Experiment with Color to Catch More Fish

April 16, 2017 by  
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Experiment with Color to Catch More Fish

People who like to fish spend a good amount of time talking about the different things that can help them catch more fish. There are a number of considerations that can partially or fully determine our fishing success, but perhaps the one consideration that we talk about the most is lure color. Beginning and expert […]

Early Season Fishing Memories

April 3, 2017 by  
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Early Season Fishing Memories

It’s that time of year: the boat is being rigged, I’m putting fresh line on my reels, I’m calling friends to see if they have any good fishing reports; in short, I’m preparing for the open water fishing season. As I prepare, I have lots of memories, mostly good, about past early season fishing adventures. […]

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 […]

Try Different Things for More Fish

March 20, 2017 by  
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Try Different Things for More Fish

About this time every year I start thinking about new or existing open water fishing techniques that I want to learn more about. One of the real keys to fishing success is being versatile. There are lots of ways to catch fish. Some techniques are kind of seasonal, others work better for bigger fish, and […]

Catch Walleyes in Rivers Now

March 6, 2017 by  
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Catch Walleyes in Rivers Now

For the most part, ice-fishing came to an early end this year. That means that open water fishing will have an early start. In fact, throughout the Midwest, some anglers are already enjoying open water fishing. They’re on rivers, and they’re fishing for walleyes. Walleyes will eat a bait year ‘round. While they’ll get more […]

Walleyes Right Now

January 30, 2017 by  
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Walleyes Right Now

In some states in walleye country, the walleye ice-fishing season is winding down. Some places protect walleyes as they enter the time of the year when they’re preparing to spawn. In the areas where catching and keeping walleyes is permitted, though, we are entering a time of year when walleye fishing through the ice can […]

An Ice-Fishing Bait For Open Water Walleyes

August 15, 2016 by  
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An Ice-Fishing Bait For Open Water Walleyes

Much of the time, lures are designed with a specific application in mind. But sometimes we discover that some baits are multi-purpose. I was reminded of that on a recent fishing trip. I was sharing a boat with fishing friend Mike Frisch in central Minnesota and walleyes were our target. Mike had been catchin’em good […]

Bass Tactics for Walleyes and Crappies

Bass Tactics for Walleyes and Crappies

My friend Mike Frisch and I went fishing on Clear Lake in north Central Iowa this past week. I get to fish Clear Lake several times every year: Mike visited Clear Lake a lot in the early 90’s. Clear Lake was a good body of water then, but it’s an outstanding fishery now. In fact, […]

Transition Walleyes

May 9, 2016 by  
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Transition Walleyes

In many areas of the Midwest, walleye fishing for the next while will be kind of in-between seasons depending on where you’re fishing. In the southern and middle regions of walleye country, the fish have completed their annual spawning ritual and are starting to move in the direction of their summer feeding areas. However, this […]

Walleye Ideas

May 2, 2016 by  
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Walleye Ideas

Walleye season is either here or very near all across the Midwest. Now that walleyes are or will be fair game throughout walleye country, here are some things to keep in mind. Some anglers are reporting the spawn happened a bit earlier than usual this year. The timing of the spawn varies from region to […]

Follow the Fish for More Fishing Success

April 11, 2016 by  
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Follow the Fish for More Fishing Success

As the weather warms and the days get longer, more people are headed to the lake or pond or river to go fishing. When we go fishing, we want to catch something. There are several things that we can do to increase the chances for catching something, but the most important thing that we can […]

Leveling with the Fish

January 11, 2016 by  
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Leveling with the Fish

There are lots of things an angler can do to put more fish in the boat, but I truly believe there are two things we need to do to consistently catch more fish. First, we’ve got to find the fish. That has become easier and easier as sonar technology improves. Today’s sonar is just outstanding, […]

Fall River Walleyes

October 19, 2015 by  
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Fall River Walleyes

Across the Midwest many anglers are putting their open water fishing gear away. Some are going hunting, others are getting ready to go ice-fishing. However, there are a good number of anglers that look forward to this time of year for open water fishing. They know that right now, in rivers throughout the Midwest and […]

Catch the Hungry Fish

August 10, 2015 by  
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Catch the Hungry Fish

