July, “the real pride month” is upon us! For us it means we are on the cusp of wheat harvest and a first glimpse of the first pheasant hatch. Pheasants utilize wheat far more for nesting/cover than other grasses for a multitude of reasons. Preliminary reports are looking quite solid since the recent rains we’ve received.
While we’re still a couple weeks away from harvest, July is also a great time to harvest walleye on the Missouri river. We’ve hosted a number of guests this season beginning in May and continue to have success fishing into July. Mornings are by far the best. Cooler temps, minimal boat traffic and a great bite. Jig and minnow is my personal favorite, but guides also pull plugs and bottom bouncers with a crawler. We tend to find a few crappies, yellow perch and big small mouth bass in the same areas. A “grand slam” of sorts – on the water.
I wish everyone a safe summer, and look forward to seeing you all in the fields of flushing pheasants in a few short months!