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A4 SlDNEY HERALD, SUNDAY. SEPTEMBER IS, 2019 SPORTS JE MOE MEMORIAL MVP WARD ' l ‘(Q'Imuqu The Janae Moore Memorial MVP Award was presented to Kodi Schulz, center, by Terri Moore, left, and Jozi Moore. First game Fairview 7 Enderlin 4 BY NlGl SIMONSON The transition from summer to fall brings with it many changes and with those seasonal shifts comes a unique opportunity for an- glers of all preferences — downriggers, trollers, spoon casters and even fly angler — to partake in a uniqu experience on Lake Sakakawea by boat and from shore, and that is angling for the lake’s stocked Chi- nook salmon. Jack Long has been fishing salmon on Sakakawea for more than three decades and has served in one ex- ecutive role or another for the Great Planers Trout and Salmon Club for more than 20 of those years, including multiple terms as the organization’s presi- dent. Through the Great Planers, his network of salmon fishing buddies and his considerable time on the water, he has learned a thing or two about the transition from deep-water fishing with downriggers in summer to the shift an- glers must make to find salmon up shallow in pre-spawn mode along the face of Garrison Dam and in the near- by bays during the fall. While no two autumns are the same, similar tactics pay off season after season when salm- on make their move. “There’s no given pre- dictable calendar, some- times you just have to go out and do a little exper; imenting as there’s so many variables such as the weather and the ele- vation of the water in the lake,” Long stated, add— ing that high water con- ditions on Sakakawea have greatly influenced the thermocline set-up and the location of fish throughout the downrig- ging season, which usu— FAlRVlEW AMATEUR BASEBALL COMPETE IN NORTH DAKOTA TOURNAMENT North Dakota Amateur Baseball Class A State Tournament in Jamestown was played Saturday, Aug. 10. This is the 40th year for Fairview Amateur Baseball. Boyd and Shirley Hardy are the team sponsors. Semi-final game Beulah 8 Fairview 1 ally runs through Au— gust and into September. Regardless of the water conditions, he expects salmon to come up and provide trolling anglers — those with downrig- gers and those without an opportunity to con- nect with fish. Typical- ly around the middle of September, anglers start making the move to long-lining crankbaits and others simply adjust their downriggers up in the water column to target those salmon that are running shallower. Productive areas include trolling shallow along the face of the dam and into the spillway bay on the southeastern side of the lake. Government and Pochant Bay, being stock- ing points for salmon in the spring of the year are also good spots to check, as the fish home in on their release point by in- stinct, as if it was their natural birthplace. “They’ve starting stocking out of the ma- rina bay in Lake Saka- kawea State Park, be- cause they were losing less small salmon that were heading right down to the intake struc- ture and shooting down into the river; I wouldn’t be afraid to try long lin- ing in that area,” Long advises, suggesting that anglers should be cau- tious of old anchor ropes and other structures which might claim a crankbait or two if they snag up. For salmon trolling in fall, Long recommends a variety of crankbaits across all brands and models, including those by Rebel and Rapala; anything that gets down to where the fish are. In the process, the atti- tude of the shallow fish should be considered, as the salmon are enter- ing the spawning pro- cess, despite not having Beulah won the tournament. Boat ang ers and shore an ers can ta e avantage of SAVAGE VOLLEYBALL SQUAD FALLS TO WIBAUX Wibaux over Savage 25-19, 25-11, 25-20 Savage Stats Kills 8 —— Haylie Conradsen 4 Blocks 3 -— Haylie Conradsen 2 Aces 7 — Reghan Prevost 4 Digs -— 41 Taryn Hagler 10 Mondak over Savage 25-23/25-16/25-16 Savage stats Assists ~— - Reghan Prevost 5 15 Assists —— 7 —— Reghan Prevost 7 Wibaux Stats Kills ~— 21 Marni Schieffer Blocks —-— 1 — Marni Schieffer -—-1 Aces 14 —— no leader Digs 24 — Madison Bakken ~— 6 Assists —— 21 -— Layni