Scott Stankowski's Articles

August 2018

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Pro Angler?
by Scott Stankowski
This past week, the boys finally had no sporting events or fitness programs to go to so we planned a few hard core days of fishing so they could tackle some fish off of their master angler list. We spent four days from sun up to sun down tackling the water from small lakes to Green Bay. After the second day we were getting exhausted and by day four we were ready for a break. That got me to th... more

May 2017

Midwesterner Fishing The Flats
by Scott Stankowski
Florida magrove flats fishing offers an excellent change of pace for the Midwestern angler. Florida has a huge variety of fishing opportunities for the sportsman from trophy bass fishing to deep sea fishing. Fishing mangrove flats is a unique fisheries that provides some excellent opportunities for a select variety of fish. Recently while in Florida we headed to Tampa Bay where w... more

November 2016

Wind Game
by Scott Stankowski
No one can control the effects of Mother Nature but we certainly control our actions based off of what she has to offer. Sometimes we do not have a choice on the days we can hunt and the weather that is offered. The 2016 Wisconsin gun deer hunting opener is a prime example. The weather for that day is cold and brutally windy. Winds in excess of 40 mph will affect hunters and the landscape. W... more

July 2016

Midday Walleyes - Precision is Key
by Scott Stankowski
When most people think walleye fishing, they think like a traditionalist, which is early morning or late evening. It is true that the ole glass eyes are caught predominantly at this time of the day but they are also targeted during that time. The typical scenario is to find yourself a shallow shelf off of deep water and wait for the walleye to follow the baitfish until they bite on your presen... more

December 2015

Be Prepared For Early Ice
by Scott Stankowski
The early ice season will soon be upon us and anyone that wants to get out before vehicles are able to hit the hard water needs to think long and hard about safety issues when it comes to fishing. Now I have never set foot on 2 inch ice and do not think any fish is worth that, but four to six inch ice is what I consider first ice. Due to uneven ice conditions I will not venture out until it is ... more

August 2015

Professional Tournament Fish Care
by Scott Stankowski
With any fishing tournament during the summer months, locals are always concerned with the amount of pressure put on the fish. On a catch and release tournament where the fish are brought into a weigh in the anxiety increases. With the Bassmasters college national circuit rolling into town and fishing on the DuBay flowage those not in the know where quick to speculate, including me. Instead... more

June 2015

Variable Depths on Planer Boards
by Scott Stankowski
Fishing with planer boards has become a popular technique over the past decade. It offers fisherman a way to cover a lot of ground in the hopes of getting a fish to strike. Typically a pattern is developed and that then puts fish in the live well. Most fisherman report a standard presentation of distances behind the boards. A fisherman first starts out by varying the distances of line behin... more

February 2015

Catching Suspended Basin Fish
by Scott Stankowski
When it comes to fishing in a large basin like many of our flowages and reservoirs, electronics are a must. I spend a great deal of my time out on ole Lake Winnebago and she behaves in much the same way. I consider myself an above average fisherman in the open water on these bodies of water and can catch active fish on any given day. A variety of tactics always work from trolling the mud to jig... more

November 2014

Hunt Buck With Less Stress
by Scott Stankowski
Every hunter has been dreaming about it. Every hunter has been wishfully thinking. There are no two ways about it, the rut is here. Hunters will seemingly do just about anything and everything to get them within range of a deer. Hunters that were successful in the past bank on those tactics to work again in the future. Those that have not had success ever or as of late dig into the seemingly... more

August 2014

Lake Michigan Throws a Curveball
by Scott Stankowski
On a typical late July day, fisherman are searching for cold water on Lake Michigan to catch fish. Boats are typically in the sixty degrees of water range looking for anything in the fifties. This congregates the bait and the fish and makes for some pretty intense fishing. Charter captains keep an eye out for where the water moves and are able to stay on top of the colder water and the fish to ... more

July 2014

Green Bay World Class Walleye Action
by Scott Stankowski
Neal Soyka lives to fish and it doesn’t hurt that he knows how to as well. The man is as friendly as they come and after spending a day with him fishing for whitefish this past winter we were friends. Neal had a hot tip for me and once again, the boys and I traveled to Dykesville, WI for some Green Bay walleye fishing action. The Bay has a storied past of feast and famine surrounded by poll... more

April 2014

Find Food For Early Turkey Season Success
by Scott Stankowski
Austin and I were exhausted from hoofing it through the snow that at times was nearly waist deep. It wasn’t long into the first morning of last years youth hunt that we felt as though the odds were severely against us. Needing a break to clear out the snow in our boots we decided to set up against a large oak tree that had about a thirty yard circle around it without snow. Here we could try and... more

March 2014

Searching For Good Late Ice Fishing
by Scott Stankowski
With near-record days below zero and a winter that we have not seen since the 70’s, ice fishing tactics this year will need to be adjusted during the month of March to put fish on the ice. The winter is showing that we are nearly two weeks behind to normal. The recent ‘Battle on Bago’ results should be testament enough as anglers put more burbots onto the ice and into the contest than ever befo... more

February 2014

Whitefishing The Bay
by Scott Stankowski
Many years ago my father and I headed out to the Bay of Green Bay for some ice fishing perch action. We nearly lost the truck due to bad ice and the fishing failed. The fishing in the Bay since then has gone down the drain and so has part of the economy. The poor fishing has affected local guides and related services. With the advent of invasive species– most notably the goby– game fish have ... more