It may sound obvious, but when we go fishing, we want to catch a fish. Lots of fish are even better. Yes, it’s fun to be on the water and watching ducks and deer and eagles and spending time with family and friends, but we don’t need to buy a bunch of fishing equipment and […]

Fish Slower and Simpler… Sometimes

Fish Slower and Simpler… Sometimes

Different people go about their fishing in different ways.  Some anglers like to consider every reason why a fish was caught on a certain bait, was in a particular location at a particular time, and why that fish decided to bite just then.  That’s great.  Curious anglers catch lots of fish and often are the […]

Summer Fishing Suggestions

Summer Fishing Suggestions

Across North America, we’re smack in the middle of summer.  Fishing can be good, or it can be tough.  If it’s tough though, it generally doesn’t need to be.  There are some things we can do to catch more fish right now.  Following are some of those things. Many of us have a tendency to […]

Want Walleyes Right Now? Use Spinners

June 22, 2015 by  
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Want Walleyes Right Now? Use Spinners

As the water warms and we get into the heat of summer, most predator fish will be feeding aggressively.  Walleyes will be eating whatever they can find.  A very effective way to catch walleyes is with a spinner rigged with a nightcrawler.  Here’s how you get started. Spinners are the preferred presentation of many walleye […]

Spread Out for Fishing Success

June 15, 2015 by  
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Spread Out for Fishing Success

We’re into the summer bite! For most species of fish, the spawn is over and the predator fish have one thing on their mind:  Food!  Their only concern for the rest of the summer is eating.  If we want to catch more fish, we need to be where they’re eating, and then we need to […]

Consider Color For More Fishing Success

Consider Color For More Fishing Success

By Bob Jensen As we get closer to the 2015 open water fishing season being in full gear, it’s fun and productive to think about and talk about some things that can affect our fishing success, and there are a good number of those things.  Some of those considerations involve the lures we choose to […]

Early Spring Walleyes in Rivers

Early Spring Walleyes in Rivers

By Bob Jensen Across the Midwest, walleye anglers are getting into boats and waders and are chasing walleyes.  Jigging is perhaps the most popular way to catch walleyes this time of year.  Jigs are popular because they’re effective.  Following are some ideas for using jigs to catch walleyes in rivers right now. Most rivers throughout […]

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 […]

Give the Fish What They Want

October 14, 2014 by  
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Give the Fish What They Want

by Bob Jensen I went fishing last week.  The open water season is winding down, but there is still plenty of time to get out.  One word of advice:  Prepare for chilly weather.  One day last week when we hit the water, the air temp was thirty four degrees at eight o’clock in the morning, […]

A Smorgasbord of Fall Fishing

A Smorgasbord of Fall Fishing

By Bob Jensen My recent fishing trips have reminded me of how productive fall fishing can be, and they have also reminded me of how active so many species of fish are at this time of year.  In the spring, some fish get active early, shortly after ice-out, while others don’t start eating until the […]

Night-Bite Walleyes

September 2, 2014 by  
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Night-Bite Walleyes

by Bob Jensen If you want to catch a big walleye, fall is a time when your odds of doing so are probably the best.  Spring can provide an opportunity to take a trophy, but the season is closed in many areas of walleye country.  For many walleyes chasers, autumn is the most consistent producer […]

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 […]

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 […]

Slot Limit Regulations – What Purpose Do They Serve?

Slot Limit Regulations – What Purpose Do They Serve?

by Doug Leier I’m no master angler, but I do understand how anglers will successfully use a technique, lure or presentation on one lake, and then try that same strategy on another body of water. In similar fashion, fisheries managers often hear from anglers who fish in other states who wonder why specific regulations are […]

Catching Pressured Walleyes

June 16, 2014 by  
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Catching Pressured Walleyes

by Bob Jensen I was in central Minnesota last week fishing with my friend Mike Frisch.  Mike is an outstanding angler for a variety of fish, but on this trip we were after walleyes.  So were dozens and dozens of other anglers on the lake we were on.  Word was out that the walleyes on […]

A Game Plan for Summer Walleyes

June 2, 2014 by  
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A Game Plan for Summer Walleyes

by Bob Jensen  The summer of 2014 has finally arrived.  Lots and lots of anglers are taking to the water in search of their favorite fish, and for many of those anglers, their favorite fish is that guy with the eyes that glow, the walleye.  In most areas, walleyes are done spawning and are setting […]

Should There Be A Minimum Length Limit For Walleye Fishing?

