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May 2021

  • The Impact of Fishing for Nesting Smallmouth Bass

    The Impact of Fishing for Nesting Smallmouth Bass
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    Within the smallmouth bass and largemouth bass fishing communities, there's an ongoing discussion as to whether a person should or shouldn't fish for bass while they're guarding a nest. When I returned to fishing in 1992, I quickly realized that fishing for male bass guarding a nest wasn't as excit...

August 2019

  • Kayak Fishing:  Getting Started

    Kayak Fishing: Getting Started
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    I began fishing from a kayak 15 years ago and have enjoyed it over the years. Sure, I love getting out in my fishing boat, but there are areas that just aren't appropriate for a bigger boat. And, there are times when being out in one of my Jackson kayaks is just what my mind, body and spirit need....

October 2018

  • Berkley FireLine Ultra 8:  Impressive!

    Berkley FireLine Ultra 8: Impressive!
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    Recently, I caught and released smallmouth bass number 22,300 since catching my first in 1994. Many of those smallies have been caught in the ultra-clear waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan in Door County, Wisconsin. My primary presentations require long casts. I've loved and still use FireLine...

September 2018

  • "Reel" Deal Q & A
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    For the type of fishing I do, spinning reels are my reel of choice. Over the past 15 years I've had the pleasure of fishing and then writing reviews on dozens of reels by all the major companies, and, I'm picky about the reels I use to chase smallmouth bass. Some of my all-time favorites are m...

May 2017

  • Have you Tried the

    Have you Tried the "Ned Rig"
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    I began hearing about the Ned Rig, or, Midwest Rig late in 2015. It's named for Ned Kaedy, who is credited with developing it and using it with success for decades. It's maybe not quite as simple as swimming the Kalin's Lunker Grub, which has been so productive for me, but, still very simple. H...

October 2015

  • Kayaking Hotspots for Wisconsin's Fall Smallies

    Kayaking Hotspots for Wisconsin's Fall Smallies
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    Many of our fishing friends turn to hunting in the fall, but don't put that kayak away just yet. There are some great spots in Wisconsin to chase smallies throughout the fall. Let me give you some suggestions. Then I'll give you some kayak equipment tips, along with a great presentation that will...

August 2014

  • Anatomy of Successfully Swimming Grubs for Smallmouth Bass

    Anatomy of Successfully Swimming Grubs for Smallmouth Bass
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    As many of you know, I'm a smallmouth bass enthusiast. Swimming a grub is a staple for many smallie anglers. Some of you have likely used grubs from a variety of companies while on the water. It's unusual to find a lure that works so well that for years you use almost nothing else. For me, that'...

July 2014

  • Give Rivers a Try for Great Smallie Fishing

    Give Rivers a Try for Great Smallie Fishing
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    In Wisconsin we are blessed with hundreds of wonderful rivers and streams loaded with my favorite, smallmouth bass. I've spent all or part of hundreds of days wading smaller rivers across southern Wisconsin, as well as hitting a variety rivers around the state also by foot or in one of my Wildernes...

June 2013

  • "Hey Culligan Man!", Soft Water Makes Kayak Anglers Happy Too!
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    We've waited a long time for spring this year in Wisconsin, but the wait has been worth it. I'm ready to hit the open water in one of my Wilderness Systems kayaks to chase smallmouth and largemouth bass. The great thing about kayaks, and living in Wisconsin, is we have so many great fishing o...

May 2013

  • Kalin's Lunker Grubs - My Top Door County Smallie Presentation!

    Kalin's Lunker Grubs - My Top Door County Smallie Presentation!
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    During the past 18 years, mostly in May and June, I've spent over 175 days chasing smallmouth bass in Door County. I've been rewarded with catching and releasing over 5,000, with dozens over 4 pounds, many 5 pounders and some over 6 pounds. Many of these big fish have come in the past 5 years due ...
  • Sun Protection:  So Important!

