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 […]

New Musky Lures

May 18, 2010 by  

New Musky Lures

Early evidence that three new muskie baits from Northland are living up to all the hype. Bemidji, MN – Their names are unforgettable. Their performances are undeniable. Not too many moons ago Northland Fishing Tackle broke the news about three seriously savage introductions into the muskie marketplace. Finally, the entire collection is now available at […]

Frabill HiberNet

May 18, 2010 by  

Frabill HiberNet

Now You See It, Now You Don’t Most stowable – not to mention most anticipated – landing net soon to disappear from store shelves. Jackson, Wis. – Retailers and writers first cast eyes on it at ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades) last summer in Orlando, Fla. Since then, expectancy has brewed like beer […]

Fishing Gear to Remember

May 10, 2010 by  

Fishing Gear to Remember

By Bob Jensen When we go fishing, so often we spend a lot of time making sure we have the right lures, fresh line, charged boat batteries, and all those other things that are part of the actual fishing process. And, no doubt, those are important considerations. But there are some other things we should […]

Stocked Trout Fly

May 3, 2010 by  

Stocked Trout Fly

Stocked trout are known as the eat-anything additions to their foster flows, and they probably aren’t as sharp as their more naturally occurring cousins. However, they can still be a challenge and are definitely a lot of fun as the angling season gets going. While many trout anglers prefer using spinners to cover water and […]

Small Baits Big Fish

May 2, 2010 by  

Small Baits Big Fish

By Jason Mitchell On many walleye fisheries across the Midwest, young of the year fish hatches play a huge role in where to fish and what to fish with. Really strong reproductive efforts of just about any fish species are taken advantage of. Heavy predation has been documented on just about every species of fish […]

Understanding Walleyes

April 30, 2010 by  

Understanding Walleyes

Things to Think about while Wishing for Walleyes Surefire walleye techniques that’ll be served hot in my boat this spring and summer. By Brian “Bro” Brosdahl It’s early in the season. The labor of spawning is a fling of the past – the breeders are well rested. Water temps are in that magical range – […]

Brown Trout Fishing

April 27, 2010 by  

Brown Trout Fishing

It’s What We Make of It By Nick Simonson A year ago this very morning I was sitting across from my old boss in a conference room as he explained the layoff benefits the company would be providing me until they’d run out or until economic conditions improved. As I had been the one handling […]

Horizontal Jigging

April 19, 2010 by  

Horizontal Jigging

By Nick Simonson Have you ever watched the way minnows move? When I was in Grand Forks, N.D. attending “The School that Shall Not Be Named” I had multiple chances to jump the Red River into East Grand Forks, Minn., and watch as trout, bass and pike preyed upon minnows that the staff had dumped […]

Hair Jigs

April 14, 2010 by  

Hair Jigs

The hair transplant was a success: Bucktail Jigs make a big comeback with the walleye bigwigs By Tom Neustrom I was a twelve-year-old dock boy living the dream at a resort in Northern Wisconsin. By day, I’d hang out with minnows and men who tell fish stories, while earning a little walking around money for […]

Ultralight Fishing Tackle

April 13, 2010 by  

Ultralight Fishing Tackle

The UltraLight Brigade By Nick Simonson There’s something special about taming a charging bull bluegill on line as thin as a spider web. Few fishing sensations are wilder than a white bass tearing up the sunset reflecting off of the evening water. Even a ten-inch trout brings a wondrous battle as it twists and turns […]

Bobber Fishing Tips for the Spring

April 8, 2010 by  

Bobber Fishing Tips for the Spring

The Ultimate Live Bait Rigging Solution? By Tony Roach with Doc Samson In the “Roach world” pretty much everything revolves around convincing walleyes and other fish to bite. Even when I’m not in the boat doing what I need to do to make that happen, I just can’t stop my mind from swimming around different […]

