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January 2017

  • Destination Delavan Lake - Winter Perch Bonanza

    Destination Delavan Lake - Winter Perch Bonanza
    by DAVE DUWE

    Delavan Lake is one of the finest ice fishing destinations in Southeastern, Wisconsin. The lake is an hour from Milwaukee and one and a half hours from Chicago. Delavan Lake is roughly 2,200 acres with a maximum depth of 52 feet. The lake has many different fishing opportunities, whether it's de...

December 2015

  • Passing on a Passion

    Passing on a Passion
    by DAVE DUWE

    One man's hobby has turned into a passion to teach children. Al Hutchison, has been teaching kids the art of rod building for the past nine years. Over the course of that time, he has literally taught hundreds of children and some of their parents how to construct their own custom made fishing rod...

July 2015

  • Hook, Line & Sinker:  The Technique of Choice

    Hook, Line & Sinker: The Technique of Choice
    by DAVE DUWE

    Fishing is not always about the most expensive gear and tackle. Most of the time keeping it simple produces the most fish. Over the two decades that I have been guiding, I have chased the fishing trends trying to catch more and bigger fish. Out of all the products and methods I have fished, I hav...

April 2015

  • It’s Opening Day

    It’s Opening Day
    by DAVE DUWE

    It's opening day! Not for baseball or the horse track, but for the gamefish season on the inland lakes of Wisconsin. The first Saturday in May is the official start of fishing season. The opening of fishing season marks the renewed traditions that have been handed down from generation to generatio...

March 2015

  • Take a Kid Fishing, Ice Fishing That Is

    Take a Kid Fishing, Ice Fishing That Is
    by DAVE DUWE

    With the internet it has been almost impossible to get any kids to play outside or enjoy the outdoors. Most kids are always "plugged in" to their phones or computers. This is a big factor in the decline of the fishing industry as a whole. Given that fact I take every opportunity to introduce some...

December 2014

  • Fish On (or maybe not??)

    Fish On (or maybe not??)
    by DAVE DUWE

    Everyone has caught the occasional stick bass or weed bass, but the real thrill is catching the non-native exotic species. Being a professional fishing guide for over 20 years, my clients and I have caught thousands and thousands of fish. There have been the 20 pound Northern Pike to 8 pound large...

October 2014

  • Fall Perch Pattern

    Fall Perch Pattern
    by DAVE DUWE

    As the days are getting shorter and winter moves closer across the Midwest. This signals the migration of most fish from their summer haunts to pre-winter staging areas. This is the time yellow perch are also migrating from the main lake basin to the shallows. Like the other fish species they ar...

August 2014

  • Big Bass on Big Bobbers

    Big Bass on Big Bobbers
    by DAVE DUWE

    With the ups and downs with the weather and the seasons, it adds a challenge to put fish in the boats for my clients. In the late part of summer, the bite has a tendency to slow down a bit; this time is also known as the "dog days of summer". To have success, I have to resort to more live bait pre...

June 2014

  • Putting Bluegills to Bed

    Putting Bluegills to Bed
    by DAVE DUWE

    Bluegills will spawn in mid- May through June, they prefer to spawn when the water temperature reaches 70 degrees. This time of year, I often find active bluegills in less than 3 feet of water. I search for the warmest water on the lake, typically on a sunny shoreline. I choose locations like the...

May 2014

  • Livebait Techniques

    Livebait Techniques
    by DAVE DUWE

    When I started guiding, years ago, I was an artificial bait guy; jigs, plastic worms, spinnerbaits, etc. Oh, I caught fish, sometimes a lot of them. My customers who only fished a couple of times a year had fun, however we could have caught double or triple the fish if we would have used the bait ...

March 2014

  • It's Spring Somewhere

    It's Spring Somewhere
    by DAVE DUWE

    Knowing that spring is a long way off in Wisconsin this year, we decided to take a family vacation to Port Charlotte, Florida. Yes, we had sunshine and 80 degree temperatures for most of our trip. Anyone who knows me, knows that I never leave home without my fishing pole and this trip was no excep...

February 2014

  • Deep Ice Bluegills

    Deep Ice Bluegills
    by DAVE DUWE

    After first ice, the bluegills will migrate from the shallow water haunts of early season ice and suspend over the main lake basin. The best months to catch deepwater gills' are Late January through February. I consider deepwater any water depth over 15 feet of water. Deep water bluegills are r...

