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Thank you,Rick,for the fine additions to this great site! Road counts are sounding better for parts of MN, so hopefully this year will be a good one. I can hardly wait to get out and bust a few roosters!

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Hey Rockman! I missed the reports of road counts... what's the newz??? I do alot of trout/smallie fishing in SE MN, and always have my eyes in the ditch to and from my spots. I haven't been seeing a whole heckuv alot of birds. The winter was easy, but all the rain in June concerned me. Maybe things are looking better than I thought?

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J.A.Say Tree, sorry about the delayed reply, I haven't been online for almost a week!!
I heard that western MN had better counts, but SE was questionable due to heavy rains earlier. Again, this is purely hearsay that came to me, and not actual count info., so don't flame me,folks, if the numbers prove otherwise. Try MN DNR HSOforum if you need more detailed info. We will all hope for the best.

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Just wondering if anyone has been seeing any pheasants. As the farmers start harvest, we should start seeing some birds. I live West of St. cloud (Richmond) and have started seeing some roosters lately. Anyone else seeing any?

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Scotts, I've been seeing a fair number of birds around rockville, west of St. Cloud. Based on the DNR road counts are numbers are up significantly this year(let's hope their accurate). Have a good safe hunt.

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How much of a difference is the hunting in MN for Pheasants compared to SD? Do you see about half as many in minnesota, or is it somewhat comparable. I am planning a hunt to SD for my first ever pheasant hunt, but would it be worth saving money and staying in MN?

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Well, lucky you asked the question! SDakota has about a zillion more birds. If you want action, SD has it. I live in Minnesota and have hunted here for years. I have never been to SD but, while turning up only a few roosters in MN, frields visit our neighbor to the west and come back with plenty. I have been stuborn in past years, no wanting to spend the out of state fee but, this year a trip is required!
Nebraska and Iowa are also good bets...(word of mouth).

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A friend at work always goes to Iowa and says there's many birds there too.

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mnwild14, theres no comparison between SD pheasant numbers and MN pheasant numbers. I was hunting out by Redfield last year around the first part of Dec. We had 10+ inches of snow the night before we got there. We saw hundreds and hundreds of birds in any cover that was left. It was amazing. They were very skittish, lots flushing at 78-80-120 yards but it was truly amazing to see so many birds. Even with the tough winter, I'm going back!!!

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I am also planning a first trip out to SD. We are heading to Platte, SD. near Chamberlain. Was wondering if anyone else hunts this place or had heard of this place? Our trip is being planned during Thanksgiving vacation since we are all teachers.

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I was at the SD dnr site yesterday....it said that Chamberlain had the best numbers in the state. If fact, as a whole SD is down 19% but Chamberlain was substantially up. Have fun.

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Kooba,

Read the regs carefully. The laws are different than in MN. Some to your advantage.

If you are hunting on public land or WIA, be prepared for wild birds. That is not to say that you can't get within range, but your group will have to be smart about it.

The biggest mistake I see pheasant hunters make is arriving at a hunting area and making noise at the vehicle. Slamming doors, yelling at dogs, noisily chambering shells, etc.

Late season pheasants have been hunted hard
and they know the drill. Public areas in SD can still hold plenty of roosters, but you'll never have a chance at them unless you've got a strategy. Last winter, I had birds flushing 250 yards away when they heard or saw me coming. One area was difficult to approach from the parking area without being seen. So, I drove down the road, parked near a draw and sneaked up the draw and into the area holding cover. The birds held well in the cover because they had no idea I was coming and I was suddenly (and quietly!) in the midst of them.

Get yourself a WIA atlas and study it (and realize that a serious misprint means that all walk-in-area are not where they appear).

If you are on private land, you may find birds that are less spooky. Don't forget that you can hunt the road ditches, unlike Minnesota. BUT!!! Make very sure that you are familiar with the regulations. Landowners love nothing better than to nab out-of-state hunters for breaking game laws.

The birds are there, even with a decrease in population in some areas. I hunted in Central South Dakota over Thanksgiving last year. There was snow.....it was cold, but I got my limit of both grouse and pheasants two days in a row (I deer hunted the first two days, otherwise I may have had more!). I saw several hundred birds each day.....you might think I'm exhaggerating, but I'm not. Both species tend to bunch up where the cover and food are concentrated during the winter. I'm not saying I had shots at several hundred, just that I saw them.

Good Luck!

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Thanks a lot guys for the information. This site is so helpful for so many people. I also looked on the DNR site for SD. Wow, am I getting excited after seeing the numbers. We are going over there with a fellow that grew up in that area. He is very familiar with the laws and regs. I believe we are staying at his old farm house by Chamberlain. We plan on also hunting grouse also after pheasant hunting if we get lucky enough to get our birds. I am hunting with some poor shot hunters. They seem to get excited and don't aim when a bird is in front of them. Again thanks for the info and keep it coming.

