May 3, 2018

Spring is in the air and so are thoughts of big fish and intense rod bends with screaming reels. Ready or not, here comes open water fishing. Now is the time to get the proper preparations out of the way.

April 13, 2018

As the bigger lakes in the area have begun to open, the temperature has still favored the ice for the time being in the higher elevations. Access to several smaller lakes and a couple of larger ones is still good in our area and temperatures over the next 10 days will...

March 30, 2018

The ice apocalypse is coming! I say that with a saddened expression because the coming of warm weather is signaling the end of the hardwater season. Some of the lakes around the Hills are no longer accessible, but we do still have a few left with good ice and accessibi...

March 2, 2018

The Club for Boys, Hooked on Hardwater event was held this past weekend at Sheridan Lake here in the Black Hills and it was very successful again despite the emergency change in location from Deerfield to Sheridan due to sloppy conditions at Deerfield. Many of the pr...

March 1, 2018

This past weekend had my partner Brian and I back in VT for stop #3 of the Champlain Valley Hardwater Tournament Series, Laphams Cove, Lake Champlain. We went a day early to pre-fish since neither of us had fished this spot before. Brian was there before me and had al...

February 23, 2018

Years ago, ice fishing was much different when compared to today's modern age. "Old timers" used homemade spring bobbers to detect light biting fish, today we have high end custom and factory produced ice fishing rods with built in spring bobbers like one...

February 16, 2018

We were fortunate at having an early ice season this year with the cold temps and allowing us to fish many waters we haven’t been able to in the recent past. But with warming trends and rains starting now and into most of next week, looking like our local ice season ma...

February 14, 2018

Well, old man winter sure doesn’t want to give a break from this cold snap that never seems to want to end. I guess that little Ground Hog might be right about the 6 more weeks of winter this year. But dealing with the freezing weather, doesn’t mean you must stay insid...

February 6, 2018

Well, it's that time of the year that I call it the dog days of winter. Fish start to slow down and finding them isn't the problem, but getting them to bite is a challenge. On many of the lakes in the area there's a definitive area where the groups or commu...

January 19, 2018

A morning trip to Stockade is usually one where I've got visions of catching some very nice bluegills in my head as we head down. Over the last couple of years, the lake has yielded some very nice bluegills and a few bass and pike as well. It's usually fairly...

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