Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
NPG

South Dakota snow geese

Recommended Posts

NPG    0
NPG

A group of us are planning to take a trip out to South Dakota for a snow goose hunt. We have not been out there for 2yrs, but are planning on coming out in march (weekend of 8th or weekend of 22nd) and staying for a few days. Are there still good numbers of birds in the Arlington/Brookings area? I know it depends on weather and it varies year to year, but if there are South Dakato residents or groups that go out about that same time frame that would have input would be great. Its tough for all of us to get together to go out to SD so our dates are limited----Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ironman    0
ironman

Weather IMO is the biggest factor and unless it gets really warm really fast I would pick your later date. If you are tied down to specific dates that is. Otherwise, gather reports and head out when you can. Either way I wouldn't get too fixed on a particular location...be ready to move and put on some miles. Dont be afraid to ask permission to access feilds, you'll be suprised how willing they are, just be respectful and clean up after yourself. After that it's all up to the birds and your shooting. Good Luck.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
IceHawk    454
IceHawk

As stated weather and snow cover dictates how early and how far W or E they travel up. I follow and use every asset I can to judge the right time to go and we usally hit it good. I will admit we have left on a moments notice to get good shooting. We are going to be going again this yr (we have been hunting every yr since the conservation seasons started) I am guessing we will probably be going the last weekend in march give or take a few days.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Take 'Em    0
Take 'Em

march 10-20 geese will be present somewhere in the state after that you might get the tail end in the north part of the state sand lake refuge is your best bet if you come after march 20 is north of aberdeen and holds huge amounts of birds

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
carpshooterdeluxe    8
carpshooterdeluxe

unless it gets warm and stays warm for a while there not going to be around here anytime soon. theres a lot of snow on the ground between sioux falls and yankton. but theres hardly any if any at all west river. couple that with up to 33" of ice on some of the lakes west of brookings...and well its going to be interesting this spring.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Take 'Em    0
Take 'Em

ice on the lakes has little or no effet on the snow geese as they will roost on shallow ponds and sheet water in the feilds. their is quite a bit of snow but not nearly as much as last. although that could change. also it only takes a couple of days in the 40's with a south wind and they will be there. at leasts in the southern part of the state.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Fish'n guy    0
Fish'n guy

Ya Take Em brings up a good point! The main push of birds was already gone when there were still 4 wheelers out on Thompson last year. They tend to key more on sheet water in the fields. The problem this year is the frost layer is so deep that if we get any decent amount of snow there will be sheet water everywhere in the fields for a good portion of the spring. that could make it hard to get into the fields and make more roosts for the birds. so it could be tough decoying em but we will see I guess!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
zrmo440    0
zrmo440

 Originally Posted By: Take 'Em
..... sand lake refuge is your best bet if you come after march 20 is north of aberdeen and holds huge amounts of birds

Take 'Em, I am thinking of heading out that way with a few buddies sometime after the middle of March. I thought I read that Sand Lake refuge roads don't open up til April 1? Can you hunt the refuge? How is the hunting pressure in that area? Is it hard to get permission from the local farmers to hunt in their fields? This will be our first snow goose adventure, so I'm a bit wet behind the ears!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
carpshooterdeluxe    8
carpshooterdeluxe

hunting around the refuge can be tough; its well known by all the outfitters that the refuge area can be the place in late march. most farmers ive met up around there are nice; many fields are already spoken for, but the birds will fly off the refuge 2o miles in a few days after cleaning off the close fields.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
stretch    0
stretch

no you can't hunt the refuge. and their is a boundry that you need to pay attention to. as for getting permission it is fairly easy the only hard part is tracking down the owner of the property. as for hunting pressure in that area it can get tough but it depends on when you go. last year when we went we see one other group of hunters but we were hunting the lead flock that had alot of mature birds. oh and the roads they just mean that they aren't plowed at all. you may be able to get down the roads.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
dolsmi    0
dolsmi

Any Snow Geese hitting South Dakota Yet?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
IceHawk    454
IceHawk

Heard a few scout flocks around the Yankton area.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
adam stegeman    0
adam stegeman

[Note from admin: Please read forum policy before posting again. Thank you.]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
dolsmi    0
dolsmi

Picked up a black lab female last thursday...

