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Opening Day

BOOM, BOOM, BOOM! The first rooster of the season flew away unharmed. Since I wasn’t the one doing the shooting I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the season. We made sure to let the unnamed shooter hear about it too.

For the past 6 years I have been fortunate enough to hunt with my wife’s family on their land near Presho, SD. It is 360 acres of bird heaven! They provide the birds with the best food and cover year after year and the results have shown it. It is truly a “wild” bird hunters dream.

I must say I started a little slow this year firing off five shots at three birds and nothing to show for it. I like to tell my father-in-law those birds were too young to take home anyway. Haha.

I did redeem myself a little as I killed four of the next five wiley roosters that flew my way. We managed to get our 60 birds in a little less than 2 hours and three total walks.

Are bird numbers down? Maybe, but after seeing first hand the number of birds we kicked up, hunters have no reason to be worried about finding birds.

I like to remind everyone that the “numbers” put out this year are being compared to back to back record years. Trust me folks there is no shortage of pheasants throughout South Dakota.

Look forward to seeing everyone out in the fields.

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A South Dakota Tradition!

In a few short days, old friends will reunite and families will gather for what South Dakotans consider the best “holiday” of the year, The Pheasant Opener! 

I’ve lived in South Dakota my entire life, so I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in this “holiday” weekend for many years.  Since moving to Pierre, SD, from my hometown of Hurley, SD, my annual routine has changed a bit as I now hunt with my in-laws and some close friends near Presho, SD.  The point of the hunt is still the same though; have fun, make sure your buddy knows when he misses and be safe! 

With over 5 million acres of public hunting land and undoubtedly the highest number of wild pheasants per square mile, South Dakotais primed for another great hunting season.  Enjoy and safe hunting!

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Don’t Put Your Boat Away Yet!

Information in this post is provided by Great Lakes Tourism Association

If you haven’t made that trip to Central South Dakota to fish the Missouri River, you’re missing out on some great action!

A reminder to all hunters out there – Pheasant opener is coming up fast – October 15 in fact. Have you made your reservations?

Grouse/Prairie Chicken – Season dates are September 17, 2011 to January 1, 2012 and the area is statewide. Daily limit is 3 with possession limit of 15.

Sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chicken are closely related native birds, and are interspersed across the short grass prairie of central and western SD.

For more information on hunting in South Dakota go to www.gfp.sd.gov.

Check out our Virtual Travel Planner to book that trip now – we have some of the best outfitters, lodges, restaurants, hotels, resorts and guides in the business! Remember, you can book hunting and fishing combination trips – awesome!

Campgrounds along the river that were flooding are opening again and the boat ramps are also starting to become usable once more. Please go to parks and check out the latest report.

Like us on Facebook – for up-to-date reports from our businesses and the area.

Lake Oahe 

In the Pollock area the walleye bite is still on. There are a lot of walleye to be caught. Anglers are pulling plugs in 15-35 feet of water around the trees and shallows. The best time to fish is towards evening. A few salmon are coming in, being found mostly back in the bay and in very shallow water.

 At Mobridge fishing is going well as the transition to the fall bite is made.  Anglers are using jigs and minnows or crawlers and spinners in 15-30 feet. A few anglers are having luck with jigging spoons.

At Akaska  fishing is still going strong – and the fish coming in are bigger.  Anglers are using live bait and spinners in 18-25 feet.

At Gettysburg  the fishing is excellent. There are a lot of smaller fish, but some really nice ones too. Lots of northern and smallmouth are being caught also. Anglers are having the best luck with spinners and crawlers in 18-25 feet. Minnows are also working well. Salmon have been hit-and-miss. Look for the salmon bite to take off in a week or so, and plan for some good ice fishing later on in the year.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek the walleye bite is steady and limits keep coming in.  Bottom bouncers and crawlers in 10-18 feet is working for most anglers, with some using minnows or crankbaits also. The salmon bite is still slow.

Lake Sharpe

There is a temporary “no-wake zone” on Lake Sharpe on the waters located between the island immediately upstream from the railroad bridge between Pierre and Fort Pierre and the western shore of the Missouri River. It’s bounded on the north by Echo Point and extends downstream to the southern tip of the island. GF&P has positioned buoys to mark the “no-wake zone.” This has been put in place to protect flooded private property along the west shore.

