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The Beauty of Pickerell Lake

Of all the Glacial Lakes in eastern South Dakota, Pickerell Lake is one of the most beautiful of the group

 

 

Of all the Glacial Lakes in eastern South Dakota, Pickerell Lake is one of the most beautiful of the group.  It just doesn't look like it belongs on the plains in the farming country of this intriguing state.  Surrounded by trees on all sides, there are beautiful homes, cabins, two resorts, and a bible camp located along it's shores.  With the moderate temps and low humidity, this is a great place to have a summer getaway.

 

Boat Ramp at the south end of the lake.  It is really sheltered and there was no problem putting in and out.

For me, the getaway is the Circle Pines Motel located in Waubay.  Plus, right next door is the Purple Cow Ice Cream Parlor.  If a person is so inclined to frequent this type of establishment, you cannot do any better than the Purple Cow.

 

Spending a day on this lake was outstanding.  Catching fish and throwing them back went on constantly.  The people at Sportsman Cove said there was a lot of walleye and they were all small.  They were not wrong.  It took all day to get my four of the legal limit.  Walleye must be over 15 inches and a couple in the 16 to 17 inch range were put in the live well.

 

Average smalley

The 18 incher.  The camera went off before I could get straightened up.

Walleye wasn't the only fish caught.  Rock bass, small crappie and blue gills were abundant.  What was really exciting was the small mouth bass.  South Dakota has a slot on this specie and you can keep a fish over 18 inches or under 14 inches.  I caught several right in between, but the best part of the trip was the one over 18 inches.  What a battle the fish performed!  It leaped out of the water more than once and dove down deep running up against the drag.

 

This island is the place to fish on each side sloping down to 20+ feet in depth.  It is on the south end of the lake.

Crawlers were used, but the hot items were leeches.  There were so many small fish smacking away at the leaches that by noon, none were left.  However, there was a treat for them.  Some time ago I had purchased some Gulp Alive Spray and artificial leeches.  Now this is a rubber looking product to which I sprayed on Gulp Alive Spray.  Click on the link below to price and buy from Bass Pro.

 



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It did not make any difference.  The fish just smacked away at the the fake leeches like they were the real thing.  The beauty of this product was once the leech was on the hook it was not pulled off.  However, the fish did chomp off an end and ate whatever the artificial was made of.  The nice part about this product was I did not have to keep baiting my hook after each strike.  With walleye, however, not all were aggressive feeders.  There was the feeling of not knowing whether to set a hook or just pull it away and lose a potential big fish.

 

All in all, this was a great day. Since this was a three day license, I had one more day to go.

 

Good hunting, good fishing, and good luck.

Hank

 

 

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More Stories By Hank Huntington

Hank Huntington, Esq., is a native of southwest Iowa, healthcare professional, entrepreneur, accomplished pilot, hunting and fishing enthusiast, connoisseur, father and husband. He developed this web site for people to share their fun and excitement about the great outdoors. The best part of this hobby is, after a successful hunting or fishing trip, you are able to dine on fresh game or fish, after all, “ How do you eat a golf ball?” asks Hank. Hanks father and grandfather were both avid outdoorsmen so Hank learned his hunting and fishing skills from them and has passed the tradition down to the fourth generation. Plus the love of the outdoors, and a craving for exquisite dinning, would round out the package.

As a small boy, he fished a local oxbow lake formed by the Missouri River. The lake is primarily old river bottom mud, is not real clear, and has a lot of vegetation. The southeast corner holds a huge lily pad bed, and it was there Hank learned to drag through the water and across the tops of the pads, a Johnson Silver Minnow, with a pork rind attached. This was the place for big mouth bass, and there were lots of them, and young Hank loved to catch them.

At age of 12 Hank started going with his Dad hunting, and by age 14 he was an accomplished shooter with a 12-gauge pump. Shortly after that he was given his first shotgun a Winchester Model 12 pump; he still has it today. It looks like almost new, but the gun is never to be hunted again. Duck hunting in the late 50’s had little pressure after the first two weeks of the season, and when the north wind blew and it got really damp and cold, the big Canada Mallards came.

After graduation from high school, Hank attended Midland College in Fremont, Nebraska. There he met a fellow outdoorsman, and their friendship developed in the fields and streams of central Nebraska.

Hank had little time for hunting and fishing while attending professional school at Creighton University. After graduation he married his college sweetheart and they settled down to career, family, and as often as possible, hunting and fishing.

Hank and his family frequently flew their plane north to Canada to the legendary Canadian fly in lodges to fish for Northern and Walleye. Here he taught his son all the things his father had taught him about fishing. Most of the time the two went alone to the north woods, but when camping was not involved, his wife Pam went along. She always enjoys the fact that she has caught a bigger Northern Pike than Hank, and he has been fishing for 60 years. Today along the Missouri River valley, the deer population increased to the point that in many areas they are a nuisance. The duck, goose, and turkey has also population have also soared.

Area lakes have been well stocked. Many even have a walleye stocking program that makes outstanding fishing. Several are within easy driving distance of Hank’s lodge-like lakeside home. All packaged together is great dining. By the way, Hank harvests only what he will share at a table with family or friends.

Hank says, “Whenever I am on a lake, in the woods, or in the blind, I am always reminded of God’s great bounty and His constant presence. And whether in the great outdoors or at home with my wife, I strive to be a good steward of nature and all that God has given us.”

Good hunting! Good fishing! Good day!

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