October 2013

  • No Waders Required

    No Waders Required
    by DAVE DUWE

    If you are bored with duck hunting and deer hunting, and you are an inland fisherman, there are fishing opportunities that many miss. Living in Southeastern Wisconsin, we are blessed to be in close proximity to one of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan provides a year round fishery for ...

September 2013

  • Lindy Rigging

    Lindy Rigging
    by DAVE DUWE

    Live bait fishing has been part of my fishing repertoire since I was old enough to hold a pole. Using natural bait will increase your odds of success. Some forty years later, I am still fishing a making a career out of it being a professional fishing guide. With clients, and young people, live...

August 2013

  • Cheap Beer and a Can of Corn

    Cheap Beer and a Can of Corn
    by DAVE DUWE

    Almost twenty-five years ago in college, I became a self-proclaimed professional carp angler. I was catching carp before carp became cool to fish for. I went to school in Stevens Point, WI which was a short hop to the Wisconsin River. The river has opportunities for almost all the game fish that ...

June 2013

  • Making it Great Again

    Making it Great Again
    by DAVE DUWE

    By all accounts from the old timers, Lake Geneva in the 1960's was a walleye factory. Over the course of many years the population of walleyes has been on a steady decline. This may be due to poor natural reproduction or a myriad of environmental changes throughout the decades. You can accept the...

May 2013

  • Panfish Bites

    Panfish Bites
    by DAVE DUWE

    Panfish in Spring can be some of the best of the year, big and plentiful. My favorite lakes in Southern Wisconsin are Delavan Lake and Lake Geneva, both are in Walworth County. Both lakes are very clear and warm more slowly than a murky or shallow lake. Warm sunny days tend to make the panfish mo...

March 2013

  • A New Technique Pays Dividends

    A New Technique Pays Dividends
    by DAVE DUWE

    There is an old analogy that 10 percent of the fishermen catch 90 percent of the fish. Catching fish to most is considered luck, however the diehard anglers know that there are tricks and subtle patterns that will help you put more fish in the boat on a given trip to the water. This has never bee...

February 2013

  • Ice Fishing Small Waters for Big Success

    Ice Fishing Small Waters for Big Success
    by DAVE DUWE

    I have been a small water fisherman for many years in the summer months. It wasn't until the mild winters of the past several years that I have had to go to smaller bodies of water to find safe ice. I consider small water fishing farm ponds, detention basins and public park bodies of water. Fishi...

December 2012

  • First Ice, Shallow Water, and the Wily Pike

    First Ice, Shallow Water, and the Wily Pike
    by DAVE DUWE

    After a big Turkey dinner many guys take their post- Thanksgiving naps, if you ice fish, you are likely dreaming of the first ice fishing trip of the year. In most years, it is only a couple of weeks away, and on special years, only a couple of days away. My family's two favorite species to fish f...

November 2012

  • Not an Average October Fishing Trip

    Not an Average October Fishing Trip
    by DAVE DUWE

    Talk about a fishing change of pace. Normally in October, my college buddies Tim, Steve and I would have been planning our annual Musky Trip to Bone Lake, in Polk County, WI. But this year was different. This October, I had the opportunity to go fishing in Chatham Harbor, off Cape Cod, Massachuset...

October 2012

  • A Guide’s Guide to the Flambeau Flowage

    A Guide’s Guide to the Flambeau Flowage
    by DAVE DUWE

    Though summer is over and most have their boats put away for the winter, October is one of the best months of the year for numbers and trophy sized fish. A favorite walleye hot spot is the Turtle Flambeau Flowage near Mercer, WI. I recently spent a day on the water with Jerry "Jerkbait" Hartigan, ...

September 2012

  • Fall Patterns for Big Success

    Fall Patterns for Big Success
    by DAVE DUWE

    Just because it's after Labor Day, doesn't mean fishing season is over. Some of my best months to fish are September and October. The best part of fishing in fall is the huge decrease in boat traffic and anglers fighting for the same fishing spots. As the water cools, it brings the fish from the ...

August 2012

  • The Joy Of Fishing With Kids

    The Joy Of Fishing With Kids
    by DAVE DUWE

    I have been a professional fishing guide for over twenty years. I have had thousands of people in my boat, from NFL Players to an 80 year old coal miner from West Virginia. Besides the good laughs and interesting stories, we have caught a lot of fish. Only 3 times in 20 years has the boat been sk...