Protecting Your Garden from Deer

April 8, 2010 by  

Protecting Your Garden from Deer

By Doug Leier I’ll never be mistaken for a master gardener, and it really doesn’t bother me. Beyond borrowing the neighbor’s tiller and breaking up the ground each spring, I lose interest in the garden even before the first spuds are planted. So it comes as no surprise that when a stray rabbit is clipping […]

Shallow Walleye Fishing Tips

April 8, 2010 by  

Shallow Walleye Fishing Tips

By Jason Mitchell If the weather is stable, walleyes can often be found in shallow water during spring and early summer… shallow being less than ten feet. Obviously, every fishery is different, not to mention a multitude of factors like forage or weather can relocate fish. During May and June however on many bodies of […]

Walleyes and Water Temps

April 1, 2010 by  

Walleyes and Water Temps

By Jason Mitchell Factors like water temperature and wind seem increasingly important during spring. Often, the most important piece of equipment is a temperature gauge as activity often revolves around water temperature. A temperature gauge also enables an angler to gauge the influence of wind. Water temperature is relative in the sense that there is […]

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 […]

ND Spring Snow Geese

March 24, 2010 by  

ND Spring Snow Geese

By Doug Leier The 2010 spring snow goose conservation season opened Feb 20. No we didn’t make a mistake, the probability of snow geese migrating back into North Dakota before March is slim, but the remote chance of a mild winter, limited snow cover and early spring are possible. Yes, I said possible, but improbable. […]

Nodak Outdoors LLP Merges with Total Outdoor Network

March 22, 2010 by  

Nodak Outdoors LLP Merges with Total Outdoor Network

Bismarck, ND – The Total Outdoor Network Inc. (TON), today announces a merger with Nodak Outdoors LLP and the Nodak Network. This merger will integrate both networks’ umbrella sites, including Fishingbuddy.com, NodakOutdoors,com, DuckHuntingChat.com, SDOInsider.com, as well as over 20 other outdoor related websites. This merger will make the Total Outdoor Network Inc. one of the […]

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 […]

Slip Bobbers for Crappies

March 9, 2010 by  

Slip Bobbers for Crappies

The Deadly Drag Dumbing-down to a crawl dupes springtime crappies for panfish pros By Brian “Bro” Brosdahl with Tom Neustrom “Slow and steady wins the race.” I’m a disciple of the philosophy. In real life, the examples are countless. Consider the marathoner. The guy who paces himself for 26.2 miles is sure to pass the […]

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 […]

Homemade Musky Baits

March 4, 2010 by  

Homemade Musky Baits

By Nick Simonson Muskie anglers love to throw the biggest, flashiest baits. But in these days of dwindling discretionary income, spinners with oversized blades, magnum flashabou skirts and price tags to match are becoming cost-prohibitive. However, you can produce a bait at home for half as much as you’d pay for popular store models and […]

Sculpins

February 15, 2010 by  

Sculpins

For the Presidents’ Day weekend, I had planned out a solid day of fishing on a lake near my mother-in-law’s house where I knew the fish would bite all day. A couple hours at sunrise put me on some good-sized, fast-biting bluegills with the occasional crappie mixed in. The agenda was to meet up with […]

Low Impact Ice Fishing

February 10, 2010 by  

Low Impact Ice Fishing

By Doug Leier The “Dog Days” of winter for some begin in December and aren’t officially over until the last drift of snow disappears from the shelterbelt. I know, Dog Days is generally a summer term referring to a lingering hot and humid period in August, but it also seems appropriate for a long stretch […]

Fish House Spotters

February 8, 2010 by  

Fish House Spotters

By Nick Simonson Shantytowns are generally a bad sign. Economic downturns, natural disasters and tribal wars all come to mind when such a place is shown on the evening news. However, in the ice belt and points north, it is the sign of something good – a hot bite on frozen waters. While fishing a […]

Walleyes on Soft Plastics

February 4, 2010 by  

Walleyes on Soft Plastics

Walleyes Come as No Fluke By Brian “Bro” Brosdahl with Mark Courts Admittedly, I’m a meat and potatoes sort of guy. I’m eyeing the porterhouse steak on the menu long before the canary food, organic “meals under 500 calories”. In fact, I’ll take the whole right side of the menu, please. This instinctive weakness for […]