Fishing on Sharpe is going wild. Anglers need to do some sorting to get fish over 15 inches, but are catching limits. Minnows, crawlers, and crankbaits against the current are working well in 10-20 feet. The main boat ramp being used is by the Oahe Marina below the Dam.  Farm Island, Antelope Creek and Fort George are great places to get away from the crowds and find some nice fish.

Fishing at the Oahe Dam Tailrace has been good for all species, so you shore fisherman should head to that area. The salmon bite is picking up quite a bit here and at the stilling basin as well.

On Lake Sharpe the docks are back in at Farm Island. Fishing in Hipple Lake is very good using live bait in 10-20 feet. GF&P has started to open a few campsites at Farm Island – again, go to the link we have listed above to find out what areas are open on the entire river system. The water is starting to go down slowly.

At West Bend limits keep coming in and there is not much traffic. Anglers are using minnows and crawlers. Now’s the time to come to the Pierre/Fort Pierre area – especially in the middle of the week when there is less traffic.

This should be a fantastic fall in the Pierre/Fort Pierre area – bring your boat and shotgun – fish half a day and hunt half a day – perfect!

Francis Case

Around Chamberlain  the bite is not going down on Lake Sharpe and Francis Case. This is one of the best years for fishing that Francis Case has seen. The water level is dropping, with fishing going very well. Anglers are fishing along the banks and high points in the river – West Bend, Iron Nation & Lower Brule are good areas. It’s going well both north and south of Chamberlain. Fishing on Case is excellent in 7-25 feet using crawlers. The catfish bite has slowed, but expect fishing to remain good into the late fall and early winter.

In the Platte  area the fall bite is picking up. Anglers are having success with crankbaits in 12-15 feet and some are pulling plugs over the flats. Shore fishing is also picking up.

At the Pickstown – WagnerLake Andes area walleye fishing on Lake Francis Case is steady. Ramps are open in this area also. From the Pease Creek area to the dam the fishing is going well. Anglers are pulling plugs on the points. Access is good now as all ramps are open! Below the dam, the fishing is great! Anglers are using a jig and a minnow or crawler or pulling plugs. Releases from the dam are decreasing so the water is a bit slower and shore fishing is also very good. Paddlefish season is open from October 1-31. Lots of paddlefish are being spotted in this area.

Around Lewis & Clark Lake walleye are being caught in the Boy Scout Camp area using flicker shads.

On the Missouri River boats are allowed on the river with signs marking where boats are permitted. Walleye and white bass are being caught in the still water. Shore fishermen are catching walleye, crappie, catfish and drum.

Springfield Area – Anglers are using minnows to catch crappie and walleye.

On Lake Yankton anglers are catching largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie.

*Please remember that the fishing conditions on the Missouri River change constantly and this report is simply a guideline – a snapshot in time.*

For more information and up-to-the-minute reports on fishing Lake Oahe, please call West Pollock Resort, 605-889-2448; Kemnitz MoRest Motel in Mobridge at 605-845-3668. At Akaska call Akaska Bait Shop at 605-649-7847. Call Bob’s Resort at 605-765-2500 or South Whitlock Resort at 605-765-9762 in Gettysburg. On the lower end of Lake Oahe, call Spring Creek Resort at 605-224-8336, Outpost Lodge at 605-264-5450 and Lake Oahe/Lake Sharpe call Carl’s Bait Shop at 605-223-9453. On Lake Francis Case, contact the Platte Chamber of Commerce at 888-297-8175, Fort Randall Bait & Tackle at 605-487-7760 in Pickstown and Circle H Motel in Lake Andes at 605-487-7652.

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Fishing/Hunting Update for MO River in SD

This update is provided by the Great Lakes Tourism Association.

Fishing On The River Is The Best Ever!

If you haven’t made that trip to Central South Dakota to fish theMissouri River, you’re missing out on some great action!

A reminder to all hunters out there – Pheasant opener is coming up fast – October 15, in fact. Have you made your reservations?

Grouse/Prairie Chicken – Season dates are September 17, 2011 to January 1, 2012 and the area is statewide. Daily limit is 3 with possession limit of 15.

Sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chicken are closely related native birds, and are interspersed across the short grass prairie of central and western SD.

For more information on hunting in South Dakota go to www.gfp.sd.gov.

Check out our Virtual Travel Planner to book that trip now – we have some of the best outfitters, lodges, restaurants, hotels, resorts and guides in the business! Remember, you can book hunting and fishing combination trips – awesome!

Campgrounds along the river that were flooding are opening again and the boat ramps are also starting to become usable once more. Please go to parks and check out the latest report.

