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Ottoes returned to the Village 4th of August, the Panies the 15th of August.
Lake Daespere Mad Lake [Lake d'Esprit] the head of the Little Souix River
Louisiana 〈Lark [other words crossed out]〉
a Verr cool morning the winds as usial from the N W. Capt Lewis with [12?] men  went out to the Creek & Pond & Caught about 800 fine fish with a Bush Drag of the following kind i'e' 79 Pike, 8 Salmon, 1 Rock, 1 flat Back, 127 Buffalow & readHorse, 4 Bass & 490 Cat, with many Small & large Silver fish,—  I had a mast made & fixed to day The Party Sent to the Ottoes not yet arrived. the wind Shifted around to the S E. the night's are Cool & a Breeze rises after generally; Sometimes before night which Blows off the Musquitors cools the atmospere. 
Fishing Camp 3 ms. N. E. of the Mahars. a verry cool morning the wind as usial from the N W.
Capt Lewis took 12 men & went to the Pond & Crek between Camp and the old Village and Cought upwards of 800 fine fish, 79 Pike, [WC: resembling Trout 8 fish resembg Salmon Trout]  8 Salmon, 1 Rock, 1 flat Back, 127 Buffalow & red horse 4 Bass & 490 Catt. with many Small Silver fish [WC: & Scrimp] I had a Mast made & fixed to the Boat to day, the Party Sent to the Ottoes not yet joined us— the wind Shifted arround to the S. E. everry evening a Breeze rises which blows off the Musquitors & Cools the atmispeire.
Thursday 16th a pleasant morning. the party in high Spirits fiddleing & danceing last night. I was up all night on duty, the latter part of the night verry cold, for the month of august. Capt. Lewis & 12 of the party went out to the Mahar Creek a fishing they returned in the afternoon with more than a barrell or in nombers 709. 167 of them pike, of a Tolrable Size, of excelent fish of different Sorts & Sizes. one beaver caught to day, hoisted our mast &.C,—
Thursday august 16th Capt Lewis and 12 of his men went to the Creek a fishen Caut 709 fish Differnt Coindes
Thursday Augst. 16 Captn. Lewis went out the Nixt day with his party and Returned with 709 fish Neerly 200 pike fish  amongst them—
Thursday August 16th This morning fine & clear, Captain Lewis went out with his party a fishing at the above pond, and towards Evening they returned having caught 709 fish of different kinds nearly 200 of which were pike.—
1. A collection of miscellaneous material probably written at various time is squeezed in above the August 16, 1804, entry in the Field Notes (document 43). Some of it clearly belongs to the period at the "Fishing Camp." (Return to text.)
3. The spelling of the original is by no means clear, but the location of this tribe relative to the Mandans and "Wattesoons" leaves no doubt that Clark meant some variation of "Minitari" (Hidatsa). (Return to text.)
4. Gass may have been with this party, though his reference is unclear. (Return to text.)
5. The "Rock" may be the white or rock bass, Morone chrysops. It is difficult to identify Clark's "flat Back." Criswell suggests it was sometimes a synomym for a sucker (family Catostomidae), but this does not seem likely; perhaps Pylodictis olivaris, flathead catfish. The silverfish may the same as those mentioned on August 15 or they may be minnows. Lee et al., 574, 742; Criswell, 39, 83. (Return to text.)
6. The figures below come immediately after the August 16 entry in the Field Notes. (Return to text.)
7. In Codex B, the first two words of the interlined passage and the words "8 Salmon" were later crossed out, perhaps by Biddle in 1810. (Return to text.)
8. Northern pike, Esox lucius. (Return to text.)
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