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Looking Back at Another Year By Gary Howey

  It’s the time of the year, when temperatures are dropping and the northwest wind is making a visit to our part of the country.

  I’m in the office working with my computer, hating to think that I’ll have to head outside again, when I think about all the last year, 2016, which will be ending soon.

  Overall, it was a very good year, where Team members and I spent some time on the water and in the field with old friends as well as making some new ones along the way.

  We started out our year in Howard, S.D. on a late season hunt where Team member Josh Anderson and I filmed a pheasant hunt, on this trip; it was easy to see why South Dakota is the “Pheasant Capital of the World”.  This trip brought back memories, reminding me of how the pheasant hunting was when I was a boy growing up in Watertown, S.D.  

  Back then, they had a government program, the Soil Bank program with a potion of the farm left idle. This and the method they farmed back then, created thousands of acres of habitat, which help to create excellent pheasant numbers.

  Current pheasant numbers in our area are down, but I’m optimistic and looking forward to bird numbers improving. The new Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will create thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, which gives birds a place to nest, roost, raise their chicks and help to protect the birds from predators.

  Following that trip, Team member Simon Fuller and I headed to the Aberdeen-Webster area to do some ice fishing. On the trip there were some big walleyes caught and returned into the icy depths of the Glacial Lake we were fishing. On that trip, I set a record for the most fish caught; unfortunately, they were minuscule, about the length of my hand and released, allowing them to grow up. It was a great trip as it gave us the opportunity to spend time on the ice with folks cut from the same cloth we were, spending time with others who loved to spend time in the outdoors, on the ice on a cold winter day. [Read more…]

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Glacial Lakes Late Season Ice Fishing By Gary Howey

  The tip of Casey Weismantel’s rod slowly moved downward and as he set the hook; it was obvious what had taken his bait, was not a small fish.

 As the fish took line, it was obvious Casey was going to need some help landing this fish. One of the guides, Jeff Arneson quickly slid across the ice to lend a hand. As Casey worked the fish up into the hole, Jeff reached down into the cold water, bringing the big walleye out onto the ice.

  The fish, a twenty-three incher wouldn’t spend much time out of the water, just enough time for a couple of photos and then released back into the water. This fish would be the first of numerous big fish caught on this trip into northeast South Dakota.

  Our Team would be headquartered out of Hidden Hill Lodge located on one of the glacial lakes outside of Aberdeen, S.D. Our film crew was there at the invitation of South Dakota Tourism, HuntFishSD.com and Glacial Lakes & Prairies Tourism.

  Hidden Hill, is a picturesque lodge, serves excellent meals with room for thirty-four people, it lies adjacent to its four hundred-private acre lake that has an excellent populations of walleye, perch, crappie and bass. www.hiddenhilllodge.com

  On this trip, we would be on the ice with some of the best ice-fishermen, including several members of the Ice Team, Dave, Genz and Thayne Jensen-Clam Outdoors, Tom Zenanko-Vexilar Ice Fishing Today, Jason Mitchell-Jason Mitchell Outdoors-Boomer Stelmach-Heres My Gear & The 4 Outdoorsmen radio,  Dennis Foster- Eye Time Promotions and others.

  Many of these lakes may be some of the best-kept secrets in the state, ranging in size from eight to 10,000 acres, many of which are no name lakes, once just small sloughs that have increased in size.

   Some of the more popular Glacial lakes in the area include, Bitter, Waubay, Enemy Swim, Reetz, Grass, Pickerel, Lynn and Enemy Swim all known for their excellent walleye and perch  populations and the home of tremendous populations of big crappies, smallmouth bass, bluegill and northern pike. [Read more…]