Top 10 New Muskie Baits For 2018

October 19, 2017 by  

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, lures for big esocids need to cover a […]

10 Best Spinning Reels For 2018

September 15, 2017 by  

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 design affordable, the Profishiency spinning reel from Anything […]

10 Best Polarized Sunglasses For Fishermen

September 8, 2017 by  

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 with light streaming down from above, but […]

10 New Baitcasting Reels For 2018

August 11, 2017 by  

10 New Baitcasting Reels For 2018

We have put together a list of 10 of our favorite new baitcasting reels that we saw at the recent ICAST 2018 show. 13 Fishing Concept Z Described as the first-ever high performance casting reel manufactured without ball bearings, the Concept Z from 13 Fishing uses polymer technology to cast lures farther than traditional ball […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Top 10 Game and Fish Violations in 2016

February 2, 2017 by  

Top 10 Game and Fish Violations in 2016

Many hunters and anglers might assume that when it comes to game warden’s work, a good share of which involves checking hunters, anglers and boaters for license and regulation compliance, that the most common violations would involve hunting in general, and deer hunting more specifically. So it might come as a surprise to many that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Keep Boating Safety In Mind This Summer

May 25, 2016 by  

Keep Boating Safety In Mind This Summer

An early spring ice-out provided a jump start to the 2016 open-water season for North Dakota anglers. Then came a period of rather cool temperatures that slowed water warm-up and delayed other forms of water recreation. Now, however, Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer is at hand, and regardless of water temperatures, […]

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 […]

North Dakota Baitfish Rules

May 4, 2016 by  

North Dakota Baitfish Rules

In late March, the State Game and Fish Department issued a reminder to anglers about the state’s baitfish rules, particularly relating to live white suckers, which are illegal to use anywhere in North Dakota except the Red and Bois de Sioux rivers. Fisheries division chief Greg Power said at the time that the regulation has […]

North Dakota Paddlefish Snagging Season Starts May 1

April 27, 2016 by  

North Dakota Paddlefish Snagging Season Starts May 1

For many, the month of May conjures up images of the first tulips and annual flowers emerging, spotting the first baby goose and even swatting a mosquito. Gardens are planned and planted, jigs and spinners sorted, and we look forward to a walk after supper and spending a little more time outdoors than indoors. And […]

Mild Winter Likely Helped Some Lakes Survive Without Winterkill

April 20, 2016 by  

Mild Winter Likely Helped Some Lakes Survive Without Winterkill

It doesn’t take a biology or chemistry degree to understand fish need water, and it’s no secret the expanded wet cycle since 1993 was the key ingredient in creating a modern version of the good old days in terms of fishing in North Dakota. But reduced snowpack and consequently less fresh spring run-off the last […]

North Dakota Fishing Info for 2016-17

March 30, 2016 by  

North Dakota Fishing Info for 2016-17

The early arrival of spring and ice out on lakes this year is providing some additional days for open-water fishing in North Dakota this year. Along with a new license that is needed starting April 1, a new two-year fishing proclamation also kicks in April 1, with a few noteworthy changes from the last two […]

All North Dakota Hunting and Fishing Licenses To Be Electronic

March 16, 2016 by  

All North Dakota Hunting and Fishing Licenses To Be Electronic

Rummaging through drawers on one of the few cold and blustery days of winter, I came across a hidden pocket of stuff. Crushed into the back corners were a few of the “old” paper fishing and hunting licenses I used to buy at a gas station on one of those sneaky warm April days in […]

Mule Deer, Salmon and Upland Hunting Updates

December 9, 2015 by  

Mule Deer, Salmon and Upland Hunting Updates

With the busy fall hunting seasons I often wish I was able get more important updates worked into my weekly column. From deer to pheasants, ducks and geese – did I forget fall fishing? There’s just such a frantic pace of information and I guess that’s a good thing. Here are a few items that […]

Winter Boat Maitenance

December 2, 2015 by  

Winter Boat Maitenance

Let’s face it, while many people put an unofficial end to open-water fishing months ago, others enjoyed the warm fall and extended their boating and fishing even into November. Then with the rush of deer season, perhaps the annual chore of winterizing the boat is still on the “to do” list. For the most part, […]

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 […]

