Next Stop, Akaska, SD Aug 12-14, 2010
Category: press release
Jul 7th, 2010 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Jul 7th, 2010 at 12:00 AM
The AIM Pro Walleye Series™ will hold their August tournament on Lake Oahe. August 12 to 14, 2010 will be the dates of the event, based out of Akaska, South Dakota. This tournament will expand the South Dakota Walleye Classic which debuted in 2008, and bring the AIM Pro Anglers from across the U.S. to this premier fishery.
Lake Oahe is the 4th largest man-made reservoir in the United States. Lake Oahe stretches 231 miles (372 km) up the course of the Missouri River to Bismarck, North Dakota. The shore line encompasses 2,250 miles, beginning at the dam just north of Pierre, South Dakota.
The AIM Pros will hope to unravel the hundreds of square miles of Missouri River to find heavy daily limits of Lake Oahe walleyes. With the AIM Pro Walleye Series™ exclusive Catch-Record-Release™ format, Pro Anglers will be able to “weigh” their seven largest fish each day. New AIM tournament records have been broken at each of this seasons events and with the quality of Lake Oahe’s fishery new records could be set on any given day.
Current AIM records; Big Fish is 14.25 lbs, Big Basket 55.17 lbs and Total Tournament winning weight is 139.46 lbs.
The immediate release format will allow the Pros to bypass the restrictive slot limit that would otherwise restrict the daily catch to only ONE fish over 20 inches. The AIM Pro Walleye Series™ format will allow ALL seven fish to exceed 20 inches! A healthy 20-inch Lake Oahe walleye may weigh more than two, or even three 14-inch fish that would otherwise be included in daily baskets.
The AIM Pros will need to bring all their expertise to Lake Oahe. This body of water has features of a river (with distinct channels), reservoir (including flooded timber), and a lake (with hundreds of miles of shoreline, points, and bays.) Past experience predicts that presentations will include crank bait trolling, live bait rigging, and many variations of jigging. Complicating the Pros’ decisions will be varying water levels that are common on the huge Oahe system.
Doc Samson says it right, “Oahe is booming for fishing and the fish are big. Since the water is rising, we will have many choices. Fish by the landing, go North or South, fish shallow or deep or find trees. Besides the fishing we will have Dakota landscape which is priceless”.