Dave Lorier's Articles

July 2015

Weedbed Bass
by Dave Lorier
Weedbeds offer shade, ambush points, and a smorgasboard of craws and panfish, making them one of the most reliable places to find bass. The most difficult task in fishing vast weedbeds for bass is to actually find the fish. Flipping is arguably the most effective way to catch bass in dense vegetation but this relatively slow technique makes it hard to cover water and locate a school. Weedbeds i... more

January 2015

Weeds for Panfish and Pike
by Dave Lorier
Fifteen years ago I was living the ice fishing dream, spoiled by limits of big panfish nearly every outing on the lakes around Madison, Wisconsin. I was very fortunate to have become friends with Kevin Fassbind who taught me the ins and outs of ice angling for panfish on the Madison Chain. The real key to success was to aggressively search weedbeds for concentrations of gills and crappies. Unde... more

June 2014

'Stick' It To Bass This June
by Dave Lorier
I have been a high school science teacher for the last ten years and recently became the adviser of our school's fishing club and coach of the bass fishing team. Talking about fishing is a great way to get to know kids, and eventually, students always ask what my favorite bass lure is. To me this is a very loaded question - as a tournament angler I have about ten rods in the boat rigged with dif... more

July 2013

Flipping Weed Edges for Summer Bass
by Dave Lorier
One of the most exciting techniques for catching largemouth bass is flipping. If done correctly, this close combat style of fishing results in intense battles and big bass in the boat. The premise of flipping is to make relatively short casts (less than 20 feet) using bass jigs or Texas rigged plastics to precise structures or pockets in thick cover. Flipping can be effective in a wide variety ... more

April 2013

Spring Steelhead Fishing: Tactics and Techniques for Catching Chromers!
by Dave Lorier
Chasing steelhead is one of my favorite kinds of fishing. One of the reasons I enjoy it so much is because it marks the beginning of spring. The weather is finally warming up and there are lots of animals to observe at the river. I also love steelhead fishing because the fish fight like a smallie on steroids. They make numerous screaming runs and put on a dramatic aerial display. Just writing... more

March 2013

Location, Tactics & Techniques for Late Ice Panfish
by Dave Lorier
By the time March rolls around in the Midwest, many anglers have left the ice to pursue open water fishing opportunities, but for some diehard panfishermen, late ice is what they have been waiting for all season. During this relatively short and uncrowded window of opportunity, bluegills, crappies, and even perch are not only easy to find, but they are equally easy to pull through the ice. Locat... more

January 2013

Early Season Ice Fishing - Tactics and Gear for Success
by Dave Lorier
Wisconsin winters can be brutal. Freezing temperatures, constant snow shoveling, and treacherous roads are a real nuisance. Remain optimistic, when the area lakes freeze up, fishing in southeastern Wisconsin really heats up. Early ice provides some of the best action of the winter fishing season. It is during this time that one can easily catch multiple species of fish in one outing. Targeting... more

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