Fall Fishing Lake Francis Case

 God does not charge time spent fishing against a man’s allotted life span. 

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Last spring Pam and I went up to Platte Creek Lodge and fished for walleye on Lake Francis Case.  The lake is part of the Missouri River series of dams that stretches from Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota all the way into Montana.with the final lake at Canyon Ferry Dam.  We fish with a guide that is a native of South Dakota and has fished the river all his life.  His boat is outstanding and all the gear, bait, and know how, is included in the price.  Plus, he is a joy to be with and is so accommodating to his customers and guests.  That makes for a really exciting and great trip. 

 

These are the keepers we caught.  South Dakota has a 15″ minimum and we threw back a lot of shorts.  From the time we hit the water this nice series of eaters took three hours. 

A hunting partner saw this picture and immediately started laying plans for a fall trip up to Platte, SD for a fishing trip.  Right after I got back from the elk trip to Idaho, he was at my door with a cooler for his ration.  He said, let us pick a time, check the long term forecasts, and make it happen for some fall fishing on Lake Francis Case, with your guide.  I was all in.

Besides hunting and fishing his goal in life is to get his fishing therapy covered by his health insurance and medicare.  While that is a great idea, there are two chances, slim and none and slim left town.  One can always hope. 

We planned mid October and our leader said the fishing was good on the lake that time of the year, but we should be prepared for some inclement weather.  He also said, “We fish regardless of what the weather might be.  Just come prepared.”

We drove to Chamberlain, SD checked into a really nice motel with restaurant and met our guide in the morning.  A pleasant day and we were off and running on the lake.  Francis Case is really big and if the wind comes up, a person should be well prepared for a boat ride like no other.  Fortunately it remained calm.

We got on the lake just at first light.  What was amazing was the water temp was above the outside air. We worked shorelines along the east side of the lake with flicker Shad and other trolling lures. The reels had line counters on them and we let out of lot of line to get the lures down to the depth where the walleye were hiding out. This is where electronics comes in, as our guide was able to identify the levels fish were hanging out.  Boom, Boom! My friend bagged a couple of nice keepers.  I seemed to consistently pick up shorts.  Those fish under 15 inches in length are called shorts.  

 

 

 Looking out the back of the boat.  Good looking water for walleye and our day started out really great.

 

My partner kept catching fish, and I just caught shorts for the first hour and a half.  He had his four for the day, and then I hit all the keeper fish.  All I did was drop my line down a little deeper at the recommendation of the guide and I limited out in 30 minutes.  He had me change lures earlier, but then running deeper did it. This is where a really experienced fisherman comes in with knowledge of the equipment, the electronics, and what to do in the conditions we were fishing. Day one was done. the fish were cleaned up, packaged and we just hung out the rest of the day read and relaxed.

 

 

Eight legal size walleyes and the one on the left end is a white bass.  Once you skim off the red meat, they eat really well. 

 

 

 There it is, four apiece and we are done for the day. 

 

 

 

 There is dinner swimming around 

That night we had dinner with our guide and his wife at a Mexican restaurant, Mi Pueblo Mexican Restaurant that was the best I have ever dined in.  Who would have known, Chamberlain,SD had an eatery of this quality and in a rural town of 2,350 population.

Forecast was for another nice day, but it did not happen as forecasted.  This is South Dakota and the beginning of the winter season so it turned cold and windy.  We met our guide at another Chamberlain eatery for breakfast.  This was the Main Street Cafe and Market.  Wow, this was outstanding and the meal was enormous.  You get really fed well in South Dakota and it was all I needed for the day.  

 The boat ramp was icy in spots as I backed the trailer down into the lake at the boat ramp and the guys got it off with no problem.  There was some skim ice around where the water was calm.  We moved slowly out into the main body of the lake.  It was perfectly clear and the wind was starting to whip up. 

 

 

The swells were starting to get deeper as the wind picked up a little speed. This is South Dakota and it is always windy most of the time.  A little rain spit at us, but we continued to fish undaunted. 

I have hunted in below zero weather, but the wind across the water made it really feel cold.  Fortunately, we all had gloves and the appropriate gear to manage the cold.  Wind out of the Northwest was 20 to 25 mph and the waves were getting higher.  We were there to fish.

 

 

 There we did it again in short order. 

 

It did not take long and my partner and I both started catching a keeper and a short almost immediately.  We fished for over two hours and then had our limit for the day and got off the lake.  Wind was picking up and was shifting more to the north.  Driving home would save a lot of gas money on this trip.