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Papermouth - the bird count in Iowa this year is down considerably. That shouldn't stop anyone from getting out and enjoying the hunt but with the costs of out of state fees etc you may think twice and head to SD. I just got back from Wyoming on an elk hunt this past weekend and coming thru Nebraska on I-80 I saw a lot of birds (early in the A.M.)in the Kearney/ North Platte area. Good luck all!

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Bird numbers in IA are low. Most birds you see now have little to no color. Road side counts say they are down over 44% from last year. I wish we had a web site like this in IA.

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Fish Landers - where in Iowa do you live? I agree a forum like this would be great for us Iowegians. I'm not computer literate enough to do something like this but someone here in Iowa that enjoys the outdoors is. All we need to do is find them. Good luck this coming bird and deer season.

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Well, tomorrow is the big day for you MN rooster-chasers! Only saw two cocks yesterday while scouting for fowl out west. Did see 4 roosters together north of Grove City earlier in the week though. Looks like there's a lot of corn out there yet, however. That can be a big factor in how many birds are being seen right now. Hopefuly the year won't be as bad as they are saying!

I'll be working in MPLS this weekend frown.gif I guess I have to hunt vicariously through you dedicated forum hunters till I can get out later in the week! Hope everyone has a good hunt! Be sure to post you success (and UNsuccess) stories!!!

Good Gunnin'

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Fish Landers - I'm in your backyard on the west side of Ankeny. I've been in the Shelby/Cass County area and then southwestern Iowa in Taylor and Page Counties. I have a good friend that farms over by Elkhorn that says the count is way down there but there are enough birds to make it interesting come opening. Down around Bedford & Clarinda there are fewer birds than north of there. Heard a few quail this summer in Page County. I'm headed up north this week-end to Itasca County, MN to drain the pipes and do a little work on the deer stands. Have a good season.

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All I can say is I'm glad it's over. I'm [PoorWordUsage]ED!!!

Started out cold, wet and nasty. After two solid points on a couple hens, we finally got our first rooster around noon. Cindy, my wife, was the first to score. She's a helluva shot with that 20ga. Our second and final rooster today was mine. This old guy was busted trying to sneak down a river bank by my two year old Eng. Setter, Jazz, while we were on our way back to the truck.

We were hunting northwest of Dassel and have found the bird numbers to be WAY down. Of the six birds we found, all day, four were hens. And we put in a TON of walkin' in three different areas, with two fantastic, and now very tired, English Setters. If we walked 50 miles, they must have done 5000.

Not a picture perfect day, but worth the effort. It always is.

How did you do? And where?

Dan

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Me and Oscar (my pooch) walked up and down the wma in faribault. Oscar flushed two hens, one about 4 feet from me in the grass! Anyway, that's it. Lots of walking and very wet. And yes, I am very beat.

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Pheasant hunting was slow. Sat morning my brother and I saw four hens in a WPA in eastern Kandiyohi county. Sunday morning hunting private land in Meeker county, we jumped one batch of 8 pheasants, got one rooster, should have have had two. Nice to be out but not many birds flushed!! Will keep getting out if only to get my dog and myself in shape for South Dakota!

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      River level at Lynxville is expected to crest at 23.1 feet with a slow fall next week. Sny Magill road is closed due to high water. Water temperature is 50 degrees at the Lock and Dam 9. Walleye- Slow: High water and current will make fishing difficult this week. Try fishing side channel sloughs with less debris and current. Yellow Perch - Fair: Expect the perch bite to pick up into late fall. Look for fish out of the main channel using live minnow floated under a bobber. Bluegill - Fair: Find bluegills in clearer water with slow current in backwater areas away from main channel and sloughs. Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for largemouth in the slack water areas off the main channel or running sloughs.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth action has slowed with the high muddy water. Cast inline spinners or crankbaits along rock or tree habitat in current. Black Crappie - Fair: Expect the crappie bite to pick up this fall after the water clarity improves. Try tube jigs or minnow under a bobber in submersed trees in the backwater sloughs. Mississippi River Pool 11
      River level at Guttenberg is predicted to crest at 14.7 ft and gradually recede next week. Water temperature is 46 degrees at Lock and Dam 10. Walleye -Fair: High water and current will make fishing difficult this week. Try fishing side channel sloughs with less debris and current. Yellow Perch - Fair: Expect the perch bite to pick up into late fall. Look for fish out of the main channel using a live minnow floated under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for largemouth in the slack water areas off the main channel or running sloughs. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth action has slowed with the high muddy water. Cast inline spinners or crankbaits along rock or tree habitat in current. Bluegill - Fair: Find bluegills in clearer water with slow current in backwater areas away from the main channel and sloughs. Black Crappie - Fair: Expect the crappie bite to pick up this fall after the water clarity improves. Try tube jigs or minnow under a bobber in submersed trees in the backwater sloughs.  Upper Mississippi River levels cresting this week. Many ramps are under water. Water clarity is poor with a lot of debris. Water temperatures are near 50 degrees. Fish are starting to move toward the overwintering holes. 
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      Water temperatures are around 50 degrees. Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig with a small piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 3-6 feet of water in Town Bay from the stone piers along the north shoreline of Town Bay along Ice House Point and near the inlet bridge. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Catch largemouth all over the lake using traditional bass lures. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Black Hawk Lake. Yellow Perch - Fair: Catch perch up to 12 inches with small powerbaits like crappie nibbles, perch eyes and crawlers fished 2-4 feet below a bobber.  Brushy Creek Lake
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      Bluegill - Good: Good numbers of large angler acceptable size fish being caught. Channel Catfish - Good: Report of a good fall bite with large angler acceptable size fish being caught. 

