Try a River This Season

May 29, 2017 by  

Try a River This Season

The Midwest is blessed with all sorts of fishing opportunities. Lakes, rivers, ponds, and reservoirs can be found close-by wherever you live. Simply put, you don’t need to drive far to go fishing. Rivers can provide some outstanding fishing action throughout the summer. Actually, rivers can be good year ‘round, especially the larger rivers. However, […]

Early Season Bass

May 15, 2017 by  

Early Season Bass

Largemouth bass can be found in lots of lakes, rivers, and ponds across the country. In southern areas bass catching has been in full swing for weeks, but in the Midwest the bass action is just starting. In fact, in some states that have an open and closed season for bass fishing, the legal season […]

Going Fishing

May 8, 2017 by  

Going Fishing

It’s a new open water fishing season across the Midwest. Most of the states that have a closed season for some species of fish have opened, and in places where the season never closes, anglers have been fishing and catching for several weeks. It used to be that anglers planned their fishing trips well in […]

Fish Sideways

May 1, 2017 by  

Fish Sideways

A new fishing season is underway. Some anglers commit themselves to trying new baits and techniques every new season. They feel that trying new things makes them a more complete, versatile angler, and they’re right. If you’re one of those curious people who wants to catch more fish, and if you haven’t already done so, […]

Catch More Fish This Year

April 24, 2017 by  

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 […]

Experiment with Color to Catch More Fish

April 16, 2017 by  

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 […]

Ideas For More Fishing Success

April 10, 2017 by  

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 […]

Early Season Fishing Memories

April 3, 2017 by  

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

March 27, 2017 by  

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  

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 […]

Walleye Rod Ideas

March 13, 2017 by  

Walleye Rod Ideas

I had a conversation recently with a friend who was new to fishing and wanted to catch walleyes. He’d been watching fishing shows on television and reading articles and going to fishing seminars, and while the information he got from the various outlets was helpful, he was still a bit confused about what rods he […]

Catch Walleyes in Rivers Now

March 6, 2017 by  

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 […]

Things To Do Before Open Water Fishing Season

February 27, 2017 by  

Things To Do Before Open Water Fishing Season

For many of us, the ice-fishing season is over, but open water fishing is still a little ways off. Some will make a trip to a river to get in on some open water angling, and others will travel north to find ice that is still safe, but for many, now is a down time […]

Open Water 2017

February 21, 2017 by  

Open Water 2017

What a mild winter in the Midwest so far! Rain is falling, so today I’m thinking more about open water then I am ice-fishing. I’m sure there are a couple more ice-fishing trips in my near future, but as I go through some new open water stuff that I received recently, I’m looking forward to […]

Things Change

February 13, 2017 by  

Things Change

Things change: that’s true in life, and it’s true in fishing. This past open water season and recently while ice-fishing I realized some changes that I found to be interesting. Following are some of those changes. Consider Clear Lake in north central Iowa: when I was learning to fish many years ago, Clear Lake was […]

Various Fish Through The Ice

February 7, 2017 by  

Various Fish Through The Ice

Boy oh boy what an ice-fishing season it’s been across the Midwest, and it’s not done yet: there is still lots of time to go fishing and lots of fish are still out there waiting to be caught. This is the time of year, though, when it pays to be flexible in your fishing. In […]

Walleyes Right Now

January 30, 2017 by  

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 […]

Small Details For Bigger Fish

January 24, 2017 by  

Small Details For Bigger Fish

Ice anglers and open water anglers are always looking for a new trick that will help them catch more fish. They’re looking for that magic bait, or bait color, or method of retrieving, or whatever that will help them get more fish to bite. In reality, there is no one bait or technique that will […]

Creating New Ice Anglers

January 16, 2017 by  

Creating New Ice Anglers

Ice fishing is in high gear wherever people go ice fishing. Ice fishing can be a wonderful social event that anglers of all skill levels and ages can take part in. I recently got to watch a dad introduce his young son to ice fishing with outstanding results. The best time of the ice fishing […]

