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Wind, Wind, and More Wind

The next day the wind moved from the northeast to the east southeast



The next day the wind moved from the northeast to the east southeast.  In  South Dakota, a heavy wind is referred to by the locals as a "little breezy."  A little breezy, good grief flags were sticking straight out like they were made of metal.  Trees were not just waving in the wind, the smaller ones were bent over and the big one look they were going to be up rooted.  The tall grass was almost laying down.  This is wind, not a breeze.

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This is the product I used on this trip with outstanding success for all the fish I caught.


Kick'n Walleye Scent Fish Attractant - Terminal Tackle

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Anyway, having driven 300+ miles, a "little breeze," was not going to stop me from at least finding a location on the lake that might be somewhat out of the wind.  The boat ramp as still protected from the wind as I arrived at the lake at 5:15 AM.  It was just getting light, and there were no other trailors in the parking lot.


Out on the lake, boat control for me was down right miserable.  Fishing for two hours produced not one hit, and it was time to get off the lake.  Hunger had set in, and a quick trip to Perebom's resturant was made for a giant breakfast.  That is an attitude changer.


Next stop was Sportsman Cove for recomendations.  The first was Swan, south of Webster and the second was Pickerell just north of Waubay.  Swan was closer, and upon arrival there was no place to park a trailor.  Plus the east shore was almost boat to boat.  No, to that idea, and it up was up to Pickerell.

Small island where the drift began


Here is a beautiful smaller lake formed by the glaciers.  Surrounded by summer homes and some permanent. The lake is clear and deep.  The state operates a really nice park and boat ramp, and there is a fee of $5.00 to enter the park for the day.  It is worth it.  The lake runs north and south and the ramp is somewhat sheltered, but managable in the high winds.  Remember the locals call this a little breezy.


Plowing straight across the lake in the the wind (should be called a gale) put the boat somewhat out of the main blow.  The locals would call this spot light breeze.  When you see three foot swells that is a gale, not a breeze.

Where there is Pelicans, there is bait fish.  Where there is bait fish, there is game fish.


Anyway making my way to the southeast end of the lake, a bay was found with an island in the middle.  Motoring up to the island in about 4 feet of water, the plan was to drift back with the wind to 30 feet or until water started coming over the side.  I put on my life jacket.  Out to 10 to 20 feet, the hits started and they were soft.  Instead of setting the hook right away, line was fed thinking that they may be striking short and working their way up the bait.  Crawlers was the bait with a spinner.  I pulled up nothing.


Small mouth bass are warriors and he was nice size.


Motoring back up to about 5 feet and starting the drift, a really big fish whacked the bait and took it.  The ultra-light bent over and back and forth it went.  Out and then trying to get under the boat, it was slow pulling it up.  It had to be either northern or smallmouth.  Getting it boated it was a small mouth bass.


Working the area three more of similar size were picked up.

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Northland Live Forage Spinner Blades


A move was made around the island toward a weed bed and in 10 to 15 feet of water the walleye were picked up.  Not big at all, and it took the rest of the day to get the limit.  I must have caught 100 fish all just below the minimum length.  Working up toward the weedbed and letting the boat drift with the wind to 20 feet of water then repeating the process made for an exciting day.


That is a white bass and very good eating.  I caught several of them.


After the limit was nailed, the catching and pitching continued until all the crawlers were gone, and then the leeches were used up.  It was almost 7 PM when the boat was steered back to the landing and then it was time to clean fish.  This was a great day with a lot of fish.  Catching and pitching them back is the way to fish.


Good hunting, good fishing, and good luck. Hank

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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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