    Sun Protection: So Important!
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    I would bet that every one of you reading this article knows someone who has dealt with skin cancer. And maybe, like me, you even know someone who has died from complications related to malignant melanoma. Skin cancer is frightening, and protecting ourselves while in the sun can be lifesaving. ...

March 2011

  • Road Trip Smallies: Kayaking the Wisconsin River

    Road Trip Smallies: Kayaking the Wisconsin River
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    Steve Starr, a good kayak fishing friend of mine, was back in Wisconsin for the summer. After kayaking for peacock and largemouth bass with him in South Florida I was looking forward to kayaking for some Wisconsin River smallies. We talked about it a number of times, however the river seemed to be...

July 2010

  • Why Kayak Fishing

    Why Kayak Fishing
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    It's mid-summer. You are on a clear water lake, working the shallows with a Booyah Buzzbait, looking for that trophy bass. All of a sudden, the calm surface explodes and flying from the depths is the biggest bass you've ever had on the end of your line. After an amazing battle, you lip a six-pound...

May 2010

  • What Happened to the Peacock Bass?

    What Happened to the Peacock Bass?
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    In 2009 I wrote two articles for Lake-Link on my experience fishing for peacock and largemouth bass from a kayak in the canals and small lakes just southwest of Ft. Lauderdale, in Weston, Florida. It was so much fun that when work took me back to the area twice this winter, I scheduled two days o...

August 2009

  • Road Trip Smallies:  Appleton Area Fox River

    Road Trip Smallies: Appleton Area Fox River
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    One of the enjoyable aspects of writing fishing articles and giving seminars has been all the fellow anglers I've met and gotten to know. Troy Stoeger, from Appleton, read one of my articles on Lake-Link and e-mailed me about our shared interest in wading for river smallmouth bass. He told me abou...

June 2009

  • Swimming Grubs for Door County Smallies

    Swimming Grubs for Door County Smallies
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    During the past 14 plus years, I've had the good fortune and pleasure of spending 125 days chasing smallies in Door County. Throughout, my efforts have been rewarded with having caught and released hundreds of smallies. Like many of you who have fished this area, or fished for lake smallies in ...

April 2009

  • Road Trip Peacock Bass: Part II

    Road Trip Peacock Bass: Part II
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    Back in early February, I had the pleasure of fishing for butterfly peacock bass southwest of Ft. Lauderdale with Wisconsin friend Steve Starr. During the heart of winter in Wisconsin, it was a wonderful treat, and I had the good fortune to catch an 18" peacock bass. If you would like to read abou...

March 2009

  • Road Trip Peacock Bass

    Road Trip Peacock Bass
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    It's winter in Wisconsin. I'm not an ice fisherman, and I haven't fished open water since late October. The wait is getting to me, especially with our "old time" winters of the past two years. Last year, I had a chance to fish smallmouth bass on the Potomac River around April 1, which helped. Last m...

May 2008

  • Potomac River Road Trip for Smallies

    Potomac River Road Trip for Smallies
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    I never enjoy the wait from late October to early May to get back on the water for smallmouth bass. The way this past winter began, and continued, I knew the six months was going to feel even longer. With this in mind, I thought I'd try to coordinate some smallie fishing at the end of March during...

January 2008

  • Fishin' With the Fishin' Musicians

    Fishin' With the Fishin' Musicians
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    During the summer of 2006, I noticed an interesting fishing report about a river in Wisconsin by a guy with the handle, Fishinmusician. I hadn't heard of this river in my home state, where I thought I knew all the good smallie rivers. So, I messaged Fishinmusician to find out more about this river...

May 2007

  • Four Winning Lures to Catch More River Smallies

    Four Winning Lures to Catch More River Smallies
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    Fishing for smallmouth bass is my passion. I love chasing smallies on lakes, but enjoy the river experience even more. I've spent hundreds of hours wading smaller rivers from Southeast Wisconsin to the Southwest corner of the state. In recent years, I've done some productive exploring on the Wisc...