Here’s why 1 in 4 North Dakotans Over 16 Bought a Fishing License for 2014-15

September 16, 2015 by  

Here’s why 1 in 4 North Dakotans Over 16 Bought a Fishing License for 2014-15

I bought a fishing license this year, just like I have every year since I turned 16. I bought a license for my wife, and my kids still aren’t old enough to need one (16 or older) but we all fished the past year, just like we do every year. I’m not sure I’d say […]

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 […]

How to get in more fishing this summer

August 12, 2015 by  

How to get in more fishing this summer

Usually in August comes the inevitable “I didn’t…” syndrome. You know, “I didn’t fish enough,” or “I didn’t spend enough time on the water.” Before you spend the last precious days/weeks of summer moping around, grousing about time slipping through your fingers, here’s a few tips to help people with even the most harried schedules […]

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 […]

Shorefishing is a Surefire Good Time

July 22, 2015 by  

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. The other day I heard him state, “…Lake Sakakawea has more shoreline than the state of California….” I stopped and thought about that for a moment, and then […]

Next Generation Rods and Reels Unspooled at ICAST 2015

July 17, 2015 by  

Next Generation Rods and Reels Unspooled at ICAST 2015

by Craig Ritchie One expects to see new technologies introduced at the world’s largest fishing tackle trade show, and manufacturers did not disappoint with numerous new rod and reel introductions at ICAST, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando from July 15 to 17, 2015. Leading the way from Abu Garcia are the […]

Hundreds of New Baits Unveiled at ICAST

July 17, 2015 by  

Hundreds of New Baits Unveiled at ICAST

by Craig Ritchie Anglers will face tough choices when shopping for new lures next spring as manufacturers unveil a wide range of new hard and soft baits this week at ICAST, the world’s largest fishing tackle trade show. More than 11,000 people representing manufacturers, buyers, dealers and reps from around the globe are on hand […]

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 […]

Should Fish Length Limits Be Introduced in North Dakota?

July 8, 2015 by  

Should Fish Length Limits Be Introduced in North Dakota?

Throughout the last 20-plus years, since the drought-busting summer of 1993, many fishing waters in North Dakota have had fish populations that peaked, declined and then peaked even higher. Within that same time period, State Game and Fish Department biologists have had many discussions internally, and with concerned anglers, about whether some type of “length […]

Getting Outside for Some Summer Fishing

July 2, 2015 by  

Getting Outside for Some Summer Fishing

Each July, I promise myself to fish more the rest of the summer. It’s usually because I’m wondering where the first month of summer went and I realize I haven’t gotten out as much as intended … thus far. I do know I’ve never made it to fall freeze-up and said I’ve spent way too […]

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 […]

Stay Safe This Boating Season

June 17, 2015 by  

Stay Safe This Boating Season

I grew up in the 1980s when recommendations for seatbelt use were turning into laws, and people were trying to adjust to the process of having to click in before driving off. And who would argue about that? It’s impossible to plan the best time to wear or not wear a safety belt, so it […]

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. […]

Tips for Loading and Unloading Your Boat

May 18, 2015 by  

Tips for Loading and Unloading Your Boat

by Bob Jensen How you load and unload your boat at the boat ramp may not have an impact on how many fish you catch, but getting it in the water can set the tone for the day, for you and for any other angler that’s waiting to put their boat in the water.  Unloading […]

Hunting and Fishing Bills in North Dakota

May 13, 2015 by  

Hunting and Fishing Bills in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   The 2015 North Dakota legislative session recently wrapped up. While the number of bills related to hunting, fishing, trapping and outdoor recreation was down somewhat from previous years, it was still a busy session as the North Dakota Game and Fish Department tracked 23 outdoors-related bills, 12 of which were passed […]

Clear Lake Success

May 12, 2015 by  

Clear Lake Success

By Bob Jensen Too much of the time we hear about bodies of water or fish species that are experiencing problems, and it’s good that we learn about those problems because if we don’t know about them, we can’t fix them.  We’re often hearing about the water being too dirty or too clear, the fish […]

Fishing Season Travel Checklists

May 6, 2015 by  

Fishing Season Travel Checklists

by Doug Leier To the delight of many anglers, spring fishing this year got an early start, and few seasoned residents of North Dakota will ever lament a shorter winter. From the Red River and Devils Lake to the Yellowstone, there was no shortage of open water. And, with lower fuel and transportation costs than […]