Mid-Winter Ice Fishing

January 9, 2017 by  

Mid-Winter Ice Fishing

We’re entering the mid-winter ice-fishing season. Ice-fishing this time of year can be productive, but it can also be challenging. If we have answers for those challenges, we can be successful at catching fish through the ice. Following are some of the challenges and some ideas for meeting those challenges. Perhaps the biggest challenge for […]

A Favorite Ice-Fishing Location

January 4, 2017 by  

A Favorite Ice-Fishing Location

There are so many outstanding ice-fishing opportunities across the Midwest, but one location that has become a favored destination of mine and of many others is Big Stone Lake in west-central Minnesota. Actually, the east shore of the lake is in Minnesota, the west shore is in South Dakota. Big Stone is a wide spot […]

Finicky Panfish Through The Ice

December 27, 2016 by  

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 […]

Keep Warm When Fishing In Cold Weather

December 12, 2016 by  

Keep Warm When Fishing In Cold Weather

Winter has arrived. The Midwest provides lots of fishing opportunities throughout the winter months for both open water and ice anglers. Many anglers like to go ice-fishing, many others enjoy fishing in the open water in rivers below dams. Regardless of where you go fishing, you want to stay warm. If you’re not warm, you’re […]

Spoon Ideas for Icing Walleyes

December 5, 2016 by  

Spoon Ideas for Icing Walleyes

It won’t be long until we’re on the ice chasing walleyes. There are a lot of different ways to catch walleyes under the ice, but it seems like many, maybe even most walleye ice-anglers like to use spoons. There’s a good reason for that: spoons and other styles of hard baits catch walleyes really effectively. […]

Easy Ideas For Increased Ice Fishing Success

November 27, 2016 by  

Easy Ideas For Increased Ice Fishing Success

I saw a skim of ice on the pond this morning. Certainly not enough to walk on, but enough to provide hope that ice-fishing is not far away. Some folks just enjoy the social aspect of sharing an ice shelter with a friend or family member, but we all want to catch a fish, or […]

Catching More Big Fish

November 21, 2016 by  

Catching More Big Fish

Some of the time we hear about the good old days of fishing, back in a time when the fish were bigger and there were more of them. And, while I’m sure there were times and places where the fish were larger and more plentiful in yesteryear, the reality is, the current era is pretty […]

Fishing Memories

November 14, 2016 by  

Fishing Memories

Another open water fishing season is in the books: it was a nice season. Caught good numbers of fish most days, had a great time every day. I got to fish with old friends and new friends. It’s at this time of year that I like to reflect on those days of fishing, but I […]

Ice Fishing is Coming

November 7, 2016 by  

Ice Fishing is Coming

It may not look like it now, but soon the outdoor landscape is going to change. It could be tomorrow or next week, but it’s going to get cold, it’s going to snow, there’s going to be ice on the ponds and lakes, and we’re going to have the opportunity to go ice-fishing. There are […]

Fishing Thoughts

October 31, 2016 by  

Fishing Thoughts

It appears that my 2016 open water fishing season is coming to a close: it may even be over, although I hope to get in another quick trip or two. This year, like all other years, I have learned and relearned a good number of things related to fishing. Following are some of those things. […]

Just Go Fishing

October 25, 2016 by  

Just Go Fishing

I’ve had the good fortune over the past several decades to go fishing in lots of interesting places. I’ve also had the good fortune to have used lots of different fishing products, from rods and reels to lures to boats to whatever else anglers use to fool more fish. This past year was an unusual […]

Best Smallmouth Bass Trip Ever

October 17, 2016 by  

Best Smallmouth Bass Trip Ever

In 35 years of fishing all over the Midwest and much of North America, I’ve had the good fortune to get in on some outstanding fishing action for a wide variety of fish. In narrowing that down a bit, I’ve had some memorable days of catching smallmouth bass. I have fond memories of outstanding smallmouth […]

Catch Crappies Right Now

October 11, 2016 by  

Catch Crappies Right Now

From now until the lakes freeze over, crappies can, in many bodies of water across the Midwest and elsewhere, be found in deep water. In some lakes, they might be in 30 feet of water right on the bottom, in other lakes deep they might be in 15 feet of water. It depends on the […]

