I am fishing a river with some current, 18 inches is about right. However, if I am dealing with finicky walleyes on Rainy Lake, a six foot leader and small wire hook would be in order. I often add a chartreuse bead in front of my hook for a little extra color. Although many anglers have switched to a super braid to put on their reel for extra feel, I have not. Too many times I believe the sensitivity of the line allows the fish to feel me as much as I feel them. However, if the bottom is very rocky and snaggy, I will use super thin braided line. The extra sensitivity helps me feel my way through the snags. When using a jig, I generally start with six or eight-pound-test braided line and go to mono as a second choice.

Sometimes I get the feeling that the angling world is moving in a direction of extreme sophistication and technical fishing. I am not against that movement as I have seen the rewards from experimenting with something new. However, I think it is still okay to fall back on the good old basics that continue to put fish in the boat.

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As for the weight on a live bait rig, I tend to go heavier than most. I like to feel the bottom with the weight and then lift it off of the bottom so it doesn’t drag. I have also found that by fishing quite straight down I have great feel and fewer snag issues. Live bait rigging is a very basic approach to catching walleyes. However, even the basics can be tweaked to make them better. Remember, it is often the subtle changes that helps anglers catch more fish.

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Ever wonder how some anglers are always catching fish and others aren’t as fortunate? Those same anglers are the same ones that are catching some very nice quality fish and you wonder what they are doing that you aren’t...

The “Slow and Meticulous” approach works very well for fishing deep water with structure and/or cover. By concentrating on these types of areas, these areas hold very good quality fish and possibly that trophy that you are looking for. The approach that is used will be with plastics, but would work very well with jigs or any other bait that works the bottom contours. The areas that are focused on are deep flats, underwater islands/humps or deep weeds and weed-lines. The main focus is that as long as there is a concentration of weeds to work, that is the main thing to look for. We work that bait through some of the thickest weeds that can be found. These types of areas can and will hold some very large fish and if you can work the bait through them, you will be putting the bait in front of some fish that may not have seen a bait in quite some time.

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What are concentrated on are the weeds themselves and the scarcity as well as the thickness of them. The scarcity part of it would be the outer edges of the weed clumps not the inner thicker weeds. The edges have limited weeds growing, as the light penetration is lesser or possibly the bottom content is of a different makeup. These lightly weeded areas hold baitfish and the predators are using the thicker parts of the weedy areas as their ambush spots. By scarcity we mean that there may be only a few strands of weeds growing or possibly small patches of weeds growing that are not necessarily very tall in their growth. We can imagine looking at a grown man balding. On the back of his head he has much more hair than the front part that has strands of hair here and there. The thicker weeds that we will look for are the actual middle or anything that is inside of the outer weed-line. Many anglers will never put a lure into these thicker weeds as they are afraid that they may lose their bait, but don’t realize that they are missing out on numbers of fish and bigger fish at that. After you study weeds and weed-beds for a while, you will start understanding what you are looking for and notice that many weed-beds have holes or pockets in them. These are the areas that this technique will really start to excel in as you are bringing the bait along; they fall into these holes or pockets and in front of a waiting fish looking for a quick meal. Let us look into the “Slow and Meticulous” technique that works so well for us. Whether you have sparse weeds or thick clumps, this has worked in any weed situation. To setup the rig, we generally use any type of plastic bait on a 3/0-4/0 hook size Texas rigged with a bullet sinker on the line. The bullet sinker size that is generally used is a 1/8 ounce weight unless it is very windy and then a 3/16 ounce is used. Anything heavier than that will sink too much into the weeds and be hung up more often than not. Many anglers will not use such a light weight when fishing heavy weeds, but time after time, we are finding that these very light weights work very well for sneaking through the weeds. Never let “what you should be using” get in the way as any angler out there knows that to catch larger size fish, you need to do something a little different than everyone else. There are two different ways that we will fish this setup. One is deep water into the weeds and the other is directly in the weeds. First, the deep water to the weeds approach. On a recent trip to Minnesota, the better quality fish were coming from having the boat positioned on top of an underwater hump and casting the bait into the deep water. After letting the bait hit the bottom, slowly move the bait only a foot, or less, at a time. It is known that bigger fish will not expend a lot of energy for a meal and will wait for it to come by them. By working this very slowly, it leaves the bait in their strike zone much longer and the bigger fish will be caught.

There is one technique that seems to produce better fish, but may take some patience and practice time to get it down. As you are working the bait back towards the boat, the beginning part of the retrieve, you will not feel any weeds. But as you start getting to the edge of the hump, you will start noticing that there are a few weeds there and now you really need to pay attention to what the line and rod are telling you. You will slowly and meticulously work the bait through the weeds and this action makes the bait look like a creature coming out of the depths and searching for food in the sparse weeds. As you work the bait over weed after weed, you are putting the bait in front of fish that may not have seen bait a quite a long time. Work it very slowly through and over the weeds all the way back to the boat, as these fish could be located anywhere on the hump. The other area that we generally use this technique will be in shallow and deep weed flats that numerous anglers will avoid working bait through. As the boat is positioned over a weed patch or flat, cast the bait out and let it sink into the weeds, watching the line at all times. A fish will strike a falling bait out of reflex. By using the light weight, the bait doesn’t sink too far into the weeds and sort of floats near the top of them. Once the bait stops falling, tighten the line and move it 6-12 inches at a time and then let it sit for a moment. Fishing this way—as slow as you can stand it (and that may still be too fast) patience is the key to catching fish this way. As you are working the bait back, what is happening is that the bait is sitting towards the tops of the weeds. As you move it a bit, it may get hung a little in the weeds but with the light weight you have on the line, this allows you to be able to pull a little and it comes free easily compared to a heavy weight that gets clogged with weeds. As we keep working the bait through the weeds, there are holes or pockets in the weeds that once the bait hits one of these, it will fall either to the next level of weeds or to the bottom to a waiting fish. These pockets and holes may hold big fish that are waiting for food to fall into them. As we continue to work the bait ever so meticulously through the weeds, this gives the fish an impression that food is crawling through there, making for an easy meal for a bass lurking in the weeds. This presentation is painstakingly slow and many people just can’t fish this slow or get aggravated working bait through the thicker weeds. But for those that can figure this out and employ this technique to their body of water, the rewards can be phenomenal. If you are searching for something different to try to catch some bigger fish, give this approach a try for yourself. We have been doing this for a number of years and it has earned us some very good finishes in tournaments and has caught us some dandy fish while fun fishing. Texas Rig

