Fish Slower and Simpler… Sometimes

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

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 […]

Summer Fishing Suggestions

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 […]

Fishing Accessories Galore at ICAST

July 17, 2015 by  
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Fishing Accessories Galore at ICAST

by Craig Ritchie From tackle boxes to high performance rain suits, tackle manufacturers have pulled out all the stops with an incredible range of new products unveiled this week at the ICAST fishing tackle trade show, held in Orlando, Florida. Plano exhibited a number of new tackle boxes, including a Women’s Series of soft-sided tackle […]

Next Generation Rods and Reels Unspooled at ICAST 2015

July 17, 2015 by  
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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 […]

Crankbaits for Summer Fish

July 13, 2015 by  
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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?

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 […]

Work the Weedline

July 6, 2015 by  
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Work the Weedline

It’s summer.  Lots of people are fishing, and lots of fish are just waiting to get caught.  In the summer months, there are so many ways to catch fish.  They can be deep, they can be shallow, they can be suspended or they can be relating to structure.  One very good way to catch a […]

Getting Outside for Some Summer Fishing

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  
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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 […]

Spread Out for Fishing Success

June 15, 2015 by  
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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 […]

Clear Line for Clear Water? Maybe Not

June 1, 2015 by  
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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  
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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  
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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 […]

A Fishing Look Forward

December 30, 2014 by  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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 […]

A Fishing Lesson

November 3, 2014 by  
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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 […]

Give the Fish What They Want

October 14, 2014 by  
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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, […]

Going Fishing Again

September 29, 2014 by  
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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  
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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 […]

Keep it Simple for More Fish

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

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

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

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, […]

Why I`d Rather be Fishing

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  
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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

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

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 […]

My Four Favorite Lures for Summer Fun

June 12, 2014 by  
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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

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  
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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.  […]

A Game Plan for Summer Walleyes

June 2, 2014 by  
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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 […]

Keep Quiet for More Shallow Water Fish

May 27, 2014 by  
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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 […]

Should There Be A Minimum Length Limit For Walleye Fishing?

May 21, 2014 by  
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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

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 […]

Northern Pike Early in the Summer

Northern Pike Early in the Summer

by Bob Jensen   Across the Midwest, anglers have lots of fishing options.  There are a good number of different fish species to catch, and there are a lot of different ways to catch the different species of fish.  One species of fish that doesn’t get a lot of attention is the northern pike.  Most […]

Key Tips for Catching More Fish This Season

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  
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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

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

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. […]

Paddlefish Snagging Season in North Dakota

Paddlefish Snagging Season in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   In my early years with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, I was a district game warden. Prior to assuming responsibility for a district, new wardens learn different required skills from experienced wardens at stations around the state. My primary training warden was Kurt Aufforth, who at the time was […]

Get Ready for a New Fishing Season

Get Ready for a New Fishing Season

by Bob Jensen The ice-fishing season of 2014 is starting to wind down and the open water fishing season of 2014 is getting underway.  There is still plenty of ice in many of the ice-fishing locales across the Midwest, but those of us who like to ice-fish know that our time on the ice is […]

Try Different Stuff This Year

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

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 […]

Hunting and Fishing License Fee Increases to take effect

Hunting and Fishing License Fee Increases to take effect

by Doug Leier   Just about this time last year, the North Dakota legislature was working through a bill that would raise fees for many of the state’s hunting and fishing licenses. Eventually, Senate Bill 2231 passed the state senate overwhelmingly by a 39-6 vote, and the house followed suit with a vote of 77-15. […]

New Fishing Guide Changes in North Dakota

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

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

Selecting a Line for Open Water Fishing

by Bob Jensen Another open water fishing season is closing in. It’s still a ways off, but it’s getting closer every day. Maybe the most important thing you can do to enhance your fishing is to use fresh line. Fresh line will help you enjoy your fishing and catch more fish. Here’s why. Line that […]

Late Season Ice Fishing

Late Season Ice Fishing

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

Rod Selections for Open Water Fishing

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 […]

Winter Fishing: Contour Maps & Fishing Waters Access

Winter Fishing: Contour Maps & Fishing Waters Access

by Doug Leier   Like a lot of people, I’m often guilty of following a routine. That’s particularly true when it comes to choosing fishing spots. Year after year I can fish the same lakes, recall past visits, and assess the current state – whether the water is up or down, or whether there are […]

Getting Hooked – Tips on How to Handle Hook Extractions

February 4, 2014 by  
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Getting Hooked – Tips on How to Handle Hook Extractions

by Bob Jensen   Fishing is a fun thing to do: That’s why so many people do it.  Did you know that that are more anglers than golfers and tennis players combined?  That’s a lot.  With that many people going fishing, every now and then something bad or unpleasant is going to happen.  It might […]

Color Under the Ice

January 28, 2014 by  
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Color Under the Ice

by Bob Jensen   It might not seem like it, but the late ice season is not that far off.  With Polar Vortex’s and such displaying their power, warmer weather seems like a long way off.  However, as the days continue to get longer and the sun moves farther north, we can be assured that […]