Fall For The Weedline

October 3, 2016 by  

Fall For The Weedline

The weedline is an outstanding location to find fish during any season. As soon as the weedline is established, and even before, predator fish will be there looking for something to eat. There will be fish along the weedline all summer, and lots of anglers like to drill holes in the ice along the weed […]

Big Baits for Big Fish Right Now

September 26, 2016 by  

Big Baits for Big Fish Right Now

Autumn has arrived in the Midwest. In a couple of weeks the countryside will be alive in color and lots of outdoor enthusiasts will have departed the lakes for tree stands in search of deer or the fields looking for pheasants or geese or ducks. Nothing wrong with that: hunting is a wonderful outdoor tradition. […]

Ideas For Early Fall Fishing

September 12, 2016 by  

Ideas For Early Fall Fishing

This period of time we’re in right now, the time between late summer and early fall, can provide some very good fishing, but it can also be a challenging time to catch fish. The night-time air temperatures are chilly, but the daytime temps are still warm. Thirty-degree temperature swings in a day aren’t uncommon at […]

Try a Crankbait Now

August 22, 2016 by  

Try a Crankbait Now

I went fishing last week. We were after largemouth bass, and we were on a good largemouth bass lake. They were spread out over and along the weedline and also on off-shore submerged weedbeds. When the bass are in locations such as these, casting crankbaits is an outstanding way to locate and catch them. So, […]

An Ice-Fishing Bait For Open Water Walleyes

August 15, 2016 by  

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 on the Top

August 8, 2016 by  

Bass on the Top

Fishing is fun: that’s why we go fishing. And it’s more fun when we catch some fish. And there are some techniques that are more fun to employ. Throwing topwater baits for largemouth bass is one of those techniques that are really fun. Seeing a wake approaching your floating lure, then seeing the bass explode […]

End of the Summer Fishing

August 1, 2016 by  

End of the Summer Fishing

I can’t believe I’m thinking this already, but autumn is fast approaching. The month of August signals the end of summer and the beginning of school and football season. It also is a time when fishing can be a little tough if we don’t make some adjustments in the way we go about our fishing. […]

Troll Fast For More Fish

July 25, 2016 by  

Troll Fast For More Fish

It’s summer. The water is warm, there are lots of baitfish in the water, there are lots of people fishing, and there are lots of fish that are looking for something to eat, and fish that want to eat are easier to catch. Trolling is a great way to present a bait, and you might […]

Catch What Wants To Be Caught

July 18, 2016 by  

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 […]

Fishing Accessories For Safer Fishing

July 11, 2016 by  

Fishing Accessories For Safer Fishing

When we go fishing, we want to catch fish, big ones and lots of’em. But we also want to have a good time, and really, we usually remember the good times more than we remember the big fish. There are things we can do to have a better time fishing that have nothing to do […]

Live-Bait Rigs For More Summer Fish

July 4, 2016 by  

Live-Bait Rigs For More Summer Fish

From now until autumn, one of the most productive ways to catch fish is with a live-bait rig. Live-bait rigs are simple set-ups, but they’re so effective so much of the time. Whether you’re after walleyes or crappies or smallmouth bass, pretty much anywhere in the Midwest, when nothing else will get the fish to […]

Mid-Summer Fishing Reminders

June 28, 2016 by  

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  

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 […]

Fishing Simple is Better…Sometimes

June 13, 2016 by  

Fishing Simple is Better…Sometimes

I remember when I first went fishing more than 50 years ago. I fondly remember the long, heavy cane pole with a reel that didn’t work taped to the pole and a couple of guides and a tip on the pole along with heavy braided line to which was attached a big bobber, a long-shanked gold […]

Crankbaits For Catching

June 6, 2016 by  

Crankbaits For Catching

Crankbaits are hard-bodied baits that often resemble a baitfish of some sort. They come in all shapes, colors, sizes, running depths, actions, some rattle, some don’t. The one thing that crankbaits have in common is that they catch a variety of fish year ‘round, but they are particularly effective in the summer. They’re great spring […]