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The main point that is that you cannot fish slowly enough and you will need to get the “I can’t fish a bait through those thick weeds” notions out of your head. By fishing ever so slowly and also fishing some jungles of weed beds, you will notice after some time that it isn’t hard to do and hopefully the quality of your catches will go up as well. You will be fishing areas that others may never fish. One cast will take as long to reel in as your buddy that has casted 4 times. But your fish may be bigger than theirs and their quantity may be more, but yours will be heavier at the end of the day. The key point is fish thick weeds as slowly as you can and pay attention to the feel of the line. This will let you get an idea as to what a weed feels like, versus what a fish feels like. Midwest Hunting & Fishing - July-August 2017 • Page 2929


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The South Dakota departments of Tourism & Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) say South Dakota’s lakes and rivers are open for business and anglers are encouraged to come out and fish. South Dakota lawmakers approved a proposal to allow immediate access to public waters on private properties. The move came after the lakes for months had been closed to the public following a state Supreme Court ruling. With a signature from Gov. Dennis Daugaard the law took effect Monday June 12th, re-opening those waters. “Fishing is great in South Dakota," Daugaard told reporters, "and the fish are hungry for bait because they’ve been starving for a little while so they should be biting and biting and biting some more. So, come on and put those hooks in the water." South Dakota Game Fish & Parks has restored public access to 24 lakes including docks. The new law also specifies that other lakes on private property are open for recreational use unless a landowner installs signs or buoys saying an area is closed, though property owners could still grant permission to use the water. The measure would bar them from being paid for allowing fishing. The entire bill will be revisited next year to work out the issues that come up this year. These lakes have been amazing fisheries, sportsmen from all over the region have been enjoying the public access and great fishing. It is important that we as sportsmen work together and respect the land owner’s rights and to be good stewards of the waterways. The South Dakota departments of Tourism and Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) say South Dakota’s lakes and rivers are open for business and anglers are encouraged to come out and fish. Time to hook up the boat and make some memories, fishing South Dakota has never been better. Page 30 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - July-August 2017

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Summertime on West Okoboji brings some of the most predictable fishing of the year for big bluegill. Summertime also brings with it some challenges that include clear, warm water, high boat traffic and heavy fishing pressure. This combination of challenges, along with the growth of weed lines down to 20 plus foot depths, is what leads to the fantastic, predictable fishing anglers can enjoy throughout July, August, and often well into September. As the amount of daylight grows longer each summer day and the sun warms the clear water of West Okoboji, weed growth continues further into the depths. By late June a distinct weed edge is well established, reaching 20-25 feet depths. Warmer water allows for deeper bug hatches and movements of small baitfish and crawdads. All of this draws schools of bluegill looking for easy feeding opportunities. Finding a bluegill bite is as easy as finding this weed edge. However, finding the bigger ’gills can often take some searching. I rely heavily on my Humminbird depth finder to help pinpoint schools of larger than average bluegill. I start by looking at the map feature that is enhanced by using a Lakemaster SD card showing detailed contour lines, points, flats, humps, and inside turns that usually hold the biggest fish of any species. Once in a likely area I turn to a split screen with traditional 2 dimensional sonar on one side of the screen and Down Imaging on the other side. The 2D sonar allows me to move quickly, looking for schools of bluegill. Once a school is found, I slow down to make best use the features of Down Imaging, which has great target separation. This allows me to assess a school and make an educated guess whether the school holds larger than average size ’gills. One of the first things I look for in making this assessment is how many fish are in a school.

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I have found that the really large schools may hold some big bluegill but they mostly consist of small to average size fish. The schools of above average size Bulls, big male bluegill, often contain only 20-30 fish and mark completely differently on my depth finder. These schools may be higher off the bottom, closer to the bottom, or suspended out away from the weed edge by up to 50 yards or more. Taking the time to search for these smaller schools can really pay dividends. These big Bulls are great fun to catch. But, as with any species, if we wish to maintain this great fishery we must practice selective harvest. Studies have shown that releasing Bulls over 9-9 1/2 inches is vital to sustaining the best growth of the entire bluegill population. So please release the big Bulls and keep your average 7-9 inch gills.

Catching bluegills out on these deep weed edges is a fairly simple task, but some tweaks here and there are needed on a day to day basis. I often have clients as young as 4-5 years old, and some older that have never fished before, so the good old slip bobber is the mainstay of my presentations. The variables come in what bait goes under the slip bobber on a particular day. Most often a simple #6 octopus hook tipped with a red worm will keep the rod bent. Substituting a medium to large leech can help deter some of the smaller fish from biting. Some days the leech is just plain a better choice. After a cold front even bluegill can get a little persnickety. That’s when I like to switch to a small hair jig or tube jig tipped with a waxworm or silver wiggler below the slip bobber. Adjusting the depth of slip bobber is always a key step in the process. Some days the bigger fish will only hit a bait that is within inches of the bottom. Other days suspending a bait just over the weed tops is the ticket to getting bigger bites. If I have four lines out at the start of a guide trip, all four lines will be set at slightly different depths until one depth starts to produce better results.

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For anglers willing to pay more attention than just watching a bobber go under the Shuck’s Jigger Spoon is a great option for pulling lots of bluegill over the gunnels. These little spoons, made right here in Okoboji, get down to the depths quickly and really trigger gills to bite. Tipping with either red worms, wigglers, or waxworms works great. Leeches tend to ball up around the spoon so I save them for the slip bobber rigs. Fishing these Jigger spoons is much like ice fishing, just drop them to the bottom and reel up slightly. Adjust how far off the bottom according to the response you get from the fish. I like to shake the spoon as opposed to jigging it up and down. When the spoon is shaken it flashes a lot and the chain rattles slightly calling in biters. After a shake hold the spoon still, this is when the bite will happen. Don’t make a hard hookset, just lift smoothly and you will hook nearly every biter. Bluegill are my favorite panfish, they fight hard, taste great, and are plentiful. So grab some bobber rigs, some bait, and some Shuck’s Jigger spoons. Then you are ready for some summer fun Okoboji style.

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Each August, thousands of walleyes make their way to the big open expanses of mud on Big Traverse Bay called “No Man’s Land” No weeds, flat structure and miles and miles of nothing but walleyes Big walleyes on crankbaits during the dog days of summer are commonplace on The Walleye Capital. With stained water, gold, UV and bright colors are mainstays. This walleye fell for a Rapala Gold Albernus Scatter Rap Minnow.