Thanks anyway

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • BisoNation
      1st time ever I've seen zebra mussels in ottertail on west side   this SUCKS!!!!   had a red solo cup in the water... apparently they love RED.     at least 5 of them    it sucks
    • Wanderer
      From someone who grew up as a back reeling aficionado, I've learned to appreciate a quality drag on a reel.  It's the one thing I'll gladly pay for. Modern drag systems are so much better than they used to be.  Not taking advantage of them is leaving a lot of the value of a quality reel on the table.  Unused and wasted. So, is that the kind of opinion you were looking for?   
    • slammer
      They are already established in OT.  Pulled docks at my sisters place with about 75% covered in zebes.  Wear shoes when your in the water.
    • Meterman
      I noticed this spring that the higher end Shimano Stradic and others have eliminated the ability to back reel (no reverse) which I believe is a huge mistake, I don't like it!    any others have comments?
    • bbfenatic
      Been out chasing crappies again in the DL area..been a while...finding some nice ones in mouth of a river...pic of a couple
    • monstermoose78
      Went up north grouse hunting it was fun. I must say having a dog makes it better.  This weekend is duck opener and I am jacked up for it. 
    • SkunkedAgain
      The public launch at The Landing on the west end stays open until the ice sets in, but they do pull the dock sometimes around the end of October / beginning of November.
    • KidMoe
      Just curious if people are finding fish moving into fall patterns yet or still finding them in more summer locations?  I've been finding good sized panfish in deeper water myself around more mid lake structure. Most of the lakes I've been on are still pretty green with algae and weeds. 
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Captain Acorn, I use Gamagatu  octopus hooks. Size 4 for crawlers and size 2 for minnows. Red, black, chartreuse, and pink , mostly red and black. I use orange and green glow soft beads at times. (Worked today!) Cliff
    • Barrington
      NOW BOOKING FOR THE 2018 ICE FISHING SEASON!!
      LIMITED SPOTS ARE AVAILABLE..   Barrington Lake camp will now be offering remote ice fishing for the very first time thanks to its unique train access. You can also come by ski-doo from the town of Savant Lake. Its a 30-45min ride. Ice fishing with us at Barrington r Camp will be one of the coolest fishing trips you ever experience! Pristine snow covered lakes in the rugged Canadian Shield. Remoteness! Where the fish are plentiful and tasty! During our ice fishing season, we use the main lodge for accommodations. The air tight wood stoves in every room keep you  toasty warm and the propane lights make it cozy and rustic. This is remote ice fishing at its best. At camp you will have a heated room, Wi-Fi, full kitchen with propane fridge and stove, a newly built heated outhouse, and electricity on demand to charge batteries and extra lights. A flat screen TV for hockey games is also available. We access numerous lakes by snowmobile, ATV and even snowshoes. We travel with portable ice huts to keep us mobile and on top of fish.  Water will be available through the lake but there will be no running water for showers. The fishing has been outstanding all summer long so why not extend it year round. Main species in the lake are walleye, northern, white fish, and some perch. There has been numerous 26"-30" walleye's caught on a weekly basis through out the summer. This camp and lake have been private up until this past summer. 90% of groups who came for the first time this year have already booked for next year. References are available.
      Limited spots available for ice-fishing. Only 2 rooms available in the winter months. You will have 1000's of acres of water at to your self.   ******4 Man Sunday to Monday Special $600/Person******
      Included in the package.. -Accommodations
      -Train tickets
      -Ice auger
      -Ice Shelter
      -Quad or Ski doo for traveling the late All you need is your equipment & Food. Our ice fishing packages are very flexible and can be customized to suit your requests. Come try one of our Northwestern Ontario winter getaways, ice fishing remote waters! The train departs either Armstrong Ontario north of Thunder Bay, or Sioux Look out Ontario 2 days a week. Its a 1.5 hour ride direct to camp from either direction. Dates can be re-arranged to suit your needs.
      Call or e-mail for more information.
      Tonnes of new reviews & references available from this year.
      Check out our website at www.barringtonlakecamp.com
      or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Barringtonlake/ Jonathan & Lyndsey
      807-584-2202
      807-407-4202                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      807-407-3997
      You wont be disappointed!! No one has been yet!