April 2, 2020

During this time of quarantine and social distancing, it's been more important than ever to spend time with loved ones if available. With my wife working from home, my being furloughed, and our toddler daughter home from daycare due to extreme precautions being taken b...

March 21, 2020

With all that's going on in our country and the world over the last few weeks with the coronavirus and it's results, from empty shelves at grocery stores from panic buying to "social distancing" and staying away from groups or the cancelling of events nationwide, thing...

March 13, 2020

The end is slowly drawing near on the ice season around the Black Hills. While a few higher lakes are still good for both ice thickness and access, but many other lakes are opening or seeing shore access to ice going away.

While the late ice season tends to be pretty go...

March 6, 2020

Our friends from East River (most of us South Dakotans refer to where we live on either side of the Missouri River as either "West River" or "East River") came up for another ice fishing trip recently and, while the fishing has been tough, I was still hopeful that we c...

February 28, 2020

This past weekend, I had the extreme honor of being invited to participate in the Club for Boys Hooked on Hardwater event. Most of us across the Ice Belt, have become familiar with the Hooked on Hardwater event that takes place in the Black Hills of South Dakota, thank...

February 19, 2020

As usually happens this time of year, the midwinter doldrums are upon us. A combination of thick ice, dying vegetation depleting oxygen in shallow water, and over 2 months of fishing pressure, has scattered fish across most of the Hills lakes.

This is the time of year w...

February 10, 2020

Over the past few seasons, the young boys of friends of my wife and I have looked forward to an annual trip up to Iron Creek Lake near Spearfish, SD to get on the ice and maybe catch a few fish. I bring all the gear for them and they and their dad, enjoy a couple of ho...

February 3, 2020

Over the past few seasons, I've been taking or meeting groups of people often on the ice, often many with varying levels of experience. But a short time ago, I arranged for a large group of people to meet me on the ice through the Outdoor Campus-West here in Rapid City...

January 24, 2020

Warm and sunny temperatures this week have made for some excellent weather to get out on some ice, but the nicer weather has also brought on a high barometer, causing fish to be more lethargic. Patience and lure selection could be the name of the game for those who are...

January 20, 2020

Rare is the day when nearly every condition is near perfect. Most days, if it's sunny, it's also windy or the barometric pressure is sky high. Or if it isn’t windy, it's raining or snowing. Or if it's sunny and not windy, the fish aren't biting.

Getting all th...

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