Catch More Fish This Year

April 24, 2017 by  
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Catch More Fish This Year

The fishing season in several states across the Midwest will be opening soon. In areas where seasons are open year ‘round, anglers are already out there chasing walleyes, northern pike, bass, and panfish. The next few weeks and months are the most popular times for an angler to get on the water in search of […]

Ideas For More Fishing Success

April 10, 2017 by  
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Ideas For More Fishing Success

Different anglers have different definitions of what fishing success is. To some, fishing success is catching a bunch of fish: size doesn’t matter, they just want to catch something. To other anglers, fishing success means you caught a big one. Size is more important than numbers. And then there are those who just enjoy being […]

Experience Early Season Fishing Success

Experience Early Season Fishing Success

I’ve been seeing more and more anglers on and in the water recently. Some of them are fishing from boats, some are wading, others are fishing from docks or shore. Some of them are catching fish, some aren’t catching too much. If you want to catch more fish early in the fishing season, following are […]

Catch What Wants To Be Caught

July 18, 2016 by  
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Catch What Wants To Be Caught

It’s mid-summer and that means that fishing can be good. Some days are better than others, just like at any other time of year. There are a number of things we can do to increase our catching success at this time of year, but perhaps the most important thing we can do is to be […]

Mid-Summer Fishing Reminders

June 28, 2016 by  
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Mid-Summer Fishing Reminders

July is here. Time goes by faster every year. We had an early ice-out this year, but the weather stayed cool and the water didn’t warm up as quickly as we thought it would. But for the most part, fishing has been pretty good darn across the Midwest. Following are some ideas that will help […]

Fish Where the Fish Are

June 20, 2016 by  
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Fish Where the Fish Are

We’re into the summer season, and in the summer fishing changes a bit. So far this year our open water fishing in many situations has been taking place in fairly shallow water, often near where the fish spawned. Now that the fish are done spawning, they will be wherever their food is. If you’re not […]

Catch What Wants To Be Caught

Catch What Wants To Be Caught

Another fishing season is here. Something you can do to catch more fish and enjoy your time on the water even more is to be flexible in your fishing goals. You’ll catch more fish year ‘round if you go after the species of fish that’s most susceptible to getting caught when you’re on the water. […]

Ideas for Early Season Fishing Success

Ideas for Early Season Fishing Success

More and more, anglers are getting on and in the water. Some folks are fishing from boats, some are wading, and some are fishing from docks or shore. Some anglers are catching fish, some aren’t catching too much. If you’ll be fishing in the next couple of weeks, keep these fishing thoughts in mind. Early […]

Ice Fishing Reminders

December 7, 2015 by  
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Ice Fishing Reminders

First there’s ice, then there isn’t. I promise, ice is on the way. When it gets here, if you keep the following reminders in mind, you’ll catch more fish through the ice. On early ice, it’s very important to keep quiet, and also to keep movement to a minimum. Early ice will be thin, it […]

Get ready for fall fishing

August 17, 2015 by  
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Get ready for fall fishing

It seems like summer just started, but it’s already time to think about fall fishing. Nature has started providing us with the signs that remind us that autumn is closer than we think. Just like summer fishing is different in some ways than spring fishing, fishing in the fall can be different than fishing in the […]

Crankbaits for Summer Fish

July 13, 2015 by  
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Crankbaits for Summer Fish

Crankbaits are a great way to catch summer fish for several reasons. Crankbaits allow an angler to cover lots of water in a short period of time. Crankbaits appeal to most species of gamefish regardless of where you’re fishing. Crankbaits can be cast to precise areas that are holding a concentration of fish, or they […]

Work the Weedline

July 6, 2015 by  
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Work the Weedline

It’s summer.  Lots of people are fishing, and lots of fish are just waiting to get caught.  In the summer months, there are so many ways to catch fish.  They can be deep, they can be shallow, they can be suspended or they can be relating to structure.  One very good way to catch a […]

Trollin’, Trollin’, Trollin’

June 30, 2015 by  
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Trollin’, Trollin’, Trollin’

 If you go fishing in the summer and want to catch fish, trolling is a great way to do it.  Following are some ideas for more effective and productive trolling. Anglers can troll with either a bow mount or transom mount electric motor, or with the boat’s main engine.  I use my main engine most of […]

Get the Net!

May 25, 2015 by  
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Get the Net!