July 2012

  • The Jig Worm: Not Just For Finesse Fishing

    The Jig Worm: Not Just For Finesse Fishing
    by DAVE DUWE

    Over the last few years jig worm fishing has become very popular. Very versatile, a jig worm can be used in deep weedlines, skipped under docks, and of course, finesse fished around shallow cover. A jig worm is simply a lead head jig with a piece of plastic on it. With the increased popularity of...

June 2012

  • Carp After Dark

    Carp After Dark
    by DAVE DUWE

    It was over twenty years ago when the Delavan Lake rehabilitation project occurred. The project was to reduce the phosphorous level in the lake, which grows the weeds and eliminate the rough fish population. It was a huge success making Delavan Lake one of the best fisheries in the state. Like al...

May 2012

  • Tricks for Early Spring Panfish

    Tricks for Early Spring Panfish
    by DAVE DUWE

    With the unseasonably warm March and cool April all attention has turned to hitting the lakes for some open water fishing. With gamefish season closed, my fish of choice is panfish. The opening day for gamefish in Wisconsin is the first Saturday in May. April and May is actually a great tim...

March 2012

  • All Shore In Florida

    All Shore In Florida
    by DAVE DUWE

    February brings our families annual trip to the Gulf coast of Florida. This year the trip was to Cape Coral, FL. We fly there, so I have to leave my boat at home, but I am a fisherman so if there is water, I have to find a way to fish. We figured out after the first year, that Florida has a lot o...

January 2012

  • Welcome Lake-Link Jamboree 2012

    Welcome Lake-Link Jamboree 2012
    by DAVE DUWE

    Delavan Lake is one of the finest fisheries in Southeastern, Wisconsin. This awesome fishery is playing host to Lake-Link's 2012 Ice Fishing Jamboree. The lake is an hour from Milwaukee and one and a half hours from Chicago. Delavan Lake is roughly 2100 acres with a maximum depth of 52 feet. The...

December 2011

  • 10 Easy Steps To Get Started In Ice Fishing

    10 Easy Steps To Get Started In Ice Fishing
    by DAVE DUWE

    Your boat is parked in the garage, the fluids for the motor are drained, and the trolling batteries are stowed away. The line still strung on that new reel you got for Father's Day is memorizing every coil it now has in it. But those are no reasons to let the dull days of winter get you down. Tr...

November 2011

  • The Hot Fall Walleye Bite

    The Hot Fall Walleye Bite
    by DAVE DUWE

    As the end of open water fishing nears, the late fall bite becomes hot. If you can handle the cold, the fishing is some of the best of the year. During the late fall months, I enjoy walleye fishing. Most of the summer is spent fishing largemouth bass or northern pike, usually with clients it is a...

September 2011

  • A Good Dog

    A Good Dog
    by DAVE DUWE

    The saddest day of a hunter's life is the day your favorite hunting dog can't do it anymore. All of the memories of the hunts in the past are the all that's left. My dog, Lindy, has reached the age where the time has come to retire. Like any old yellow lab, there is a bit of arthritis and a bit o...

July 2011

  • Sore Arms and a Lot of Salmon

    Sore Arms and a Lot of Salmon
    by DAVE DUWE

    When your fishing buddy calls and tells you to drop everything because the fish are snapping, you do what you need to do. That may mean playing hooky from work or telling your wife that your off to buy milk... see ya in 6 hours! Last week I received such a call, from my friend Pat Kalmerton, co-ow...

May 2011

  • Unpredictable Mother Nature

    Unpredictable Mother Nature
    by DAVE DUWE

    Every fisherman has taken a long awaited fishing trip. I had such a trip planned to go to Lake Erie this past week. After months of discussion, setting the date, getting the details worked out, including getting my wife to agree that it was okay for me to leave on Easter Sunday; all the great plan...

April 2011

  • Early Spring Panfish

    Early Spring Panfish
    by DAVE DUWE

    The warming spring sun draws to a conclusion another long winter. In early spring (March & April) there is a period between ice fishing and the start of Wisconsin's game fish season. Game fishing season opens the first weekend in May. But this early spring period also has something to offer, the ...

March 2011

  • Let It Do

    Let It Do
    by DAVE DUWE

    In life there are moments that are very enlightening experiences that at the time don't necessarily seem all that significant. I had one of those experiences in my recent trip to Florida with my family. We were vacationing in the Tampa Bay area. The purpose of the trip was sun and fun (along with...

February 2011

  • The Ice Fishing

    The Ice Fishing "Blahs"
    by DAVE DUWE

    When ice fishing slows around February, I get hit by what some call "cabin fever." I prefer to call it the ice fishing "blahs." The "blahs" happen when you start getting sick of ice fishing and can't wait for open water fishing. When that feeling hits, I can't help but dream about getting the boa...

