2018 Hottest Bass Baits

August 24, 2017 by  

2018 Hottest Bass Baits

Berkley Juke The Berkley Juke combines the rolling action of handcrafted wooden baits with the durability of synthetics. Designed with input from master angler David Fritts, the Juke casts like a bullet while delivering maximum action at all speeds on straight retrieves, twitching retrieves, high-speed burns or deep trolling. Available in a wide range of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fishing Questions

April 20, 2015 by  

Fishing Questions

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

The Kids Aren’t Having As Much Fun

November 10, 2014 by  

The Kids Aren’t Having As Much Fun

by Bob Jensen Throughout the Midwest and probably other parts of North America, there are some lakes that have special fishing regulations. Not many lakes, but a few.  These special regulations greatly restrict the number of fish you can keep when you go fishing.  These lakes are few and far between, and they’re usually smaller […]

Shallow Water Largemouth in the Fall

September 16, 2014 by  

Shallow Water Largemouth in the Fall

By Bob Jensen When I moved to north central Minnesota waaaaay too many years ago, I liked to chase largemouth bass.  Many of my friends thought that was strange, as walleyes were the preferred fish of many anglers in the north during that era.  And while it was true that walleyes were available in many […]

A Mid-Summer Bass Trip

August 18, 2014 by  

A Mid-Summer Bass Trip

by Bob Jensen  Last week, my nephew Sam and I took our annual bass trip to west central Minnesota.  We’ve been doing this for about ten years and have only missed one year.  Sam was in grade school when we started doing this; this week he heads off to college.  Time flies. In all those […]

Planer Boards: Not Just for Walleyes

July 28, 2014 by  

Planer Boards: Not Just for Walleyes

By Bob Jensen Planer boards have been a part of many a walleye anglers’ arsenal for a long time.  Salmon and trout anglers also employ boards frequently.  Planer boards do so many good things when a trolling presentation is called for.  They enable an angler to get lines and baits out away from the boat, […]

Mid-Summer Largemouth Bass

July 7, 2014 by  

Mid-Summer Largemouth Bass

by Bob Jensen In the Midwest, the walleye is the favorite fish of many anglers, and for good reason.  They are abundant in many waters, they are susceptible to a wide variety of presentations, and they taste great on the table.  But as good as the walleye fishing can be in the Midwest, the largemouth […]

Summer Action Over and Around the Weeds

June 23, 2014 by  

Summer Action Over and Around the Weeds

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

Move Around for More Action

May 20, 2014 by  

Move Around for More Action

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

Key Tips for Catching More Fish This Season

May 5, 2014 by  

Key Tips for Catching More Fish This Season

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

One-Over Limit and Spring Fishing in North Dakota

April 23, 2014 by  

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

April 21, 2014 by  

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

April 15, 2014 by  

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 […]

Try Different Stuff This Year

March 25, 2014 by  

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

March 18, 2014 by  

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

March 5, 2014 by  

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 […]

Three Ideas for Open Water Fishing Success

March 4, 2014 by  

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

February 24, 2014 by  

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 […]

Late Season Ice Fishing

February 17, 2014 by  

Late Season Ice Fishing

by Bob Jensen   The days are getting longer, and, although you might not believe it, it’s going to get warmer.  History would indicate that it’s going to get warmer.  March is almost always warmer than February, even in years that include a Polar Vortex.  Longer days and warmer temps this time of year mean […]

Rod Selections for Open Water Fishing

February 10, 2014 by  

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

January 21, 2014 by  

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 […]

Thirty-Five Years in the Fishing Game

December 30, 2013 by  

Thirty-Five Years in the Fishing Game

by Bob Jensen   It’s at this time of year every year that I reflect on years passed:  I don’t mean to do this, I just can’t help it.  And, for the most part, my trips down Memory Lane are usually pretty pleasant.  As I tripped down Memory Lane from the comfort of my couch […]

Small Details, Bigger Catches

October 7, 2013 by  

Small Details, Bigger Catches

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

The Finer Points of Punching Mats With Terry Scroggins and Jimmy Mason

May 26, 2013 by  

The Finer Points of Punching Mats With Terry Scroggins and Jimmy Mason

Punching is a prime technique anywhere vegetation stays matted on top, and is normally most effective on sunny days when bass seek the shade of a roof overhead.

