This is week 2 of my report from the South Dakota border. This week I fished alone, as everybody I fish with was busy
Tuesday morning started out a little rocky when I went out side to the bathroom(water isnt on yet)I locked my self out! So 6 am I'm in my long jons trying to breakin to the cabin! Got in by taking off a window with a pocket knife.
On the water by 7, the day turned out to be alright. Water temp in the river and the lake were both between 46 and 48. Water level in the lake was down 6 to 8 inches in the last week. The water clarity had also gotten much better in the lake with jig visablity up to 20 inches. With the water temps the same as last week I decided to try the shoreline pattern.
I cannot stress enuff to SLOW DOWN when pitching at the banks, every rock point or sand gap between rocks must be explored with a jig! The fish are holding between rocks or just below them in the shade. Same with fallen trees target them like your fishing bass, get right up to them and flip between the branches. 3/16th oz. jigs we my goto just because of the wind, tipped with a BIG fathead or small sucker. Most of my fish came within 4 ft of dry land in less than 18 inches of water. Areas where you can feel gravel or rubble out from shore should be noted and warrent another cast.
River fishing was also good, I got 2 over 22 in 3 passes, both females seemingly fresh from the lake.
The crank of the day was a Dave's Kaboom jointed shad chart/red. Just not fun chasing pigs with out a camera guy/ net man.
Total for the day was 13 eyes none under 18 biggest 23, also a 15# carp, a 17 inch large mouth and a pike. Kept the 4 nicest males for food, first fish I've kept in a month!I would suggest that anyone with a little extra time give this lake a try, you'll fall in love, the scenery is great, and the people a really nice!
Till next week, good luck to all! Walleye Ben
Also thanks to all on the shallow spinner tips but the wind didnt allow me to try that