      Lost Island Lake
      Yellow Bass - Good: Reports of yellow bass being caught with black crappie and yellow perch up to 10 inches mixed in the catch. Use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs. Bluegill - Good: Recent surveys show numbers of fish approaching 7 inches in the lake. Black Crappie - Good: Reports of fish being caught from the lake. Look for the bite to continue. Anglers are catching yellow perch and crappie from the shore. Walleye - Good: The fall walleye bite has started. Use traditional baits during "prime time". Yellow Perch  - Fair: Some fish are being caught in the evening from shore with walleyes mixed into the catch. Ocheyedan Pit #1
      Channel Catfish - Good: Recent surveys show good numbers of 17 -23 inch channel catfish.  Silver Lake (Dickinson)
      Walleye - Good: The fall walleye bite is on. Troll crankbaits during the day; wader fishing is your best chance to catch trophy size fish.  Spirit Lake
      Walleye - Good: The fall walleye bite has started with action improving. Wader angler action has picked up with the best bite during the evening. Yellow Perch - Good: Good numbers of fish are being caught with sorting needed; anglers continue to harvest numbers of angler acceptable size fish. Use mini jigs tipped with wigglers or a minnow. Northern Pike - Good: Angler reports of northern pike action on the lake; best area is where there is flow into the lake.  West Okoboji Lake
      Bluegill - Good: Rock piles in deeper water with stands of aquatic growth will produce good numbers of angler acceptable sized fish.  For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 
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      The fall trout release will be Oct. 27th at 10 am; 1000 trout will be released with 100 trout tagged for prizes. Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Two weeks to go until the release  Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
      NOAA is forecasting the Iowa River to still be above flood stage through the end of next week. Lake Belva Deer
      Still plenty of water leaving the lake. Water clarity is almost back to normal. Water temperature is in the low to mid 50's. Black Crappie - Fair: Cappies are sticking to the deeper water; drift the lower end of the lake. Start in 16 to 18 feet of water and work your way into shallower water until you find fish. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Picking up a few bass in the more shallow water along the rocks and gravel bottom areas.   Lake Darling
      Water level is still about 6 inches above normal. Water clarity continues to improve. Water temperature is in the low 50's.Bluegill - Fair: On the less windy days, anglers are catching some nice bluegills in 5 to 8 feet of water around the habitat. Black Crappie - Slow: Anglers are starting to once again catch some crappies, but they have moved back out to deeper water (10-12 feet). Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching some decent bass in fairly close to shore; use a little flash to the lure with the water clarity. Lake of the Hills
      The fall trout release of 2000 trout is scheduled for Oct. 20th at 10:30 am; there will be 200 tagged trout for prizes. Rainbow Trout - Good: Since the river is still going to be above flood stage, why not try a little trout fishing this Saturday?  Lost Grove Lake
      Bluegill - Fair: Get back into the standing flooded timber out of the wind; look for fish to be in 6 to 8 feet of water. Maybe a little shallower on the north side when it’s sunny. Black Crappie - Fair: Still are out in deeper water; they should start moving in shallower if the weather calms down. Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
      The river is off the boat ramp parking lot at Brighton and continues to drop. Level is still above flood stage. Wilson Lake
      The fall trout release is scheduled for Oct. 27th at noon; 1000 trout released with 200 tagged for prizes. Rainbow Trout - Good: One week to go!  For more information on the above lakes and rivers, call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430. Central Park Lake
      The lake is full after the renovation project; fingerling fish have been stocked.  Coralville Reservoir
      The lake level is at 711' (normal pool is 683.4') on 10/18. This is the crest height; the lake is predicted to slowly start falling after the weekend. Diamond Lake
      The lake is at normal level, but is still a little muddy. Minnows are not allowed here. Bluegill - Fair: Use small worms or jigs tipped with worms. Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching fish off the jetties. Jigs tipped with worms work best. Most fish are 8-9 inches.    Kent Park Lake
      The lake is currently drained for a lake restoration project.  Lake Macbride
      The motor restriction is off; any sized motor may be used at no-wake speed (5 mph). Water temperatures have been in the mid 50's. The fish cleaning station at the primitive campground has been shut down. Black Crappie - Fair: Use jigs or minnows over brush or rock. There are a lot of 12 inch fish right now. Walleye - Fair: Troll crankbaits in 8-14 feet of water. The shallow water bite should pick up along windblown rock especially towards evening. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair: Try topwater baits early and late then troll during the day.  Pleasant Creek Lake
