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If you are attending the annual SPORTS SHOW in MINNEAPOLIS I will be in BOOTH 802 Stop by and visit or pick up information on business; resorts, guide services and all kinds of information about destination's up and down the Missouri River system.
I will start with sports show information. I will be present at the Minneapolis Sports Show this next week from Thursday the 23rd until the 26th putting out information on all kinds of resorts and guide service's (including my own) from Sioux City up to the Pollack area on the Missouri River so if you are around MNPLS and are going to the show stop by The Missouri River Great Lakes booth and pick up anything that will help you plan a trip. Now on to some info about fishing around Pierre. When the weather is nice most days the boats going out are catching fish. Sharpe as always has a lot to do with the current so if they run the amount the walleye like the fish go. I have not been on the water so am relying on info from guides that are. Jigs/minnows are accounting for most of the catches. I choose not to guide this time of the year as many of the fish being caught are females full of eggs. By the 1st week of April that starts changing to mostly to males as the females get real hard to catch during the spawning run so waiting a little I think helps the fishery. This is number one a controversial statement as some biologists think a few females spawning is enough and number two you pay for a license that entitles you to a limit of 4 fish and if GFPS thinks it matters they would close the season pre spawn like Minnesota etc. does. I talked to John Cooper former head of GFPS about the early fishing several times and he told me he personally limits his boat to two female pre spawn fish and hopefully get the rest in males or practices catch and release. I have adopted that policy myself but it is very hard to charge money and then tell the customers they have to throw any females over two back so I just wait until the spawn gets in full swing (Usually mid April) and fish for the males as they are usually the ones biting. With warm spring days going sometimes early it is real hard to stay off the water and most anglers like me are wanting to catch some supper so maybe a selective harvest like Coop suggests might be a way to create more eggs hence better spawns. I am not trying to stir up any negative thoughts about early pre spawn fishing but I am passing catch and release thinking on the females full of eggs as much as possible. If you are headed to Pierre this time of year remember to keep your eyes to the sky as weather is always a real big factor in the early spring fishing. See you in MNLPS if you are going to the show and want to visit. I will start with every three day reports as soon as I get on the water probably around mid April.
UPDATE For anyone coming to the show or looking for me I will be at the Missouri River Tourism Booth and that is booth 1124. Hope to see all those that need some info about the river from Sioux City to the North Dakota border. Show goes Thurs night Friday Sat Sunday.
I will be at the show this coming week but this year I will be at the SOUTH DAKOTA MISSIOURI RIVER BOOTH so if you are coming to the show (Feb. 23rd 24th 25th and 26th) stop by and see me. Will be handing out information about place's and services from Sioux City to the North Dakota border so if you are planning a trip anywhere up and down the river should be able to find something for you including my guide service. Stop by and visit about fishing and hunting or just vacation trips.
Unfortunately I am not going to be able to attend the Back Hills Show due to an illness in my family. This is a great show and I hate to miss it but circumstance's dictate missing it. If you were planning to come by and see me just give me a call or send me an e mail.
I will have my booth at the Rapid City Sports show starting on. 10th of Feb. and going thru the 12th. I will also be doing seminars about the Missouri river fishery speaking to all species available targeting walleye northern smallmouth fishing. I will focus on the Pierre area on Lakes Sharpe/Oahe however will answer inquires on both hunting and other areas of the river. If you are in the area stop by and visit. This is another of my favorite shows with lots of vendors from all over and cost to attend is minimal. Hope to see some of you. Hutch
Friday, February 10, 2017
12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 11, 2017
9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday, February 12, 2017
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
I will have my booth at THE COUNCIL BLUFFS RIVER CITY FISH/HUNT SPORTS SHOW starting January 20th and then the 21st and 22nd. Along with my booth I will do seminars on fishing the Missouri river system specifically targeting LAKES OAHE /SHARPE for all of the species that swim there. If you are in the area stop by my booth to either book a trip or just talk fishing. This has turned out to be one of my favorite shows with lots of exhibitor's and many other hunt, fish, etc. speaker's. For show hours and seminar speakers/times and other info you may go to www.rivercityexpo.com. Free parking at this show and general admission nine dollars or 15 and under three dollars so it is real family friendly. Hope to see you there.
Both of these month's produce excellent walleye fishing along with great smallmouth/ Northern/ Catfish. Weather is a factor so many times we have to stay off big water because of high winds etc. but this is a great time to go after the big northern and catfish in the back of creeks/bays to beat the weather. Also fishing on Sharpe below Dam keeps you out of wind and produce's nice limits of walleye. Jig fishing when water temps cold along with btm. bouncer presentations as water warms most common .Boat traffic can be much more around the Pierre area.
By far the busiest month on both lakes.( School out and just traditionally start of summer season] so book early if possible to get best guides/lodging. The fishing is excellent for all species. Weather can still be a factor. We are usually fishing with Lindy or btm. bouncer's.
Best all around month for both fishing and weather especially family trips Walleye fishing at seasonal peak especially in high water periods on Oahe. and Sharpe good two. Btm. Bouncer presentations most common.
Same as July but there can be hotter weather. If there is a breeze it is not to bad as big lake water temps keep heat down. Fish can be a little deeper but still great fishing.
Very good on the walleye fishing with fall weather great toward end of month. As water cools jig fishing starts to come into play again.
Fishing is still good but weather coming into play again Jigs work best especially in colder water. Combination Hunting /fishing trips most common. Just a note: You can catch fish in all the months above tolling or casting plugs and we do that often. But I have found that guiding people over the years most prefer live bait hover fishing better so I spend more time with btm/bouncer/crawler/minnow/leeches than the plugs but pulling plugs is always a good alternative and sometimes can be the best.
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