I was fishing with my friend Mike Gottheardt on Sturgeon Bay in Lake Michigan in Wisconsin recently.  It was on this trip that I re-remembered why netting the fish that’s on the end of your line can be a good idea.  Actually, it’s a good idea for several reasons. Following are some of those reasons. […]

Fishing Season Travel Checklists

Fishing Season Travel Checklists

by Doug Leier To the delight of many anglers, spring fishing this year got an early start, and few seasoned residents of North Dakota will ever lament a shorter winter. From the Red River and Devils Lake to the Yellowstone, there was no shortage of open water. And, with lower fuel and transportation costs than […]

Catch the Biters

Catch the Biters

By Bob Jensen   As we enter a new open water fishing season, it’s good to get some thoughts together regarding changes in fishing techniques and fishing ideas.  Some of us consider ourselves to be “walleye fishermen”, some fit the bill as “bass fishermen”, others narrow it down even more and proclaim themselves to be […]

Spring Fishing Suggestions

Spring Fishing Suggestions

By Bob Jensen   As the days get warmer and longer, more anglers are making it to the lake or river or pond in search of a fish that wants to get caught.  Fish, being the coldblooded creatures that they are, respond to our lure presentations differently depending on the season.  They like their lures […]

Fishing Questions

Fishing Questions

By Bob Jensen   I was at the Walleye Classic at the Cabela’s stores in Owatonna and Rogers Minnesota recently.  I presented a walleye seminar at each store and spent a good amount of time talking with anglers about walleye fishing and fishing in general.  I always enjoy participating in these events.  I try to […]

Last Ice Fishing Trip For Now

Last Ice Fishing Trip For Now

By Bob Jensen   I just returned from what will probably be my last ice-fishing trip until ice returns later this year.  We were on Lake Winnibigoshish in north central Minnesota.  I was fishing with my friend Craig Brown who, along with his wife Paige, own McArdle’s Resort on Winnie.  Craig spends a lot of […]

Factors That Influence Fishing Success

December 23, 2014 by  
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Factors That Influence Fishing Success

By Bob Jensen Recently we talked about how lure color can have an influence in our fishing success.  And, while color can certainly have a role in determining how many fish we catch, there are other factors that also come into play in our fishing success.  Let’s talk about some of those factors. Size is […]

Fish Differently for Different Fish

December 8, 2014 by  
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Fish Differently for Different Fish

By Bob Jensen  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 fish species and how they need to be approached differently, my new friend got a little suspicious.  He wanted to […]

Trust Your Depth-Finder For More Ice Fishing Success

November 18, 2014 by  
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Trust Your Depth-Finder For More Ice Fishing Success

By Bob Jensen  The pond froze over early this year, at least two weeks early. In most years, it would still be a month before ice comes to the small body of water that I see most days.  Although the ice isn’t safe yet, if the weather stays like it has been the past few […]

Catch a Bunch in the Fall

October 27, 2014 by  
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Catch a Bunch in the Fall

by Bob Jensen I got to fishing again this past week. My friend Mike Gottheardt and I were chasing smallmouth bass on a river in eastern Wisconsin.  We caught ’em good: Lots of smallmouth and some nice ones at that.  Nothing that would be considered a trophy, but some healthy bass that fought hard and […]

Going Fishing Again

September 29, 2014 by  
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Going Fishing Again

by Bob Jensen I went fishing last week.  I’m going fishing again this week, and if things work out, I’ll be going fishing the next week also.  Just a couple of days per trip, but what wonderful days they can be this time of year.  The trees were just starting to get some color last […]

Drop-Shot Rigs for More Fall Fish

September 22, 2014 by  
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Drop-Shot Rigs for More Fall Fish

By Bob Jensen For some reason, autumn is the time of year when I feel the need to share the productivity of drop-shot rigs.  It’s probably because the first time I ever tried drop-shotting was in the fall at least twenty years ago.  My friend Barry Day had just returned from a trip to the […]

Falling for Panfish

September 9, 2014 by  
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Falling for Panfish

By Bob Jensen  I’ve said it so many times, and I don’t like to be redundant, but the autumn period is a wonderful time to go fishing for pretty much any species of gamefish that swims in the Midwest.  Walleyes, bass, northern pike; even muskies are susceptible to an angler’s presentation in the fall.  Crappies […]

Thinking About Fall Fishing

August 26, 2014 by  
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Thinking About Fall Fishing

By Bob Jensen For many people, Labor Day marks the end of summer or the beginning of fall, depending on how you look at it.  For some anglers, Labor Day marks the end of the fishing season; for other anglers, Labor Day is the beginning of the best time of the year to be fishing.  […]