Big Waters, Big Fish

May 22, 2013 by  

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.

NET YOUR FISH

May 14, 2013 by  

NET YOUR FISH

Swinging a fish into the boat is not the best idea

FISHING SEASON REMINDERS

May 13, 2013 by  

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.

May Means Crankbaits On The Tennessee River Chain

May 8, 2013 by  

May Means Crankbaits On The Tennessee River Chain

The key to May crankin’ is to track post-spawn bass on their reverse migration from spawning areas to the main river channel

Go Slow In The Spring

May 6, 2013 by  

Go Slow In The Spring

The key to bobber success is figuring out how deep you should set the bobber, and how deep the bobber is set depends on where the fish are.

Jason Christie Gets Back-To-Back Wins, No. 1 World Ranking

May 1, 2013 by  

Jason Christie Gets Back-To-Back Wins, No. 1 World Ranking

No one is fishing as strong as YUM Pro Jason Christie. In the last two weeks, the Oklahoman won an FLW Tour Event, a B.A.S.S. Elite Tournament, and just hit No. 1 on the BassFan.com World Rankings.   Christie has been a strong FLW competitor for more than six years, but only started fishing B.A.S.S. […]

Two-In-A-Row – Flash Mob Jr. Takes FLW Tour Victory

April 29, 2013 by  

Two-In-A-Row – Flash Mob Jr. Takes FLW Tour Victory

Oklahoma’s Jason Christie threw a YUM Flash Mob Jr. for the win this weekend at the FLW Tour Event on Arkansas’ Beaver Lake. He also set the record for largest total weight for a Beaver Lake FLW event, and caught “big bass” of the tournament.

124 Points of Light

April 29, 2013 by  

124 Points of Light

I tied jigs of all kinds – trout jigs, walleye jigs, panfish jigs and bass jigs. The bright neon pink and orange were spring beacons, letting me know that someday, hopefully soon, their bright pastels would draw in smallmouth and crappies.

Introducing the SideWinder Planer Board

April 17, 2013 by  

Introducing the SideWinder Planer Board

At first glace it looks like a kids toy or some sort of rocket ship but its design is an engineering marvel designed to take the headache out of planer board fishing.

Georgia’s Bone Wins Southern Open On Flash Mob Jr.

April 17, 2013 by  

Georgia’s Bone Wins Southern Open On Flash Mob Jr.

These rigs, which feature multiple arms for the attachment of up to five jigheads rigged with swimbaits, have come under fire by many pro anglers as being too effective.

Erie’s Early Spring Bronze Hawgs

April 10, 2013 by  

Erie’s Early Spring Bronze Hawgs

Today I’ve got a whole new and exciting perspective on bass fishing.”

Tackle Top Ten

March 19, 2013 by  

Tackle Top Ten

For whatever species I was pursuing, I would forsake all other jigs, rigs and plastics to have a supply of what follows in my tackle box

JUST GO FISHING

March 19, 2013 by  

JUST GO FISHING

Fishing is different things to different people. If you’re one of those folks that wants to key in on a particular specie of fish or employ a certain technique, that’s great, you should do so.

Springing Forward

March 5, 2013 by  

Springing Forward

Whether it is late season ice fishing, early season open water, or a trip to warm waters somewhere else, I hope the spring is as eventful for you

GET READY FOR OPEN WATER FISHING

February 28, 2013 by  

GET READY FOR OPEN WATER FISHING

Sports and boat shows are going on right now in many areas, and many retail sporting goods and marine dealerships are having open houses and other events that will appeal to anyone who likes to go fishing.