In many Midwestern waters, the sultry days of August or “dog days” is a tough time to catch walleyes. The weeds are up, baitfish are prolific and tough to compete with and catching walleyes consistently is downright tough. There is an exception though, taking place on one of Minnesota’s premier walleye lakes. In fact, many anglers target a fishing trip to Lake of the Woods in August because the fishing is so good. Yes, you can catch fish a number of ways this time of year, but one of the absolute go to methods for plucking these aggressive walleyes is pulling cranks. Big Traverse Bay No man’s land this time of year is a prolific aquarium full of life. As the water warms, many of the walleyes slide to the deepest depths of this basin (30-35 feet of water) in search of cooler water and less light penetration. Most importantly though, there is a smorgasbord of bait in this part of the lake. Roaming schools of emerald shiners, tulibees, perch and trout perch minnows (a minnow that lives in the deeper depths) are in abundance. Photo credits: Joe Henry

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There is also a variety of critters walleyes eat that call the mud their home. Blood worms, a variety of invertebrates, and nymphs of aquatic insects (before they reach the surface to shed their skin reaching adult stage) are just a few. So here’s the scenario, tens of thousands of walleyes all living in a big expanse of open water. In most cases, there are few “spot on a spot” areas that will group walleyes tightly. Thus, it makes sense to cover some water. Hence, pulling crankbaits is not only a great fit, it is effective. Getting crankbaits deep With technology and ever developing products, getting a crankbait that dives 10 feet down to 35 feet has become much easier. Downriggers It isn’t realistic that most anglers will have downriggers on their boats. Up at LOW, many do, however. Getting cranks down to the bottom foot or two of the lake in 30-35 feet of water where the majority of the walleyes are living is key. Downriggers are extremely effective in consistently positioning the lures in the strike zone, even when the boat surges from a wave. Pay It Forward...Pulling crankbaits in the late summer is deadly on Lake of the Woods. Fishing from a charter boat really opens up the sport of fishing to just about anyone and fishing success is high.

In other bodies of water, some may argue downriggers spook walleyes. Perhaps they do, not here, however. Maybe it is the stained color of the water, but year in and year out, riggers catch a ton of walleyes. Leadcore line In today’s world, an angler can pick up an entire rod and line counter reel filled with leadcore line for around $100. What a great option at a moderate price point to be able to play at these deeper depths. Leadcore line is exactly that, line with lead as its core which causes it to sink. The more line you let out, the deeper your crankbait will reach. In a nutshell, leadcore line has a different color every 10 yards. For every color of leadcore let out, your lure will go down an additional 5 feet. I really encourage anglers Charter boats decorated with downriggers makes for a succ who may be intimidated by formulas and dive essful day of fishing. All equi restroom and a licensed char pment is provided. The boat ter captain will put you on fish s are big, have a and clean them up at the end charts to keep it simple. Estimate how deep of the day. your crankbait dives. Figure out how much This past year, my go to colors were gold, pink and UV pink, deeper you want your lure to run and let out what you believe is firetiger and black. Yes, black. By raising the black crank up a bit, the amount of leadcore to get you there. Then, troll and watch your walleyes see that dark silhouette against the sunlight above. Just rod tip. like night fishing, dark colored lures can rule against the shine of If your rod tip starts to bounce, the crankbait is hitting the mud, the moon. reel line in 10 foot increments until it stops. If your rod tip does not When fishing with a partner, I will start us out with two different bounce, let out more line until it does, you’ve found bottom. Again, colors and wobbles. When pulling through fish I can see on the reel up line in 10 foot increments until you are not hitting bottom. electronics, if the fish aren’t responding, we rotate lures, speeds This will get you in that bottom two feet of the water column, right and nuances until something clicks and then we hone in. Every day where you need to be. can be different. It’s just a matter of going fishing. There is one new product I do appreciate, thus worth a mention. Nuances to Get More Walleyes Suffix has come out with a leadcore line called Suffix 832 Advanced Recently while fishing a Minnesota Tournament Trail event using Lead Core. Here is why I mention it, it dives 30% deeper than leadcore, I was reeling in a crankbait while we were trolling to check traditional leadcore. When you are letting out, for example, 175 for mud as it didn’t seem to be running right. About 25% of the way feet of traditional leadcore, you can really save a lot of reeling with in, I get hit, a nice walleye. My partner notices so he started reeling only 120 feet out in comparison. It may not sound like much, but in and letting out and reeling in, as we are trolling, and he gets a over the course of a day, it is so nice to save those 55 feet when fish. The rest of the day, we began trolling very erratically, speeding checking fouled lures, reeling in a saugers, etc. up to 4 mph, dropping down to a crawl, making sharp turns, and Braided line with a deep billed crankbait began to fill the livewell. When looking to reach depths in excess of 30’, some of the In another instance, I was trolling leadcore in a boat that didn’t deeper diving crankbaits teamed up with a thin diameter braided have rod holders. Consequently, since the rod was in hand, I began or superline will get down deep. If the fish are hitting the bigger jerking it forward, dropping it back and BANG, a fish. I was using a billed cranks, you are in business. If by chance you want to use balsa lure and the walleyes that day wanted the lure to pause and smaller baits, it gets tough to get down, thus you can be limited on float up and as soon as it took off again, they ate. lure choice, which can be a disadvantage. When the larger billed Every day is different, and it is up to us to figure out what the crankbaits are going well, this method is effective. walleyes want. The point here is rather than just going in a straight Bouncers and Snap Weights line with the same crank at the same speed, mixing it up and I had a conversation recently at a sports show with an angler noticing what happens will put more fish in the boat. who spends a fair amount of time trolling the deep mud on LOW No equipment, no worries with success. He laughed as he said, “everyone has this fancy There is a great option for those who don’t have the equipment, equipment, heck, we still use a 4 oz bouncer with a 6-8’ lead and a don’t want to get so involved and want to simply relax and reel shallow diving crank and we catch all the walleyes we want.” There in walleyes. Jump on a charter boat. The resorts on Lake of the are a number of ways to get down there, and it doesn’t have to be Woods have a large fleet of charter boats with very professional rocket science. A tip, make sure to lower your bouncer slowly to licensed charter captains. They provide absolutely everything avoid tangling. needed for a great day of “Dog Days” fishing. There are really only The best crankbaits two decisions a guest has to make in a day, “what should I wear There could be an entire article written on this topic, so let’s and what should I eat”. The rest is taken care of. Resorts combine really condense this. I have literally heard anglers brag up every groups making it possible to accommodate a single person up to shape, color, wobble and brand. So much for condensed. Here is groups of 6. my advice. The water is stained, meaning it is clean water but is Dog days in many parts are a time to put down the fishing pole stained a light brown color. With this being said, as a rule, gold and wait for the fall bite. In these waters, it’s a time many anglers or bright colors dominate. Gold is a staple color on Lake of the look forward to the entire year. August is a time to grab your poles, Woods. a handful of cranks and get after it!

