Rick Acker smallmouth
Rick Acker of Grand Forks caught this 21-inch smallmouth -- his new personal best -- during an Oct. 6-8 fishing trip to northeast South Dakota. Acker said he and fishing partner Gary Jones of East Grand Forks boated more than 40 smallmouths, at least 35 of the smallies they caught were big enough to qualify for South Dakota whopper status, and at least 15 of those fish weighed more than 5 pounds. All of the bass were released. Click on the image to see the entire photo.