10 Best New Walleye Baits For 2017

November 13, 2017 by  

10 Best New Walleye Baits For 2017

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

2016 North Dakota Game and Fish Highlights

January 6, 2017 by  

2016 North Dakota Game and Fish Highlights

Last year at this time we were at the start of a mild winter and were looking at what that might mean for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in 2016. While not everything turned out exactly as envisioned, it was a good year on many fronts. Here’s a look at some of the […]

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. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Record Walleye Fingerlings Released in North Dakota

August 3, 2016 by  

Record Walleye Fingerlings Released in North Dakota

Walleye are the most popular fish for a good share of North Dakota anglers, so it was good news when the State Game and Fish Department announced a couple of weeks ago that this summer’s walleye production effort hit record marks for both the number of fingerlings produced, and number of lakes stocked. It wasn’t […]

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 […]

Fishing Is Great…Even When You Aren’t Catching

July 6, 2016 by  

Fishing Is Great…Even When You Aren’t Catching

Ask me how fishing is, and I’ll reply that fishing is always great; it always has been and always will be. For me, the catching is a different story and tends to be a bit overrated, to tell you the truth. But perhaps my prowess at catching helped change my goals and fishing philosophy over […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Tagged Walleyes Provide Valuable Information

May 11, 2016 by  

Tagged Walleyes Provide Valuable Information

Earlier this spring, biologists from North Dakota and South Dakota tagged the last of some 36,000 walleyes that are part of a comprehensive and long-running study on the Missouri River System in the two states. Since 2013, North Dakota Game and Fish biologists have tagged more than 17,000 of those fish from the Missouri River […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Night-Bite Walleyes

September 2, 2014 by  

Night-Bite Walleyes

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Catching Pressured Walleyes

June 16, 2014 by  

Catching Pressured Walleyes

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

A Game Plan for Summer Walleyes

June 2, 2014 by  

A Game Plan for Summer Walleyes

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

Should There Be A Minimum Length Limit For Walleye Fishing?

May 21, 2014 by  

Should There Be A Minimum Length Limit For Walleye Fishing?

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

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 […]

Plastic Baits for More Fishing Success

April 29, 2014 by  

Plastic Baits for More Fishing Success

by Bob Jensen Through the years, wherever and whenever anglers go fishing, live bait has always been the go-to bait when fishing gets tough. It’s still that way in many fishing situations—pure and simple: live minnows, nightcrawlers, leeches, crickets, crawdads, and whatever else catches fish. But plastic bait is taking the place of live bait […]

One-Over Limit and Spring Fishing in North Dakota

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. […]

Ice-Out Panfish

April 7, 2014 by  

Ice-Out Panfish

by Bob Jensen   Most of the ponds and many of the small lakes across the Midwest are either free of ice or will be soon.  For those of us that are looking forward to getting back to open-water fishing, that means it’s time to get the panfish gear together.  In some places we fish […]

Try Different Stuff This Year

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 […]

Be at the Right Level for More Fish

March 10, 2014 by  

Be at the Right Level for More Fish

by Bob Jensen When it comes to fishing success, in open water or through the ice, there are a few basic things you need to do.  Probably the most important thing is finding the fish.  You can’t catch ’em if you don’t find ’em. Once you’ve found the fish, you need to present a bait […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fishing 2013 – A Look Back

December 23, 2013 by  

Fishing 2013 – A Look Back

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

Wildlife Population in 2013 Review

December 23, 2013 by  

Wildlife Population in 2013 Review

by Doug Leier My short-term memory is sharp enough to recall that the 2013 winter lasted a little too long for my liking, and unless April cross-country skiing or snowmobiling are a draw, I’d suggest ice anglers had plenty of time from last December through March to give way to spring. But in 2013, spring […]

Line up for Ice Fishing

November 21, 2013 by  

Line up for Ice Fishing

by Bob Jensen   Ice-fishing and open water fishing are very similar in some ways and very different in others.  The differences are obvious; the similarities are much more subtle.  One of the things that open water fishing and ice-fishing have in common is the importance of the line you’re using.  At any time of […]

Weather Pattern Effects on Fall Fish Reproduction in North Dakota

November 20, 2013 by  

Weather Pattern Effects on Fall Fish Reproduction in North Dakota

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

Favorite Fishing Spots of 2013

November 7, 2013 by  

Favorite Fishing Spots of 2013

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

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 […]

Tweaking Big Lake Tactics for Teensier Water ‘Eyes

May 31, 2013 by  

Tweaking Big Lake Tactics for Teensier Water ‘Eyes

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

SHALLOW WATER WALLEYES

May 31, 2013 by  

SHALLOW WATER WALLEYES

Crankbaits, slip-bobber rigs, live bait rigs, they’ll all catch shallow walleyes. But the folks who catch walleyes most regularly are probably throwing a jig tipped with either a minnow or plastic.

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.

Hot Patterns for Cool Walleyes

May 12, 2013 by  

Hot Patterns for Cool Walleyes

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

Slip Floats In Weeds

May 12, 2013 by  

Slip Floats In Weeds

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

Walleye Opener – Minnesota ‘Eyes in Shallow Water

May 8, 2013 by  

Walleye Opener – Minnesota ‘Eyes in Shallow Water

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

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.

No-Fail Early Season Walleye Locations

April 29, 2013 by  

No-Fail Early Season Walleye Locations

Often that means focusing your efforts on a productive combination of water depth and some form of structural, fish-holding subtlety such as a transition in bottom composition or a small, flat shelf adorning an otherwise sharp drop-off.

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.

Slip Floats And Dark-Side Walleyes

April 10, 2013 by  

Slip Floats And Dark-Side Walleyes

Spring through early summer, a slip-float rig is the way to go at night, and few anglers know more about it than Wisconsin walleye guide Greg Bohn.

JIGS FOR WALLEYES

April 4, 2013 by  

JIGS FOR WALLEYES

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

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