 

 

The fish were cleaned, packaged and we were on the road by 11 a.m. heading back to Council Bluffs.  

May the fish be with you.

Click on my book and buy for some evening and entertaining reading.  Makes a great gift for those that love to hunt. 

Good hunting, good fishing, and good luck,  Hank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are the keepers we caught.  South Dakota has a 15″ minimum and we threw back a lot of shorts.  From the time we hit the water this nice series of eaters took three hours.

A hunting partner saw this picture and immediately started laying plans for a fall trip up to Platte, SD for a fishing trip.  Right after I got back from the elk trip to Idaho, he was at my door with a cooler for his ration.  He said, let us pick a time, check the long term forecasts, and make it happen for some fall fishing on Lake Francis Case, with your guide.  I was all in.

Besides hunting and fishing his goal in life is to get his fishing therapy covered by his health insurance and medicare.  While that is a great idea, there are two chances, slim and none and slim left town.  One can always hope. 

We planned mid October and our leader said the fishing was good on the lake that time of the year, but we should be prepared for some inclement weather.  He also said, “We fish regardless of what the weather might be.  Just come prepared.”

We drove to Chamberlain, SD checked into a really nice motel with restaurant and met our guide in the morning.  A pleasant day and we were off and running on the lake.  Francis Case is really big and if the wind comes up, a person should be well prepared for a boat ride like no other.  Fortunately it remained calm.

We got on the lake just at first light.  What was amazing was the water temp was above the outside air. We worked shorelines along the east side of the lake with flicker Shad and other trolling lures. The reels had line counters on them and we let out of lot of line to get the lures down to the depth where the walleye were hiding out. This is where electronics comes in, as our guide was able to identify the levels fish were hanging out.  Boom, Boom! My friend bagged a couple of nice keepers.  I seemed to consistently pick up shorts.  Those fish under 15 inches in length are called shorts.  

 

 

 Looking out the back of the boat.  Good looking water for walleye and our day started out really great.

 

My partner kept catching fish, and I just caught shorts for the first hour and a half.  He had his four for the day, and then I hit all the keeper fish.  All I did was drop my line down a little deeper at the recommendation of the guide and I limited out in 30 minutes.  He had me change lures earlier, but then running deeper did it. This is where a really experienced fisherman comes in with knowledge of the equipment, the electronics, and what to do in the conditions we were fishing. Day one was done. the fish were cleaned up, packaged and we just hung out the rest of the day read and relaxed.

 

 

Eight legal size walleyes and the one on the left end is a white bass.  Once you skim off the red meat, they eat really well. 

 

 

 There it is, four apiece and we are done for the day. 

 

 


 

 There is dinner swimming around 

That night we had dinner with our guide and his wife at a Mexican restaurant, Mi Pueblo Mexican Restaurant that was the best I have ever dined in.  Who would have known, Chamberlain,SD had an eatery of this quality and in a rural town of 2,350 population.

Forecast was for another nice day, but it did not happen as forecasted.  This is South Dakota and the beginning of the winter season so it turned cold and windy.  We met our guide at another Chamberlain eatery for breakfast.  This was the Main Street Cafe and Market.  Wow, this was outstanding and the meal was enormous.  You get really fed well in South Dakota and it was all I needed for the day.  

 The boat ramp was icy in spots as I backed the trailer down into the lake at the boat ramp and the guys got it off with no problem.  There was some skim ice around where the water was calm.  We moved slowly out into the main body of the lake.  It was perfectly clear and the wind was starting to whip up. 

 

 

The swells were starting to get deeper as the wind picked up a little speed. This is South Dakota and it is always windy most of the time.  A little rain spit at us, but we continued to fish undaunted. 

I have hunted in below zero weather, but the wind across the water made it really feel cold.  Fortunately, we all had gloves and the appropriate gear to manage the cold.  Wind out of the Northwest was 20 to 25 mph and the waves were getting higher.  We were there to fish.

 

 

 There we did it again in short order. 

 

It did not take long and my partner and I both started catching a keeper and a short almost immediately.  We fished for over two hours and then had our limit for the day and got off the lake.  Wind was picking up and was shifting more to the north.  Driving home would save a lot of gas money on this trip.

 


 

The fish were cleaned, packaged and we were on the road by 11 a.m. heading back to Council Bluffs.  

May the fish be with you.

Click on my book and buy for some evening and entertaining reading.  Makes a great gift for those that love to hunt. 

Good hunting, good fishing, and good luck,  Hank

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