South Dakota: Too much fun

I just returned from an annual near Webster, that is so much fun my comrades Paul Bucher, - land area and Jason Viessman of planning next year’s adventure.

Thursday, Sept. 11

High 50, Low 34

Here is the scoop! The four of us are staying at Lynn Lake Lodge (605-345-4564) which is near Webster and is truly a sportsmen’s paradise when it comes to lodging. - ing, chasing snow geese, or deer hunting, I did not see a weakness in this setup.

Jason and Paul are old buddies and Jason is a blast. Last year I wrestled “Viess” and almost won. with us and is completely tuned

warning, the battery on Paul’s truck dies. Today, the battery on 175, which is pushed by a 75-hp the four of us would spend all of this adventure in Jason’s 1875 Lund Pro V.

Here is a big part of this story and that is a major cold spell dropped the temperature a full 30 degrees in 24 hours. Jason’s choice for today would be Pyas Lake which, like all the rest of the lakes in this part of the world, is

Our targets of choice for today would be walleye and perch. Though we knew we were going to have a blast, due to the cold spell none of us were expecting to catch much.

of the lake – kind of drifting and vertical-jigging light jigs that are tipped with crawlers or waxies. Most of us are dressed as if we are

are being caught to speak of. We make a group decision to go work a shoreline that is somewhat out of the wind and loaded with deadstanding cottonwood trees.

On maybe Paul’s third cast, with a ΒΌ-ounce jig that has a pearl colored swim bait attached to it, 25-inch walleye.

In less time then it takes to cook a day to remember. Paul’s top the livewell with 17-21s and let everything go that was larger.

Tonight, back at the Lynn Lake fry and learned that based on last year’s experience, the body of much better tasting walleye or

Friday, Sept. 12

High 52, Low 35

These guys are into variety and today we headed to Opitz Lake spell put a chill on the catch, at least at the start of our day. We tried casting cranks and swimbaits and though we were landing some walleye it was tough.

Everything changed when we started vertical jigging in timber and it was literally nonstop walleye catching action.

cannot be told unless you mention the people and the lay of the land. Everyone that we meet out here seems to have their act together and is happy.

Water is everywhere, with new lakes being formed by the day as wetlands expand and become lakes. Everyone out here takes for walleye, perch or bluegill, they are big.

Today, just for the experience, we headed over to Enemy swim which is known for its very large bluegill – some are over 11 inches. Again, the cold spell affected the bite but we drifted and caught smallies, northern pike, walleye, and I landed a bluegill that was a true sumo.

Tonight, we had steaks on the grill. “Fico,” the instigator, got me to arm wrestle in the wee hours of the morning. He won with the right hand and I won with the left.

I have to come back this winter, and all of us are going through withdrawals because we wanna Dakota!

We shall return!


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