Catch the Biters

May 5, 2015 by  

Catch the Biters

By Bob Jensen   As we enter a new open water fishing season, it’s good to get some thoughts together regarding changes in fishing techniques and fishing ideas.  Some of us consider ourselves to be “walleye fishermen”, some fit the bill as “bass fishermen”, others narrow it down even more and proclaim themselves to be […]

Paddlefish Snagging Season in North Dakota

April 29, 2015 by  

Paddlefish Snagging Season in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   One of my first work details after I became a game warden in 1996 was as part of a detail during the paddlefish snagging season. And since then I’ve watched them, weighed them, even tried the caviar, but I’ve never landed one of the prehistoric native fish that can weigh well […]

Spring Fishing Suggestions

April 27, 2015 by  

Spring Fishing Suggestions

By Bob Jensen   As the days get warmer and longer, more anglers are making it to the lake or river or pond in search of a fish that wants to get caught.  Fish, being the coldblooded creatures that they are, respond to our lure presentations differently depending on the season.  They like their lures […]

Spring Fishing Opportunities

April 22, 2015 by  

Spring Fishing Opportunities

by Doug Leier   My first open-water cast of the 2015 fishing season came before spring turkey season, and even before Easter. While the first fish of the year didn’t happen on the same trip, it was reason to smile. Just getting outdoors in early April without mud boots or winter jacket was enough to […]

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 […]

Consider Color For More Fishing Success

April 14, 2015 by  

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 Season Northern Pike

April 7, 2015 by  

Early Season Northern Pike

By Bob Jensen   When anglers gather and the talk turns to early season fishing, walleyes are a popular topic in many areas.  In other regions, chasing largemouth bass gets the conversation going, and in other areas, it’s crappies.  One fish that is ignored, or at least doesn’t generate as much early season fishing interest […]

Youth Wildlife Programs in North Dakota

April 1, 2015 by  

Youth Wildlife Programs in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   My interest in fishing and hunting began long before specific opportunities we’re designed to encourage young hunters and anglers. The 1980s didn’t have youth deer, waterfowl and pheasant seasons, or special turkey licenses, just to name just a few. I do remember that the local Jaycee’s sponsored some youth BB gun […]

Early Spring Walleyes in Rivers

April 1, 2015 by  

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 […]

Planning for Open Water Fishing

March 25, 2015 by  

Planning for Open Water Fishing

By Bob Jensen My ice-fishing is officially done until ice returns next fall.  Now it’s time to start thinking about open water fishing.  Every new year brings new things to add or consider adding to my fishing.  In the open water fishing season of 2015, I’ve got some new things that I will be trying, […]

Last Ice Fishing Trip For Now

March 17, 2015 by  

Last Ice Fishing Trip For Now

By Bob Jensen   I just returned from what will probably be my last ice-fishing trip until ice returns later this year.  We were on Lake Winnibigoshish in north central Minnesota.  I was fishing with my friend Craig Brown who, along with his wife Paige, own McArdle’s Resort on Winnie.  Craig spends a lot of […]

Game Warden Statistics for North Dakota

March 11, 2015 by  

Game Warden Statistics for North Dakota

by Doug Leier   Every year the North Dakota Game and Fish Department provides a report on the number of citations issued by state game wardens the previous year. The statistics for 2014, recently published in the February 2015 issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine, carry some not-so-positive news: Game wardens cited a record number […]

Licensing and Regulation Reminders for Spring Season

March 4, 2015 by  

Licensing and Regulation Reminders for Spring Season

by Doug Leier   A couple of decades ago March was typically sort of a down time for outdoor activity in North Dakota, but that’s no longer the case. With fishing season for game fish now open year-round instead of closing around the first weekend in March, plus the advent of the spring light goose […]

Time to Start Planning For Open Water Fishing

March 3, 2015 by  

Time to Start Planning For Open Water Fishing

By Bob Jensen   In some areas of the Midwest, open water fishing is still several weeks away.  In other areas of the Midwest, especially rivers, anglers are on the water chasing walleyes, sauger, panfish, and whatever else.  Regardless of where you live, now is a good time to consider the following ideas as to […]

