We Earned Success This Day

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Back at it on the second day of a three day trip, we were ready for action.  After dining at excellent restaurants in Pierre, a good motel, and a night’s rest, we were ready to fish.  The weather had greatly improved and settled down with light and variable winds out of the southwest.  They were just where we wanted them.

On the lake by 7:30 AM, we took a slow moving tour over half the lake on each side to see if we would graph fish.  It looked promising.  Where we did not graph fish the day before, we were starting to show some suspended fish in around 6 to 8 feet of water with most of them lying in about two to three feet from the bottom.  Suspended fish are feeding fish and this was what we wanted.

Berkley Flicker Shad Crankbaits

Berkley Flicker Shad Crankbaits
This is the lure to own.  Click on the link or pic to buy from Bass Pro.  Multiple colors and sizes provides a lot of options for different conditions.

After hooking up the Berkley Flickr Shad, we began working some of the spots we had missed before.  Sure enough, we started seeing some action.  Most of the fish were below fifteen inches and were promptly thrown back, but periodically we would pick up a keeper.

Around 11 AM we hit a time period for about an hour when it was 10 minutes for each of us between each fish we hauled in.  We were the only boat on the lake, and this was a good thing for us as we had it all to ourselves.  Just a note about this lake.  We never met any people other than locals that were fishing it.  They were always most helpful and knowledgeable about the area.  I need to point out that the weather was anything but stable.  Right before we had our bonanza, the temperature became much warmer and very very humid.  We both commented about how the weather kept changing during the day on this trip.  This was not stability we were experiencing.

Pam nailed a really nice white bass.

It just turned off around 12:30 PM and we continued to fish for about 30 minutes more.  We had a daily limit for both of us with a few white bass thrown in and one really nice northern pike.  We will take all the northern  pike we can get.  All you need to do is take out the Y bones and you have a great fillet.  Watch the video below and it will show you how to get out the bones.

Not bad for a mornings work.

After cleaning up the mess of fish, we went to town to get some lunch and put the fish in the freezer.  If they turned on again, we wanted to be there to catch and release.  We were limited out for the day.

(Click on the link above to see the video on taking out the Y bones on a northern)

Back on the lake by 3 PM, the wind had turned to the northwest, and the temperature had dropped a lot.  It must have been a 10 degree drop because Pam put on a light weight jacket.  We were catching nothing.  To the north of Pierre it became very black very quickly and then the blackness spread out.  The wind moved to the northeast and really began to blow.  We could see streaks of white coming down out of the clouds.  We both were concerned that the weather pattern was moving south, but it stayed on a southeasterly course and missed us.  We got the boat to the ramp, tied up and just sat there waiting for the wind to go down and the system to pass.

Bass Pro Shops Stainless Steel Hook Remover

Bass Pro Shops Stainless Steel Hook Remover
This tool is a must for my boat.  With all the little treble hooks with plug you need something to peel out the hooks and not out of your fingers.  Click on the pic or link to buy from Bass Pro.

After about an hour, we went back out on the lake even though it was still quite choppy.  We fished for another hour with nothing happening.  On the news that evening, we found out there was hail to the north of Pierre and two tornadoes had touched down.  Still with all the changes in the weather yesterday and today, we had a limit of fish.

Good hunting, good fishing, and good luck.  Hank.



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