June 29, 2020

With the success of last summer's experiments in trolling small Salmo Hornet crankbaits out of my pontoon, I decided to try it again and see if the numbers could be repeated. Armed with my trusty Sonarphone T-Pod sonar bobber to give me the depth and sonar feedback on...

June 18, 2020

On a recent trip with my wife and daughter, a friend of hers came with us and brought her son Eli, with for some fresh air and the chance at catching some fish. He was excited to go fishing for sure. I took all of us to Pactola to the spot where Melissa had had luck be...

June 1, 2020

With the passing of Memorial Day weekend and the unpredictable that came with it, the weather has steadied itself as June approaches. The onset of warmer temperatures has spurred on the bite at many locations across the area and promises to hold for at least the next w...

May 18, 2020

With this wildly unpredictable weather we have been having around the Black Hills, with snow recently as well as several days straight with rain on and off, getting out has been a bit tough.

At least before this stretch of weather happened, I got to enjoy a nice afterno...

May 9, 2020

With the end of the ice season, Pactola Reservoir has always been a good place to start shore fishing from, as the rainbow trout tend to congregate in its bays before pressure drives them away.

These early trips are always kind of a welcome departure in terms of gear br...

April 29, 2020

As the hardwater season ends each year, it is always a sad occasion. It is my favorite outdoor experience and I always try to stretch out the last trips until it is no longer safe to venture out anymore. And each year, the last trips have been getting pushed later and...

April 15, 2020

For the past four ice seasons, my end-of-the-hardwater goal is always to be still on the ice into April. And each of the past few seasons, I've been lucky to still have decent ice to get out on, though shoreline access can be a bit of an issue.

A couple of times, we eit...

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...