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Competition on Lake Sharpe

Two boats. Two teams.  Antelope Creek on Lake Sharpe.  Tom & Jerry vs Gary & Billie.  Who can catch the most fish.  

Tom & Jerry were up 3-0.  

Soon, Gary and Billie with the help of their guide, Brad Richardson, passed them by and it was 3-5.  

Both teams struggled a little, then Tom & Jerry got a double and tied the score 5-5.  

Now, the heat was on.  Guides Brad Beeler and Brad Richardson could feel the pressure.  Who would get their limit first......

Tom caught one, Gary caught one.  Still tied.  

Time was running out - happy hour started soon.  

Finally, Tom & Jerry found a honey spot and finished off their limit.  They headed in to clean fish.  

Gary & Billie weren't to be outdone.  They struggled on to catch their last two fish.  

Three o'clock was the deadline; had to be done by then.  Gary caught the last fish at 2:59 and the day was complete.  

Now, to Spring Creek for a fish fry and drinks!  Another Great Day!

Old Guys, Old fish

Yep, two in one day ......Tom and Billie both caught a sturgeon.  Dinosaur fish caught by prehistoric men.  That is a story for the history books.

Deserved or not, the pallid sturgeon might best be known as one of the ugliest fish in North America (I'm talking about the fish, not the men!!)


With its flattened shovel-shaped snout, bony plates and long reptile-like tail, the pallid sturgeon even looks like a dinosaur.

The pallid sturgeon is one of the largest fish found in these river systems. Old reports and photographs document fish weighing more than 80 pounds and reaching lengths of six feet.


Populations of the pallid sturgeon are now so small that the big fish are rarely seen or caught by anglers. The primary reason for their decline is believed to be habitat loss caused by man.

Pallid sturgeon evolved for millions of years in a natural river system. These waters had meandering, braided channels and backwaters that provided different depths and flow velocities. But today, the pallid's habitat is altered by dams that modify flows, reduce turbidity and lower water temperatures. The river habitats of the Missouri and Mississippi also have been altered by various channels and construction of dikes that narrow the rivers and cut-off backwater areas.


The pallid sturgeon might be considered ugly to some, but to most its recovery would be nothing less than beautiful.*

Anniversary

Yes, my wife agreed to spend our anniversary celebrating on the water! It was our 6th anniversary, so it only seems right that we stopped at 6 fish, and then we went out to eat at a nice restaurant where we 
had our fresh fish cooked as appetizers! Thanks The Outpost Lodge

It was a great day on Lake Sharpe.  We were fishing along the bluffs, with just the right amount of breeze.We were jigging with a red and white quarter ounce jig.  The fish were biting very softly and we often caught them as we lifted up our pole for a little "pop."  We threw back a lot of 14 1/2 inch fish, but we caught plenty (I let her catch most of them).  We came home with 4 skinny saugers and 2 walleye.  

Happy Anniversary, Honey!
  
  

First Walleye of 2013

Lake Sharpe was packed with boats on this fine early spring day, especially at the mouth of the stilling basin right below Oahe Dam. 

We drifted from Oahe Marina all the way down to The Bluffs.  We caught plenty of fish, but not a lot of keepers.  Still, for the first day out in early April - we can't complain. 

It was a beautiful day with eagles flying overhead, deer on the shore and fishing pole in hand.We stopped after a full day of fishing for a beer and buffalo chips at the Oahe Marina. Perfect end to a wonderful day.
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