Pulling leadcore in small lakes is probably the most overlooked method of them all
HB 1264 – Addresses the issue of Canada goose depredation that occurs during the spring and summer months in North Dakota…
Crankbaits, slip-bobber rigs, live bait rigs, they’ll all catch shallow walleyes. But the folks who catch walleyes most regularly are probably throwing a jig tipped with either a minnow or plastic.
Punching is a prime technique anywhere vegetation stays matted on top, and is normally most effective on sunny days when bass seek the shade of a roof overhead.
A similar trend also exists for walleye. More than 95 percent of the 490 Whoppers in the past five years came from big waters.
Potential for spreading invasive species like zebra mussels, Eurasian water milfoil or who knows what from one water body to the next.
Look for waters that warm the fastest, and fish them from a manageably sized boat. Use equipment to get your offerings out from your vessel’s path, like long rods, and hang on.
He lowered the net and the sturgeon slid over the mesh. He pulled up on the net and its tail just cleared the metal rim.
Yesterday was awesome, we boated 21, including a 63-incher
Swinging a fish into the boat is not the best idea
Last of all: Do what you can to make this a safe and pleasant fishing season. Drive carefully and be patient at the boat ramp. If someone is having some trouble loading or unloading their boat, ask if you can help.
When the water never really does warm up and the patterns don’t change much… watch out. Great fishing lies ahead.
Bohn has quite possibly caught more walleyes with slip floats than any man alive, and it’s just as much fun for him today
The key to May crankin’ is to track post-spawn bass on their reverse migration from spawning areas to the main river channel
When cold weather lingers, walleyes stay shallow and we often target them at night
We have to adjust and improvise to find success, or just make a slow situation into a learning experience while celebrating a single fish here and there.
Now is a great time to take advantage of the numerous panfish opportunities that most anglers have near to where they live.
The key to bobber success is figuring out how deep you should set the bobber, and how deep the bobber is set depends on where the fish are.
no such thing as “just like last year,” even if you’ve pretty much always opened the season with the same crew at the same time and place
But like targeting the rising fish, they would take them on, one-at-a-time, and they’d be okay along with rest of us
No one is fishing as strong as YUM Pro Jason Christie. In the last two weeks, the Oklahoman won an FLW Tour Event, a B.A.S.S. Elite Tournament, and just hit No. 1 on the BassFan.com World Rankings. Christie has been a strong FLW competitor for more than six years, but only started fishing B.A.S.S. […]
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Often that means focusing your efforts on a productive combination of water depth and some form of structural, fish-holding subtlety such as a transition in bottom composition or a small, flat shelf adorning an otherwise sharp drop-off.
Oklahoma’s Jason Christie threw a YUM Flash Mob Jr. for the win this weekend at the FLW Tour Event on Arkansas’ Beaver Lake. He also set the record for largest total weight for a Beaver Lake FLW event, and caught “big bass” of the tournament.
I tied jigs of all kinds – trout jigs, walleye jigs, panfish jigs and bass jigs. The bright neon pink and orange were spring beacons, letting me know that someday, hopefully soon, their bright pastels would draw in smallmouth and crappies.
Even with the small population of bighorn sheep, interest in their status remains high. This is verified ever year when thousands of hunters, knowing the odds of drawing a license will likely be more than 2,000 to one, show their support for the sheep program by applying in the lottery.
A lot of people think bluegills and crappies aren’t catchable during the post-spawn period; that they’ve gone tight lipped, bellied-up to bottom and comatose after the spawn
At first glace it looks like a kids toy or some sort of rocket ship but its design is an engineering marvel designed to take the headache out of planer board fishing.
These rigs, which feature multiple arms for the attachment of up to five jigheads rigged with swimbaits, have come under fire by many pro anglers as being too effective.
We know that hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation are an important quality of life factor for many North Dakotans
Let’s say we’re jigging for walleyes and we’re getting them to eat the jig, but they’re spitting it right back out.
It’s at this time of year that lots of anglers are in the market for a new rod and reel.
