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April 2020

  • Slugging Spring Lakers

    Slugging Spring Lakers
    by CRAIG RITCHIE

    While it's always rewarding to persevere through tough conditions and come up with a decent catch at the end of the day, I don't always want fishing to be an uphill battle. Sometimes, it's nice to have everything click into place and enjoy some easy action. Maybe that's a reason I'm such a big fa...
  • Spring into Walleyes

    Spring into Walleyes
    by TRADITIONS MEDIA

    It's springtime, and open water has arrived throughout all but the uppermost reaches of North America. For walleye anglers, it's a yearly ritual that's hard to beat. Hordes of fish are heading to pre-spawn and spawn locations, bringing on some of the best bites of the entire year – especially in som...
  • Simple Spring Walleyes!

    Simple Spring Walleyes!
    by MIKE FRISCH

    There are lots of things to love about early season walleye fishing! For one, spring walleye angling often signals the return of open water fishing for another year. And, walleyes in the spring are often aggressive biters and easily accessible in fairly shallow water. Another thing that I rea...

March 2020

  • Spring Fishing Tips

    Spring Fishing Tips
    by BOB JENSEN

    Spring of 2020 officially arrived on March 19. In some areas anglers still see ice on their favorite lakes and ponds, but that ice will soon be disappearing. In other areas, anglers are already fishing in open water. Spring is a wonderful time to go fishing, and we can make it even more wonderful...
  • Targeting Early Panfish in Clear Water

    Targeting Early Panfish in Clear Water
    by JERRY CARLSON

    I will never forget my first experience with early season panfish on a lake that had super clear water. It changed the way I approached early season angling forever. The small, isolated bay we had selected to fish looked like an ideal spot for early season panfish. It was protected by cattails on...
  • Pre-Spawn Crappie Strategies

    Pre-Spawn Crappie Strategies
    by CRAIG RITCHIE

    Black crappies are one of my favorite fish to catch, and for a number of reasons. They're usually willing biters, and that's important in the early spring when you haven't been out on open water in a couple of months and really want to just unwind and enjoy some fast action. They're also incredibly ...
  • Late Ice Walleye

    Late Ice Walleye
    by JASON MITCHELL

    Some specific States and Provinces have open walleye seasons during the late ice period. These fisheries offer tremendously fun ice fishing opportunities. I love catching walleye any day of the year but what I love about late ice walleyes is the level of aggressiveness. Patterns and locations can...

February 2020

  • Jump-Starting Spring Steelhead

    Jump-Starting Spring Steelhead
    by CRAIG RITCHIE

    Throughout the Midwest, the back-end of winter can be a frustrating time of year for anglers. By the second half of February ice fishing tends to slump, as fish disperse throughout lake systems with no real reason to concentrate anywhere. That hot first-ice action is by now a memory, yet the furious...
  • Spoons Through The Ice

    Spoons Through The Ice
    by BOB JENSEN

    When we go out on the ice in search of fish to catch through the ice, much of the time, we just want to get bit. If the perch want to eat our bait that's good: If a walleye or crappie is in the mood, that's a good thing too. Walleyes and crappies and perch are certainly different fish, but one lu...
  • Next Generation Electric Motors

    Next Generation Electric Motors
    by CRAIG RITCHIE

    Electric motors have always been a little strange in the way that technological developments seem to come in waves. The reality is that not much happened with electrics for years, then in the late 1980s and early 90s everyone suddenly had electronic steering as an alternative to the traditional cabl...
  • Size Matters

    Size Matters
    by CRAIG RITCHIE

    We've all heard the phrase "size matters" but how often do we think about that when we're out on the ice? The simple reality is, using the right sized baits can make or break a day of fishing faster than anything else, and that's especially true when you're out on the ice. In fact, I'd bet that b...

January 2020

  • The Joy Of Winter Bluegills

    The Joy Of Winter Bluegills
    by CRAIG RITCHIE

    One of the great things about ice fishing is that it gives us all a chance to slow down and take stock of the things that really matter. While catching big fish is always a thrill, the true joy in getting out is just in enjoying a nice day in the outdoors and having fun by catching a few fish. That'...
  • Winter Angling May Require Persistent Searching

    Winter Angling May Require Persistent Searching
    by JERRY CARLSON

    You can't quit looking. It's as simple as that. Hard water fish that aren't located where you expected them to be can create some location issues. Sometimes, you just need to find an alternate location where the fish are biting. This is the message I kept telling myself as an unusual winter began...

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