May 21, 2014 by  
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Should There Be A Minimum Length Limit For Walleye Fishing?

by Doug Leier   When you’re talking fishing, it really doesn’t matter where you’re at. Bait shop, coffee shop, boat landing or campfire, there’s plenty of stories; from forgetting to put the plug in, to a storm brewing up from out of nowhere, to the one that got away. A lot of times, when the […]

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 […]

One-Over Limit and Spring Fishing in North Dakota

One-Over Limit and Spring Fishing in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   As air temperatures warm up during a North Dakota spring, fishing usually heats up as well. And heading into this spring, most anglers will agree that fishing in North Dakota the past couple of years is as good as it’s ever been. It could get even better this year. But even […]

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. […]

Crankin’ Up More Fish

Crankin’ Up More Fish

by Bob Jensen   This morning there were two inches of new snow on the ground.  Winter doesn’t want to let go, but like it or not, winter is going away.  When it does, I’m going fishing.   And I’m going to be using a bait that many anglers don’t use early in the year.  I’m […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fishing in 2014—Thirty-Five Years of Changes

Fishing in 2014—Thirty-Five Years of Changes

by Bob Jensen Recently I shared some memories of a couple of fishing trips with Al and Ron Lindner.  At that time I mentioned that I had been in the fishing business for thirty-five years.  In those thirty-five years a lot of changes have taken place in regards to the equipment we use.  Let’s take […]

Fishing 2013 – A Look Back

December 23, 2013 by  
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Fishing 2013 – A Look Back

by Bob Jensen As the 2014 fishing season gets closer, now is a good time to look back at the 2013 fishing season.  I get to travel quite a bit in my fishing and I always enjoy reliving those travels and fishing trips.  This past year was a busy one, and many of my trips […]

Weather Pattern Effects on Fall Fish Reproduction in North Dakota

Weather Pattern Effects on Fall Fish Reproduction in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   The long winter and tardy spring of 2013 disrupted a lot of outdoor activities, including farm and construction work and baseball games and track meets. The weather also influenced North Dakota wildlife, particularly upland game birds, which experienced a relatively poor reproduction year that State Game and Fish Department biologists partly […]

Favorite Fishing Spots of 2013

November 7, 2013 by  
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Favorite Fishing Spots of 2013

  by Bob Jensen During the course of a fishing season, I get to fish a lot of different lakes, rivers, and reservoirs.  Some lakes go through changes, some good, some not so good.  This past year I had the opportunity to fish several bodies of water that have changed some since the last time […]

Tweaking Big Lake Tactics for Teensier Water ‘Eyes

May 31, 2013 by  
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Tweaking Big Lake Tactics for Teensier Water ‘Eyes

Pulling leadcore in small lakes is probably the most overlooked method of them all

SHALLOW WATER WALLEYES

May 31, 2013 by  
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SHALLOW WATER WALLEYES

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.

Big Waters, Big Fish

Big Waters, Big Fish

A similar trend also exists for walleye. More than 95 percent of the 490 Whoppers in the past five years came from big waters.

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.

Hot Patterns for Cool Walleyes

May 12, 2013 by  
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Hot Patterns for Cool Walleyes

When the water never really does warm up and the patterns don’t change much… watch out. Great fishing lies ahead.

Slip Floats In Weeds

May 12, 2013 by  
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Slip Floats In Weeds

Bohn has quite possibly caught more walleyes with slip floats than any man alive, and it’s just as much fun for him today

Walleye Opener – Minnesota ‘Eyes in Shallow Water

May 8, 2013 by  
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Walleye Opener – Minnesota ‘Eyes in Shallow Water

When cold weather lingers, walleyes stay shallow and we often target them at night

Slip Floats And Dark-Side Walleyes

April 10, 2013 by  
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Slip Floats And Dark-Side Walleyes

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.

JIGS FOR WALLEYES

April 4, 2013 by  
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JIGS FOR WALLEYES

There are several things you need to consider if you’re going to be a successful jigger.