LOOKING AHEAD TO OPEN WATER

February 5, 2013 by  

LOOKING AHEAD TO OPEN WATER

I’m looking forward to casting topwater baits to largemouth bass in shallow water. This style of fishing is visual and exciting

Re-purposing Pheasant Feathers for Fishing

January 20, 2013 by  

Re-purposing Pheasant Feathers for Fishing

I am constantly exploring new ways to use the feathers from my favorite upland bird – the ringneck pheasant

Go Big in Late Summer

August 6, 2012 by  

Go Big in Late Summer

By Nick Simonson Everything gets bigger in late summer – particularly the servings of food we encounter.  16-ounce T-bones are on sale and perfect for the grill. The block party barbeque is loaded with jumbo wild rice brats and gallons of coleslaw and potato salad. County fairs and country music festivals crank out bags of […]

Evolution of Plastic Baits

June 17, 2012 by  

Evolution of Plastic Baits

By Nick Simonson The great evolutionist Charles Darwin would be amazed at how quickly the plastic worm has changed over just a few generations. Generally, a species changes very slowly over hundreds of thousands or millions of years.  But since Nick Creme poured his first concoction of plastisol into his hand-made molds just sixty years […]

Summer Fishing Gear

June 11, 2012 by  

Summer Fishing Gear

by Bob Jensen When we go fishing, we always try real hard to remember to take all the things we need for a successful fishing trip.  It’s easy to remember rods and reels and tackleboxes and sandwiches, but there are some other things that are often forgotten that should be part of the fishing trip.  […]

Best Fishing Trips

May 23, 2012 by  

Best Fishing Trips

By Nick Simonson The human body is about 70 percent water.  The world is about 70 percent water.  I don’t think that’s a coincidence.  Our very core compound seems to draw us – especially those of us who are avid anglers – to water of all kinds.  From coast to coast, and shore to shore […]

Best Fishing Times

May 7, 2012 by  

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 […]

Silver Carp Facts & Other Aquatic Nuisance Species

April 13, 2012 by  

Silver Carp Facts & Other Aquatic Nuisance Species

by Doug Leier Last fall, an angler caught a silver carp in North Dakota’s portion of the James River near LaMoure. A couple of weeks later, North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists caught another one in a net, nearly 50 miles farther upstream in the James, near the dam at Jamestown Reservoir. That […]

Beginning Photography Tips for Fishing

March 23, 2012 by  

Beginning Photography Tips for Fishing

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

Conservation Message – Bits & Pieces

March 21, 2012 by  

Conservation Message – Bits & Pieces

By Nick Simonson Normally, I’d being talking about getting ready for spring by now.  But in case you missed it, spring is over.  Welcome to June.  All kidding and weather-banter aside, spring is here and everyone’s timetable has been moved up, but there are some important dates, activities and here-and-now conservation message actions that are […]

Fishing in the Fall

September 6, 2011 by  

Fishing in the Fall

by Bob Jensen Labor Day 2011 has come and gone.  For some folks, that marks the end of summer, and to some people that means it’s time to put the boat and their rods and reels in storage.  If they want to pull the plug on fishing in early September, that’s certainly their decision, but, […]

Trolling Crankbaits

August 22, 2011 by  

Trolling Crankbaits

Our Outdoors By Nick Simonson In cooler waters of May and June the shallows can seem almost bare.  Nothing but the occasional waterboatman or roaming bluegill disturbs the water bordering shore.  Then as summer peaks, it seems the shallows are suddenly alive and teeming with small fish, as if the table was set for a […]

Bass Fishing Technique

August 8, 2011 by  

Bass Fishing Technique

by Bob Jensen Largemouth bass can, at times, be pretty receptive to whatever bass fishing technique you might put in the water.  On some days they’ll eat pretty much anything you throw that’s appropriate for where they’re hanging out.  If you throw a bait that’s made to work in shallow water, and if the bass […]

