IN THE FIELD
Rick Acker of Grand Forks and Gary Jones of East Grand Forks had a smallmouth bass fishing trip to remember Oct. 6-8 in northeast South Dakota, boating more than 40 smallmouths during three days on the water.
At least 35 of the smallies they caught were big enough to qualify for South Dakota whopper status, Acker said, and at least 15 of those fish weighed more than 5 pounds.
Acker and Jones both caught their personal-best smallmouths at 21 inches. All of the fish were released.
"I've had a lake cabin down there for a number of years and have never seen anything like it," Acker said. "I'm guessing the full moon didn't hurt our cause."
Jones caught three smallmouths longer than 20 inches, the longest one being 21.