Bass Tactics for Walleyes and Crappies

May 30, 2016 by  

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, […]

Catch What’s Biting

May 24, 2016 by  

Catch What’s Biting

Make this fishing season the season you become a more versatile angler. Versatile anglers generally catch more fish. Versatile anglers are generally more willing to try new techniques and are also willing to chase different species of fish. They just want to get bit. We might really want to catch walleyes, but in reality, in […]

Open Water Fishing 2016

May 16, 2016 by  

Open Water Fishing 2016

It’s pretty much official: the open water fishing season for 2016 is here. Minnesota walleye season opened this past weekend, Wisconsin was the week before, and northwest Iowa was the week before that. Most of the other states in the Midwest don’t have a closed walleye season, and while there are still a couple of […]

Transition Walleyes

May 9, 2016 by  

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  

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 […]

First Trip Crappies

April 25, 2016 by  

First Trip Crappies

Spring came early in many areas this year, and that enabled us to get that first fishing trip of the year in early. For many of us, the first fishing trip of the open water season is for crappies. In some areas, fishing season for walleyes and bass and other species aren’t yet open, but […]

Catch What Wants To Be Caught

April 18, 2016 by  

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. […]

Follow the Fish for More Fishing Success

April 11, 2016 by  

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 […]

My Favorite Way To Fish

April 4, 2016 by  

My Favorite Way To Fish

It’s warming up and more and more anglers are getting ready to go fishing. I know I am. I’m often asked about my favorite fish to catch and my favorite fishing technique. When I respond that I don’t have a favorite fish or favorite technique, I am being very sincere: I just like to catch […]

Ideas for Early Season Fishing Success

March 28, 2016 by  

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 […]

Consider Color for More Fishing Success

March 21, 2016 by  

Consider Color for More Fishing Success

It’s at about this time every year when many anglers take a look into their tackle containers to do an inventory of baits that are needed to start the new open water fishing season. We make a note of baits from previous years that are running low in our inventory, and we also think about […]

Rod Selections for Open Water Fishing

March 14, 2016 by  

Rod Selections for Open Water Fishing

In some parts of the Midwest spring is upon us earlier than usual. A lot of anglers are visiting sporting goods stores to look at fishing stuff. One popular item this time of year are fishing rods. It’s good to go to a store that has a wide selection of rods so you can feel […]

Walleyes in Small Rivers

March 7, 2016 by  

Walleyes in Small Rivers

It appears that spring is attempting to make an early return this year. All across walleye country, anglers are getting in and on the water in search of ‘eye action. The small rivers that are so abundant across the Midwest get a lot of attention at this time of year. Here are some ideas that […]

Catch ’em on Crankbaits

February 29, 2016 by  

Catch ’em on Crankbaits

Recently we talked about selecting the appropriate jig when you want to catch walleyes. Crankbaits are another tool that will catch a wide variety of fish under lots of different conditions. However, there’s more to it than just tying on a crankbait and casting or trolling it. Here are some things to keep in mind […]

Jigs in Your Box

February 23, 2016 by  

Jigs in Your Box

We often talk about fishing techniques and fish location and things like that, and sometimes we forget about the nuts and bolts of fishing. A regular reader of this column contacted me recently and suggested I talk about the baits we should keep in a tacklebox, and I thought that was a good idea. Jigs […]

March on the Ice

February 16, 2016 by  

March on the Ice

It seems like February just started and I’m already looking forward to ice-fishing in March.  March is my favorite month for ice-fishing. The days are longer, the weather isn’t as cold, and the fish like to get caught in March. Following are some things to keep in mind to catch more fish through the ice […]

Looking Forward

February 9, 2016 by  

Looking Forward

I looked out the window this morning and sure enough, there was a blizzard going on just like the weather predictors had said there would. With today’s clothing and shelters, ice-fishing in the cold is no problem.  But ice-fishing in the wind with driving snow is not for me today. I decided if I can’t […]