A new Rod

February 20, 2013 by  
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A new Rod

When you’re looking for a new rod, you need to think of how you’ll be using it.

WALLEYES IN RIVERS RIGHT NOW

February 11, 2013 by  
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WALLEYES IN RIVERS RIGHT NOW

Almost all of our open water walleye fishing this time of year will be within a couple miles of a dam.

Northern Minnesota Walleyes

June 21, 2012 by  
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Northern Minnesota Walleyes

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 […]

Lakes for Walleye Fishing – Expanding Fisheries in North Dakota

June 11, 2012 by  
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Lakes for Walleye Fishing – Expanding Fisheries in North Dakota

Lakes for Walleye Fishing – Expanding Fisheries in North Dakota by Doug Leier If you’re into numbers, around 140,000 North Dakota residents were licensed to fish last year, and that doesn’t include all those under age 16 who don’t need a license. Put in that context, the angling community in North Dakota is stronger in […]

Walleye Recipes

May 17, 2012 by  
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Walleye Recipes

By Nick Simonson The walleyes weren’t “on” for me over Minnesota’s opening weekend, but thankfully the last four fillets from the ice fishing season stashed in the freezer helped fill the void when I got home on Sunday night.  If you put a few golden fish in the livewell and on the cleaning board, you’ve […]

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 […]

Early Pike Spawning

Early Pike Spawning

by Doug Leier As far as I can tell, few people are complaining out loud about the early arrival of spring in 2012. Since 2009 it’s almost felt like we’d skipped a season, or replaced spring with “flood” season. This year, it started to feel like spring in February and March and it’s almost as […]

Slip Bobber Fishing

April 30, 2012 by  
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Slip Bobber Fishing

By Jason Mitchell As a guide, I believed that the most effective game plans just kept walleye fishing straight forward and simple.  There are plenty of folks in this business who try to make fishing really complicated and you can make fishing akin to rocket science if you wish… I however made a living as […]

Walleye Fishing – The Big Bite

March 5, 2012 by  
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Walleye Fishing – The Big Bite

By Nick Simonson And….nothing.  I ripped the glow-red spoon upward and it went…nowhere. It was a sensation I hadn’t experienced in quite a while, having spent a majority of the past few winters searching lakes across the upper Midwest for slab crappies and bull bluegills. But on this, the last weekend of the Minnesota walleye […]

Winter Current Walleye Fishing

January 9, 2012 by  
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Winter Current Walleye Fishing

By Nick Simonson My prediction from last month – that winter would eventually get colder – was way off; so much for making the safe bet. The ice in most areas hasn’t grown much, and with unprecedented January temperatures crossing the 50- and 60-degree barriers across the upper Midwest in recent days, it has receded […]

Time to Go Fishing

May 31, 2011 by  
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Time to Go Fishing

by Bob Jensen It used to be that anglers planned their fishing trips way in advance, and many still do. However, in conversations with resort owners and tourism people, more and more, anglers are becoming very spur-of-the-moment planners. They decide on Tuesday they want to go on a fishing trip for the upcoming weekend, maybe […]

Walleye Master

May 31, 2011 by  
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Walleye Master

Our Outdoors – by Nick Simonson I heard the audible click of a bail opening at the front of the boat and the whisper of line being played out and I chuckled. I turned and watched the same scene that I had observed multiple times last Sunday night. There in the spotlight was the star […]

Open Water Fishing Is Here

March 22, 2011 by  
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Open Water Fishing Is Here

by Bob Jensen I drove on the bridge over the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien Wisconsin this past weekend. The ice was gone and there were boats on the water. Reports were that fishing for walleyes and sauger was good. The open water fishing season for 2011 has started. When you get the chance […]

Open Water Fishing

February 10, 2011 by  
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Open Water Fishing

LOOKING FORWARD TO OPEN WATER FISHING by Bob Jensen Winter arrived in the Midwest early this year and has hung on pretty aggressively. Everything has looked clean and white for a good number of weeks, but now it’s time to move on. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still lots of ice-fishing to do. In fact, […]

Fall Fishing Bonanza

Fall Fishing Bonanza

By Doug Leier It comes as no surprise that when August begins losing to September, for many North Dakota residents hunting starts to win out over fishing in the competition for free-time activities. But I’d also suggest, if you’ve bagged plenty of days pounding the North Dakota prairie, without experiencing the thrill of fall fishing, […]