December 2010

  • The First Ice Top Five

    The First Ice Top Five
    by DAVE DUWE

    Here are the "Top 5" to make your fishing trip on first ice successful. (1) Know your lake! You want to choose a shallow lake, which freezes first. In Southeastern Wisconsin, my first ice choices are; Monona Bay, Madison, Whitewater Lake, Whitewater, and Lake Como, Lake Geneva. The first two...

November 2010

  • Bonding On Bone Lake (again)

    Bonding On Bone Lake (again)
    by DAVE DUWE

    The full moon in October has come and gone and as I wrote last month, I was fishing in Polk County for full moon muskies. As a rule, the full moon in October is the best time to caught muskies! We settled on Bone Lake, which has been a favorite selection for several years. Although the lake somet...

October 2010

  • Full Moon Muskies

    Full Moon Muskies
    by DAVE DUWE

    I have been an avid musky fisherman for years. Due to my family, business and guiding commitments I don't have the time to fish them as often as I did in my younger years. Now, muskies are like an old friend that I visit once a year. Every year I make it a point to clear my calendar for one musky...

September 2010

  • Schooling Yellow Perch

    Schooling Yellow Perch
    by DAVE DUWE

    After Labor Day in Wisconsin, the kids migrate back to school. At this same time the yellow perch are also migrating from the main lake basin to the shallows. Perch will travel in schools throughout the day. Once you locate the schools they can be caught extremely fast. They feed by sight so t...

August 2010

  • A Hot Technique for the Hot Weather

    A Hot Technique for the Hot Weather
    by DAVE DUWE

    During the heat of August, you may hear the term, the "dog days" of summer. However, I believe it should really be called the frog days of summer. Late summer is the best time to fish Largemouth bass on plastic frogs. Avid bass anglers have known about frog fishing for years. There are two ...

July 2010

  • Dialing In Down Deep

    Dialing In Down Deep
    by DAVE DUWE

    When the dog days of summer get here, the fishing seems to get tough. But it doesn't have to be, if you know the right tips and tricks to dial them in when they're down deep. As the spawning ends and the water gets warm, most fish will head to the depths for safety, food and "comfort" away from the...

June 2010

  • What’s in your tackle box?

    What’s in your tackle box?
    by DAVE DUWE

    No, it shouldn't include a credit card; keep that in your wallet. This question came up recently when a regular customer of mine, we'll call him Al, asked me why everyone has so much tackle, and I use so very little. He thought it would be a good idea for an article, so here goes. During the cour...

May 2010

  • Invasive Species Regulation, Chapter NR40

    Invasive Species Regulation, Chapter NR40
    by DAVE DUWE

    With the opening of the Wisconsin Fishing Season, anglers should be aware that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has implemented new rules and regulations associated with invasive species. Invasive species, both aquatic and terrestrial, create many problems in Wisconsin. They change ...

April 2010

  • Tips and Tricks from a Fishing Guide

    Tips and Tricks from a Fishing Guide
    by DAVE DUWE

    There are tricks that can make a fishing guide seem like a better angler than the average fisherman. There are a range of skill levels in fishing, from a guy who fishes National Tour Events to the guy that ties an overhand knot to attach a hook to his line. I would rate myself somewhere in between...

March 2010

  • Late Ice Crappies

    Late Ice Crappies
    by DAVE DUWE

    The warmer weather of March means the end of another long Wisconsin winter. The ice is becoming soft and can be dangerous, so always use caution. The end of the ice fishing season does offer one big benefit; some of the best crappie fishing of the year. The last ice period in late winter, I belie...

January 2010

  • Hole Hopping

    Hole Hopping
    by DAVE DUWE

    How can I catch more fish? This question has haunted some ice fishermen for years. The answer is really very simple, hole hopping. Hole hopping is aggressively moving from ice fishing hole to hole searching for the active, feeding fish. My favorite fish to ice fish for are bluegills. In most ...

December 2009

  • Ice Fishing for Keepers

    Ice Fishing for Keepers
    by DAVE DUWE

    For many years, my father and I were plagued with catching only 5 to 6 inch bluegills while ice fishing in the shallow weed flats. My how things have changed, with Vexilars and other fish locators, 5-6 inch bluegills are a thing of the past. The ability to see underneath the ice opened up the dee...

October 2009

  • Fall Bluegills, good enough to eat!

