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Don’t Forget These Rules When You’re Out on the Ice Don’t Forget These Rules When You’re Out on the Ice

By Doug Leier Some years in mid-January, ice fishing is just getting into full swing. But that’s certainly not the case this winter. Because of a prolonged cold spell that hit right after the deer opener, some folks have been on the ice since before Thanksgiving. On the other hand,... 

Keep Moving for More Fish Keep Moving for More Fish

By Bob Jensen As we get farther into the ice fishing season, it becomes important that we vary our methods for catching fish a little bit.  Early in the season, when snow cover was light and the ice was thin, it was a good idea to sit on a spot for awhile.  Now that the ice is thicker... 

A Look Ahead to 2015 A Look Ahead to 2015

By Doug Leier Looking ahead to 2015, it’s hard not to get excited, or stay excited, about the excellent fishing prospects that lie ahead for North Dakota. None of us who are anglers today have ever lived through a time when the state has had more fishing waters than it does right... 

Keep Warm on the Ice Keep Warm on the Ice

By Bob Jensen It got cold again! And that’s both a good thing and a bad thing.  It’s good, because the ice is getting thicker and safer across most of the ice-fishing region.  That means more anglers will be on the ice in the near future. If you dress for the conditions when... 

Our Outdoors with Nick Simonson

The Best Laid Plans The Best Laid Plans

By Nick Simonson   What was planned out to be a two week course in fly tying, jig making and lure crafting was extended into a month-long lesson in how to dodge the weather and cope... 

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Valley Outdoors with Doug Leier

Don’t Forget These Rules When You’re Out on the Ice Don’t Forget These Rules When You’re Out on the Ice

By Doug Leier Some years in mid-January, ice fishing is just getting into full swing. But that’s certainly not the case this winter. Because of a prolonged cold spell that hit right after the deer opener,... 

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From the Hunting & Fishing Article Archives

2013 midwinter bald eagle survey 2013 midwinter bald eagle survey

Doug Leier Penning an outdoors column each week may seem daunting to some, but even with 52 opportunities in a given calendar year to generate topics and information to pass along, at times I actually wish I had more time and room. Here’s a few items of recent interest. North Dakota Game and Fish Department biologists conducted the 2013 midwinter... 

Make Custom Crappie Jigs Make Custom Crappie Jigs

Our Outdoors – By Nick Simonson As winter blankets, and blankets, and blankets the region with snow, it is becoming more apparent that it will be a long season indeed. That’s not a bad thing if you need some time to get your tacklebox ready for one of open water’s early quarries – prespawn slab crappies! If you remember the excitement... 

Lindy Rigs – Everything You Need to Know Lindy Rigs – Everything You Need to Know

Lindy Fishing Tackle Lindy Rigging revolutionized live bait fishing in the 1960′s and is still one of the most popular and productive methods for taking walleyes throughout the country. Lindy Rigs can take panfish, walleyes, bass, northern pike, trout and any bottom feeding fish wherever they are–in natural lakes, man-made reservoirs, rivers... 

Fishing Rod Building Tips Fishing Rod Building Tips

By Taylor Fitterer Making your own custom fishing rods can be a fun experience. Each rod normally takes about 2-3 hours to manufacture, and the finish drying time can take from a few hours to a few days depending on the type of finish, temperature and humidity. We have learned through trial and error and I hope this will save you a few errors while...