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August 2022

  • Slip Bobbers: Simply Effective

    Slip Bobbers: Simply Effective
    by MIKE FRISCH

    The slip-bobber method for presenting bait to fish has been around for several decades. Over time, however, this simple, yet often effective method got pushed to the side by much of the diehard angling crowd (me included) in favor of what are viewed as more complex, higher order fishing presentatio...
  • How Long to Fish a Spot

    How Long to Fish a Spot
    by CRAIG RITCHIE

    If there's one time of year that can be tough on anglers, it's those so-called dog days of summer. And whether you're fishing in a weekend tournament, or just out for some fun with the kids, the one thing that pretty well all anglers wrestle with at this time of year is the basic question of how lon...
  • Old-School Dredging for August Largemouth

    Old-School Dredging for August Largemouth
    by CRAIG RITCHIE

    Plastic worms seem to be tailor-made for fishing largemouths in August. And when I say plastic worms, I'm talking old school - big baits that are Texas-rigged on a bullet sinker. It's largemouth fishing, 1970s style. Why live in the past? Quite simply, pegged worms still work every bit as well to...

July 2022

  • Summertime Crappies

    Summertime Crappies
    by BOB JENSEN

    Crappies are one of the most popular fish species across North America. Because they're usually a schooling fish, when you find them action can be fast. They'll respond to a variety of presentations, and they're great on the table. And according to Mr. Crappie Wally Marshall, crappie fishing in ma...
  • Dock Fishing Simplified

    Dock Fishing Simplified
    by CRAIG RITCHIE

    Everyone knows largemouth bass love cover such as weed beds, lily pads and fallen trees. But good cover can also be man-made, and boat docks might just be the best of all. That's why thousands of bass tournaments have been won - and continue to be won - by anglers flipping jigs along the edge of boa...

June 2022

  • 10-Step Trailering Checklist

    10-Step Trailering Checklist
    by CRAIG RITCHIE

    For some people the most daunting part of owning a boat is simply getting to and from the water. But towing doesn't have to be difficult. Happily, most potential problems can be easily avoided by taking a few minutes to check everything over before you set out. Pilots use checklists to avoid trouble...
  • Destinations on the Fly

    Destinations on the Fly
    by JOSH LANTZ

    Unique and travel-worthy summertime fly-fishing opportunities from coast to coast Summer is here and the days are long, just like the rods fly anglers use to play their favorite games on the water. No matter where you live or fish, the extra daylight hours afforded in the coming weeks a...
  • Its Buzzbait Time

    Its Buzzbait Time
    by CRAIG RITCHIE

    If there's one thing that's hard to beat, it's the excitement that comes from fishing with buzzbaits for early season bass, pike and muskie. There's a lot to like about fishing with buzzbaits - they're super easy to cast, they're super easy to fish, and the hits are usually nothing short of expl...
  • Getting Sneaky With Toothy Critters

    Getting Sneaky With Toothy Critters
    by CRAIG RITCHIE

    One of the things I llike the most about fishing is enjoying its sheer variety. I'm just as happy wading small creeks for trout as I am trolling big water for walleye or salmon, probing the depths for lake trout, flipping shallow pads for bass or just fishing off the dock with a worm and a float for...

May 2022

  • Tips for Early-Summer Smallmouth Success

    Tips for Early-Summer Smallmouth Success
    by JOSH LANTZ

    Experts share techniques for big brown bass bites Increasingly, today's bass anglers love to tell you which species they prefer, brown or green. But it's the former that continues to spawn a cult-like following. Even a self-described largemouth nut or honest walleye angler will admit to enjoyi...
  • Spring Time is King Time

    Spring Time is King Time
    by CRAIG RITCHIE

    After a long, cold winter nothing feels better than to get out on open water and chase species of fish that I haven't seen in a couple of months. Sure, spring is prime time for pike and walleye and panfish, but I've most likely caught a few of those through the ice at some point in the winter. So fo...
  • Catch More and Bigger Spring Panfish

    Catch More and Bigger Spring Panfish
    by JOSH LANTZ

    Three panfish experts share their secrets Few angling pursuits are as humble, simple and enjoyable as spring panfishing. We conjure images of bobbers and docks, spawning fish in the shallows, and plain presentations that always seemed to work from the depths of our childhood memories. F...