Snap Shot Ruler Review

June 17, 2011 by  

Snap Shot Ruler Review

Now you can prove the big one didn’t get away! The new SNAP SHOT RULER easily attaches to any fishing line, grip, or scale and measures fish length vertically so there is less handling of your prized catch. Accurate and photo friendly, this innovative ruler is great for anything from catch and release measurements to […]

Shallow Bass Fishing

June 6, 2011 by  

Shallow Bass Fishing

by Bob Jensen The month of June provides some of the best fishing of the year in many areas of the Midwest. One style of fishing that is popular and productive is chasing largemouth bass in shallow water. When the bass are done spawning, they’ll hang around the shallows for awhile. The females take a […]

Time to Go Fishing

May 31, 2011 by  

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 […]

Catch More Fish This Year

April 20, 2011 by  

Catch More Fish This Year

By Bob Jensen Although the lakes across the northern section of the Midwest are still covered with ice, anglers are fishing almost everywhere else. There’s a feeling in the air that anglers are anxious to get fishing. They want to be on the water chasing whatever it is that they like to chase, and nothing […]

Aquatic Nuisance Species

April 13, 2011 by  

Aquatic Nuisance Species

By Doug Leier It feels like just yesterday, when in fact it’s been over a year and a half, since the first official discovery of zebra mussels in the Red River watershed. First, these aquatic nuisance species were found established in a Minnesota lake upstream of the Red River. Then, to no one’s surprise, they […]

Canadian Night Crawlers

April 12, 2011 by  

Canadian Night Crawlers

With fishing season coming to light, it’s a great time to start looking into cheap bait.   You can now buy premium Canadian night crawlers for a lot cheaper then your local bait shop.  Canadian night crawlers are considered the highest quality, largest crawlers available.   One of our newest sponsors now has a special […]

Blade Baits

April 11, 2011 by  

Blade Baits

By Eric Olson Water clarity can be such an important variable that affects our success regardless the time of year.  Walleye and sauger both can be affected by poor visibility.  On rivers in particular when heavy rains or sudden run off can dirty the water and create poor visibility, anglers have to make the adjustments […]

Good North Dakota Fishing

March 30, 2011 by  

Good North Dakota Fishing

By Doug Leier The late Dean Hildebrand was North Dakota Game and Fish Department director from 1996 through 2005 and he had a well-developed vocabulary of catch phrases and sayings. One description I heard repeatedly for years was his exclamation that, “We’re living in the good old days when it comes to hunting and fishing.” […]

Smallmouth Bass Jigs

March 22, 2011 by  

Smallmouth Bass Jigs

Our Outdoors: Smallmouth Bass Jigs By Nick Simonson Learning how to fish on the Sheyenne River in southeastern North Dakota during my late teens and early twenties allowed me the luxury to go after smallmouth bass from the first warm-up in early April until the fish really got going in May. Throughout the years, my […]

New Fishing Gear for 2011

February 22, 2011 by  

New Fishing Gear for 2011

by Bob Jensen While there’s still lots of ice-fishing to do, open water fishing is getting closer every day. I’ve enjoyed the ice-fishing season, but am also looking forward to putting a boat in the water. When the time arrives that we’re casting a lure instead of dropping it through a hole in the ice, […]

Shallow Water Fishing

February 22, 2011 by  

Shallow Water Fishing

By Jason Mitchell The fact that shallow water fishing is productive during the early part of the open water season is no secret.  This general pattern is fairly universal with both warm water and cool water fish that spawn in the spring.  Whether the targeted species is bass, walleyes, northern pike or even pan fish, […]

Open Water Fishing

February 10, 2011 by  

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, […]

Following Smallies

August 3, 2010 by  

Following Smallies

By Nick Simonson It’s a jungle out there. Every man for himself. Greed is good. These mantras aptly describe the competitive drive in the world around us; natural laws that even mankind hasn’t rid from our collective psyche after millennia of becoming civilized. Whether it is in big business or the food web, one thing […]