Last Ice Fishing Trip of the Year

February 24, 2015 by  

Last Ice Fishing Trip of the Year

By Bob Jensen   For some of us, the ice-fishing season of 2015 is history.  For others, there are still a few more days on the ice in our near future.  I’ve got trips scheduled through the middle of March, and if I get lucky, there will be a couple more trips after that.  If […]

Fishing Creel Surveys in North Dakota

February 18, 2015 by  

Fishing Creel Surveys in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   Most of my life I’ve been curious and inquisitive on how different factors influence what we do, where we go and how we spend our time and money outdoors. So I’ll be very interested in the results of an ice fishing survey the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is conducting […]

There’s Still Lots of Time for Ice Fishing

February 17, 2015 by  

There’s Still Lots of Time for Ice Fishing

By Bob Jensen   In some of the places where people go ice-fishing, a few of the ice-fishing seasons are starting to wind down, or in some places, they’re over.  Walleye season closes in some areas, but there is still lots of ice-fishing to take advantage of.  As the ice-fishing season winds down, we need […]

Watchable Wildlife Program Projects

February 12, 2015 by  

Watchable Wildlife Program Projects

by Doug Leier   When you stop and focus as you are driving or walking across North Dakota, you’ll realize the majority of wild animals don’t fall into the “game” or “hunted” category. And yet, the few species for which hunting or fishing is allowed attract the lion’s share of concerns from people who enjoy […]

Which Boat is Best For You?

February 9, 2015 by  

Which Boat is Best For You?

By Bob Jensen   It’s Boat Show and Sportshow season across North America.  It’s also the season when many anglers and boaters are looking for a different boat for the upcoming fishing and boating season.  There are lots of options available.  If you’re going to be looking for a new-to-you boat to go fishing in, […]

Adapt for More Fishing Success

February 3, 2015 by  

Adapt for More Fishing Success

By Bob Jensen   There are times in fishing, as in life, that if we want to be successful, we need to change our plans:  We need to adapt. We may have a plan for a day on the water of chasing bass, but conditions aren’t suited for our plans.  If we want to catch […]

News and Notes for ND Hunters and Anglers

January 28, 2015 by  

News and Notes for ND Hunters and Anglers

By Doug Leier Every so often I catch myself with a few pieces of news and notes that might not generate a full column, but are worthy of passing along as reminders. Here’s what I’ve got for you this week. Tracking North Dakota Legislation For starters, with the 2015 North Dakota legislative session underway, tracking  […]

Different Lure Actions for Different Fish

January 26, 2015 by  

Different Lure Actions for Different Fish

By Bob Jensen A lot of factors can determine how many fish we’ll catch through the ice.  Color is important:  So is lure size.  How the bait is attached to your line can be a consideration.  A small jig attached to your line with a big, bulky snap/swivel probably won’t be as effective as that […]

A Recent Ice Fishing Trip

January 19, 2015 by  

A Recent Ice Fishing Trip

By Bob Jensen I just got back from an ice-fishing trip to Big Stone Lake.  Big Stone straddles the Minnesota/South Dakota border and is an outstanding fishery for a variety of fish species, but it’s the perch that brought us to Big Stone on this trip.  Big Stone has become one of the Midwest’s premier […]

A Look Ahead to 2015

January 8, 2015 by  

A Look Ahead to 2015

By Doug Leier Looking ahead to 2015, it’s hard not to get excited, or stay excited, about the excellent fishing prospects that lie ahead for North Dakota. None of us who are anglers today have ever lived through a time when the state has had more fishing waters than it does right now. Many of […]

A Look Back on 2014

January 2, 2015 by  

A Look Back on 2014

By Doug Leier It’s that time of year again when a lot of us take a look back at the past 365 days. For me it’s an enjoyable exercise as I can sift through my weekly columns to see how the year unfolded from an outdoors perspective. And it’s nice to have that printed record […]

A Fishing Look Forward

December 30, 2014 by  

A Fishing Look Forward

by Bob Jensen About this time in years past, I’ve done a look back:  Kind of a review of things pertaining to fishing that happened in the past fishing season.  This year, we’re going to take a look forward at the fishing seasons, open water and ice, to come.  Here we go! Ice-fishing got off […]