    Fall Bluegills, good enough to eat!
    by DAVE DUWE

    After a long season of guiding, running to flag football games and my daughters dance classes; I can now find the time to take my son fishing. When I take my son and friends out fishing I can remember how relaxing and fun fishing is. The fishing I enjoy most this time of year is bluegill fishing. ...

September 2009

  • Down Deep, I Truly Like Smallmouth

    Down Deep, I Truly Like Smallmouth
    by DAVE DUWE

    In late summer and early fall, smallmouth bass will school up in the deep reaches of a lake. Most of the time, this phenomenon happens on lakes that have a thermocline. A thermocline is the separation in a lake between the warm surface water and the colder water near the bottom. This happens beca...

July 2009

  • Family Fishing Fun

    Family Fishing Fun
    by DAVE DUWE

    "That is a German Brown Trout" I told my son Nathan when he caught a 12 lb carp. I have never seen him more proud. The tourists walking by the dock were very impressed. They asked Nathan what kind of fish it was and he explained it was a German Brown Trout, I started to laugh and the tourist loo...

May 2009

  • Stick Time

    Stick Time
    by DAVE DUWE

    Late spring and Early Summer is the best time to try Stick baits for Largemouth Bass. How can something that has no action catch fish? These round plastic baits are tapered like a straight banana. I'm talking about Senkos, Yum Dingers, or All- Terrain Sticks. There's just not a lot to them but, ...

April 2009

  • It's A Small World

    It's A Small World
    by DAVE DUWE

    From the frozen river to a Florida reef, what a difference a week can make. On February 16th, FLW Touring Pro Brad Davis and I hit the Wisconsin River near the Wisconsin Dells. We literally "hit" the river, there were ice flows, a lot of ice flows, as the river had only been open for a couple of d...

March 2009

  • Crappies After Dark

    Crappies After Dark
    by DAVE DUWE

    Night time is the right time. As the end of the ice fishing season draws near, some of the best night time crappie action can be had. The warmer spring nights makes early March ice fishing some of the most comfortable of the year. For late ice night fishing, I prefer fishing for the suspended ...

January 2009

  • Ice Fishing for Keepers

    Ice Fishing for Keepers
    by DAVE DUWE

    For many years, my father and I were plagued with catching only 5 to 6 inch bluegills while ice fishing in the shallow weed flats. My how things have changed, with Vexilars and other fish locators, 5-6 inch bluegills are a thing of the past. The ability to see underneath the ice opened up the dee...

November 2008

  • Pre-Ice Perch

    Pre-Ice Perch
    by DAVE DUWE

    With the cold November winds causing the Southeastern Wisconsin lakes to turnover, the fish will go on a fall feeding frenzy. It isn't only the game fish that bite better; panfish will also put on the feed bag. My quarry in latefall is always the yellow perch; they are fun to catch and at the same...

September 2008

  • Let's Suspend Summer

    Let's Suspend Summer
    by DAVE DUWE

    As summer ends and fall begins panfish start to suspend in the main lake basin or adjacent to the deep weed lines. The easiest and most plentiful panfish to catch are the bluegill and crappie. As a rule, the bluegills will suspend in some of the deepest parts of the lake. On Delavan Lake, in ...

July 2008

  • Teach A Man To Fish

    Teach A Man To Fish
    by DAVE DUWE

    Catch a man a fish and he eats for a day, Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime. Being a fishing guide, I take everyone fishing; from pros to first timers. The most important thing about taking anyone fishing is to understand their expectations. What exactly do they want to accomplish, i...

May 2008

  • Bulls on the Beds

    Bulls on the Beds
    by DAVE DUWE

    Early summer is one of my favorite times of year; the end of snow, flowers blooming and most importantly, bluegills on their beds. The bigger bluegills are in some circles called "Bulls." They are big and fight like a fish 4-5 times their size. Bluegills will spawn in mid-May through June. They ...

April 2008

  • The Run is On!

    The Run is On!
    by DAVE DUWE

    With the game fish season closed until the first weekend of May, some of the best walleye fishing of the year can be had in most of the major river systems. Walleyes are pulling out of the lakes and impoundments to the spawning flats in the rivers. It is called the "Walleye Run" and it is on! ...

February 2008

  • Post Football Pike

    Post Football Pike
    by DAVE DUWE

    As football season comes to a conclusion with the big game. It's time to turn your attention to ice fishing. Being the father of a young son, the easiest kind of fishing for a 5 year old is tip up fishing. Living and fishing in Southeastern Wisconsin, the most consistent tip up bite is for Northe...