Slot Limits

May 27, 2010 by  
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Slot Limits

By Doug Leier I’ve got one lunker fish to my credit and I won’t lie, it was more about luck than skill, and that’s how it usually works for me. Save for the hardcore anglers who spend more time fishing than sleeping, the majority of us are not on the water fishing three hours a […]

Walleyes on Soft Plastics

February 4, 2010 by  
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Walleyes on Soft Plastics

Walleyes Come as No Fluke By Brian “Bro” Brosdahl with Mark Courts Admittedly, I’m a meat and potatoes sort of guy. I’m eyeing the porterhouse steak on the menu long before the canary food, organic “meals under 500 calories”. In fact, I’ll take the whole right side of the menu, please. This instinctive weakness for […]

Raising Nightcrawlers off the Bottom

October 20, 2009 by  
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Raising Nightcrawlers off the Bottom

‘Nightcrawler Secrets’ Revisited By Ted Pilgrim with Tom Neustrom “Never before have I asked you, or anyone, to keep an angling secret. I’m going to break this rule now and ask you point-blank NOT to pass on this information. It is much too deadly, it took many years to accumulate, and it’s worth too much […]

Learning Crawler Rigs and Roach Rigs on Walleyes

October 20, 2009 by  
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Learning Crawler Rigs and Roach Rigs on Walleyes

Please Pass the Meat…the Fresh Stuff Walleye fishing icons Gary Roach and Doc Samson won’t be giving up live bait anytime soon By Ted Pilgrim Livebait is back, baby. You better believe it. Despite the buzz about plastics, the reality is, walleyes eat live bait. Period. In the end, all artificial lures lack two potent, […]

Man Made Walleye Heaven

February 23, 2009 by  
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Man Made Walleye Heaven

By Chris Hustad I caught up with an old high school friend from Fargo earlier this spring. Evidentially he found his way to the Nodak Outdoors forum during the spring snow goose season and we stayed in touch. We spent some time catching up on a couple short fishing trips across the region and he […]

Backwards Walleye Movements

February 23, 2009 by  
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Backwards Walleye Movements

By Jason Mitchell For years, anglers have had this preconceived notion pounded into their heads. This notion is that walleye will lounge or rest in deeper water and feed in shallow water. Many anglers imagine fish resting in deeper water relating to the break, moving up the break and feeding in the shallow water. This […]

Fish Tags

February 23, 2009 by  
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Fish Tags

By Doug Leier Most hunters are aware of bird bands. Those most familiar are the metallic leg bands on ducks and geese. The band will typically include instructions for reporting identifying numbers or letters related to the organization doing the research. Hunters have always embraced and understood their roll in these scientific studies, and banded […]

Walleye Trolling Boards & Trolling Deep for Walleyes

February 23, 2009 by  
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Walleye Trolling Boards & Trolling Deep for Walleyes

By Chris Hustad This is a second part of a 2-part series on a beginners guide to trolling for walleyes. Also see the 1st part of the series – Trolling for Walleyes I  am a big fan of planer boards for walleyes, but it wasn’t always this way. My first time using planer boards was […]

A Reason for Walleye Restrictions

February 23, 2009 by  
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A Reason for Walleye Restrictions

By Doug Leier Over the years, North Dakota Game and Fish has developed a body of fishing regulations based on sound fisheries biology and management practices. A general rule of thumb is that if a regulation isn’t going to help the resource, then don’t put it in place, and conversely, if a regulation is no […]

Follow the Leader

February 23, 2009 by  
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Follow the Leader

By Jason Mitchell The idea that walleye may indeed follow a lure for a significant distance before striking surprises many anglers. Many anglers have this mental picture that fish just lash out and strike a lure as the lure appears, like an ambush. While there is no doubt that plenty of ambushing is going on […]

Spring Open Water Fishing is Here

February 23, 2009 by  
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Spring Open Water Fishing is Here

By Jason Mitchell Spring fishing is always good for people. The signs of spring put people in better state of mind. For many lake anglers in the upper Midwest, this month is the time to get the boat out. The first time to use a long rod in over six months. We wait for spring […]