I wondered if a trout of the same size would put up as good of a fight.
Today I’ve got a whole new and exciting perspective on bass fishing.”
Spring through early summer, a slip-float rig is the way to go at night, and few anglers know more about it than Wisconsin walleye guide Greg Bohn.
Few people have invested more thought and consideration to nets than professional angler Ted Takasaki, International Freshwater Hall of Fame legendary angler and winner of the 2012 South Dakota Governor’s Cup
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Since North Dakota does not have a fishing season opener, you can head out any time the weather and your schedule allow.
There are several things you need to consider if you’re going to be a successful jigger.
Indeed, the toothy fish were schooled up thick in the two-to-six foot deep water between shore and a pair of pelicans patrolling the breakline just twenty yards out.
To catch more fish on these inside edges, slide the boat up in shallow enough where you can cast either parallel with the inside edge or work the presentation from deep to shallow where the cast hits the edge and works back through the cleaner gap.
Over time, purple martins started to lose their native nesting cavities because of forest clearcutting and other habitat loss such as clearing of tree snags.
There are other techniques that I want to learn more about this fishing season.
Here are three more fly patterns (focusing on pheasant feathers) to get you through until spring finally decides to show up
There’s plenty of time to enjoy your outdoor activities. A little preparation can ensure more enjoyable time spent outdoors.
There are a number of options out there to improve the quality of our deer hunting.
Before you make a cast, following are some things you should do
The spring season is only open to light geese – snows, blues, and Ross’s. Species identification is important because white-fronted and Canada geese travel with light geese. The season is closed to whitefronts, Canada geese, swans and all other migratory birds.
For whatever species I was pursuing, I would forsake all other jigs, rigs and plastics to have a supply of what follows in my tackle box
Fishing is different things to different people. If you’re one of those folks that wants to key in on a particular specie of fish or employ a certain technique, that’s great, you should do so.
From the simplest flooding model we learn how water collects via tributaries, overland melt and seepage; how the occurrence influences fish location and activity levels. And crappies, more than any other species, are suckers for the flood.
Even though the odds of drawing one of these “big three” licenses is small, you of course can’t get one if you don’t fill out and send in a paper or online application.
Wherever you fish, and for whatever you fish, if you keep color, size, and where-to ideas in mind, you’ll catch more fish.
Whether it is late season ice fishing, early season open water, or a trip to warm waters somewhere else, I hope the spring is as eventful for you
With these really shallow fish, you almost have to cast to the fish and there is nothing better than a jig because jigs only have one hook. Most of the time, you have to slide into spots and slip the jig up into this shallow water without making a lot of commotion.
Eagles are relatively easy to spot as they prefer to perch in large cottonwood trees along the river.
In the outdoors, it’s that rush – from a hard thunk on the line, a shadow following a lure near the surface, a slight crackle in the woods behind us, the stiffness of a pointing dog in grass, or the thunderous explosion of beating wings – that gets us out there and keeps us coming back.
Sports and boat shows are going on right now in many areas, and many retail sporting goods and marine dealerships are having open houses and other events that will appeal to anyone who likes to go fishing.
The Game and Fish Department website provides a link on the upper left of the home page at gf.nd.gov.
Mahoney’s three-part message was resounding and clear: we need wildlife and wild places to remind us of our past and our humanity, the hunting, fishing and outdoors opportunities we have now must be guarded or they will be taken away
When you’re looking for a new rod, you need to think of how you’ll be using it.
With the advancement of camera technologies, many wildlife agencies have been able to provide an elevated view of eagles high on their nests, of bears deep in their winter burrows and of fish on the move up streams and rivers.
Almost all of our open water walleye fishing this time of year will be within a couple miles of a dam.
Many conservation issues have a degree of politics attached to them, and within a group, differing views can foster a better understanding of the issues, and lead to more effective input.
