Experience Early Season Fishing Success

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 […]

Things To Do Before Open Water Fishing Season

February 27, 2017 by  
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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 […]

Hunting and Fishing Expectations

November 30, 2016 by  
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Hunting and Fishing Expectations

When it comes to conversations about hunting and fishing, it’s pretty easy to understand when someone relates they caught a five-pound walleye or bagged a limit of mallards. For me, those references bring to mind a stream of different fish and fowl I’ve seen, caught or shot for a comparative point of reference. But when […]

Big Baits for Big Fish Right Now

September 26, 2016 by  
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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. […]

Fishing Accessories For Safer Fishing

July 11, 2016 by  
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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 […]

Mid-Summer Fishing Reminders

June 28, 2016 by  
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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  
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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 […]

Open Water Fishing 2016

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 […]

2015 and Beyond – Fishing, Pheasant and Grouse

December 30, 2015 by  
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2015 and Beyond – Fishing, Pheasant and Grouse

I’ve always enjoyed my final column of the year and first column of the next year, as a kind of closing one door and then looking ahead to what may or may not be coming for the next year. This year, instead of one review and one preview, I’ll cover the past and future for […]

Memorable Fishing Trips

November 9, 2015 by  
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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 […]

Fall for Crappies

October 5, 2015 by  
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Fall for Crappies

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

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

September 16, 2015 by  
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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  
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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 […]

Hunting and Fishing Bills in North Dakota

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, […]

Licensing and Regulation Reminders for Spring Season

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

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

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 […]

Watchable Wildlife Program Projects

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  
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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  
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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 […]