Fishing Opener

February 23, 2009 by  
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Fishing Opener

By Doug Leier I  might miss the North Dakota fishing opener this year, but I will have my own first day of open water fishing. It may come earlier than last year or a few days later, depending on how spring arrives, but it will be here soon and I can’t wait. If you’re a […]

Devils Lake Walleyes

February 23, 2009 by  
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Devils Lake Walleyes

By PJ Maguire   Minnesota is the land in which nothing is legal. Every year it seems as though they tighten restrictions on outdoor activities. Especially when it comes to the most popular fish in the land of 10,000 lakes, the walleye. It should come as no surprise that people look to North Dakota, for […]

Fishing in May

February 23, 2009 by  
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Fishing in May

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” This line, an eye-to-eye plea by Matthew Broderick as the title character in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, sums up our very existence. For anglers, month of May moves even […]

The Reason for Year Around Fishing

February 23, 2009 by  
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The Reason for Year Around Fishing

By Doug Leier Every year about this time, a few anglers question North Dakota’s year-round fishing season. It’s not so much an opposition as it is a curiosity, because many North Dakotans are aware that Minnesota closes its season for game fish from late February to mid-May. South Dakota’s regulations are much like North Dakota’s. […]

Walleye Fever – Trophy Walleye Fishing

February 23, 2009 by  
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Walleye Fever – Trophy Walleye Fishing

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson   Call it the result of a lucky catch, call it an unwanted side effect of Minnesota fishing opener (I guess now I see why ND really got rid of opening dates for fishing) but I’ve been stricken with walleye fever. Chance Encounter The symptoms started last Tuesday when fishing with […]

Devils Lake Walleye Fishing

February 23, 2009 by  
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Devils Lake Walleye Fishing

By PJ Maguire It’s canny how some of my most memorable outdoor experiences have been last minute operations. Once again, a last minute trip was planned for Devil’s Lake while I was at work. When I got done at 9 pm, I packed up my fishing gear and forgot about everything else going on in […]

Walleye Fishing Rods, Reels and Line

February 21, 2009 by  
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Walleye Fishing Rods, Reels and Line

By Eric Hustad The story goes like this: I was fishing with my dad last spring for walleyes. I was talking up the new rods I had picked up for feeling those light walleye bites while dad was using his “old faithful.” I kept giving him a hard time because “old faithful” doesn’t have as […]

Walleye and Crappie Fishing Rods, Reels, and Line Reviews

February 21, 2009 by  
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Walleye and Crappie Fishing Rods, Reels, and Line Reviews

By Eric Hustad This spring I put some new walleye gear to the test and I promised opinions on where a person should throw some hard earned money. I put G. Loomis’s IMX rod up against St.Croix’s Legend Elite, and I have to say that I was really impressed with the St. Croix rod. It […]

Missouri River Fishing

February 21, 2009 by  
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Missouri River Fishing

By Jed Fluhrer The stretch of the Missouri River in North Dakota from the tailrace to the North Dakota South Dakota State line offers anglers a variety of challenges. This portion of the river is know for its exceptional walleye fishing but also offers anglers the chance at northern pike, rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat […]

Freshen Up Your Skills

Freshen Up Your Skills

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson     The season for big fish has come! The snow is rapidly melting, the ice is weakening, and the fish are preparing for the spawn. It is a picture perfect time for spring angling. If you plan to take some photos of your angling success this openwater season, here are […]

Big Water Walleyes

February 5, 2009 by  
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Big Water Walleyes

By Dave Genz     He’s been everywhere, man…he’s been everywhere. Travel? He’s done his share, man, Dave’s been everywhere…Erie, Ontario, Michigan, Huron, Bay of Quinte, Bass Islands, Saginaw Bay, Bays de Noc, Green Bay…yeah, he’s been everywhere, man, he’s been everywhere… It’s not one of those things they keep statistics on, so we really […]

Competition and the Outdoors

January 29, 2009 by  
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Competition and the Outdoors

By Doug Leier One look at my 2-year-old son and year-old daughter grappling for a toy is proof positive that competition is instinctive among humans. Many times I’ve sat idly by, observing the escalation in use of force between my children. I intervene when the imaginary line between healthy competition and unwarranted actions is crossed. […]