Factors That Influence Fishing Success

December 23, 2014 by  

Factors That Influence Fishing Success

By Bob Jensen Recently we talked about how lure color can have an influence in our fishing success.  And, while color can certainly have a role in determining how many fish we catch, there are other factors that also come into play in our fishing success.  Let’s talk about some of those factors. Size is […]

Consider Color for More Fish

December 16, 2014 by  

Consider Color for More Fish

By Bob Jensen Whether you’re fishing in open water or through the ice, the color of your lure can affect how many fish you catch.  That is especially obvious when an angler is fishing through the ice and is watching a depth-finder.  You see everything that goes on directly below that hole.  If a fish […]

The Good News and the Not-So-Good News for Winter 2015

December 11, 2014 by  

The Good News and the Not-So-Good News for Winter 2015

By Doug Leier Most years there’s no shortage of attention grabbers in late fall, with deer season coming and going and the wrap-up of fall sports and harvest and the early stages of the holidays. Such concentration of activity sometimes prevents us from keeping up with an array of hunting and fishing information, and the […]

Fish Differently for Different Fish

December 8, 2014 by  

Fish Differently for Different Fish

By Bob Jensen  An angler new to ice-fishing and I were having a conversation recently about the sport.  He had some questions, which I tried to answer.  When we got to the topic of various fish species and how they need to be approached differently, my new friend got a little suspicious.  He wanted to […]

A Fishing Lesson

November 3, 2014 by  

A Fishing Lesson

by Bob Jensen  I went fishing last week in eastern Wisconsin with smallmouth ace Mike Gottheardt.  The wind was blowing and it was chilly.  It felt more like hunting season, and for many outdoors-people it was.  We heard frequent gunshots.  A weather front was going through, and that can often create tough fishing.  But when […]

Catch a Bunch in the Fall

October 27, 2014 by  

Catch a Bunch in the Fall

by Bob Jensen I got to fishing again this past week. My friend Mike Gottheardt and I were chasing smallmouth bass on a river in eastern Wisconsin.  We caught ’em good: Lots of smallmouth and some nice ones at that.  Nothing that would be considered a trophy, but some healthy bass that fought hard and […]

Thoughts on the 2014 Open Water Fishing Season

October 21, 2014 by  

Thoughts on the 2014 Open Water Fishing Season

By Bob Jensen For many anglers, the 2014 open water fishing season is in the books.  While there is still plenty of open water fishing to do, many anglers are doing different things this time of year.  If you’re one of those anglers, you need to be sure you winterized your boat motor.  I run […]

Give the Fish What They Want

October 14, 2014 by  

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

October 6, 2014 by  

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 […]

Going Fishing Again

September 29, 2014 by  

Going Fishing Again

by Bob Jensen I went fishing last week.  I’m going fishing again this week, and if things work out, I’ll be going fishing the next week also.  Just a couple of days per trip, but what wonderful days they can be this time of year.  The trees were just starting to get some color last […]

Drop-Shot Rigs for More Fall Fish

September 22, 2014 by  

Drop-Shot Rigs for More Fall Fish

By Bob Jensen For some reason, autumn is the time of year when I feel the need to share the productivity of drop-shot rigs.  It’s probably because the first time I ever tried drop-shotting was in the fall at least twenty years ago.  My friend Barry Day had just returned from a trip to the […]

Thinking About Fall Fishing

August 26, 2014 by  

Thinking About Fall Fishing

By Bob Jensen For many people, Labor Day marks the end of summer or the beginning of fall, depending on how you look at it.  For some anglers, Labor Day marks the end of the fishing season; for other anglers, Labor Day is the beginning of the best time of the year to be fishing.  […]

Game & Fish Department Unveils New Mobile Mapping Apps

August 13, 2014 by  

Game & Fish Department Unveils New Mobile Mapping Apps

By Doug Leier I’ve tried to really determine if my wandering outdoor excursions are a genetic characteristic or just learned behavior that I enjoy. Some of my favorite trips out hunting, fishing or just exploring are nothing more than coincidence or luck. Many times, we’ll set off without even a predetermined plan of north, south, […]

Keep it Simple for More Fish

August 11, 2014 by  

Keep it Simple for More Fish

by Bob Jensen Fishing is different things to different people.  Some folks like to consider every aspect of why a fish was caught on a certain bait, was in a particular location at that time, and why that fish decided to bite just then.  That’s great.  Curious anglers catch lots of fish and often are […]