August 2006

  • Plan B:  Smallies on the St. Croix

    Plan B: Smallies on the St. Croix
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    For years, I have wanted to fish smallmouth bass on the Upper Mississippi River, northwest of Minneapolis. I had heard that it is one of the best river smallie spots in the country. In early June, I had the opportunity to make that trip and was planning on fishing the stretch in and around Montice...

March 2004

  • Lake Michigan Smallmouth Bass Population Assessment Project

    Lake Michigan Smallmouth Bass Population Assessment Project
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    As those of you who've read some of my other articles know, I love fishing for smallmouth bass. The Milwaukee River is one of the rivers I've fished quite a few times over the years, and I spend a number of days each spring and summer in Door County. I've always hoped that the smallmouth bass po...

June 2003

  • Pond Fishin'

    Pond Fishin'
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    What is it about a pond that intrigues me so much? Maybe it's the same thing that excites me about exploring that small river, not knowing exactly what I'm going to catch or how I'm going to accomplish that goal. Also, like many of you, I've dreamed of having my own pond, stocked with big bass and...

May 2003

  • Guides:  What You and They Expect

    Guides: What You and They Expect
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    During the past few years I've had the opportunity to fish with a number of guides, and most have provided a very informative and enjoyable experience. I look for a guide who has a good reputation for knowing the body of water we're fishing. I want to learn where to fish, what lures and techniques...

April 2003

  • Challenges Facing Door County Smallmouths

    Challenges Facing Door County Smallmouths
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    I've had the good fortune of fishing the waters of Door County many times for smallmouth bass since my first fishing trip there in May of 1995. Like most who fish this wonderful resource, I try to be a good steward of the fishery and am careful with the smallies I catch, and always release. ...

June 2002

  • Wisconsin Smallmouth Hotspots

    Wisconsin Smallmouth Hotspots
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    Wisconsin is blessed with an abundance of tremendous smallmouth bass waters. A few friends and I have identified some of Wisconsin's top smallmouth hotspots. Lake Mendota In Madison, Lake Mendota is becoming one of the best smallmouth lakes in the state. Eric Walls (608-246-1876), a top Mad...

May 2002

  • Door County Smallmouths

    Door County Smallmouths
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    Have you ever thought to yourself or mentioned to your spouse or a friend, "I've always wanted to fish for smallmouth bass in Door County!" Then you think, "But I don't know where to go, or where to stay, or where to launch, or where to fish, or what to use." Then, finally you decide not to give it...

February 2002

  • Fishing The Web

    Fishing The Web
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    It's Winter in Wisconsin. Your boat's been in storage for a couple of months, college football is over, there's only a month left of pro football, deer hunting and the holidays have come and gone, and you don't ice fish. It's about time for cabin fever to kick in big time. How do you deal wit...

September 2001

  • Understanding River Smallmouths in the Fall

    Understanding River Smallmouths in the Fall
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    A few weeks ago your favorite spot for river smallmouth bass was dynamite. You had one of your best days ever. Now you're back for another great day of bronzeback action, but where are the fish? The last time you were at your hot spot it was late summer and now fall is here. What happened? The ...

June 2001

  • Keeping A Fishing Log

    Keeping A Fishing Log
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    Athletes in many sports keep a log of their training activity and performances in games or tournaments. They use this information to develop better techniques, make better use of their time while training, and to perform better in competition. Many serious anglers find the same benefits from keepi...

May 2001

  • Cranking for Bluegills

    Cranking for Bluegills
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    In my article, "Smallmouths by Foot", I talked extensively about the Rebel Teeny Wee-Crawfish. What I didn't tell you was that I originally purchased this little crankbait to fish for bluegills in a pond I have access to. To this day, I remember my first cast with this little fish magnet. I cau...

April 2001

  • Smallmouths By Foot

    Smallmouths By Foot
    by BILL SCHULTZ

    Like many of you I love getting into my boat and fishing. What I don't particularly enjoy are the crowds on the weekends, especially around major metropolitan areas. If the weather is descent, the launches are crowded and the lakes are packed with personal watercraft, water-skiers and pleasure boa...

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