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Wind was from the Northeast arriving on the lake by 3 PM



Wind was from the Northeast arriving on the lake by 3 PM.  It was really whipped up and the discouragement was starting to set in.  The owner of the motel Circle Pines Motel in Waubay had marked out on a map the spots he has fished.  The plan was to stay on the east side of the lake to avoid most of the wind.  To the west was a series of sunken islands that was his favorite place, but with the wind blowing straight across 20+ thousand acres of water, staying on the east side was safe.

A quick stop at Fisherman Village to purchase bait and get some good advice was the first stop after checking in at the motel. Besides bait the store stocks fishing equipment and a supply of things to eat.  Most important was water, and with the heat plenty of water was a must.

 

A quick stop at Fisherman's Village will get you stocked up for the lake.  In addition the owner also has a camp ground with plug ins and water hook up for most of the sites.  Several have sewer hook up also, and there is a dump station.

The boat ramp is in a small cove facing straight west, and that made it really easy to get the boat on and off the trailor.  When you fish by yourself, you have to plan accordingly.  Most people need lead time, but I go on the spur of the moment. The ramp is on the southeast corner of the lake.

The first spot recommended was just up the shoreline from the ramp.  A point, and an island almost sunken but still not covered was recommended.  In addition right to the north about 75 yards was a series of boulders sticking up.  The bottom here was very irregular and on both sides of the island it dropped fairly quickly to 20 feet.  Underground structure extended from the west end of the island west about 100 yards.  I picked up fish in this area.  First were some small northern, that was followed by walleye.  They were keepers, but not real big.

This is the island right north of the boat ramp.  I fished both sides and to the west.  Small northern were picked up close to the island.  Out farther in ten to twenty feet of water the walleye appeared.

 

Just north of the island you can see the rocks.  To the east and the north side of the island, it can get very shallow.

 

A small northern that was thrown back.  I caught a couple of more that were a little bigger.  The smaller ones filet out and once the Y bones are removed, make an excellent filet.  My wife and I both like Northern Pike, and I will take all I can get.

Moving up to the north end of the lake is a dairy farm that was taken by the lake.  Several generations of people were raised on that piece of ground and now it is gone taken by mother nature.  To my knowledge, the farmer got nothing.

Staying with the plan, the boat was moved up the shoreline.  Whenever there was a point that stuck out into the lake, the area was worked with a spinner and worm.  If some hits were felt, the boat was kept in that location to see if something could be pick up.

 

The lake was crossed to the northwest corner where a former dairy farm used to be.  To the west is a line of trees, and it was suggested to work this area.  A lot of nice hits were felt, no northern were caught, but a couple of keeper walleyes were picked up.

 

It was 9 PM and while plenty of light was available, it was time to get off the lake.  Not a bad afternoon considering the conditions.  Not having an idea of what conditions would be the next day, the plan was to be on the lake at mornings first light.

 

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Hank Huntington, Esq., is a native of southwest Iowa, healthcare professional, entrepreneur, accomplished pilot, hunting and fishing enthusiast, connoisseur, father and husband. He developed this web site for people to share their fun and excitement about the great outdoors. The best part of this hobby is, after a successful hunting or fishing trip, you are able to dine on fresh game or fish, after all, “ How do you eat a golf ball?” asks Hank. Hanks father and grandfather were both avid outdoorsmen so Hank learned his hunting and fishing skills from them and has passed the tradition down to the fourth generation. Plus the love of the outdoors, and a craving for exquisite dinning, would round out the package.

As a small boy, he fished a local oxbow lake formed by the Missouri River. The lake is primarily old river bottom mud, is not real clear, and has a lot of vegetation. The southeast corner holds a huge lily pad bed, and it was there Hank learned to drag through the water and across the tops of the pads, a Johnson Silver Minnow, with a pork rind attached. This was the place for big mouth bass, and there were lots of them, and young Hank loved to catch them.

At age of 12 Hank started going with his Dad hunting, and by age 14 he was an accomplished shooter with a 12-gauge pump. Shortly after that he was given his first shotgun a Winchester Model 12 pump; he still has it today. It looks like almost new, but the gun is never to be hunted again. Duck hunting in the late 50’s had little pressure after the first two weeks of the season, and when the north wind blew and it got really damp and cold, the big Canada Mallards came.

After graduation from high school, Hank attended Midland College in Fremont, Nebraska. There he met a fellow outdoorsman, and their friendship developed in the fields and streams of central Nebraska.

Hank had little time for hunting and fishing while attending professional school at Creighton University. After graduation he married his college sweetheart and they settled down to career, family, and as often as possible, hunting and fishing.

Hank and his family frequently flew their plane north to Canada to the legendary Canadian fly in lodges to fish for Northern and Walleye. Here he taught his son all the things his father had taught him about fishing. Most of the time the two went alone to the north woods, but when camping was not involved, his wife Pam went along. She always enjoys the fact that she has caught a bigger Northern Pike than Hank, and he has been fishing for 60 years. Today along the Missouri River valley, the deer population increased to the point that in many areas they are a nuisance. The duck, goose, and turkey has also population have also soared.

Area lakes have been well stocked. Many even have a walleye stocking program that makes outstanding fishing. Several are within easy driving distance of Hank’s lodge-like lakeside home. All packaged together is great dining. By the way, Hank harvests only what he will share at a table with family or friends.

Hank says, “Whenever I am on a lake, in the woods, or in the blind, I am always reminded of God’s great bounty and His constant presence. And whether in the great outdoors or at home with my wife, I strive to be a good steward of nature and all that God has given us.”

Good hunting! Good fishing! Good day!

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