North Dakota Game & Fish Helps Keep Fish Population Robust

August 6, 2014 by  

North Dakota Game & Fish Helps Keep Fish Population Robust

By Doug Leier The well documented and discussed wet cycle and expansion of fisheries is not new to most anglers, or even people who don’t fish. Anyone over the age of 25 can attest to the continuing growth and expansion of water and fisheries in North Dakota. While the slow accumulation of new water on […]

Another Trip to Kab

August 5, 2014 by  

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 […]

Catch and Release Fishing Tips for the Everyday Angler

July 30, 2014 by  

Catch and Release Fishing Tips for the Everyday Angler

By Doug Leier In a day and age where society churns out new acronyms about as fast as smartphone apps, it’s no wonder that people start to forget what FFA or KFC even stand for anymore. In some ways, when CRP is synonymous with habitat and ANS is quickly associated with threats to aquatic habitat, […]

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, […]

Fish for Fish That Want to Eat

July 21, 2014 by  

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 […]

Why I`d Rather be Fishing

July 2, 2014 by  

Why I`d Rather be Fishing

by Doug Leier There’s a cross-section of people with whom I really connect this time of year – those folks who are participants in summer sports, and those folks who fish. While I am an avid sports fan, I don’t golf and haven’t played softball in nearly 20 years, but I connect with the people […]

Enjoy Your Fishing More This Summer

July 2, 2014 by  

Enjoy Your Fishing More This Summer

by Bob Jensen Lots of anglers refer to this time of year as the “Dog Days of Summer”.  The phrase “Dog Days” came from ancient Rome and had to do with the stars and the belief that Sirius, The Dog Star, caused summer to be a bad time of year.  Regardless of what they thought […]

How to Get Your Kids Hooked on Fishing

June 25, 2014 by  

How to Get Your Kids Hooked on Fishing

by Doug Leier Over the years I’ve detailed my successes and failures of getting my kids “hooked on fishing.” Call me a bit disconnected, but I don’t see how kids cannot enjoy fishing. And I’ve never heard my kids say they don’t want to go fishing. It’s actually the complete opposite, as no matter the […]

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 […]

Slot Limit Regulations – What Purpose Do They Serve?

June 18, 2014 by  

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 […]

My Four Favorite Lures for Summer Fun

June 12, 2014 by  

My Four Favorite Lures for Summer Fun

By Bill Dance I love to wade creeks and fish small ponds and lakes. Fishing knee deep and casting for bass brings back memories of when I was a kid, and it is still one of my very favorite ways to spend a summer day. Light “finesse” tackle is perfect for this kind of fishing. […]

Fishing the Waters of North Dakota

June 11, 2014 by  

Fishing the Waters of North Dakota

by Doug Leier In 1988 I was a sophomore in high school. I was more than happy to catch a few perch, walleye or northern pike, and sometimes even bullheads. It seems I never had a problem finding the yellow-bellied, numerous-yet-undesirable fish, even when the number of fishing waters was half what it is now. […]

Try a River This Summer

June 9, 2014 by  

Try a River This Summer

by Bob Jensen The Midwest is blessed with all sorts of fishing opportunities.  Lakes, rivers, ponds, and reservoirs dot our landscape.  Wherever you live, you don’t need to drive far to wet a line. Rivers can provide some outstanding fishing action throughout the summer.  Actually, rivers can be good year ‘round, especially the larger rivers.  […]

Keep Quiet for More Shallow Water Fish

May 27, 2014 by  

Keep Quiet for More Shallow Water Fish

by Bob Jensen  In late spring and early summer, lots of fish species will be in shallow water.  Panfish and bass will be in there spawning, and walleyes will be hanging around in the shallows after the spawn.  If you’re after fish that are in shallow water, you need to keep in mind that they […]

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 […]

Invasive Species Threatening Aquatic Habitats in North Dakota

May 14, 2014 by  

Invasive Species Threatening Aquatic Habitats in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   You’ve made your list and are checking it twice; anticipation for fishing is growing faster than your lawn this spring. Current license – got it. Life jackets – check. Next stop, open-water fishing 2014. The only thing holding you back from a day on the water is Mother Nature, but that’s spring […]

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