Another Trip to Kab

Another Trip to Kab

by Bob Jensen  I just returned from my most recent trip to Kabetogama Lake in northern Minnesota.  Kab is a 25,000 acre lake that has lots of islands.  Lots of islands means that you can almost always find a place to fish regardless of wind conditions.  Kab has a tremendous walleye population and is also […]

Catch and Release Fishing Tips for the Everyday Angler

Catch and Release Fishing Tips for the Everyday Angler

By Doug Leier In a day and age where society churns out new acronyms about as fast as smartphone apps, it’s no wonder that people start to forget what FFA or KFC even stand for anymore. In some ways, when CRP is synonymous with habitat and ANS is quickly associated with threats to aquatic habitat, […]

Fish for Fish That Want to Eat

Fish for Fish That Want to Eat

by Bob Jensen  When anglers go fishing, they want to catch a fish.  In fact, they want to catch lots of fish.  While you’re not always going to catch lots of fish, there are some things that anglers can do to increase their odds of getting bit.  Finding the biters is a big part of […]

Enjoy Your Fishing More This Summer

July 2, 2014 by  
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Enjoy Your Fishing More This Summer

by Bob Jensen Lots of anglers refer to this time of year as the “Dog Days of Summer”.  The phrase “Dog Days” came from ancient Rome and had to do with the stars and the belief that Sirius, The Dog Star, caused summer to be a bad time of year.  Regardless of what they thought […]

Summer Action Over and Around the Weeds

Summer Action Over and Around the Weeds

by Bob Jensen As summer progresses, the various vegetation in the lakes becomes a big factor in our fishing.  The different types of vegetation that live in the lakes will be home to a variety of fish species.  Some weeds will be in the shallow water, others will be deeper.  Almost wherever you fish in […]

Try a River This Summer

June 9, 2014 by  
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Try a River This Summer

by Bob Jensen The Midwest is blessed with all sorts of fishing opportunities.  Lakes, rivers, ponds, and reservoirs dot our landscape.  Wherever you live, you don’t need to drive far to wet a line. Rivers can provide some outstanding fishing action throughout the summer.  Actually, rivers can be good year ‘round, especially the larger rivers.  […]

Move Around for More Action

Move Around for More Action

by Bob Jensen   When most anglers go fishing, they’re out there to feel a fish pull back on their line.  Usually, we hit the water with a plan for a specific species of fish, and some of the time, we’re successful— the fish are eating what we’re showing them. At other times, the targeted […]

Key Tips for Catching More Fish This Season

Key Tips for Catching More Fish This Season

by Bob Jensen  It’s the beginning of yet another open water fishing season and anglers have high expectations for fishing over the next few months.  Many have new rods, reels or lures that they’re anxious to try, and some have new or new-to-them boats, motors, depth finders and electric motors.  Some of the products that […]

Plastic Baits for More Fishing Success

April 29, 2014 by  
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Plastic Baits for More Fishing Success

by Bob Jensen Through the years, wherever and whenever anglers go fishing, live bait has always been the go-to bait when fishing gets tough. It’s still that way in many fishing situations—pure and simple: live minnows, nightcrawlers, leeches, crickets, crawdads, and whatever else catches fish. But plastic bait is taking the place of live bait […]

Twenty Years of Fishing the Midwest

Twenty Years of Fishing the Midwest

by Bob Jensen The 2014 thirteen-week run of Fishing the Midwest television concluded recently in most Midwest markets.  There are still some markets where Fishing the Midwest will continue to run through the rest of the year, but in most of our markets, 2014 is over and we’re starting to make new shows for 2015. […]

Ice-Out Panfish

Ice-Out Panfish

by Bob Jensen   Most of the ponds and many of the small lakes across the Midwest are either free of ice or will be soon.  For those of us that are looking forward to getting back to open-water fishing, that means it’s time to get the panfish gear together.  In some places we fish […]

Get Ready for a New Fishing Season

Get Ready for a New Fishing Season

by Bob Jensen The ice-fishing season of 2014 is starting to wind down and the open water fishing season of 2014 is getting underway.  There is still plenty of ice in many of the ice-fishing locales across the Midwest, but those of us who like to ice-fish know that our time on the ice is […]

Try Different Stuff This Year

Try Different Stuff This Year

by Bob Jensen   I was going through one of my ice-fishing lure containers the other day and said to myself “I’ll be putting this stuff away before too long.”  It seems I talk to myself more and more lately.  Anyway, too much of the time we get locked into ideas that some lures are […]