April 2022

  • Troll a Jig, Catch a Walleye

    Troll a Jig, Catch a Walleye
    by MIKE FRISCH

    Early season walleyes are often caught on jigs tipped with minnows and pitched to fish located in shallow to mid-depth waters. Other fish are caught by those fishing slip-sinker livebait rigs, the classic Lindy Rig. Another method, however, is one that doesn't get as much attention, but often "get...
  • Spring River Walleye Fishing: 6 Must Know Tips

    Spring River Walleye Fishing: 6 Must Know Tips
    by JASON MITCHELL

    River systems offer some of the earliest walleye fishing opportunities across the Midwest for many anglers in the spring. When it comes to catching river walleye, nothing is more important than water visibility. Heavy runoff, ice jams, and snowmelt can muddy and rise the water. There is an old ad...
  • Teaching Kids To Fish

    Teaching Kids To Fish
    by CRAIG RITCHIE

    If the pandemic has taught us anything, it's that nothing beats family time enjoying the outdoors. Spending time out on the water with your kids teaches them patience, it teaches them about the importance of wild spaces and clean environments, and it teaches them important values and responsibilitie...

March 2022

  • In-Between Fishing Seasons

    In-Between Fishing Seasons
    by BOB JENSEN

    There are two in-between fishing seasons in the Midwest. There's the open water to ice in-between and the ice to open water in-between. In the southern regions of the Midwest it has become the open water season, in the northern areas there is still plenty of ice, but in the middle part of the Midw...
  • Pre-Spawn Walleye Tactics

    Pre-Spawn Walleye Tactics
    by CRAIG RITCHIE

    Don't get me wrong, I enjoy ice fishing. But like most anglers, there's a limit to how much time I can spend staring at an eight-inch hole. That's why the return of open water in March is always such a welcome sight - that, and the opportunity to get out in the warming weather to target big pre-spaw...
  • Prime Time Panfish

    Prime Time Panfish
    by MIKE FRISCH

    There is a fishing pattern that emerges in March that is one of the most productive of the entire year and maybe one of the most overlooked too. The pattern involves bluegills and crappies at "last ice." During this time, many of these fish are vacating deeper water mid-winter haunts and heading s...

February 2022

  • Walleye Wishes 2022

    Walleye Wishes 2022
    by MIKE FRISCH

    As I sit writing this, the temperature outside has yet to nudge above the 0 degree mark! Nevertheless, I know that nicer days are ahead and that in just a couple months I could potentially be back in a boat on open water. Here are some of the wishes I have for the coming season, particularly regar...
  • Late Season Ice Fishing

    Late Season Ice Fishing
    by BOB JENSEN

    It may not look like it or feel like it, but it's that time of year when some ice anglers start thinking about the end of another ice fishing season. In the southern stretches of the ice fishing belt, the end of the season bite might already be going on, and if it isn't, it will start soon. In the ...
  • A Southern Getaway To Beat The Winter Doldrums

    A Southern Getaway To Beat The Winter Doldrums
    by CRAIG RITCHIE

    While there can be a lot of fun in specialization, I've always leaned more to the "variety is the spice of life" end of things and particularly when it comes to fishing. Variety keeps things interesting, and it lets you make the most of the opportunities available over the course of a year. As m...
  • The Way 2 Weigh

    The Way 2 Weigh
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    As someone who has maintained a fishing log since rekindling my interest in fishing in 1992, you'd probably expect that I weigh my bigger smallmouth bass. And, you'd be right. Having caught and released over 24,000 since 1994, I have a good idea of how much most smallies weigh, yet I do like to conf...
  • Bass Fishing: The Rites of Spring

    Bass Fishing: The Rites of Spring
    by JOSH LANTZ

    Bassin' brothers, Jesse and Jordy Wiggins, on casting crankbaits for springtime bass Any discussion of pre-spawn bass is bound to include the topic of crankbaits. Why? Put simply, of all the baits in the boat, cranks offer distinct advantages over most other lure types, especially in ...

January 2022

  • Ice Fishing Inland Trout

    Ice Fishing Inland Trout
    by JASON MITCHELL

    Ice fishing for inland trout is extremely popular and insanely fun. When we look at classic trout water, we often think of the western mountain states like Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado or Utah but there is tremendous trout fishing far beyond. Many of these winter trout fishing opportunities a...
  • Techniques for Better Bassin': Part Two

    Techniques for Better Bassin': Part Two
    by JOSH LANTZ

    Four more St. Croix pros share tips on their favorite presentations and the specific Victory rods on which they rely Like most forms of angling, bass fishing is an ever-evolving puzzle. It's also a personal one. Regardless of your experience level, there are always new things to lea...
  • Beating The Mid-Winter Blahs

    Beating The Mid-Winter Blahs
    by CRAIG RITCHIE

    For the most part ice fishing follows a relatively consistent pattern from one year to the next. There's that flurry of activity as the first safe ice sets in, when fish are set up in obvious, predictable spots and still feeding aggressively. Then the action dies off toward the end of January, and w...
  • Techniques for Better Bassin': Part One

    Techniques for Better Bassin': Part One
    by JOSH LANTZ

    It's a new year, and if you've resolved to take steps to improve your bass-angling success and enjoyment in 2022, you're reading the right article. We all have our own confidence lures and presentations. But what happens when these go-to techniques fail to produce? Well, you either adapt or go ho...

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