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10 Best New Walleye Baits For 2017 10 Best New Walleye Baits For 2017

No question about it – fall is the best time for catching the biggest walleyes of the year. Not only are the fish in prime condition after a summer of easy living, they’re putting on the feedbag in a major way to prepare themselves for the coming winter. Even better, as vegetation... 

Top 10 New Muskie Baits For 2018 Top 10 New Muskie Baits For 2018

Perhaps no group of anglers are more dialed in to new developments in artificial baits than pike and muskie hunters. From massive hand-made trolling plugs that look like Little League baseball bats, to tiny hand-poured soft plastics that might be just as tempting to a trophy bass,... 

10 Best Spinning Reels For 2018 10 Best Spinning Reels For 2018

At this summer’s ICAST fishing tackle trade show in Orlando, Fla., we saw an overwhelming array of new gear for anglers, including a host of great new spinning reels. Here are 10 of the best spinning reels of 2018. Anything Possible Profishiency Designed to make high quality... 

10 Best Polarized Sunglasses For Fishermen 10 Best Polarized Sunglasses For Fishermen

There’s no faster way to a headache than to spend a long day on the water without sunglasses. Good polarized sunglasses are more than a fashion statement – they’ve become as essential as sunscreen. That’s especially true out on the water, where you don’t only have to deal... 

Our Outdoors with Nick Simonson

North Dakota’s Watchable Wildlife Program Supports Nongame Species North Dakota’s Watchable Wildlife Program Supports Nongame Species

Looking out my urban backyard, even in the middle of a bone chilling North Dakota morning, it’s always a treat to see a few squirrels, red poles, chickadees and other backyard birds... 

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Valley Outdoors with Doug Leier

Shorefishing is a Surefire Good Time Shorefishing is a Surefire Good Time

Greg Power is the Fisheries Division Chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, so when he speaks of fish or fishing, I stop and listen. A boat isn’t required for someone to catch fish The... 

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From the Hunting & Fishing Article Archives

2013 midwinter bald eagle survey 2013 midwinter bald eagle survey

Doug Leier Penning an outdoors column each week may seem daunting to some, but even with 52 opportunities in a given calendar year to generate topics and information to pass along, at times I actually wish I had more time and room. Here’s a few items of recent interest. North Dakota Game and Fish Department biologists conducted the 2013 midwinter... 

Make Custom Crappie Jigs Make Custom Crappie Jigs

Our Outdoors – By Nick Simonson As winter blankets, and blankets, and blankets the region with snow, it is becoming more apparent that it will be a long season indeed. That’s not a bad thing if you need some time to get your tacklebox ready for one of open water’s early quarries – prespawn slab crappies! If you remember the excitement... 

Lindy Rigs – Everything You Need to Know Lindy Rigs – Everything You Need to Know

Lindy Fishing Tackle Lindy Rigging revolutionized live bait fishing in the 1960’s and is still one of the most popular and productive methods for taking walleyes throughout the country. Lindy Rigs can take panfish, walleyes, bass, northern pike, trout and any bottom feeding fish wherever they are–in natural lakes, man-made reservoirs, rivers... 

Fishing Rod Building Tips Fishing Rod Building Tips

By Taylor Fitterer Making your own custom fishing rods can be a fun experience. Each rod normally takes about 2-3 hours to manufacture, and the finish drying time can take from a few hours to a few days depending on the type of finish, temperature and humidity. We have learned through trial and error and I hope this will save you a few errors while...