The Glo Bug Fly

February 1, 2010 by  

The Glo Bug Fly

By Nick Simonson Last week, as I braced myself against the wind and made my way up the walk in the glow of the front porch light, I saw through the blowing snow that first sign of spring. It wasn’t a robin, hiding its head under its wing in the late January cold. It wasn’t […]

ND Predator Hunting & Trapping

January 28, 2010 by  

ND Predator Hunting & Trapping

By Doug Leier In the early 1980s trapping fox, coyotes, badgers, muskrat and a bonus mink did more than just pay for gas. Fur prices were strong and fox outnumbered coyotes to the point where a coyote pelt brought a nice reward, and the intense hunting and trapping effort helped keep numbers in check as […]

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 […]

Life List Lunkers

January 20, 2010 by  

Life List Lunkers

By Nick Simonson There are hundreds of days booked in my fishing logs and countless others banked in my memories. From watching a field of tip-up flags pop for northern pike on a chilly winter morning to a steamy July evening spent fishing an inexhaustible school of white bass, it is tough to keep track […]

Trickle Down Techonomics

January 5, 2010 by  

Trickle Down Techonomics

Our Outdoors – By Nick Simonson A post on the ice fishing forum of a website that I help moderate asked: “I paid $300 for an old sled shack and a Vexilar, did I get a good deal?” My response was as it usually is for these kinds of questions, “You’ll wonder how you ever […]

Open Water Tactics in a Hardwater World

January 5, 2010 by  

Open Water Tactics in a Hardwater World

By Jason Mitchell I have often felt that it is much easier to learn a lake during the open water period. Structure and bottom contours can be broke down quickly when using a boat equipped with good sonar and GPS. Often during the winter (just like during the open water period) the sweet spots that […]

Fly Tying for the WinterTime

December 29, 2009 by  

Fly Tying for the WinterTime

Our Outdoors – By Nick Simonson From Bismarck to Brainerd to Balaton, the region has been blasted with the most epic blizzard since those doubled-barreled every-other-weekend storms from the winter of 1996-97. My wife and I crawled along I-94 to visit my family just before the Gulf-fueled, moisture-laden monster dumped 16 inches of snow. We […]

Hottest Ice Fishing Gear of 2010

December 21, 2009 by  

Hottest Ice Fishing Gear of 2010

By Nick Simonson The ice on most northern lakes is now thick enough for anglers to safely haul out their toys thanks to a cold stretch at the beginning of the month. Though nighttime temperatures have been below zero, new innovations and advancements in tackle, gear and shelters are helping anglers heat up the early-ice […]

Trolling on the Ice

December 11, 2009 by  

Trolling on the Ice

“New Wave” Fish Finding Tactics on Ice By Tony Roach When you spend your winters guiding on a huge lake like Central Minnesota’s Mille Lacs, doing all the things it takes to find biting fish can test your resolve. There’s only one way to the fish – drilling lots and lots of holes. My guides […]

Piggybacking Ice Spoons for Bull Bluegills

December 11, 2009 by  

Piggybacking Ice Spoons for Bull Bluegills

By Jason Durham Bluegill fishing is about balance. Each trip is a constant trial and error to figure out if the fish want a tiny speck of an ice jig – the flash, vibration and, meaty profile of a jigging spoon, or any presentation that falls in between. Each presentation has its strengths and weaknesses […]

Late Season Pheasant Hunting

December 9, 2009 by  

Late Season Pheasant Hunting

By Doug Leier Growing up as a kid in the 1980s, across the prairie from Williston to LaMoure and Valley City, December was a time of transition in our house. After the close of regular deer rifle season, the collection of my Dad’s gear in the “ready” position shifted from primarily hunting, to a mix […]

