Production observation.

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  1. BB-Shot

    BB-Shot Elite Refuge Member

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    This is coming from a back yard observation and my drive by pond counts not as good as last year. It was a cold on and off this spring I found several abundant nests this year dumping up to ten eggs and not sitting. Every year is different here this year is mainly Teal not too many big ducks two weeks till go time it could change any day. Had to drain off one wet land to fill other this year the back 40 was getting dry.
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    Drain one wetland to fill other it's what you do.
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    It worked I lowered the water surface of a wetland to fill other and no one has noticed yet.
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    megasupermagnum Senior Refuge Member

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    Did you block it back off after the 17th? Did all that rain fill it any meaningful amount?
     
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    Good stuff BB. Looks like still enough water around you to hold some birds. :tu
     
  4. BB-Shot

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    No I didn't block nothing with the wind and waves hitting the shore line it seals the mouth of the ditch off over time. Yes to the rain with the near 3" that fell that helped a lot.
     
  5. megasupermagnum

    megasupermagnum Senior Refuge Member

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    You don't happen to live off of CR 4, do you? I drive by a place that looks just like that. Beautiful area. I fished the Eden area quite a bit this year.
     
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    I live were no body goes just off CR-4 correct, no public access. I don't fish much I live to close to the water to have time for that. Next question are there any fish, Yes all kinds, Can I fish there, Yes and No. Short story A OOS'er bought the land rights and posted the west half of the lake. My half is open it's not a easy process to post it I looked into it once and said no. I will do it if I find one Pike left behind anything at all... Foot prints and tire tracks are only allowed to be left on the ice... When you mentioned fish I get asked these question all the time even with the locals. Welcome to the Refuge forums I see you joined in Jul.
    They were here on 15 Jun. seen a good return this spring. .
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    Seen the bad too lot's of dumping and no sitting in June May was a washout to cool no green grass starting to grow.
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    15 Jun five hen mallard eggs dumped in late May when the drakes took off to do what they do in the summer the hens went with them.
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    The Spoonie and coot left also.
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    Sun setting on the prairie potholes like most years production here is different every year this year was odd.
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  7. megasupermagnum

    megasupermagnum Senior Refuge Member

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    It's a wonderful area for sure. I moved near Aberdeen back in early March. I'm about 4 miles away from the city limits, but that's not quite far enough. I'm renting now, but I definitely see myself looking for a house somewhere just west of Roslyn/Eden area. Close enough to work in Aberdeen, Britton, Webster, or Sisseton, but right in some of the best SD has to offer. As far from crowds as I can get.

    I've fished a different lake every time, but all with public boat launches, except the sand lake refuge. It seemed I did better on the smaller lakes, than the bigger ones. There was a day back in early summer, probably about June 15thish, north buffalo lake I had one of the best days ever for multi-species. Then a week later, nothing.

    If you ever see a decrepit black pickup towing a brown/tan Lund boat with a big "Fear no Pike" sticker on the side, that's me.
     
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