Like us on Facebook – for up-to-date reports from our businesses and the area.

Lake Oahe 

In the Pollock area fishing is has slowed down a bit, but they are still catching fish. Walleye have not been cooperating like they should, but other species are doing very well – lots of northern and a few crappie.  Anglers are pulling plugs in 25-30 feet of water around the trees and shallow. Shore fishing is also going strong.

 At Mobridge fishing is good – with some areas a bit slower at times. But, limits are still coming in. Main bait being used is crawlers and spinners or bottom bouncers in 10-30 feet. Fish seem to be all over the river system – the big thing is finding them. Smallmouth and pike are still being caught.

At Akaska  fishing has slowed a bit with all the wind we’ve had, but it’s still good – limits are coming in daily. Anglers are using crawlers and spinners with some pulling plugs in around 10-40 feet. Fish are healthy and looking good.

At Gettysburg  there is plenty of access and they’re still catching plenty of fish – in fact things haven’t changed in the last week. Anglers are using crawlers in about 25 – 30 feet. You can get your boat on the river anywhere here. Smallmouth are being caught too, and they are picking up a few salmon.

Around Spring CreekCow Creek there is a good walleye bite using crawlers and spinners with a few anglers using crankbaits in 10-30 feet. The crankbaits are working well in the trees for the big walleye, but just know you’ll lose lures also! TheCheyenne has slowed a bit, but other areas are going really well. Salmon fishing is still very slow.

Lake Sharpe

There is a temporary “no-wake zone” onLake Sharpe on the waters located between the island immediately upstream from the railroad bridge between Pierre and FortPierre and the western shore of the Missouri River. It’s bounded on the north by Echo Point and extends downstream to the southern tip of the island. GF&P has positioned buoys to mark the “no-wake zone.” This has been put in place to protect flooded private property along the west shore.

Fishing on Sharpe is nothing short of fantastic with all sorts of limits coming in. The area going well is from the Oahe Dam to DeGrey on live bait, with some anglers using crankbaits. The main boat ramp being used is by the Oahe Marina below the Dam.  

Fishing at the Oahe Dam Tailrace has been good for all species, so you shore fisherman should head to that area.

OnLake Sharpe the docks are back in atFarmIsland. Fishing in Hipple Lake is very good using live bait in 10-20 feet. GF&P has started to open a few campsites at Farm Island – again, go to the link we have listed above to find out what areas are open on the entire river system. The water is starting to go down slowly.

At West Bend there have been anglers doing very well and the current is going down as the water recedes.  Anglers are using spinners with crawlers, Lindy rigs and crankbaits. Now’s the time to come to the Pierre/Fort Pierre area – especially in the middle of the week when there is less traffic.

This should be a fantastic fall in the Pierre/Fort Pierre area – bring your boat and shotgun – fish half a day and hunt half a day – perfect!

Francis Case

Around Chamberlain  the bite is not going down on Lake Sharpe and Francis Case. This is one of the best years for fishing that Francis Case has seen. The water level is dropping, with fishing going very well. Anglers are fishing along the banks and high points in the river – the area from Big Bend Dam to Crow Creek is good. It’s going well both north and south of Chamberlain. Fishing on Case is going well in 15-20 feet using crawlers, with some pulling crankbaits. Anglers are also catching smallmouth, catfish and white bass. Late summer fishing should be very good in this area!

In the Platte  area fishing still remains good. There is lots of water on Francis Case and fish are everywhere here too. Anglers are pulling plugs over the mud flats in around 15-20 feet. Access is good now as all ramps are open! The water is starting to go down here too.

At the Pickstown – WagnerLake Andes area walleye fishing on Lake Francis Case is slowing a bit. The fish are big and fat. Ramps are open in this area also. The area from White Swan to the Wheeler area seems to be one of the best areas, fishing in the main current. Most are fishing in about 15-25 feet pulling plugs or using a crawler and spinner. Shore fishing is still good below the dam for walleye and perch.

Around Lewis & Clark Lake they are walleye on bottom bouncers with spinners tipped with a crawler.

On the Missouri River there is limited shore fishing in this area. Limits of white bass, smallmouth, walleye and catfish are coming in. A no boating restriction is still in place here.

Springfield Area – a few walleye are being caught.

On Lake Yankton anglers are catching largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish.