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No matter the name, they secure some prime-time real estate in any walleyeangler’s arsenal, and for good reason. With or without a weight, they stimulate an array of fish senses from vibration & color, to scent & taste. For many anglers, especially on big waters, they constitute the bulk of their summer offerings, catching fish from May through September. Traditionally, walleye anglers have looked to spinners after the first major bug hatch of the year, and taking advantage of the extra focus walleyes place on worms and larval forage. When paired with a crawler and “buggy” colors, truly they can be hatch-busters, triggering reaction strikes to stuffed walleyes packed full of insects. That said, the true beauty of spinners is the variations in bait, colors, size, & shape which you can use to your advantage in a variety of systems, times of year, clarity, & forage preference.

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For me, spinners are another tool in the shed that comes out when its use is the most applicable. Large stretches of scattered fish in consistent depth ranges call for cranks. Tighter bunches of heavily schooled ‘eyes on tight breaks or significant structural elements can mean I’ll drop anything from Jiggin’ Raps, bobbers, and jig/leech combinations, to rigs with live-bait offerings. It’s the gray area in between, and even some of the above described scenarios that spinner rig fishing can excel in. Scattered schools at various depths along a breakline, nomadic wanderers on a windswept sand flat, and even walleyes buried in pockets of cabbage call for spinner rigs fished in a variety of ways. Your standard rig consists of a lead weight, three foot snell or longer for clear water, a clevis, spinner, beads, and hooks with bait. From there, it’s a tinkerer’s dream come true, with any and all components subject to change. The details surrounding spinner tweaks are several articles unto themselves, so I’ll stick with the basics that I prefer. Bottom bouncers work well and are convenient in most scenarios, with my general rule of thumb being an ounce of weight for every 10 ft. of depth. Two ounce sinkers then cover most walleye fishing scenarios, with three ounce varieties being useful in fishing near 30 ft. of water or in rough seas. From there, I like 6 ft. snells, except in snaggy conditions where I’ll opt to keep it closer to 3 ft. long. Quick change clevis’s these days allow you to continually swap blade colors, sizes, and shapes, but I like to keep this simple where possible. #2 or #3 Colorado blades in gold, silver, perch colorings, and some browns to mimic larvae, are what you should look to stock up on first. There are times where certain bodies of water will call for certain colors and sizes. On Lake of the Woods for example, I like the biggest gold hammered blades you can find (think of the sizes you find on musky bucktails). Extra flash, vibration, and bulk will not deter larger fish from your offering, but may cost you some action if choosing quality over quantity. Hook configurations will vary from singles to handle leeches and minnows, to 2 or 3 hook varieties for crawlers. Many anglers will tie in a small treble as the terminal end of the rig, especially when using crawlers. As for fishing the rig itself, I like to pull them around 1.0 mph for the most part, and as fast as 1.8 mph, depending on what the fish are telling me to do. Experiment by driving over schools of fish at various speeds to see what they prefer. Most anglers won’t pull slower than a mile per hour, but I’ll occasionally slow it down when I’m pulling through fish that are finicky. Your spinner blade may not travel a full revolution, but will wobble below the line and clevis at slower speeds. More importantly, that bait will drift closer to bottom without lift from the spinning blade. Many experienced anglers will hold the rod in their hand, but a great way to get started is to put the rod in the holder and let the fish hang itself. On some days, the rod holder will out-produce the angler in terms of hooking percentage. I prefer to hold myself both for feeling the strike, and also to impart some variation and action into the rig. Another reason to hold the rod is to feel for subtle changes in bottom composition, as well as to make sure your bottom bouncer is holding near bottom, which is a critical part of the rig’s success. Once bit, there’s always room for argument on which is the “proper” way to set the hook and get walleyes boatside. I’ve found that for hungry and active eyes, a simple sweep with some reeling to pick up the slack is all it takes. For finicky fish that follow and nip at the back end of the rig, I’ll usually point the rod straight back to the fish, let the speed of the boat pick up the slack, and power-sweep forward while reeling to load up the rod. Longer rods with a soft tip and solid backbone allow you to feel the strike and have the “umph” to push hooks through bait and into hard walleye mouths. Resist the urge to feed fish too much line as in other live-bait rigging situations. Extra hardware and the tethered heft of a bottom bouncer can lead to too many pop-and-drop type situations. One of the best parts of fishing spinners for me personally is the satisfaction I have in tying them up and catching fish with them. Learn how to tie a snell for a crawler harness for the multiple hooked rigs, or use your favorite knot for tying in single hooks, then start adding beads and blades. The components are fairly cheap, relatively plentiful and available, and offer a great way to kill some road time for your passengers on fishing trips. Take some basic assumptions on bait selection, sizes, and colors, then roll with it. Let the fish tell you what they like, and have fun learning what it takes to offer it to them.

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Southeastern Minnesota contains one of the greatest concentrations of limestone spring creeks in the world and lies in a unique geologic region known as the Driftless Area. The region’s peculiar terrain is the result of its having escaped glaciation in the last glacial period. This unglaciated (no glacial deposits or “drift”) region is comprised of limestone bluffs, cave systems, blind valleys, springs, and hundreds of miles of cold streams. This highly oxygenated spring fed stream water creates a superb environment for trout. Vegetation thrives on the alkaline nutrients in the water thus providing a habitat in which aquatic invertebrate insects thrive supplying an ample food source. In all reality however, even on great trout streams, fishable hatches are not occurring most of the time, this is especially true during the summer. Terrestrials, on the other hand, carelessly make their way into streams throughout most of the prime fly-angling season. While grasshoppers are usually associated with late summer and early fall, ants and beetles are active earlier. Terrestrials are often effective during difficult hatches, when even a precisely presented imitation won’t seal the deal. Trout will often “strike” on an ant or beetle after purposefully refusing the more accurate dry fly pattern you’ve offered. Perhaps this is due to the perceived reward of a higher protein meal. When the prolific spring / early summer aquatic insect hatches of Mayflies and caddis have waned the land-based insects will begin to become a primary target of hungry trout. During late summer and early fall, trout seem to become less selective when eating on the surface and will key in on a wide array of terrestrials, from tiny black ants and beetles to crickets and grasshoppers. P46 age 46 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - July-August 2017

Here is a look at some of the important terrestrial fly patterns for fly fishing in Southeastern Minnesota:

Dave’s Hopper: A great, classic dry fly that imitates a grasshopper and gets big strikes from trout. Cast this dry fly along the banks during the height of summer for the best action.

