Finicky Panfish Through The Ice

December 27, 2016 by  
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Finicky Panfish Through The Ice

It’s fun to catch fish through the ice, and it’s also really fun to eat some of those fish. When some anglers get a desire for a fresh fish meal in the winter months, they go after panfish. Here’s why and how. Why go after panfish when you want a fish supper? In most areas […]

First Ice Panfish

November 24, 2015 by  
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First Ice Panfish

The weather is getting colder, which means ice-fishing is getting closer every day. There is a skim of ice on the pond, and with a little help from the weather-maker, that skim will be a solid layer soon. Once that layer of ice is established, it won’t be long until there will be anglers out […]

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 […]

Jig Your Way to More Fish

Jig Your Way to More Fish

by Bob Jensen   Early in the open water fishing season, jigs are probably the Number One go-to bait for walleye anglers, and folks who fish for bass and panfish also use jigs early in the season.  There’s a reason for that:  Jigs are, plain and simple, fish-catchers.  In fact, many anglers, if they were […]

New Fishing Guide Changes in North Dakota

New Fishing Guide Changes in North Dakota

  by Doug Leier North Dakota’s fishing regulations are different than any other set of regulations the State Game and Fish Department produces. While they all cover laws, limits and season lengths, the fishing regulations cover a two-year period, while the others are developed annually. Fortunately, for pretty much all of the regulations guides that […]

FISHING SEASON REMINDERS

FISHING SEASON REMINDERS

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.

PANFISH IN THE SPRING

May 6, 2013 by  
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PANFISH IN THE SPRING

Now is a great time to take advantage of the numerous panfish opportunities that most anglers have near to where they live.

Getting Ready for Ice Fishing Season

October 30, 2012 by  
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Getting Ready for Ice Fishing Season

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 […]

Ice Fishing Rigs – Big Bluegills

January 31, 2012 by  
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Ice Fishing Rigs – Big Bluegills

Ice Fishing Rigs – Big Bluegills By Nick Simonson For the past few weekends, I have been exploring a small impoundment about twenty minutes from home.  Rumor had it that big bluegills roamed the basin out from the public access, but all my efforts had produced over the past month was a plethora of puny […]

Ice Fishing Essentials for Crappies

November 7, 2011 by  
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Ice Fishing Essentials for Crappies

By Paul A. Nelson The best time to search for winter crappie spots is in the fall, when anglers can capitalize on the mobility of a boat and onboard sonar to cruise around marking spots mentally, preferably with GPS, too. Once the lakes freeze, though, assuming you didn’t conduct autumn reconnaissance, your tools are a […]

Bluegills for Kids

Bluegills for Kids

By Doug Leier Late in the 1980s my family moved from LaMoure to Valley City. I’d fished the Jim River and Lake LaMoure prior to the move, and enjoyed an array of fish, from pike to perch and even the lowly carp. In Barnes County around Valley City, I spent a good chunk of time […]

Summer Presents Plentiful Panfish Fishing Options

February 9, 2009 by  
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Summer Presents Plentiful Panfish Fishing Options

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Panfish – be they sunfish, crappies, perch or white bass – are present throughout the upper Midwest. They comprise the midsection of most lakes’ biomass and present a sure-fire fishing opportunity for anglers young and old. If you are new to fishing, or already a panfish aficionado these species are right […]

The Fishing Preseason – Spring Crappie Fishing

February 9, 2009 by  
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The Fishing Preseason – Spring Crappie Fishing

By Eric Hustad Another April is upon us and I can’t help but get excited! What a great month: the Twins play meaningful games, the NFL draft, snow melting, longer days, and the start of what I consider my preseason fishing. Giving normal ice out, in the middle of April, crappie fishing is my preseason […]

Scud: An Ugly Word for Freshwater Shrimp

February 9, 2009 by  
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Scud: An Ugly Word for Freshwater Shrimp

By Brian Brosdahl       A system is only as good as the weakest link. That’s a profound statement and applies to everything from a football team to stereo systems. Think about it. Well, in fishing, it also pertains to the freshwater shrimp – or scud as they’re referred to on the ice. They’ll […]

Ice Fishing for Panfish – The Right Ice Rods

February 9, 2009 by  
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Ice Fishing for Panfish – The Right Ice Rods

By Jason Mitchell More ice anglers are discovering that the tip of the rod we are using has as much influence on our presentation as the actual motion we put on the rod while fishing. A rod with a fast tip for example will give the lure a distinct flash and pound that is more […]

Perch Fishing on Devils Lake

February 9, 2009 by  
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Perch Fishing on Devils Lake

By Jason Mitchell Finding and catching jumbo panfish can be a challenge, even on lakes where a good population of big fish exists. Ironically, the healthiest jumbo panfish Mecca’s are often bodies of water where catching these fish does indeed challenge the ice angler, demanding the right combination of mobility and finesse. The healthiest fisheries […]

Approaching Perch in the Month of March

February 9, 2009 by  
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Approaching Perch in the Month of March

