All across South Dakota there are some great fishing spots. People not from this area never imagine that there are many lakes and mighty rivers in South Dakota that offer some of the best fishing in the United States. Lake Francis Case in the Chamberlain, SD area offers great Walleye fishing and there are many places on the Missouri River where fishing from the shore is allowed. Here is a recounting of a great day fishing with Grandpa.
The day had just begun, a hot sunny day in the middle of July. My Grand Daddy stopped by our house and asked if my brother and I wanted to go fishing with him. Growing up outdoors, the answer was a definite yes. We couldn’t wait to get out to the water and start casting lines to catch as many bluegill as we possibly could. I remember our lake outing had started off very slow. A couple hours went by and we had only caught a couple fish. Being young, my brother and I started getting discouraged and fidgety. I remember asking my grandpa why we were still out there watching the bobbers if no fish were going to bite the worm anyway.
That day was a long time ago, but I will never forget the look on his face and the talk he had with me about fishing. “A bad day fishing is better than a good day working”. We have all heard the saying, and those were the words that started my pappy’s talk. He continued, “Ya see, it’s not about how many fish you can catch, or who caught the biggest one. But it’s all about the experience, the lessons, and the memories you make. I brought you and your brother with me today to teach patience, to teach you the love for the outdoors, and to spend some much needed time with you two.”
At the time those words really didn’t mean anything to me, but looking back after several years I realize that what my Grand-dad was doing was one of the best things I could have ever experienced as a young kid. Being outdoors with him and just enjoying the day that was put before us was what the experience was all about. There’s not one fishing trip now where I get upset about not catching the most or the biggest fish.
I just take the experience and find happiness in some way. Creating happiness can range anywhere from taking a little kid fishing and teaching them what my pappy taught me, to watching the beautiful sunrises and sunsets of the great Midwest.
So when you go fishing this summer, remember to grab that little kid that’s in your life and let them tag along. They could be your children, grandchildren, niece, nephew, or even the neighbor kid down the road. Grab them and teach them conservation of our great resources. Teach them how to find happiness and fun in a slow day of fishing. Make them appreciative that they have the opportunity to go fishing, practically right out of their back door. Take them fishing when they’re young and teach them values that will last forever. Take them fishing today, and I promise the memories will be treasured for a lifetime.