Morrish Hopper: This is one of the best, simple, productive, buggy, and easy to fish hopper patterns out there. No floatant is required on this all foam creation. You can "twitch" it on the surface better than many similar patterns because of the rubbery, flexible legs. Black Transpar-Ant: The Transpar-Ant is a weighted fly and is fished subsurface. During the summer days with high wind or big rain, ants in great numbers get washed or blown into streams and drown. Try “nymphing” with these and watch your catch rates increase. Now that your fly box arsenal is complete with the necessary terrestrial weapons, it’s time to put them to use. Trout do tend to key in and feed on the most available food supply, and anglers should pay attention to that fact. If you’re on the water and ants are constantly falling off the overhanging trees, you probably should consider fishing ants. If on your walk in to fish your favorite stream you encounter grasshoppers bouncing off your waders, it may be a wise choice to throw a Hopper pattern. Use the power of observation when you’re fly fishing and select your flies accordingly. Be mindful of the weather as warmth plays a major role in the arrival of terrestrials whereas wind creates an ideal situation to target trout with mimicking fly patterns. Be aware of these conditions and plan your time on the water accordingly. Consistent warm weather is a major factor in the emergence of land-based insects. They are cold-blooded creatures, high temperatures mean their metabolism runs faster, they become very active, eat more and grow faster. Not many anglers appreciate a windy day in summer, but these conditions in actuality often provide the best scenario for terrestrial fly fishing on the streams of the Minnesota Driftless area. The breeze dislodges insects from nearby grass, trees and foliage where they end up helpless in the water. Search out flat or slower moving water in the early stages of the “terrestrial season”. You’ll have much more success in coaxing trout to rise to the surface if you focus on fishing slow moving pools, long runs and eddy areas. When the terrestrial season kicks into full gear, you can then start fishing fast water too. Stick to ants, beetles and crickets early on, as grasshoppers don’t find their way in front of trout in numbers until farther into the summer months.

Foam Beetles: A very simple, buggy looking foam terrestrial. The foam body keeps it on top of the water without a lot of effort. This is a continual top producer during the summer months as trout love to eat beetles that are blown into the water. Crickets: This particular cricket fly pattern is tied just like a Dave’s hopper but all black. These are best fished after a significant rainfall as they often get washed into streams by run-off. Fish these in a dead drift and add “twitches” in seams along banks and in areas of transitional water.

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Summer winds dislodge insects from nearby grass, trees and foliage where they end up helpless in the water, making an easy meal for awaiting trout.

Use the power of observation when you’re fly fishing and select your flies accordingly. If you’re on the water and ants are constantly falling off the overhanging trees, you probably should consider fishing ants.

Terrestrials carelessly make their way into streams throughout most of the prime fly-angling season.

Experiment with different size terrestrials. Sometimes the bigger profile, and added food value it provides, will persuade a trout to eat when a small pattern won’t. I generally start big at first, but if I’m getting refusals, I’ll always downsize my pattern. You don’t need a multitude of different terrestrial patterns but having different sizes is the key. Fishing terrestrial patterns is no different then fishing any other trout flies. If you aren’t having luck, you probably need to change your pattern. Experiment with presentation. Cast towards the bank, twitch then dead-drift – repeat the cycle. Adding an occasional twitch can be effective, but don’t overdo it as you run the risk of putting fish down. As with any other fly angling, be stealthy. One of the most overlooked techniques of being a successful fly angler is the ability to stalk or employ methods of stealth while fishing. A shadow, movement, or sound can easily spook fish. The ability to employ stealth can be advantageous to the angler searching out the incredibly wary trout in the crystal clear spring-fed stream waters of the Minnesota Driftless. Fly fishing with terrestrial patterns on the limestone spring creeks of this area has great appeal to the fly angler who values high quality streams, exciting fishing and beautiful surroundings – come see for yourself!

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Ingredients: • 2 Tbsp. dry breadcrumbs • 2 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil leaves or 1 tsp. dried basil leaves • 1⁄2 tsp. paprika • 1 dash pepper • 1 lb perch • 1 Tbsp. margarine, melted • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley Directions: Move oven rack to slot slightly above middle of oven. Heat oven to 375º. Spray rectangular pan, 13x9x2 with cooking spray. Mix all ingredients except fish, margarine, and parsley. Brush 1 side of fish with margarine, dip into crumb mixture. Place fish, coated sides up, in pan. Bake uncovered 15 to 20 mins, or until fish flakes easily with fork. Sprinkle with parsley!

Ingredients: • 1/2 C. butter • 1/2 tsp. salt • 2/3 C. crushed saltines • 1/2 tsp. basil • 1/4 C. grated Parmesan • 1/2 tsp. oregano • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder • 1 lb. perch fillets Directions: Preheat oven to 350º. Pour melted butter into shallow dish. Combine cracker crumbs, Parmesan cheese, basil, oregano, salt, & garlic powder in separate shallow bowl. Dip fillets into melted butter; press into crumbs to coat. Place on baking sheet. Bake ’til browned & fish flakes easily with a fork, 25-30 min.

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Ingredients: • 1 cup flour • 1 tsp. salt • 1/2 tsp. finely ground black pepper • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper • 8 oz. fresh perch fillets • 2 Tbsp. butter • 1 lemon, cut in half Directions: Whisk flour, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Gently press perch fillets into flour mixture to coat, shaking off any excess flour. Heat butter in a skillet over med. heat until butter is foaming and nut-brown color. Working in batches, place filets in skillet; cooking until light golden, about 2 min. per side. Transfer to plate. Squeeze lemon juice over top, serve.

Ingredients: • 1 lb. thawed perch fillets • 3⁄4 C. flour • 1 tsp. salt • 1⁄2 tsp. black pepper • 2 eggs • 3⁄4 C. crushed pretzel • butter or oil Directions: Mix the flour and seasonings in a plastic bag. Place stirred eggs and pretzels onto separate plates. Dip the fish into the flour, then the eggs, then the pretzels. Fry in hot butter or oil until golden brown and it flakes easily with a fork, about 10 min.

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Directions: Prepare a boiling water bath canner and two 24 oz. jars (you can also substitute four 12 oz. jelly jars). Place lids in a small pan of water and bring to a bare simmer. Combine white vinegar, water and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Fill a large saucepan with several inches of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add half of asparagus to pot and cook for exactly 1 minute. Transfer asparagus to a colander with tongs and run under cool water. Repeat with remaining asparagus. Remove jars from the canning pot and drain. Place one tablespoon of pickling spice and one garlic clove in the bottom of each jar. Divide asparagus evenly between the two jars. Pour pickling liquid over the asparagus. Tap jars gently to remove any air bubbles. Wipe rims, apply lids and rings and process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes. When time is up, remove jars from canner and let me cool on a folded towel. When jars are entirely cool, remove rings and check seals.

