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The Best of Ice Fishing in North Dakota The Best of Ice Fishing in North Dakota

By Doug Leier When I think of what “good ice fishing” means, I have to approach it from two different time sets. Ice fishing really didn’t start catching on in North Dakota until the 1950s and early 1960s In one set, I think of myself as a young kid in LaMoure in the 1980s,... 

Consider Color for More Fish Consider Color for More Fish

By Bob Jensen Whether you’re fishing in open water or through the ice, the color of your lure can affect how many fish you catch.  That is especially obvious when an angler is fishing through the ice and is watching a depth-finder.  You see everything that goes on directly below... 

The Good News and the Not-So-Good News for Winter 2015 The Good News and the Not-So-Good News for Winter 2015

By Doug Leier Most years there’s no shortage of attention grabbers in late fall, with deer season coming and going and the wrap-up of fall sports and harvest and the early stages of the holidays. The Game and Fish Department’s fall mule deer survey indicates an improving population... 

Fish Differently for Different Fish Fish Differently for Different Fish

By Bob Jensen  Different species of fish require a different approach through the ice or on open water. An angler new to ice-fishing and I were having a conversation recently about the sport.  He had some questions, which I tried to answer.  When we got to the topic of various... 

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

Are You Ready for Some Ice Fishing? Are You Ready for Some Ice Fishing?

By Doug Leier November for many outdoorsmen and women is a gradual transition from October’s ducks and geese into deer and late-season pheasant hunting. Spring, summer and fall fishing on many waters... 

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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...