Reservoir Dogs

By Chris Nelson It’s no secret that many fishermen disrespect northern pike. Small pike are maligned as snakes, hammerhandles and a dozen other negative terms, and walleye purists simply feel insulted when duped by a 20-inch “slimer.” In my opinion, pike are blast to catch, and with the exception of maybe the white bass, nothing rivals them as a kid-friendly fish...

Going for Bronze

By Patrick Rubendall The anticipation of chasing fat smallmouth bass on open water seems to arrive earlier each year. This past winter it was around Groundhog Day when I first started looking at last year’s photos of trophy bronzebacks on my phone. I don’t ice fish, so I spend my winter months scouting for deer or coyote hunting. I also talk...

Panfish Pointers

By Jason Mitchell Outdoors Staff Spring panfish opportunities are popular with anglers for plenty of good reasons. For starters, anglers can target crappies, bluegill and other panfish in shallow water, and the action can be tremendous, especially for kids and beginning anglers. What’s even better is that a hot panfish bite can bring out the kid in anglers of any age...

Northern Lake Oahe Update

By Dennis Foster Lake Oahe has been long accepted as one of the premier walleye destinations in North America. Rightly so, as even when some folks feel its fishery may be down a bit due to circumstances beyond control, it is still pretty darned impressive. If given any semblance of common sense management, Oahe always seems to heal itself and...

4 Stages of Calling Turkeys

By Tom Carpenter It is mid-May. Midmorning. Hens on the South Dakota prairie are starting to sit on their nests. Gobblers should be out cruising, looking for some love. My son Ethan and I are out cruising, too, working along a mostly wooded hillside a couple miles back from the Missouri River, trolling for an active tom and hoping for some...

Outsmarting Spring Snows

By John Pollmann The sound of migrating snow geese as they push north is a quintessential sign of spring. It’s also the sound of one of the hardest game birds to hunt in North America. Smart and wary, snow geese are renowned for humbling hunters during the special spring Light Goose Conservation Order, but the sight of layers of snows and...

Curing the Mid-Ice Blues

By Cory Richardt Ice-fishing season across Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota can be cut into three phases. The early and late-ice periods are far and away the shortest and most exciting for ice anglers, as perch are the most active during these times. The mid-ice phase of ice-fishing season, however, is the longest and most frustrating. During this phase temperatures...

Bonus Round

By Tyler French Ice fishermen are at a disadvantage because it can be hard to move around in the winter. We have to drill holes in each new area, and we often walk through deep snow and have to bundle up to handle frigid temperatures. On top of that, we can only fish straight up and down, and we can’t...

Pheasanomics: Pheasant Fest coming to Sioux Falls in February

By Andrew Johnson Pheasant season closed Jan. 7 in South Dakota, but thousands of pheasant hunters are once again expected to flock to the pheasant capital in February for Pheasants Forever’s National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic. The event will be held Feb. 16-18 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. Pheasants Forever first announced Sioux Falls would be...

Night Moves

By James O'Neill The phrase “you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face” was an accurate representation of just how dark it really was. To complicate things even more, the snow crunching under our feet was as painful as fingernails grinding across a chalkboard. In the darkness we slowly made our way through the dark as quietly as...