Let rest 24 hours, or more before eating—the pickles will keep improving over time. Store jars in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.

Ingredients: • 1/2 C. chopped mixed fresh herbs: parsley, mint, basil & chives or your choice • 2 tsp. finely grated lemon rind • 6 perch fillets • 3 bunches asparagus, trimmed • Olive oil cooking spray • Lemon, cut in wedges Directions: Preheat oven to 200°. Combine herbs & lemon rind on a plate. Lightly press both sides of the fish in the herb mixture to coat. Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Place asparagus, in a single layer, on lined trays. Spray lightly with olive oil cooking spray. Season with salt & pepper. Roast in oven for 6 min., or until bright green & tender crisp. Next, heat large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Spray lightly with olive oil cooking spray. Add 1/2 of the perch, cooking 2-3 min. each side or until fillet is golden and flakes with a fork test. Transfer to clean plate; keep warm by covering with foil. Repeat with rest of fillets. Reheat and re-spray pan between batches. Divide asparagus on separate plates. Top with the perch fillets; serve with the lemon wedges. Midwest Hunting & Fishing - July-August 2017 • Page 51

South Dakota’s pheasant hunting heritage is rich. Here are some tips for making the most of your next day in the field. As a native and having been raised right where the whole Ringneck revolution started right here in Spink County, South Dakota; I believe I can shed some valuable insight into where we came from and where we are headed with the popular, plucky, and prettiest of all game birds. History: As the name would imply, the Chinese Ringneck Pheasant is not native to the U.S. They are a transplanted species that has found a home that has suited them perfectly well in the mixed agricultural lands of SD. My County Seat, Redfield, calls itself the “Pheasant Capital of the World” due to the first successful introduction taking place nearby. It all began as follows: In 1909, H. P. Packard, H. J. Schalke and H. A. Hagman, all of Redfield, bought pheasants and released them on Hagman’s farm north of Redfield. At that same time, A. C. Johnson released 25 pheasants on his ranch about ten miles east. Inspired by the success of these releases, the Redfield Chamber of Commerce joined in and sponsored the first large release of pheasants in the area.

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In 1911, the South Dakota Department of Game and Fish continued the establishment efforts and released 48 pairs of pheasants near Redfield that were purchased with privately donated funds. That same year, the state bought 200 pairs of pheasants and issued them to farmers living along the James River in Spink and Beadle counties. A good base had been established and things would only continue to improve as the area steadily populated itself with human and avian immigrants alike. The headline in the Sept. 3, 1913, Daily Capital-Journal in the State’s Capitol of Pierre read “The Pheasants are Coming.” The article stated that State Game Warden H. S. Hedrick had been notified that 5,000 Chinese ring-necked pheasants were arriving from a game farm near Chicago. After being displayed at the state fair in Huron, the pheasants in “families” of one rooster to several hens were to be distributed throughout the state, “The places of location being determined by the showing for natural protection and care which will assure the birds survival for the first few years.”

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The first recorded successful stocking of pheasants took place in June 1908. The number of pheasants grew steadily over the years with subsequent releases by the Redfield Chamber of Commerce and the State Game Department. The first one-day open season on cock pheasants occurred in Spink County on October 30, 1919. Each person holding a small game license was permitted to kill two cock pheasants. From Spink County, pheasant hunting grew throughout the state. Hunters still flock to Redfield to bag their limit.

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In 1919, the shots heard round South Dakota and now the world were fired when the first officially sanctioned season on pheasants took place on Oct. 30 in Spink County. Game wardens estimated that 200 of the pheasant population of 100,000 made the tasty transition from the field to the supper table. From this humble beginning, the population and popularity of the birds spread like wildfire across the prairie and has led us to where we are today. Instead of choosing a diminutive song bird as our official avian, the big shouldered nature of folks out here on the plains favored a more vigorous bird for South Dakota’s symbol and the boisterous Ringnecked Pheasant Rooster fits that bill perfectly. It’s also interesting to note we are a bit rare (pun intended) in that we enthusiastically promote the eating of our unofficial mascot. The numbers have varied for a myriad of reasons over the years, but the allure of hunting them…has not.

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Hunting: The tradition continues and the hunting remains quite good as we typically manage to harvest between 1.5 and 2 million birds every year. These are very substantial numbers, to be sure, and the birds continue to prosper, despite challenges. The modern landscape is constantly changing, and at a sometimes frightening pace, both figuratively and literally. Agriculture shapes this landscape and the times, they are a changing. Some things are good and some are not so good. Farm income is up dramatically. That is good as it is the farmer that directly supports our pheasant population and we for darn sure like to see these hardworking families do well for themselves. The bad is in that, quite frankly, human nature has intervened with a bit of greed and large amounts of marginal land (the kind pheasants love) is being put into row crop production in preference to small grains which provides more valuable nesting cover in pursuit of higher prices and in turn…more dollars. As most outdoors people know, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) has been a huge boon for the birds; just as the Soil Bank Program was in decades past. With the increase in commodity prices there has been a direct correlation in the reduction of acres enrolled in CRP. This isn’t surprising as economics dictate that when the return on putting land into production far outweighs the Government payment, something has to give. That isn’t to say there aren’t still plenty of birds and plenty of opportunities to hunt them. There certainly are. Things are just a bit different now. Public Land: South Dakota does have an extensive amount of Public Land hunting opportunities with over 5 million acres of land available. This is in the form of Walk-In Areas, Waterfowl Production Areas, BLM and Forest Service Lands, as well as School and Public Lands. Please be aware that even with this much land, it can become highly pressured and that the pressure is even more pronounced in the first few weeks of season. And, much of this land is in the form of heavier cattail sloughs which make for great wintering cover, but are not as desirable for hunting spots until the weather begins to turn cooler around Thanksgiving. So, I would concentrate your efforts on a later season hunt as the land will see far less hunters and attracts more birds as the temperatures begin to fall. Another suggestion that I would make is that if you are looking to go on a budget hunt and limit yourself exclusively to Public Lands; begin your search a bit further west than what is traditionally considered prime pheasant hunting areas. We are seeing many more birds further west each and every year. This is most likely because of the less intense farming practices and more grasslands for cattle. I would even go so far as looking for Public Land just west of the Missouri River. Plus, because these areas are largely off the radar of most hunters, there tends to be a drastic reduction in hunting pressure. Private Land: The vast majority of land in the eastern part of the state, where the bird population is highest, is privately owned. Free access to this land has been growing more difficult to obtain as much of it is leased out for hunting purposes. We also need to factor in that many farm families have close friends and extended family hunting on their land, particularly early in the season. If you hope to obtain free hunting permission to private land, I would recommend politely asking farmers to grant you permission later in the season as your success rate will be much higher. A growing trend that I have been a proponent of is for hunters to pay a relatively small “trespass fee.” You simply pay for access to the land. This is a great option for those who have dogs and experience hunting and simply do not need or want the services and added expense of a guide. They just require some good unpressured ground to hunt and thus greatly increase their odds of success. There are a limited number of outfitters such as myself that can provide hunters with this attractive option and are worth checking out.




