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Howey and Myhre Inducted into Hall of Fame

           Two area Outdoor communicators will be inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Sioux Falls 50th Annual Sportsmen’s Show.

          Gary Howey, Hartington, Neb., and Larry Myhre, Sioux City, Iowa, will be inducted at 3:30 p.m., March 11 on the Seminar Stage at the Sioux Falls Arena. Professional walleye angler and Fishing Hall of Famer Ted Takasaki will conduct the ceremony.

          Howey, originally from Watertown, S.D., and a Viet Nam veteran, has been an outdoor communicator since 1980 when he began production of The Northeast Nebraska Outdoorsmen newspaper. He sold the Outdoorsmen magazine in 1995 when he created the Outdoorsmen Adventures television series, which airs throughout the year in seven upper Midwestern states.

          He has written a syndicated Of the Outdoors column since 1980 for newspapers and magazines.

          In 1990, he developed Outdoorsmen Productions, an outdoor-related promotional company.      

          In 2009, he produced the first of his Outdoor Adventures radio shows which he co-hosts. The show airs six days a week in southeast South Dakota, northeast Nebraska and northwest Iowa.

          A former hunting and fishing guide, Howey has given fishing seminars in South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.

          Over the years, Howey has won several local, states and national awards for his print, radio and television work. [Read more…]

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Whiskered Wonders-Channel Catfish By Gary Howey

 

Anyone who has ever had the opportunity to tangle with a big catfish knows how powerful a big cat is.

  They’re not the prettiest fish in the water, but they are plentiful, fun to catch and great eating.

Cats are bottom-hugging creatures, spending most of their time either on the bottom or close to it.  Their eyesight is not very good, so they depend on their sense of smell and taste to find their food.  The barbells protruding from their upper lip are covered with taste receptors, as are their lips, helping catfish to locate a meal.

In the upper Midwest, you’ll find three species of catfish: the Channel, Blue and the Flathead.

In this column, we’re going to be talking about the Channel catfish.

Channel catfish are the most abundant fish species in our area and are found in most rivers, ponds, small lakes and reservoirs.

You’ll find them below the dam at Gavin’s Point and throughout the Missouri River system.  Look for channel catfish in deeper holes below the spillway, behind the rubble below the turbines and in snag-infested areas adjacent to deeper water.

They’re opportunists when it comes to what they eat; feeding on just about anything, they can get their mouth around.

I hold two line-class world records for Channel Catfish, which were taken on cutbait, which is no more than a piece of flesh cut from a Sucker and Goldeye. If you are going to use cutbait, be sure to leave the skin as this makes it harder for the fish to pull from the hook and with the skin attached, the bait will stay on your hook longer

 They will also take worms, Bluegills, Bullheads, Shad entrails, chicken or turkey liver, stink baits and about anything else, you throw at them. [Read more…]

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Migration Alert: North Dakota Hunters Enjoy Strong Start By John Pollmann, WF360 Central Flyway Migration Editor

Reprinted from Ducks Unlimited

North Dakota hunters have yet to see much of an influx of migrating waterfowl from Canada, but locally produced birds are providing ample opportunities for waterfowlers across the state.

Excellent late spring wetland conditions resulted in a strong waterfowl breeding effort in the Prairie Pothole Region of northwestern North Dakota this year, says Monte Ellingson, with the Crosby Wetland Management District, which is a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

“Hunters are taking advantage of the good bird numbers now, with mallards, pintails, and gadwalls on many game straps,” Ellingson says.  “And we have a surprising number of blue-winged teal still around for this time of the year.  There’s no shortage of opportunities for hunters, but you do need to scout.”DU Migration Logo

Ellingson’s office is only five miles from the Canadian border, and he says that a large number of sandhill cranes have arrived from the north in the past two weeks.

“There is a lot of shallow water standing in fields in the area, which I think the cranes really like,” he says.  “Lesser Canada geese are beginning to show up now, too.  Nothing in really big numbers, but there has been some movement of birds into the state.”

Brian Prince with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department agrees, reporting that lesser Canada geese and snow geese are just starting to arrive in the Devils Lake region.

“We are seeing quite a few ducks and Canada geese, but I believe most of the birds were locally produced,” Prince says.  “Mallards are beginning to congregate in larger groups in the area, and gadwall numbers are through the roof. Gadwalls appear to be on every wetland.”

Hunters traveling to the Devils Lake region are likely to encounter deteriorating wetland conditions, Prince adds, and they may discover that small, shallow water bodies that have produced quality hunts in past years are now dry.

“Diver hunters won’t be as impacted by the dry conditions, because the larger, semi-permanent and permanent wetlands still have plenty of water in them,” he explains. “The puddle ducks are starting to utilize these larger wetlands as well, making for some great mixed-bag hunting opportunities.”

Ducks and geese are also starting to utilize different food sources in the area, according to North Dakota hunter Mike Clement, switching from fields of small grains to soybeans and corn.

“There are plenty of opportunities to put together a good hunt if you’re willing to put on some miles and scout,” Clement says.

It has been a quiet start to the waterfowl season in south-central North Dakota, according to Mick Erickson with the Kulm Wetland Management District.

“We aren’t seeing the big concentrations of birds in the area yet, but local birds are providing fairly good opportunities for hunters,” Erickson says.  “Wetland conditions are proving to be a challenge for hunters, too.  The weather has been dry, so most of the smaller wetlands have mudflats around the edges.”

The outlook for this part of North Dakota is still positive, Erickson adds, as field hunting opportunities are expanding as the soybean harvest is completed and farmers begin combining corn.

“We have good food resources in the area and enough water in the semi-permanent wetlands to attract birds as the season progresses,” he says.  “The lack of water in the smaller wetlands may help concentrate birds, too, which could help hunters.”

 

 

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Fishing outlook is great at Devils Lake By Larry Myhre

Reprinted from the Sioux City Journal.

Anglers heading for North Dakota’s Devils Lake will find conditions to be a little bit different this year.

A very mild winter with very little snow has combined to result in very little runoff into the lake.

And that, says professional fisherman Johnnie Candle, who lives and guides on the big lake, will change fishing patterns. “We’re not going to have that big influx of water that causes fish to move into current areas,” he said. “Instead, you are going to have to look for areas of warmer water, which isn’t hard to do. Those shallow, dark bottom bays with early weed growth are going to be the key.”

Candle was in Sioux City for the Scheels Fish Fest activities at the Southern Hills Mall. He’s been on the walleye tournament trail since 1994 and has been guiding about 90 trips a year (in between tournaments) for the past 15 years. [Read more…]