Ice Safety Tips

December 7, 2009 by  

Ice Safety Tips

Mild Weather Hampers Ice Formation – Ice Safety Tips While November was kind to North Dakota’s hunters, unseasonably mild temperatures did little to help usher in the ice fishing season. Knowing this, winter anglers are encouraged to use caution and allow ice to harden significantly before venturing on state waters. North Dakota Game and Fish […]

Tracking Martens, Fishers, and Otters

December 2, 2009 by  

Tracking Martens, Fishers, and Otters

By Doug Leier The list of creatures and critters I’ve never witnessed in North Dakota is much longer than I’d prefer. While I’ve watched North Dakota prairie chickens, bighorn sheep and peregrine falcons, I’ve yet to see a whooping crane or a live sage grouse, among others. But just because I’ve haven’t seen one doesn’t […]

The Fifty Pointer

December 1, 2009 by  

The Fifty Pointer

As I joined the mad rush at 5 a.m. on Black Friday with my wife in the aisles of the Virginia, Minn. Target store, I caught the stare of one half-awake fellow in a camouflage hunting coat, pinned down between a cart full of pink baby clothes and a display of 42-inch plasma TVs. His […]

Artificial Ice Fishing Baits – Coming Alive

November 10, 2009 by  

Artificial Ice Fishing Baits – Coming Alive

Clever ice anglers are successfully combining traditional live bait tactics with artificial approaches By Jeff Gustafson Times are a changin’. Used to be when we went ice fishing, our presentation always included a jig tipped with some type of minnow or hunk of meat, no matter what species of fish we were targeting. As the […]

THE HUNT FOR AMERICA’S BEST TRUCK IS OVER

November 2, 2009 by  

THE HUNT FOR AMERICA’S BEST TRUCK IS OVER

Silverado is America’s best truck for many reasons. To start, Silverado XFE offers an EPA estimated 21 MPG highway. No competitor has better fuel economy. Not Ford, not Toyota.1 And if you’re looking for the best 4X4 fuel economy, look no further- no competitor offers better available 4X4 fuel economy.2 Silverado comes with another powerful […]

Raising Nightcrawlers off the Bottom

October 20, 2009 by  

Raising Nightcrawlers off the Bottom

‘Nightcrawler Secrets’ Revisited By Ted Pilgrim with Tom Neustrom “Never before have I asked you, or anyone, to keep an angling secret. I’m going to break this rule now and ask you point-blank NOT to pass on this information. It is much too deadly, it took many years to accumulate, and it’s worth too much […]

Fall Trout Fishing Time

October 20, 2009 by  

Fall Trout Fishing Time

By Nick Simonson With all the hunting opportunities around us, it’s tough to set the shotgun or the bow down for an evening and pick up the fishing rod. However, fall provides an excellent chance at some fast trout fishing, particularly in those deeper pits and ponds where agencies have stocked trout for put-and-take fishing. […]

Learning Crawler Rigs and Roach Rigs on Walleyes

October 20, 2009 by  

Learning Crawler Rigs and Roach Rigs on Walleyes

Please Pass the Meat…the Fresh Stuff Walleye fishing icons Gary Roach and Doc Samson won’t be giving up live bait anytime soon By Ted Pilgrim Livebait is back, baby. You better believe it. Despite the buzz about plastics, the reality is, walleyes eat live bait. Period. In the end, all artificial lures lack two potent, […]

Go Green with Mallards

October 20, 2009 by  

Go Green with Mallards

By Doug Leier The next time you find yourself kicking cans in the shop, killing time at the gas station or coffee shop with the crew, I ask you to raise a question about favorite ducks. No doubt the wood duck would garner a share of votes, and the pintail has subtle grace and definition–that […]

Double Down on Pheasants

October 20, 2009 by  

Double Down on Pheasants

By Nick Simonson This year’s pheasant opener was unique in a number of ways. It was the first time I had opened the season somewhere other than North Dakota, with kickoff usually held at my grandmother’s farm near Watford City, N.D. in the company of my dad, brother, uncle and cousins. The hunting report from […]

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