Three Ideas for Open Water Fishing Success

Three Ideas for Open Water Fishing Success

by Bob Jensen   It’s fifteen below zero outside, the wind is gusty, and the sidewalk needs to be shoveled.  What am I thinking about?  Open water fishing.  You know, that thing we do from a boat while wearing a tee-shirt and shorts and maybe sweating a little bit.  I am convinced that we will […]

Selecting a Line for Open Water Fishing

Selecting a Line for Open Water Fishing

by Bob Jensen Another open water fishing season is closing in. It’s still a ways off, but it’s getting closer every day. Maybe the most important thing you can do to enhance your fishing is to use fresh line. Fresh line will help you enjoy your fishing and catch more fish. Here’s why. Line that […]

Rod Selections for Open Water Fishing

Rod Selections for Open Water Fishing

by Bob Jensen This is the time of year when many of us start thinking about new equipment for open water fishing.  A lot of anglers are visiting sporting goods stores to look at the options in fishing rods.  It’s good to go to a store that has a wide selection of rods so you […]

Winter Fishing: Contour Maps & Fishing Waters Access

Winter Fishing: Contour Maps & Fishing Waters Access

by Doug Leier   Like a lot of people, I’m often guilty of following a routine. That’s particularly true when it comes to choosing fishing spots. Year after year I can fish the same lakes, recall past visits, and assess the current state – whether the water is up or down, or whether there are […]

Small Details, Bigger Catches

Small Details, Bigger Catches

by Bob Jensen Fishing in the fall can be good. Really good.  Really, really good.  If you pay attention to detail, you can be even more successful at this time of year.  As I think back on some of my fall fishing trips, I remember how we caught a lot more fish because we tweaked […]

NET YOUR FISH

NET YOUR FISH

Swinging a fish into the boat is not the best idea

After Bite

April 22, 2013 by  
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After Bite

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

Introducing the SideWinder Planer Board

Introducing the SideWinder Planer Board

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.

CATCH FISH THAT ARE HITTIN’ AND SPITTIN’

April 15, 2013 by  
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CATCH FISH THAT ARE HITTIN’ AND SPITTIN’

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.

ROD AND REEL IDEAS

April 14, 2013 by  
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ROD AND REEL IDEAS

It’s at this time of year that lots of anglers are in the market for a new rod and reel.

The Right Net For Walleye

April 8, 2013 by  
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The Right Net For Walleye

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

VERSATILE ANGLERS CATCH MORE FISH

March 26, 2013 by  
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VERSATILE ANGLERS CATCH MORE FISH

There are other techniques that I want to learn more about this fishing season.

Extended Fly Tying Season

March 22, 2013 by  
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Extended Fly Tying Season

Here are three more fly patterns (focusing on pheasant feathers) to get you through until spring finally decides to show up

Tackle Top Ten

Tackle Top Ten

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 QUESTIONS

March 10, 2013 by  
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FISHING QUESTIONS

Wherever you fish, and for whatever you fish, if you keep color, size, and where-to ideas in mind, you’ll catch more fish.

Keep It Simple Keep It Fresh – Kids Fishing

June 4, 2012 by  
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Keep It Simple Keep It Fresh – Kids Fishing

Keep It Simple Keep It Fresh – Kids Fishing By Nick Simonson My Godson Gavin has an active imagination. We’ve been Power Rangers, battled aliens in the backyard, turned invisible by walking under the curtain of a willow tree, and told ghost stories while eating s’mores by the bonfire. There’s no shortage of yarns that […]

Fishing Lake Sturgeon – Rainy River

May 8, 2012 by  
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Fishing Lake Sturgeon – Rainy River

Fishing Lake Sturgeon “Well, that hookset didn’t go anywhere,” my brother said as I got about one-third into my sweeping movement against the creature that tapped on the end of my line near the bottom of the Rainy River in northern Minnesota.  With the rod in full arc, I began cranking down to meet my […]

Best Fishing Times

Best Fishing Times

by Doug Leier “Best fishing times?” I’m the first to admit I’m not a professional angler. When it comes to tips and tactics on how to land a lunker walleye or fill a stringer in short order, I’ve got more questions than answers. At times, I casually refer to myself as the human cold front […]

Florida Fishing – Distant Cousins

April 5, 2012 by  
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Florida Fishing – Distant Cousins

Florida Fishing By Nick Simonson My wife’s extended family is very close.  Her grandfather and his cousins grew up together like brothers, and as a result her mother and second and third cousins grew up the same way.  No matter where we go for her family reunions or for vacations with the extended family, as […]