*Please remember that the fishing conditions on the Missouri River change constantly and this report is simply a guideline – a snapshot in time.*

For more information and up-to-the-minute reports on fishing Lake Oahe, please call West Pollock Resort, 605-889-2448; Kemnitz MoRest Motel in Mobridge at 605-845-3668. At Akaska call Akaska Bait Shop at 605-649-7847. Call Bob’s Resort at 605-765-2500 or South Whitlock Resort at 605-765-9762 inGettysburg. On the lower end of Lake Oahe, call Spring Creek Resort at 605-224-8336, Outpost Lodge at 605-264-5450 and Lake Oahe/Lake Sharpe call Carl’s Bait Shop at 605-223-9453. On Lake Francis Case, contact the Platte Chamber of Commerce at 888-297-8175, Fort Randall Bait & Tackle at 605-487-7760 in Pickstown and Circle H Motel inLake Andes at 605-487-7652.

 

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2nd Annual Million Dollar Pheasant Hunt

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Casey Weismantel
1-800-645-3851
sales@aberdeencvb.com

ABERDEEN, SD: — Aberdeen: Million Dollar Pheasant Hunt, the Birds are Here, Are you? The Aberdeen Area is the place to be for the 2011 pheasant hunting season. Experience the rush of pounding wings, bright skies, and the cackle of roosters as they explode into the sky. This year is even more exciting because every hunter has the chance experience money falling from the sky! 100 pheasants will be banded and released this fall in Brown County; each pheasant will be worth at least $100-500, in addition to that one band will be pulled for a chance at one million dollars! The drawing will take place at the end of the 2011 season. For more details on the promotion go to http://www.milliondollarbird.com.

Aberdeen and the surrounding area pride themselves on having over 208,930 acres of public land and more than 114,000 acres of private hunting land. There is plenty of room for all hunters to bag their limit, enjoy the hunt, and possibly to put some coin in their pockets. Hunting is a tradition in this area and Aberdeen businesses roll out the “orange carpet” and Midwest hospitality to welcome our hunters. There are several hotels in Aberdeen as well as campgrounds and hunting lodges throughout the area to accommodate hunters. For a listing of lodging availability go to new http://www.HuntFishSD.com. We hope to see you this fall – don’t miss your chance to bag a million dollar bird!

Check out our newly redesigned website http://www.HuntFishSD.com. This is your one stop location for all your hunting & fishing needs.

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Aberdeen Announces Winner of Million Dollar Bird Hunt

Aberdeen, SD – The Aberdeen Area was the place to be for the 2010 pheasant hunting season.  Now that pheasant hunting season has officially come to an end, it is time to announce the results from the Million Dollar Bird hunt and the Browning Citori 625 drawing!  100 pheasants were banded and released this fall in Brown County; each pheasant was worth at least $100 but had the possibility of being worth up to one million dollars! 41 bands were turned into the Convention and Visitors Bureau office.  To see the complete list of band winners go to www.MillionDollarBird.com.   

The winning “Million Dollar Bird” band number was stored in an electronic device. All bands turned in were automatically entered to win the $1million dollar prize. Of all the bands turned in ONE band was drawn and checked with the electronic device. If that number was a match, the band holder would win $1,000,000.

The drawing took place on Friday, January 7th at 5:00 pm at the Ward Plaza and Hotel.  The band number pulled out was number 25.  The Million Dollar winning band number was 31.  Number 25, was shot by Dan Kruger from Groton and he will win $2,500 and a life time membership to Pheasants Forever.  The second contest held was a drawing for a Browning Citori 625 gun.  Sign up boxes were located at all the hotels in Aberdeen and our booth at travel shows.  The winner of the Browning Citori 625 drawing was David Barbara from Rochester, MN.  

We had a successful hunting season this fall and hope that everyone was able to bag their limit and have fun hunting for the Million Dollar Bird.  Aberdeen and the surrounding area pride themselves on having over 208,930 acres of public land and more than 114,000 acres of private hunting land.  Hunting is a tradition in this area and Aberdeen businesses roll out the “orange carpet” and Midwest hospitality to welcome our hunters.  There are several hotels in Aberdeen as well as campgrounds and hunting lodges throughout the area to accommodate hunters.  For a full listing of lodging availability go to www.HuntFishSD.com.  We hope you will all come back next fall to experience the rush of pounding wings, bright skies, and the cackle of roosters as they explode into the sky.  

For more information on this promotion and hunting in the Aberdeen area, contact the Aberdeen Convention and Visitors Bureau at 605-225-2414, 1-800-645-3851, or sales@aberdeencvb.com.  Or visit us online at www.VisitAberdeenSD.com.

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