By Bill Mitzel   Soon, it’ll be rotten out there. Not rancid like spoiled produce, but soft and dark nonetheless. I’m talking about the ice. It’s thick and resolute now, but it won’t last forever, actually, scarcely longer than a few weeks, less in some areas. Fortunately, though, ice fishing’s swan song is a cheery […]

Ice Fishing with Plastics

February 9, 2009 by  
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Ice Fishing with Plastics

By the Ice Team   Many ice anglers of today understand that winter’s fish live in water at its clearest. In such conditions, fish tend to locate and choose prey based on visual evidence. That might sound like mumbo-jumbo, but it means that what your bait looks like is more important under the ice than […]

When Perch Won’t Bite Through the Ice

February 9, 2009 by  
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When Perch Won’t Bite Through the Ice

By Chris Hustad   Here’s a scenario that I’m sure most ice fishermen will play out a lot of the times during the winter. You’re setup for some perch ice fishing, with a few fish coming here and there, but you’re seeing a lot of action on your bobber or fish displaying on your sonar. […]

Fishing with Spring Bobbers

February 9, 2009 by  
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Fishing with Spring Bobbers

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson     I  cannot recall how many times I have watched fish rise up on the Vexilar as I work my lure in the water column only to have the fish pause at my offering then head back to the bottom. Be it a small jig with a wax worm or […]

Bluegill Ice Fishing Tips

February 9, 2009 by  
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Bluegill Ice Fishing Tips

By Mark Strand Depending on where you live, ‘early ice’ can be a brief period right after the ice forms or an ongoing phenomenon as fishable ice comes and melts, comes and melts. In general, bluegills are good biters during this time, but you must locate them to be successful. No matter what you might […]

Perch Ice Fishing – Catching Bottom Huggers

February 7, 2009 by  
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Perch Ice Fishing – Catching Bottom Huggers

It was a call from outdoor writer friend, Ron Anlauf, which got the ball rolling. He had heard the perch were hitting on Mille Lacs, a huge lake in North Central Minnesota. Although I have pulled a lot of perch from this body of water, it has been a few years since there was a […]

Ice Fishing for Panfish – The Right Ice Rods

February 4, 2009 by  
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Ice Fishing for Panfish – The Right Ice Rods

By Jason Mitchell More ice anglers are discovering that the tip of the rod we are using has as much influence on our presentation as the actual motion we put on the rod while fishing. A rod with a fast tip for example will give the lure a distinct flash and pound that is more […]

Partridge Patterns – Tying Fly Patterns for Panfish

February 4, 2009 by  
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Partridge Patterns – Tying Fly Patterns for Panfish

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson As hunting season hits full stride and the first few birds are placed in the pouches of my upland vest, I can’t help but plan for two things – dinner, of course, and the number of patterns I will tie with the feathers attached to the birds I harvest. With the […]

Bluegill Fishing

February 4, 2009 by  
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Bluegill Fishing

By Ted Takasaki and Scott Richardson Fresh, golden brown bluegill fillets are bound to bring a smile when you lay them on a plate beside baked beans and coleslaw at the summer cookout. Bluegills are a summertime favorite for a lot of good reasons. They are abundant and nearly everywhere. Their populations can stand good […]

Approaching Perch in the Month of March

February 4, 2009 by  
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Approaching Perch in the Month of March

By Bill Mitzel   Soon, it’ll be rotten out there. Not rancid like spoiled produce, but soft and dark nonetheless. I’m talking about the ice. It’s thick and resolute now, but it won’t last forever, actually, scarcely longer than a few weeks, less in some areas. Fortunately, though, ice fishing’s swan song is a cheery […]

In Pursuit of Rock Bass

February 2, 2009 by  
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In Pursuit of Rock Bass

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson     Recently, my fishing buddy Einar came for a visit, and in between largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow trout and walleye, there was one fish he hoped to tangle with that he had not landed in the states before and was not available to him in his home country of […]

Bluegill Ice Fishing Tips

February 1, 2009 by  
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Bluegill Ice Fishing Tips

By Mark Strand Depending on where you live, ‘early ice’ can be a brief period right after the ice forms or an ongoing phenomenon as fishable ice comes and melts, comes and melts. In general, bluegills are good biters during this time, but you must locate them to be successful. No matter what you might […]

Deciding on Limits for Fishing Panfish

February 1, 2009 by  
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Deciding on Limits for Fishing Panfish

By Doug Leier One of the more enjoyable aspect of outdoors communication is the debate that sometimes surrounds current issues.  Should spinning wing decoys be limited?  Should deer hunters be allowed to hunt after sunset?  How do you define baiting, and should it be legal?  What about issues such as roadless areas on public land, […]

Unlocking the Perch Fishing Limit Theory

February 1, 2009 by  
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Unlocking the Perch Fishing Limit Theory

By Nick Simonson A friend of mine in college, who was a part-time locksmith and adept at his trade was the first person to tell me the adage, “locks keep honest people honest.” It almost seems hard for me to believe that in the 1980s there were no limits, no controls, no locks on panfish. […]

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 […]

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 […]