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    Warming temps and completion of spring spawn has contributed to improving fishing activity in the more expansive Black Hills area lakes. And allowed for better access and more trout fishing opportunities in high country waters, particularly in areas streams where water levels are leveling ou…

      An improving weather forecast for the next week should lead to better fishing prospects throughout the area as settled conditions allow spring spawns to play out in a somewhat predictable fashion.

        A wit once said: “Fishing: the art of jigging, casting, trolling or spinning while freezing, sweating, swatting or swearing.”

          Looking to do some fishing? Best check the weather forecast, particularly the wind, to ascertain whether the wind is currently building toward gale-force levels, or is already there.

          The old adage about the more things change the more they stay the same certainly applies to area weather conditions. Hours pass, as do day and nights, but high winds remain a constant, an everyday irritant for those who must brave the elements.

          The Rapid City area fishing community suffered an unfortunate blow on Wednesday as The Rooster, a local live bait and hunting and fishing equipment store, was ravaged by fire in the early morning hours. The severity of the damage is as yet undetermined though a lengthy closure may result.

          Periods of snow coupled with the seemingly ever-present winds have hampered fishing activity the past week or so. Fortunately, a reprieve in both areas is forecast for the weekend, and may help to spur angler interest as area lakes are generally open though partial ice may remain particularl…

          Facilitated by warming temps and high winds, the ice fishing season is quickly moving into rear mirror status and boat fishermen are taking to the waters throughout the Black Hills area. As of mid-week, only Deerfield has ice considered safe—and edges can be iffy there as well—as though othe…

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          Though ice fishing opportunities still exist in the high country, the days of hard water angling are melting away as quickly as the ice underfoot.

          Ice fishing aficionados had best keep an ear peeled for the sound of the bell tolling as the end of ice fishing season may be fast approaching. Or certainly will be in many areas next week with temps in the Black Hills area expected to climb into the mid-50’s for a week or so.

          Fishing prospects throughout the area remain much like the weather: periods of good, spells of not so good, and stretches of a whole lot of in-between.

          In the sport of fishing, change is often a constant. Weather changes, and often with it, fish that were biting one day, are fasting the next.

          Area weather patterns--snow on Wednesday, 57-degree temps over the weekend, and much colder temps thereafter—are mirrored in area fishing prospects as well with good ice and typically steady bites in upper elevation lakes and iffy ice and non-existent fishing conditions on the plains.

          Fortunately, Black Hills higher elevation lakes continue to have thick ice. And are alive as well with nice catches of trout, pike and panfish reported.

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