On Frozen Pond

February 1, 2016 by  

On Frozen Pond

We’re on the back side of winter, and that means a couple of things. We’ll probably get another winter storm or two, and we’re also entering a period of outstanding ice-fishing action. End of the winter ice-fishing can be productive and enjoyable for a couple of reasons. For one thing, the days are longer. That […]

Ice-Fishing Memories

January 25, 2016 by  

Ice-Fishing Memories

I was in the garage messing with my ice-fishing gear the other day. I got to thinking about how ice-fishing has changed so much in the past few years, which got me to thinking about some of the memorable ice-fishing trips I’ve been on. In the following, I’ll share what made those trips memorable and […]

Spoons Under the Ice

January 19, 2016 by  

Spoons Under the Ice

Most bodies of water across the Midwest now have a coat of ice, and it looks like the fish have been eagerly awaiting the ice. Many anglers are reporting outstanding fishing when the weather is right.  Fish are kind of like most fishermen. They don’t like the extreme cold weather too much, but when the […]

Leveling with the Fish

January 11, 2016 by  

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, […]

Best Bites Ever

January 5, 2016 by  

Best Bites Ever

Every now and then I get nostalgic and start thinking about past fishing trips. This is one of those times. In the following I’ll share some memorable fishing trips by species. Gotta’ start with walleyes. This is a tough one, because I’ve been in on some outstanding walleye bites. I’ve had the good fortune to […]

Walleyes on the spoons through the ice

December 21, 2015 by  

Walleyes on the spoons through the ice

Walleyes are often the quarry of early-season ice anglers. Walleyes will respond to a number of different lure types under the ice, but they especially like to eat spoons. From new ice to late ice, walleyes like flashy baits. There are a bunch of different types of spoons available to walleye anglers. Although they may […]

Electronics for more ice-fishing success

December 14, 2015 by  

Electronics for more ice-fishing success

Most open water anglers who fish from a boat wouldn’t think of going out without a sonar unit, also known as a depth finder. That same thought is true with most ice anglers. A depth finder will help you catch more fish, and they are also much more than just a depth-finder. Here’s how. In […]

Ice Fishing Reminders

December 7, 2015 by  

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 […]

2015 open-water fishing takeaways

November 30, 2015 by  

2015 open-water fishing takeaways

I’m sure of it: My open water fishing season for 2015 is over. It’s sleeting outside and the boat has been retired for the season. When the boat gets put away, I like to reflect a bit on the just-completed open water fishing season. Following are some “take-aways” from my 2015 open water season. The […]

First Ice Panfish

November 24, 2015 by  

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 […]

Get Ready for Ice Fishing

November 17, 2015 by  

Get Ready for Ice Fishing

I haven’t given up hope for a couple more open water fishing trips in the next week or two, but I know that I need to start getting ready to go ice fishing.  Following are some things you can do to prepare for the ice season, and also some things you should consider for your […]

Memorable Fishing Trips

November 9, 2015 by  

Memorable Fishing Trips

Open water season in my part of the world is winding down. There might be a couple more trips in the boat, but I’m getting the ice-fishing stuff ready to go. It’s at this time of year that I like to look back at the season just completed. Every year has trips that are more […]

Making Plans

November 2, 2015 by  

Making Plans

There was snow in the air last week. Not much, but enough to remind me of something that I didn’t need to be reminded of: Winter is getting closer. We could be ice-fishing on small ponds and lakes in less than a month. Strangely, I enjoy ice-fishing more now than I did in the past.  […]

Northern Pike on Walleye Gear

October 27, 2015 by  

Northern Pike on Walleye Gear

It happened again recently.  We had a great plan for catching fish and the fish just didn’t get with the program that we were presenting.  We changed our program completely and caught’em: Caught’em good. Here are the details. We were on Lake Winnibigoshish in north central Minnesota. My fishing partners were Craig Brown and Kyle […]

Fall River Walleyes

October 19, 2015 by  

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 […]

Ice-Fishing Baits for Open Water

October 13, 2015 by  

Ice-Fishing Baits for Open Water

The cool weather we’ve been feeling in recent days reminds me that it’s time to get the ice-fishing baits ready to go. However, I won’t be using them for ice-fishing just yet. Many, many years ago, probably sometime in the late 80s or early 90s, a group of us started using spoons that were thought […]