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Lodges: There are numerous options available concerning booking with an Outfitter. These can range from a Self-Guided Hunt where the land and or lodging is provided for you and your party is left up to its own skills to bag a limit. On the opposite extreme are Preserve Hunts with corporate type luxury accommodations including gourmet meals with fine wine and a very easy fully guided hunt over pen raised pheasants. Most folks choose to fall somewhere in between with a more affordable fully guided hunt over wild birds that includes comfortable lodging. I would strongly suggest that you do your homework when choosing an outfitter to hunt with. Look for an operation that has a solid track record and reputation. Be sure and ask plenty of questions such as how many acres there are to hunt and how many hunters they entertain each year. Doing so assures that you are getting exactly what fits your expectations and there are no surprises when you arrive. Hope: High commodity prices and subsidized federal crop insurance have in my opinion promoted land that would not otherwise support itself into being broken and put into row crop production. The reduction in CRP acres is the most visible and telling. It goes even further with some very questionable practices such as farming through section lines and in the ditches of county roads, removal of trees, tiling, etc. We do need to reform some of the “factory farming” mindsets into a more reasonable and sustainable “farm the best and save rest” style of thinking.

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The good news is that we still have some common sense, conservation minded farmers who are true stewards of the land that has so generously provided for their families for generations. They get it, and take the approach that if marginal land was meant to be farmed, their grandfathers would have done it. These folks and their pragmatic attitude and approach to farming will help us keep a viable base of habitat until the others wise up or the government either puts CRP payments in line with open market cash rents and or eliminates the incentive to farm marginal land. A few may lament the establishment of commercial hunting operations, but the fact remains that land properly managed for agriculture and wildlife as these operations do is good for more than just them and their paying customers. It provides another valuable base of cover and food sources that not only help the birds all throughout the year, but vastly more importantly, during the heart of long tough winters. This helps add to and keep a sustainable population of birds available for all hunters on adjoining public and private lands. Roosters and South Dakota are synonymous, not to mention the economic impact pheasants have on the state. Governor Dennis Daugard knows this fact quite well and implemented a number of summit meetings of all interested parties, to address several issues. Not the least of which is continued loss of

habitat. Farmers, hunters, outfitters, local businessmen, wildlife and government officials were all present and represented. Many viewpoints and ideas were shared in the common spirit of improving things for the bird that has become so dear to all of our residents and the influx of visitors we host each fall. Topics discussed included, but were not limited to: tax issues, policies and regulation, funding sources and initiatives, private lands habitat, farm programs, public land management, predator control, and education and research. These folks coming together to collaborate is inspiring and with this kind of genuine concern, I feel very confident that we here in South Dakota are on the right path to ensuring a bright and pheasant-filled future for our state. Conclusion: The bottom line is that our favorite bird is incredibly tough and resilient…they always have been and will remain that way. That’s why they have managed to survive whatever Mother Nature and or man have managed to throw at them. I have no doubt that we, and they, will continue to survive and thrive…side by side. It just seems to be the nature of the prairie and all of its inhabitants that the enduring and honored tradition of a good old fashioned pheasant hunt amongst family and friends will weather the test of time just fine.

About the Author: Dennis Foster is a freelance writer and pheasant guide from Mellette, SD. For more information or to contact him directly, go to

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I could hear the foot pads of the coyote drumming on the hard Arizona desert floor as they raced towards us, looking for an easy meal of rabbit. Two of them burst into the opening about 30 yards from me and I put them in a pile with 2 shots from the 12 gauge. Gerry Blair, standing with his back to a greasewood bush, muttered something that was not fully understandable, but I did pick up on the word “hog”. Most of my life as a hunter and trapper in the wilds of America has been spent alone. I wanted it that way. I like people in general, but when I go to the woods, I cherish being quiet and alone. When chasing after coyotes, I rarely take anyone with me. Some of them get in the way, some talk too much—constantly interrupting my thought process and concentration on catching coyotes. Some have labeled me as anti-social, but I don’t believe I am. I’m just a little selfish when it comes to my time in the woods. Either way, it really doesn’t bother me how most people label me or what they think. I’m a happy woodsbum. Occasionally I have hooked up for brief forays with other true coyoteros and have both learned more about coyotes and enjoyed the excursions. Gerry Blair of Flagstaff, Arizona has been a noted authority on calling predators for decades and was a blast to hunt with. Gerry was a hard hunter and very serious when he needed to be. He was a prankster and a genuine smart ass at times and we had a ball together. I don’t think anyone has ever known more about killing Arizona coyotes and other predators with any sort of game call than Gerry Blair.