      The lake is still about 1 feet low. The fish cleaning station is closed. White Bass – Fair. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair. Bluegill - Fair: Fish along weed lines in 7-9 feet of water. For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.   Lake Keomah
      Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait near shore and around the fishing jetties. Black Crappie - Fair: Try a jig tipped with a minnow around deep structure. Try different depths until you find active fish. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or chicken liver. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cast the shoreline with spinnerbaits or crankbaits. Try a rubber worm or a crawdad imitation around the fishing jetties and along the dam.  Lake Miami
      Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cast crankbaits or spinnerbaits around the cedar tree piles and the fishing jetties. Try also rubber worms or other plastic along the rip-rapped shorelines and in the cedar tree piles. Bluegill - Fair: Use a chunk of night crawler along the fishing jetties or around the cedar tree piles. Black Crappie - Fair: Try jig and minnow combinations around the cedar tree piles.  Lake Sugema
      The south boat ramp off of Highway 2 has been reopened. The north ramp is now closed due to a construction project.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cast the shorelines with crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Use crawdad imitations along the rip-rapped shorelines and the fishing jetties.  Black Crappie - Slow: Try different depths with minnows and jigs until you find active fish. Drift or use a slip bobber and a minnow. Bluegill - Fair: Try live bait tipped on a small jig around the shorelines and fishing jetties. Keep moving until you find active fish. Walleye - Slow: Use a nightcrawlers rig or a jig and minnow combination along the dam.  Lake Wapello
      Channel Catfish - Fair: Use chicken liver or night crawlers; look for areas with some water flow. Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast spinnerbaits or crankbaits around the cedar tree piles. Try crawdad imitations along the rip-rapped shorelines. Bluegill - Fair: Cast small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler around the aquatic vegetation. Black Crappie - Fair: Drift or troll jigs tipped with a minnow in 6-10 feet of water.  Ottumwa Park Pond South
      Trout will be stocked on Friday, Oct. 26th at 11 a.m. Rathbun Reservoir
      The current lake level is 912.07 msl. Normal operating elevation is 904.0 msl. The lake has risen over 6 feet since last week, so be aware of floating debris. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels, so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use night crawlers or chicken liver in coves or areas with some water running into the lake. White Crappie - Fair: Try minnows around structure. Look for submerged trees and stumps.. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Troll crankbaits along rocky shorelines and around rock piles. Follow the gulls as they will be where the schools of hybrid striped bass are feeding. Try also vertically jigging spoon baits around rock piles. Walleye - Slow: Use night crawler rigs or jig and minnows around rock piles and submerged points.  Red Haw Lake
      Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast the shorelines using rubber worms or spinnerbaits. Black Crappie - Fair: Use tube jigs along the shorelines; try tipping the jig with a minnow . Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait along the shorelines and around the fishing jetties. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try night crawlers or chicken liver around the fishing jetties and the outer edge of the lily pads.  The district includes Mahaska, Lucas, Wayne, Monroe, Appanoose, Wapello, Davis and Van Buren counties. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa.   Mississippi River Pool 16 Fishing Reports
      Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 16.21 feet and has been falling this past week. Flood stage for Lock and Dam 15 is 15 feet. Many of the boat ramps are inaccessible due to the high water. The ramps at Marquette St, Credit Island, Clark's Ferry, Shady Creek, and Fairport are all under water. Fishing has been slow with the high-water conditions.  Mississippi River Pool 17
      Tailwater stage is 16.92 feet at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine and has been falling this past week. Flood stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 15 feet.The ramps at Big Timber and Kilpeck are closed due to high-water. Fishing has been slow.  Mississippi River Pool 18
      Tailwater stage is 19.19 feet at Lock and Dam 17 above New Boston and is falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. The Toolsboro landing is closed due to high water. The Hawkeye Dolbee ramps will be underwater. The Ferry Landing is closed. Fishing has been slow with the high-water conditions.  Mississippi River Pool 19
      Tailwater stage is 15.26 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and is falling. Flood stage is 10 feet. Fishing has been slow with the high water conditions. River stage is still above flood stage throughout the pools. River levels have been falling this past week. Most boat ramps are under water due to the flooding conditions. Fishing has been slow with the high water conditions. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.
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