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Got out on the open water for the 1st time since Thanksgiving today. Must have been 25 boats below the dam in Yankton. We had very few hits, and nothing made it to the boat. Water temp below dam was 31.3 while farther down river was 34.2. Water levels are VERY LOW. I was able to run from the dam to Riverside with only 1 or 2 tricky areas. I tried to get down to the Jim River but was unsuccessful in finding a route that could get me past 1 particular stretch of river, need more flow to be released. I did find about 3 good catfish spots between Gavins Point and Riverside, including a 46' scour hole with a perfect slack water side. Prolly wont spend much time on this stretch but will certainly put in some hours here.
 

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Need atleast 8 oz. of weight, the current really rips through there. Alot like the spot @ Clay Co. Park.
 

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Well guys, the river is on the rise! Army Corp. is scheduled to start increasing releases @ Gavins Point as of today, working their way up to 28,000 CFS by the end of the month. This should really turn on the bite.
 

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Well guys, the river is on the rise! Army Corp. is scheduled to start increasing releases @ Gavins Point as of today, working their way up to 28,000 CFS by the end of the month. This should really turn on the bite.
Just curious. Will the increased flo from Gavins Point on the Missouri translate into deeper water on the Big Sioux?
 

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No it will not. Where the 2 river come together, the Mo river just barrels on by while the Sioux River gets bullied aside.
 

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I just google Gavins Point water release, currently releasing @ 24,000 CFS. Im sure the river has come up some, making navigation a bit easier!
 

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Water temps into the 60s has me planning on beating the cold spell we're in for next week and hitting the river for the years 1st flathead hunt on Friday night! Hope a good report can follow!
 

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Did you fish @ night? I still havent caught a fish after sundown this year. A 1st for everything though right! I also heard someone caught a flathead this past weekend so thats my motivation!
 

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Fished last night from 7:30 till 1 and only managed 2 fish. 1 dink channel and the 1st decent channel of the year. This healthy 28x15 @ 8lb. 13oz season best.
 

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I went to the big sioux one day and it was mid to upper 60's. Then I'm sure within 4 days after that it was back in the lower 50's. This weather is ridiculous.
 

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Its on this week. Wensday will be a good day to get out with severe weather rolling in. I will be on the river to dodge a thunderstorm and hammer some channel cats. Bring on the Flatheads!!!!!
 
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