Topwater Bass Fishing

June 17, 2010 by  

Topwater Bass Fishing

Top Water Fishing Lures By Nick Simonson I still remember the first time I watched a surface lure get inhaled and taken into the depths by a largemouth bass. It was a calm, sunny Saturday morning in late May and my buddy flung his Zara Spook about twenty yards off shore over a shallow flat. […]

Soft Plastics for Bass

June 2, 2010 by  

Soft Plastics for Bass

By Nick Simonson Fishing fast is a fun way of covering water and targeting active largemouth bass. Ripping crankbaits and burning spinnerbaits back to the boat triggers reaction strikes and puts a solid bend in the rod when largemouth are in a feeding mood. This fun-n-gun presentation also helps anglers key in on areas that […]

Homemade Gypsy Jig

May 21, 2010 by  

Homemade Gypsy Jig

By Nick Simonson When I was just getting the hang of what worked and what didn’t on the water, I stumbled on what was, at the time to me, a miracle lure. It was a banana head jig with a fan-shaped skirt made from krystal flash called the Gypsi Jig. For that summer, it was […]

Fishing Diary

March 30, 2010 by  

Fishing Diary

By Nick Simonson There have been a lot of changes in my life over the past five years. I’ve lived in two states and three towns and have had six different jobs, with this one being the most consistent. In that time I’ve fished over 60 lakes and rivers, gaining some level of familiarity with […]

President Obama Attacking Fishing Industry

March 22, 2010 by  

President Obama Attacking Fishing Industry

Sport Anglers Alarmed by Proposed Obama Policy A controversy has erupted in the sport fishing community over a new federal management plan for oceans and Great Lakes waters. Recent opinion pieces circulating on the internet and reported on numerous radio stations have stoked the flames through revelations that the policy, if implemented, would prohibit recreational […]

Catch and Release Fishing

March 4, 2010 by  

Catch and Release Fishing

‘Swimming Pools’ for Fish A Little Advice on Caring for Your Catch By Tony Roach Have you ever caught the same fish twice in a single day? How about the same fish two or three times inside a week? I’ll bet many of you have. Even on a massive fish factory like Mille Lacs in […]

Building Fish Habitat

January 20, 2010 by  

Building Fish Habitat

By Doug Leier More than 40 years ago the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, in an effort to create structure for fish and create artificial habitat within Heart Butte Dam (Lake Tschida) in Grant County, sunk some old car bodies into the reservoir. As you might expect, the practice of using car bodies for […]

The First Cast Curse

February 11, 2009 by  

The First Cast Curse

By PJ Maguire   The lake was calm last summer when I took one of my younger cousins, Shawn, out fishing after dinner. In mid-July the wind typically dies down in the evening, making it perfect for casting top-water lures for Largemouth bass. There was a time in my life when top-water was my favorite […]

Big Bang Baitfish

February 11, 2009 by  

Big Bang Baitfish

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

Confidence Baits

February 11, 2009 by  

Confidence Baits

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson   The woolly bugger is a pattern that rarely fails. Likewise, a ballhead jig with a curly-tail grub will catch nearly any fish. A red-and-white Daredevle spoon will with all certainty pull a pike out of any water that holds the species. These lures are time-tested producers; they are the ultimate […]

Fishing Tackle Top Ten

February 11, 2009 by  

Fishing Tackle Top Ten

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Springtime means stocking the tackle box with jigs, spinners, twisters, spoons, crankbaits and more; usually more lures than I’ll ever need. However, if it came down to it, there is a handful of them I couldn’t go without. For whatever species I was pursuing, I would forsake all other jigs, rigs […]

Catch & Release Tools

February 11, 2009 by  

Catch & Release Tools

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Catch and release works. Whether it’s preserving a viable fishery in a forty-acre bass lake or letting a trophy-caliber muskie swim back into the cabbage after an exciting battle, the mantra of C&R resounds stronger than ever through sport fishing circles. For those looking to preserve big fish it is easier […]

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