September 11, 2020

The weather has certainly been strange lately. On the day I got a chance to get out for the first time in a few weeks, it hits 100 degrees throughout the Black Hills. 2 days later, the area got its first snowfall of the year, with the Deerfield area where I went fishin...

August 21, 2020

Let us face it. The dog days of summer have been hitting hard lately and the bite is tough with a capital T. With temperatures averaging 90 or more over the last few weeks and with more of the same heat coming for the foreseeable future, water temperatures will continu...

July 24, 2020

Well, the dog days of summer have kicked in big time in the area. Hot weather is here and here to stay for at least the next few weeks. Afternoon trips will have to be avoided to stay out of the intense heat in the area or perhaps spent in the lake rather than on it to...

July 10, 2020

For several years now, I have wanted to learn how to use other techniques for bass fishing other than using spinnerbaits and chatterbaits to target them specifically. I have tried wacky rigging with little success, but other techniques, such as Texas rigging, pitching...

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...

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