Schieffer 21 Lake Sakakawea’s unique put-grow-and-take salmon fishery as waters cool in fall, and shallow trolling and casting techniques connect with fish. Simonson Photo. a place to carry out the ritual. As such, they typ- ically get hooked when they issue a reaction strike to the bait buzz- ing by. While standard baitfish colors like blue, black and silver pay off, Long has found good success with bright pat— terns in Chartreuse and orange when trying to trigger those sudden strikes from salmon in his late-season efforts. While many salm- on make the move to spawning mode, some feeding fish remain in the system, and will fol- low bait balls consisting of smelt. As the season cools, Long has noted shallow movements of the lake’s premier bait- fish, and the last feeding salmon getting ready for the spawn will chase smelt into bays and pin them against the shore in the evenings, creating a fast bite. These situa- tions canproduce good shore fishing, and Long has tips for those tar- geting shallow-running Chinooks from the edges of Lake Sakakawea. “Typically if you’re casting, you’re going to want a heavier spoon, like a Pro‘ King or North- ern King or something like that, you’re not going to want the lighter flutter spoons, because you’ll get more distance with the heavier spoon,” NEW CLASSES Long advises, “it’s still a little early on the shore fishing, I haven’t seen a lot of fish porpoising in the bay, so if you pushed me for a guess, we’re probably a week or a week-and-a-half away from that starting to get hot and heavy,” he con- cluded, adding that this weekend’s full moon may help kick off a night bite for those that want to go out to the shoreline and cast in the evenings. As part of the Chi- nook salmon’s normal life cycle, after reach— ing. sexual maturity, the fish typically spawn and then die. Despite not ‘ having a place to run, Sakakawea’s salmon go through the same pro- cess, whereby their bod- ies begin to break down, even while they are still alive, and pieces of fins, skin and even muscle can sometimes fall off of their frame prior to the completion of their life cycle. This process Mondak Kills — 13 — Teah Conradsen 7 Blocks 2 —— Haylie Conradsen 2 Aces -— 3 ~— no leader Digs ~— 47 —— Haylie Conradsen Kills —— 33 —— Jenna Rust 21 Blocks —~ 1 ~— Jenna Rust 1 Aces 1O — Emma Smart, Valerie Blankenship 3 each Digs — 38 Jenna Rust, Brynn Folvag 10 each Assists — 30 —— Elizabeth Field —27 affects the quality of the meat from caught fish, but it depends on the time of fall that they’re caught. “I wouldn’t have any problem with fish that you’re catching right now long lining or cast- ing from shore; it’s going to be good quality .meat,”_ Long stated, “as ‘We move into October, you do see a breakdown in the quality of the meat, and by the time you get to the end of October, that’s when you start to see flesh fall of the salmon that are dying,” he offered, stating that based on this season’s cooler and higher wa- ters, a majority of fish caught through mid-Oc- tober should be good eat- ers, and many anglers use the later fish they catch for smoking, with the earlier meat used for canning or fillets for baking and grilling. Long is optimistic about the future of Saka- kawea’s salmon, citing three strong year class- es in the lake and an abundance of forage in smelt, albeit apparently smaller thaninprevi- Nous years. While higher waters are a blessing for expanded habitat and a better overall fishery, it can make the salmon fishing more challeng- ing as cooler waters reach further west and scatter the fish until this time of year, when they make their move toward the dam. When it hap- pens, Long advises that anglers should be ready: “If the weather is de- cent, people should come out and give it a try, there’s fisbto be caught and it could get crazy at any time!” Sunday, September 15 '- 11:30 a.m. — 2:00 p.m. St. Michael's Catholic Church Savage, MT Turkey 0 Ham 0 Mashed Potatoes Corn 0 Dressing 0 Homemade Pies i Free Will Donation lohnson Hardware 8: Furniture BIG Selection! LOW Prices! l’rcc financing for 6 months ().A.('I. Sulu's I". 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