By Steve Weisman
Each year the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club (IGLFC) holds an early spring fishing seminar at the Hap Ketelsen Center in Everly. This is a great opportunity, because it is close to home, and the speaker is always top notch. This year’s seminar, which will be held on Thursday, March 2 will feature Cory Ewing, guide and owner of the Waubay Lake Guide Service in northeast South Dakota.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with food served at 6 p.m. and seminar at 7 p.m. The evening is free to all IGLFC members and $10 for all non-club members.
According to Terry Thomsen, vice president of the IGLFC, “We are excited to have Cory Ewing give a presentation for the IGLFC. The club is about education, and what better way to learn more about fishing tactics than from a highly acclaimed fisherman. Plus, so many of our club members head up to northeast South Dakota to fish those lakes.”
The 29-year-old Ewing, who lives in Webster, SD with his wife, Ashley and 14-month old daughter, Olivia, has been a fishing guide in northeast South Dakota for the past 10 years. “I grew up in Sioux Falls, but my dad took me fishing every weekend up to the glacial lakes.”
Ewing has turned his passion for fishing into a year-round profession as a prominent fishing guide in northeast South Dakota. “In addition to myself, I have three fulltime guides working with me along with several part time guides. Our goal is to turn your fishing dreams into memories!” He adds that he fishes a lot of different species of fish, “Whatever is biting, because I just plain like to feel the rod bend!”
Realizing that a lot of northwest Iowa anglers head to the glacial lakes of northeast South Dakota, and that the open water season will be soon approaching, Ewing plans to give those in attendance a walk-through of the open water season. “I hope to give anglers tips that can work on a variety of waters that pretty much cover the entire region.”
With so many lakes and sloughs, anglers have the opportunity to capitalize on a variety of bites throughout the area. Ewing will cover tips and tactics for walleye, perch, smallmouth bass, crappies and bluegills.
To learn more about Ewing’s Waubay Lake Guide Service, check out the website: http://waubaylakeguideservice.com.
IGLFC is all about protecting these natural resources, while at the same time having fun doing it.
Membership is open to anybody who has a love for the natural resources here in northwest Iowa. Club membership is $20 per family and offers a lot for members. According to Thomsen, the IGLFC board of directors recently sent a letter to all of Iowa’s legislators asking them to support raising fishing and hunting license fees and supporting the funding of the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, which Iowans voted to create in 2010.
“As a board, we encourage everybody to let their legislators know how important this is to protecting the natural resources in the state. When comparing other upper Midwest states’ license fees for both resident and non-resident, Iowa’s are near the bottom in price in all categories. There has been no license fee increase since 2002. Money flow into the constitutionally protected Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund is inadequate to sustain the programs and personnel needed to keep our DNR viable.”
Thomsen also discussed two seminars that the IGLFC sponsors each year. “The first seminar is in March, and the other is in November. The seminar in March usually concerns fishing techniques and hotspots in our 4-5 state area and new trends in equipment. November’s seminar has our area DNR biologists giving an update on what is going on in our local lakes,” adds Thomsen.