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Gerry and I would take turns doing the calling and we both called and killed about the same amount of coyotes. He was impressed with my use of a mouth diaphragm call back in the days when it was unheard of. I was impressed with the big galoot’s knowledge and savvy on calling game, especially coyotes. At one stop we had set up well out of sight of the truck and it was Gerry’s turn to call. He cut loose with a round of pitiful squalls with his favorite call, an old Circe. After about the third call I glimpsed a yote darting through the brush, heading wide open, straight for Gerry. Old Gerry let go of a few heart wrenching moans with the Circe and all of a sudden, the coyote had my partner by the pants leg. If I hadn’t been there, I probably wouldn’t have believed such a thing could happen. Gerry was yelling and kicking at the coyote and I had broken up laughing at the sight – a thirty-pound coyote hanging on to the leg of a 200+ pound screaming man! I couldn’t shoot for obvious reasons. Gerry finally kicked free of the coyote, but the critter dived right back on him. By this time, I was down on my knees laughing so hard that tears ran down my face. I couldn’t see for laughing but I heard Gerry’s 10 gauge (he called it Moosedick) roar and I looked up to see parts of coyote flying everywhere. Gerry gave the coyote and me a cussing I’ll long remember. I will always cherish the memories of time spent with Gerry Blair. I have at times turned down much needed money from guys who wanted to pay to go with me and learn. It wasn’t that I am selfish or don’t want to help someone else. I just didn’t think that I could stand being with someone for several days, from sun up ‘til dark. I have never thought of myself as the best or the greatest anyway and wondered if I was worth their hard earned money. The ones that I did take appeared to be satisfied in the end, but I guess I’m just too much of a loner for that kind of work or service. Willis Kent (deceased) of Montana was another old coyotero that I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with. He was a soft moving, quiet sort of guy who would never talk anyone to death. When he spoke, he had something worthwhile to say and if you listened, you’d learn something. Willis roamed from Montana to New Mexico and Arizona trapping and calling coyotes and other furbearers. It was how he made his living as long as I knew him. At one time, like myself, he would guide hunters in the fall to supplement his income. But again, like myself, he tired of spending that much time with people and gave up guiding and outfitting. Willis owned the first coyote decoy dog that I had ever seen or hunted with. Fuzz was the pooch’s name and he was a crackerjack to say the least. Willis would make a stop where he figured or know that coyotes laid up, give a howl with his mouth or hit the siren mounted on his truck and we’d listen for a reply. When we got one, along with Fuzz, we would move in closer and set up to call. Fuzz sat close to Willis as he called, looking and listening. When the dog knew a coyote or coyotes were near (long before we would know), he would bristle up and whine. His master would give the command to go get them and Fuzz would leave in a rush. Willis and I would ready our guns to shoot. Seldom were we ever disappointed by the Fuzz. He would soon have one or more coyotes on his butt and come straight to us. What a masterful play and exhibition of skill it was! I often have wondered how many coyotes old Willis and Fuzz took as a team. I doubt if Willis could

have told me. He was a supreme coyote man but never bothered with numbers or bragging, and he could kill just about any coyote that needed it. Willis and I would leave his home in Lewistown an hour or more before daylight and drive to a sprawling ranch on the Judith River where we were working on coyotes that were sneaking on to a game preserve. The owner had all sorts of exotic goats, sheep, deer and elk in thousands of fenced in acres. The coyotes had developed a taste for the sheep and goats, costing the folks a goodly sum of money. Normally we would make a few calls for coyotes before checking and setting traps. Fuzz was always on the truck, ready to go, well before we ate breakfast. Mrs. Kent always had us a large cooler chocked full of good eats ready for us each morning. There were no stores or restaurants where we operated.

One morning I noticed Willis putting one of those old timey hand drills on the truck and couldn’t figure out how this related to coyote control. When I asked about it the old coyote man just grinned and said, “You’ll see.” At one point along the chain link fence perimeter, a large 4’ road pipe went under the roadway and fence at a deep gully. Tracks showed how coyotes were using the pipe to access the preserve and the tasty sheep. It took a while, but Willis and I managed to drill several holes in each end of the pipe. The holes were used to fasten snare support wires and the anchored end of the snare itself. By using debris to block the middle of each end of the pipe, we were able to hang 2 snares on each end. What a setup! We hung several coyotes in the next week at this location. As I’ve said before, a serious coyotero has to be adaptable and have the ability to think things through. I spent many memorable days with Willis under that beautiful Montana sky. Deer, both whitetail and mule deer were everywhere. It was not unusual to count over a hundred on any day. While sitting on the tailgate one day, eating lunch we spotted 3 or 4 bull elk working their way towards us.

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I dropped down into a nearby sand wash with camera in hand and worked my way towards them. Willis made a few calls to get their attention. At one time I had all of those trophy bulls within 30 yards of me. I took some decent photos of them and the real kicker was that one of the bulls was almost solid white! To follow in the footsteps of coyoteros such as Gerry Blair, Willis Kent and some others is an honor indeed. These were men who had been up the creek, over the mountain and seen the varmint. Now I’m an old timer. I’ve been a sort of fledging writer for many years, but cannot find the words to aptly describe much of what I’ve been blessed to see.

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Joint Replacement Can Stop Arthritis With every new season opener, the progressive pain of arthritis can come back and slap you with each trip into the boat or out of the truck as you head out to hunt. More than 80 million Americans face everyday pain as arthritis nags at their joints and saps their spirits. Anglers and hunters might try to “gut it out” and battle their symptoms, sometimes for years. But when treatment such as anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy and joint injections fail, it’s time to consider the definitive solution of joint replacement surgery, says Thomas Ambrose II, MD, Avera Medical Group orthopedic surgeon. “The other steps are merely Band-Aid options that address the symptoms; joint-replacement surgery is the only treatment that addresses the disease of osteoarthritis, which makes up about 80 to 90 percent of the arthritis patients we see,” he said. “Arthritic joints have lost the protective cartilage, and that’s where the pain comes from. Joint replacement surgery allows us to address the arthritic joint surfaces with new metal and plastic surfaces.” Dr. Ambrose explained that while cartilage has no nerves, bones have a rich nerve ending network. When bones rub in a knee joint, that’s the pain arthritis sufferers know too well. After a joint replacement, that pain is gone. There’s some recovery time and pain from the surgery itself, but the underlying problem is addressed. “There is often minimal discomfort and most patients are up and walking on the day of their surgery,” he said. “Most go home the next day. That’s why we try to educate more people who are suffering from this pain that there are surgical options that can help them. You’re the patient suffering the pain and the limits in your life that come with osteoarthritis.”

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Most patients who have joint replacements are in the 55-80 age range, although there are some exceptions. More people in their 40s who continue to run, bike and play organized sports for longer periods of their lives may experience arthritis earlier, and then need joint replacement surgery at younger ages. Dr. Ambrose said in most cases, a replaced joint will last from 15-25 years and that a non-operative osteoarthritis management process must occur – and fail – prior to many insurance providers covering the cost of the surgery in full. “That process can be a few months or several years, but there are some severe cases where X-ray evidence shows that joint replacement is the best next step,” Dr. Ambrose said. “Osteoarthritis is a progressive disease, so no matter what we do short of joint replacement, the underlying issue may still lead to pain.” After a joint replacement, running, jumping and sky-diving are off limits. But most people realize an improvement to their overall wellbeing, which means more seasons on the water, in the field and most importantly: less pain. “We see about a 4-to-1 ratio of knee to hip replacements and they can really help those who suffer from this disease,” he said. “We are not sure why some people get arthritis and others do not. But replacing the joint is the best way to definitively treat the progressive pain that so many people experience.”

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