November 2007

  • Musky Hunting

    Musky Hunting
    by DAVE DUWE

    As the end of the open water season approaches, it's time for one more trip to catch a trophy musky. In the late fall I prefer the one-two punch of a jig and a sucker fished on a quick strike rig. To start a trophy hunt one of the most important, if not the most important part, is selecting a l...

October 2007

  • Cool Water Crappies

    Cool Water Crappies
    by DAVE DUWE

    October is Crappie time. As the days get shorter and the nights are cool it signals the time that black Crappies once again start to school. And they are hungry, very hungry. Other than the spring spawn this is the best time of year to catch a bunch of fat and feisty crappies. On the lakes I...

September 2007

  • A learning experience on Green Bay

    A learning experience on Green Bay
    by DAVE DUWE

    As summer winds down and Wisconsinites think of Green Bay, they are usually referring to the Packers. True Fishermen however, think trolling the bay for Walleyes. Every fall the walleyes again make their migration south from their northern haunts to areas by the mouth of the Fox River. Locations ...

August 2007

  • Late Summer Break line Bass and Walleyes

    Late Summer Break line Bass and Walleyes
    by DAVE DUWE

    When the hot summer days entrench southeastern Wisconsin, I switch to my favorite presentation: the Lindy rig. The Lindy rig is otherwise known as "rigging". This method is one of the most effective ways to present live bait in deep water. Similar to buying a home, the key is location, locat...

June 2007

  • Deepwater Bluegills

    Deepwater Bluegills
    by DAVE DUWE

    Maybe some of you can relate to this childhood memory. My dad and I always went fishing for bluegills in the spring in the shallow bays. We had a great time. As summer grew, we continued to fish those shallow bays and I always wondered what happened to the fish. The big bluegills became 3-4 inch...

May 2007

  • Let the fishing season begin: Walworth County Lakes

    Let the fishing season begin: Walworth County Lakes
    by DAVE DUWE

    Walworth County in Southeastern Wisconsin is blessed with many great fishing lakes. The county has one of the deepest lakes in the state in Lake Geneva and one of the busiest lakes in the state in Delavan Lake. Lake Geneva is the biggest and deepest lake in Walworth County. Being the deepest l...

April 2007

  • Jig Like A Pro

    Jig Like A Pro
    by DAVE DUWE

    Let's get jiggy with it!! Springtime has finally come. Now is the time to get the boat out and catch the spawning river walleyes. Jig fishing has always been my favorite presentation and the most effective. Last spring I was invited to go jig fishing with Team Skeeter/Yamaha Pro Brad Davis o...

October 2006

  • Fall Time is Spinnerbait time

    Fall Time is Spinnerbait time
    by DAVE DUWE

    As the water cools from the summertime highs the Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and Musky again move back to the shallow weed flats. In the fall the fish are aggressively feeding before winter sets in. The best presentation to catch them is the tried and true spinnerbait. The best thing about a s...

September 2006

  • Get the Point, for Fall Smallmouth

    Get the Point, for Fall Smallmouth
    by DAVE DUWE

    Just because it's after Labor Day, that doesn't mean that it's the end of the fishing season. My best months for smallmouth bass are September and October. The shorter days and cooler nights bring the suspended main lake smallmouth bass back to their rocky haunts. This time of year I prefer point...

August 2006

  • Rigging for Late Summer Northern Pike

    Rigging for Late Summer Northern Pike
    by DAVE DUWE

    When the heat of the summer comes the Northern Pike action also heats up. Northern Pike prefer cool water to make their home, which makes them very predictable in the hot summer months. Big Pike will either be on the thermocline if the lake has one or on the deep weed line where they can attack th...

June 2006

  • The Ultimate Bait

    The Ultimate Bait
    by DAVE DUWE

    The average angler has probably $2000-$5000 worth of fishing tackle. Is all that tackle worth the money? I think not. I have been fishing for over 35 years and guiding for 13 years, trust me I have more than my fair share of tackle and equipment, but I would have to say that out of all the tackle...

May 2006

  • Fishing with Confidence

    Fishing with Confidence
    by DAVE DUWE

    You're never too good or too experienced to learn something new. Recently, I was asked to pre-fish for a FLW Walleye Tour Tournament on the Detroit River with Brad Davis, a touring pro from Jackson, WI. Brad Davis has been fishing the tournament trail for many years, I was fortunate enough to mee...

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