I’m looking forward to casting topwater baits to largemouth bass in shallow water. This style of fishing is visual and exciting
There is a more viable solution in my mind and instead of costing thousands, you can outfit your rig for mere hundreds of dollars by going with a set of J-Wheelz. They basically amount to a surprisingly durable foam filled plastic wheel extension with paddles providing the extra traction.
While you won’t find too many people who put spring turkey hunting at the top of their list, you will find more and more hunters who look forward to a chance at taking a spring gobbler.
Hard to believe, but it’s already time to start thinking about end of the season ice-fishing.
“I’m always looking for new ways to find and catch fish, so I naturally gravitated to Humminbird, Minn Kota and LakeMaster,” says Courts. “They offer a complete fishing electronics ‘system’ that has definitely helped me put more fish in the boat.”
North Dakota is fortunate to have a wealth of fish habitat right now, and based on the conversations I’ve been having at gas stations, coffee shops, local cafes, on the phone or online, people are excited about it.
Winterkill is also a word used to describe a situation when water no longer contains enough dissolved oxygen for fish to survive. Without oxygen in the water, fish suffocate, just as they do when you take them out of water.
I am constantly exploring new ways to use the feathers from my favorite upland bird – the ringneck pheasant
By Bob Jensen A lot of time when we talk about ice-fishing, we talk about being mobile, especially from mid ice-fishing season to the end of the season. We refer to this mobility as “trolling on ice”. In short, “trolling on ice” means you pop a bunch of holes and just keep moving until you […]
By Doug Leier Many animals have adaptations that help them get through winter, but in some years even those natural defenses are not a sure hedge against death. Some have thick winter coats, and their metabolism slows down. Bears hibernate. Sharp-tailed grouse have feathers out to their toes and other feathers that protect their nostrils from […]
Our Outdoors: Get Ready for Ice Fishing By Nick Simonson Nothing signals the fact that hunting season is over like a blizzard that drops 10 inches of snow and follows it up with 45 mph winds, which together turn the beige and brown countryside into a whitened winter wonderland. Thankfully, before the storm set in, […]
Our Outdoors: The Gift That Keeps on Giving By Nick Simonson If you’re looking to give the gift that keeps on giving to your favorite angler, or maybe just trying to find a way to burn up these dark winter nights in your den, a fly tying kit is the end of both holiday shopping […]
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By Nick Simonson Dashing through the…um. Let it…uh. Oh the weather outside is… hmmm. Alright, so winter isn’t upon us just yet, but with the inevitability of ice in the near future, many anglers are abuzz with the latest and greatest equipment to help them successfully kick off the cold-weather fishing season. Plus, after we’ve […]
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by Bob Jensen It’s not here, but it’s near. Ice-fishing that is. It’s November. Many hunting seasons are in full swing. Those are an ice-anglers reminders that it’s time to start thinking about ice-fishing. Depending on Mother Nature, we could be ice-fishing in just a couple of weeks in the northern states. Now is the […]
By Nick Simonson In my brief foray into bow hunting, I’ve found that each trip afield, whether I see something or not, is generally exciting. The footsteps of a squirrel or the hopping of a small bird in leaf litter is enough to get my heart pumping. When the steps are a lot louder – […]
By Doug Leier If you hunt or fish, chances are you take pictures of your catch or bag. It’s easy these days because small cameras or mobile phones capable of taking photos and video are convenient to bring along, and the automatic settings are almost fool-proof. Notice I wrote “almost” fool-proof and not “totally” fool-proof. […]
By Nick Simonson “Some nights I stay up, cashing in my bad luck; some nights I call it a draw,” is the opening line to the song “Some Nights” by the group Fun. My wife downloaded their breakout release just before our first of three trips to the lake in as many weeks, and on […]
Doug Leier Throughout the years I’ve been writing, I’ve continued to highlight the Conservation Reserve Program, and for good reason. It’s not by sheer accident that North Dakota’s wildlife populations have experienced a contemporary revival that rivals most hunters’ recollections of “the good old days.” Many factors influence wildlife populations, and weather and habitat are […]