North Dakota Fishing Regulations

April 5, 2012 by  
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North Dakota Fishing Regulations

by Doug Leier I don’t necessarily consider myself old, but I do know I’m old enough to remember the drought of the late 1980s and early 1990s when Devils Lake was hardly visible from Minnewaukan, and one day I walked across the parched bottom of Hobart Lake in Barnes County. Since a wet cycle started […]

Beginning Photography Tips for Fishing

Beginning Photography Tips for Fishing

By Nick Simonson As the adage goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” a fishing picture, however means never having to face an inquisition from friends or foes at the local watering hole. While any snap, from a camera phone on up to top-of-the-line photography equipment, will preserve the memory and the proof of […]

Fishing Rod Building Tips

February 21, 2009 by  
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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 […]

Big Bang Baitfish

February 11, 2009 by  
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Big Bang Baitfish

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson In cooler waters of May and June the shallows can seem almost bare. Nothing but the occasional waterboatman or roaming bluegill disturbs the water bordering shore. Then as summer peaks, it seems the shallows are suddenly alive and teeming with small fish, as if they exploded out of nowhere! This big […]

Catch and Release 101

Catch and Release 101

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson     A dead-weight tug on the end of my line signaled that the largemouth bass under the dock was indeed hungry. I swept the rod back and the four-pound fish rocketed up out of the water. She battled every foot of the way to my hand. I reached down, tweaked […]

Standard Fishing Knot – The Palomar

February 5, 2009 by  
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Standard Fishing Knot – The Palomar

This is a common fishing knot around the world. It is very easy to tie.This fishing knot can be used many different ways and is one of the strongest knots known. Very common with tackle, and is also used for flying fishing when connecting the tippet. With the braided line brands of today, it’s one […]

Catch & Release Tips

February 4, 2009 by  
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Catch & Release Tips

By Doug Leier I’ve always preferred simple tackle for fishing – bobbers, jigs, spoons and hooks – though I’m not categorically against using the latest tools and technology. Provided, of course, their use is within the constraints of the law. I call it low impact angling. Some call it bobbers and worms. Whatever you declare, […]

Life Jackets Save Lives…Period

February 2, 2009 by  
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Life Jackets Save Lives…Period

By Doug Leier  I  subscribe to the theory that the only sure-fire guarantee to enjoying your time outdoors is to stay legal and safe. Didn’t bag a deer? No fish in the live well? Returning safely from your outing, and yearning for the next trip outdoors, should ease your mind to some degree. On the […]

Salmon Recipe

January 31, 2009 by  
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Salmon Recipe

Here’s some favorite salmon recipes of ours. Grilled Salmon Recipe : 6 Salmon Fillets 1 1/2 tbs. brown sugar 2 tsp. butter 2 tbs. Dijon mustard 1 tbs. olive oil 2 tsp. grated ginger 1 tbs. soy sauce   Melt butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Whisk in Dijon mustard, grated ginger, olive […]

Trout Recipe

January 31, 2009 by  
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Trout Recipe

Here’s some favorite trout recipes of ours. Grilled Trout Recipe (Smoked): 2 c. water juice of 1 lemon 5 cloves garlic, sliced 4 cloves shallot, sliced 2 tbsps. salt 2 tbsps. sugar 2 tbsps. chopped dill Made for 6 (12 oz.) boneless rainbow trout   Start by mixing the brine ingredients together and pour over […]

Fast & Easy Fish Cleaning Tips for Walleye, Perch, and Panfish

Fast & Easy Fish Cleaning Tips for Walleye, Perch, and Panfish

By Chris Hustad The fish cleaning techniques described here are nothing new, and is mainly intended for beginners. This process takes about a minute for each fish, depending on experience. The example shown is using a walleye, but can work all the same on perch, crappies and bluegills. On those crappies, you DO NOT need to […]

Catfish Recipe List

January 30, 2009 by  
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Catfish Recipe List

Here are some favorite catfish recipes of ours. Citrus Grilled Catfish Recipe 4 catfish fillets 1/4 cup oil (I have a preference for olive oil) 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1/2 tsp. garlic salt 2 tsp. dry minced onion 1/4 tsp. tabasco sauce 4 sliced lemon wedges Rinse fillets and pat dry. Combine the remaining […]

Perch Recipe List

January 30, 2009 by  
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Perch Recipe List

Here are some favorite perch recipes of ours. Baked Perch Recipe This perch recipe is a crowd favorite for sure. 1.5 pounds of perch fillets 1 med. shallot 2 jalapeno peppers 1 tblspn green onion 1 tblspn minced onion 2 tblspns shredded carrots 1/4 cup red peppers (roasted) 1 tblspn parsley 2 tsp. lemon juice […]