December 2013

Time to Get Squirrely
by Scott Stankowski
I think just about anybody can figure out how to shoot a meal of squirrels. Sometimes it does seem difficult, especially those that hunt other species. It seems as though the squirrels know when you are bow hunting as they are out everywhere. The boys and I trekked out recently to try and fill a pot full with squirrel meat. We headed out to my dad’s property where there were more than enough... more

November 2013

Professional Boat Maintenance Key To A Smooth Spring
by Scott Stankowski
There is nothing worse than wanting to fish in the spring, taking your boat out to the lake and it fails to start. If you winterize your own boat, the possibilities of this happening are higher than if you take it to a professional. Roughly 25% of spring boat business is due to no starts which can be directly related to improper fall maintenance. Living in Stevens Point-WI, I take my mercury mo... more

October 2013

Rut Predictor For This Year And Beyond
by Scott Stankowski
Oftentimes when the subject of the rut comes up amongst hunters I think it should be categorized as a four letter word. Simply for the reason that it can never be agreed upon and everyone has a different opinion. The key word in that last sentence is ‘opinion.’ We are inundated with articles and stories in every printed wildlife publication from the moment hunting season starts through the gun... more

September 2013

A Canadian Fly-In Adventure
by Scott Stankowski
If you are like me, then you have dreamt about taking a Canadian fly in fishing trip for a long time. Perhaps you have done it in the past and consider it an annual pilgrimage. If so, then you are certainly blessed. The boys and I, along with camera man Eric Brittnacher, recently headed to Armstrong Station, Ontario, Canada, for our first ever Canadian fly-in experience. It is something that... more

August 2013

Sheepshead Are Not That Baaaaaad
by Scott Stankowski
When someone or something gets a bad reputation, it is hard to shake. I realize that this article will change none of that when it comes to the freshwater drum. That is fine with me, because first and foremost, we need to realize everyone marches to the beat to his own drum. The boys and I took my brother Dan fishing recently on Lake Winnebago. The weather was extremely warm that day and the... more

July 2013

Deep Spawning Panfish
by Scott Stankowski
The crazy weather we have had up to this point in the summer has affected more than just my plans when turning to the outdoors. The weather patterns have caused plants to bloom late, trees to leaf out later than normal… and that is just the beginning. Fish respond to several factors when considering their whereabouts in the water column. Most predominantly would be water temperature. Most boats... more

June 2013

Planer Boards With Kids
by Scott Stankowski
Kids typically have a short attention span when it comes to fishing and although my boys are pretty hard core they still lapse off in to la-la land. Heck I fall off into the mist from time to time. It seems as though when you are paying the least amount of attention that you will get yourself a bit on the end of your rod, set the hook too late and cuss yourself long enough to dull yourself back ... more

May 2013

Butchering And Cooking A Wild Turkey
by Scott Stankowski
There are a lot of people that hunt turkeys who do not realize how versatile the bird is when it comes to table fare. When I first started turkey hunting nearly twenty years ago, the first bird I shot was cleaned whole and frozen. We cooked it like a traditional Thanksgiving turkey and complained about how dry and tough it was. There was a week’s worth of leftovers and by the time it was gone, ... more

February 2013

Wisconsin Wolf Numbers Do Not Add Up
by Scott Stankowski
With Wisconsin’s inaugural gray wolf season in the books, now is a time for reflection and a look at the hypothetical numbers. Hypothetical numbers is really all we know about the wolf in Wisconsin. The number may be much higher than the DNR is willing to admit. My hypothesis is that the DNR is reluctant to tell the true story for fear of a real uproar among sportsmen, especially in the north a... more

January 2013

High School Ice Fishing tournaments Begin to Flourish
by Scott Stankowski
Teach a kid to read, and they will have a tool that just about anyone could have taught them. Do you remember who taught you to read? Now close your eyes and reflect on who taught you to fish. I bet it is a strong vivid memory that embeds itself on more than one level. Being a high school ice fishing team coach provides students these memories and offers the coaches the ability to make a huge impa... more

November 2012

How to Field Dress a Deer
by Scott Stankowski
Anytime you become a successful deer hunter, there is plenty of work to be done with the joys of the harvest. From the do-it-your-self processor to the person who takes his deer in for processing, the hunter still needs to gut out the deer in order to keep it from spoiling. Over the years I have grown to learn from talking with processers that the deer do not all come in the same and that ther... more

October 2012

Getting Kids Excited About Hunting
by Scott Stankowski
Stevens Point, WI— Sometimes it is not the size of the deer that is the prize. That was the case the other night as I trekked into the woods with my son Cade. Cade has taken a newfound interest in hunting. At school this past week he had to make a little poster and include some things about himself. As an eight year old, a lot of different things go through a boy’s mind. When it came time for him ... more

September 2012

A Practical Approach to Scent Control
by Scott Stankowski
Understanding how a deer's nose works in its environment is important. I try to tackle the scent problem in four ways: breath, body odor, clothing and filler. A whitetail deer utilizes its nose probably more than any other sense. It uses it to detect food, mates, danger and everything inbetween. There sense of smell is not that much different than ours, it is, however, more precise and mor... more

August 2012

Blackberry Scouting
by Scott Stankowski
With the hot weather and drought we have experienced this year, crops are shriveling up in most corners of the state. The same belief could be thought of for mast crops and berries. A keen hunter relies on these crops and follows them in his quest for big game. Where the food is the bear and deer will surely be. My thought process heading into last week was to narrow my search down to a few sp... more

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