By Dennis Foster Thoughts of Pheasant Hunting may not be your highest priority until the leaves are falling. But, if you are serious about the sport and want to get the most out of your hunting experience…you should be doing something about it right now. I know many of you feel all you need to […]
With Jason Mitchell The fact that walleye fishing is good come fall is no secret. Realistically one of the best times of year for seeing solid patterns develops with great fishing. Big fish are often fairly easy to target with some consistency. Despite how good the fishing is late in the open water season, there […]
by Bob Jensen A very basic yet often overlooked principle of fishing is that you’ve got to put your bait near a fish if you want to catch a fish. So often we spend too much time thinking about lure shape or lure color or lure size or how fast our lure is moving, when, […]
By Doug Leier Even though I couldn’t squeak more than a “C” out of college calculus, I’ve always enjoyed thinking through complex questions. It’s the easy ones that sometimes seem to trip me up. And in my position as a State Game and Fish Department outreach biologist, and as a district game warden before that, […]
By Nick Simonson Everything gets bigger in late summer – particularly the servings of food we encounter. 16-ounce T-bones are on sale and perfect for the grill. The block party barbeque is loaded with jumbo wild rice brats and gallons of coleslaw and potato salad. County fairs and country music festivals crank out bags of […]
By Doug Leier Even if you don’t have kids in school, the circadian rhythm, as I refer to it, is evident. When school is out, summer starts. When practices for fall sports begin, the sand is almost out of the summer hourglass. Some North Dakota schools didn’t hold graduation until early June, and by the […]
Doug Leier No matter the course in life, when we sit down and look at the details of the years it inevitably leads to some arguments on when and where an event took place, or if it even really actually happened. Anglers are famous for embellishing stories of the one that got away (after fighting […]
By Dennis Foster I know this may sound counterintuitive as much of the time we are happy just to find the elusive buggers and simply take what they give us. If you want to up your game a bit and try to weed out the smaller eater sized fish and specifically focus your efforts on […]
Doug Leier Even though fishing season is open year-round in North Dakota, judging by phone calls and emails the month of July sees a good share of fishing activity. Whether it’s planning an annual fishing outing with friends and family, part of an anniversary or community celebration, or simply an individual with questions, there are […]
By Nick Simonson A couple of weeks ago, my brother Ben Simonson of Valley City, N.D. received a report via email from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regarding a Minnesota lake sturgeon he caught on our first trip to the Rainy River in May. The yellow tag marked #82,661 was the first thing […]
With Jason Mitchell Catching more walleyes on crankbaits sometimes boils down to having a system or program in the boat that enables you to keep the lures in the water in front of fish. When you have a system in place that enables you to hustle and keep lures in the water and also enables […]
By Doug Leier With all due respect to the big boys of North Dakota fishing – the Missouri River, Lake Oahe, Lake Sakakawea and Devils Lake – I’ve always smiled a bit bigger while landing a fish in the hundreds of “Mom and Pop” fisheries of our home state. Each angler knows how they need […]
By Nick Simonson Why does it seem like summer is busier than any other season of the year? Is it because the warm weather makes it much more enjoyable to be outside, so that the days feel so fleeting? Is it because the rush of trout, pike, walleyes and smallmouth has faded and now I’m […]
by Bob Jensen Kabetogama Lake in northern Minnesota is one of my all-time favorite walleye lakes in the world. Lots of walleyes, eater-size and bigger, are abundant on Kab. The lake has about one hundred fifty miles of shoreline, but only nine miles of the shoreline is developed, and that’s with resorts that fit the […]
By Nick Simonson The great evolutionist Charles Darwin would be amazed at how quickly the plastic worm has changed over just a few generations. Generally, a species changes very slowly over hundreds of thousands or millions of years. But since Nick Creme poured his first concoction of plastisol into his hand-made molds just sixty years […]
Doug Leier Even with gas prices hovering between three and four dollars a gallon, I see trucks towing boats moving across North Dakota on a regular basis. While at one time this flow of boats was heavily weighted toward vehicles from North Dakota heading primarily east, over the last decade or more things have evened […]