Fall for Crappies

October 5, 2015 by  

Fall for Crappies

Fall has fell in the Midwest. When we left the dock at Kabetogama Lake in northern Minnesota last week at about 8:00 a.m., the air temperatures were in the high 20’s. That’s pretty chilly, but we hadn’t traveled to Kab to sit on the shore. We pulled on the Guidewear and headed onto the lake […]

Fish Smarter This Fall

September 28, 2015 by  

Fish Smarter This Fall

I went fishing last week and the action was okay. I’m going fishing again this week and I expect the action to be better. As the water cools and the days get shorter, fishing for a wide variety of fish is going to keep getting better. We fish differently in the fall than we do […]

Now’s the Time for Northern Pike

September 21, 2015 by  

Now’s the Time for Northern Pike

I’m going fishing next week. Late September and October are wonderful times to be on the water almost anywhere in the Midwest chasing walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and panfish. On the fishing trip I have in mind, however, those species will all be safe: we’re going after northern pike. Pike are very susceptible under […]

Fish the Weedline in the Fall

September 15, 2015 by  

Fish the Weedline in the Fall

The weedline is a great place to find and catch fish all during the open water fishing season. Lots of anglers even work the weedline while ice-fishing. Simply put, there is almost always a fish somewhere along the weedline that is willing to get caught. In the autumn months a variety of fish will be […]

Fall Fishing Ideas

September 8, 2015 by  

Fall Fishing Ideas

It’s time to start planning our fall fishing trips: Where we’ll go, what we’ll fish for, and how we’ll present our baits. Fall fishing in northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, and North Dakota might be kicking in now. In southern Minnesota, South Dakota, north Iowa, and southern Wisconsin, it will start in two or three weeks, […]

There’s Still Lots of Time for Fishing

August 31, 2015 by  

There’s Still Lots of Time for Fishing

Labor Day indicates to many people that the end of summer is near, and to some that means it’s time to put the boat and their rods and reels into storage. Anglers who quit fishing in early September are missing out on two months of some of the best fishing of the year. Keep the […]

Fishing the Midwest

August 24, 2015 by  

Fishing the Midwest

Fishing season started early this year. The ice went out sooner than it had in several years, so we were able to get the boat on the water much earlier than in the past. Early season fishing always brings excitement and expectations. I’m always anxious to try new locations, new baits, and new presentations. This […]

Get ready for fall fishing

August 17, 2015 by  

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 […]

Catch the Hungry Fish

August 10, 2015 by  

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 […]

Fishing Don’t Always Know What They’re Supposed to Do

August 4, 2015 by  

Fishing Don’t Always Know What They’re Supposed to Do

Down through the years we’ve been taught that fish do certain things at certain times of the year, and that there are certain ways that we can catch those fish. Often those time-tested techniques for catching fish work well, but there are times when we need to do things a little or a lot differently […]

Fish Slower and Simpler… Sometimes

July 27, 2015 by  

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

July 20, 2015 by  

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 […]

Crankbaits for Summer Fish

July 13, 2015 by  

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  

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  

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 […]

Want Walleyes Right Now? Use Spinners

June 22, 2015 by  

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  

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 […]

Catch More Fish All Summer Long

June 8, 2015 by  

Catch More Fish All Summer Long

It’s starting to feel a lot like summer.  Fish behave differently in the different seasons, and if we want to catch fish in the different seasons, we need to vary our lure presentations and how we go about catching fish.  Following are some ideas for catching fish during the summer months. Perhaps the most important […]

Clear Line for Clear Water? Maybe Not

June 1, 2015 by  

Clear Line for Clear Water? Maybe Not

The line that we put on our reels when we go fishing is a very important consideration.  Your line is the only connection between you and the fish.  If your line doesn’t do the job, you don’t land the fish.  But the line you choose, in the minds of many, will also play a role […]

Get the Net!

May 25, 2015 by  

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. […]