Mid-Season Ice Fishing Ideas

Mid-Season Ice Fishing Ideas

by Bob Jensen In many areas where anglers fish through the ice this time of year, we are at about the midway part of the season.  Most lakes have a good cover of ice as well as some snow.  We also have cold weather, lots of it.  There are a number of things we can […]

Fishing & Hunting North Dakota in 2014

Fishing & Hunting North Dakota in 2014

by Doug Leier   Looking ahead to 2014, 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 […]

Habitat Maintenance and Effects on Wildlife Populations

Habitat Maintenance and Effects on Wildlife Populations

by Doug Leier For years, North Dakota Game and Fish Department biologists have stressed the importance of habitat in maintaining healthy wildlife populations in the long term. At the recent round of Game and Fish advisory board meetings, that topic got a lot of emphasis, and brought to light many discussions on the “good old […]

Mid-Season Ice Fishing

December 16, 2013 by  
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Mid-Season Ice Fishing

by Bob Jensen The middle part of the ice-fishing season will soon be here.  There are things we do in the middle of the season that we don’t do earlier in the year.  For more fishing success in the next few weeks, keep these ideas in mind. I was fishing for perch through the ice […]

Finding Hunting and Fishing Hot Spots: Technology vs. Traditional

Finding Hunting and Fishing Hot Spots: Technology vs. Traditional

by Doug Leier I’m pretty certain my wife and kids tire of my stories from “back in the day” or “how things used to be.” More often than not, it’s a discussion about how technology and electronic advances keep people from getting outside, or the capability to visit with new “friends” while waiting in checkout […]

Ideas for Dressing for Winter Fishing

November 29, 2013 by  
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Ideas for Dressing for Winter Fishing

by Bob Jensen Winter has definitely arrived in the Midwest. The Midwest provides lots of fishing opportunities throughout the winter months for both open water and ice anglers.  Many anglers like to go ice-fishing; many others enjoy fishing in the open water in rivers below dams.  Regardless of where you go fishing, you need to […]

Line up for Ice Fishing

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 […]

Favorite Fishing Spots of 2013

November 7, 2013 by  
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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 […]

Game and Fish Studies across North Dakota this fall

Game and Fish Studies across North Dakota this fall

  by Doug Leier State Game and Fish Department biologists conduct a variety of studies every year. The familiar ones are those that provide counts or indexes that factor into season setting and limits, and also set hunter and angler expectations. Sometimes, it’s fairly obvious why fish or game populations are up or down. In […]

Small Details, Bigger Catches

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 […]

Crappies Down Deep

September 9, 2013 by  
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Crappies Down Deep

by Bob Jensen Almost anyone who enjoys freshwater fishing enjoys catching crappies.  Crappies are great on the table, they’re abundant in many waters, they are very appealing visually, and best of all, when you get on them they can be willing biters.  In the fall months, if you can find the crappies they will provide […]

NET YOUR FISH

NET YOUR FISH

Swinging a fish into the boat is not the best idea

North Dakota Fishing Facts

July 18, 2012 by  
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North Dakota Fishing Facts

Doug Leier No matter the course in life, when we sit down and look at the details of the years it inevitably leads to some arguments on when and where an event took place, or if it even really actually happened. Anglers are famous for embellishing stories of the one that got away (after fighting […]

North Dakota Fishing Questions

North Dakota Fishing Questions

Doug Leier Even though fishing season is open year-round in North Dakota, judging by phone calls and emails the month of July sees a good share of fishing activity. Whether it’s planning an annual fishing outing with friends and family, part of an anniversary or community celebration, or simply an individual with questions, there are […]

Minnesota Lake Sturgeon

July 9, 2012 by  
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Minnesota Lake Sturgeon

By Nick Simonson A couple of weeks ago, my brother Ben Simonson of Valley City, N.D. received a report via email from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regarding a Minnesota lake sturgeon he caught on our first trip to the Rainy River in May. The yellow tag marked #82,661 was the first thing […]

Save Our Lakes Program

June 28, 2012 by  
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Save Our Lakes Program

By Doug Leier With all due respect to the big boys of North Dakota fishing – the Missouri River, Lake Oahe, Lake Sakakawea and Devils Lake – I’ve always smiled a bit bigger while landing a fish in the hundreds of “Mom and Pop” fisheries of our home state. Each angler knows how they need […]

Illegal Fish Stocking

June 13, 2012 by  
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Illegal Fish Stocking

Doug Leier Even with gas prices hovering between three and four dollars a gallon, I see trucks towing boats moving across North Dakota on a regular basis. While at one time this flow of boats was heavily weighted toward vehicles from North Dakota heading primarily east, over the last decade or more things have evened […]

Lakes for Walleye Fishing – Expanding Fisheries in North Dakota

June 11, 2012 by  
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Lakes for Walleye Fishing – Expanding Fisheries in North Dakota

Lakes for Walleye Fishing – Expanding Fisheries in North Dakota by Doug Leier If you’re into numbers, around 140,000 North Dakota residents were licensed to fish last year, and that doesn’t include all those under age 16 who don’t need a license. Put in that context, the angling community in North Dakota is stronger in […]

Keep It Simple Keep It Fresh – Kids Fishing

June 4, 2012 by  
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Keep It Simple Keep It Fresh – Kids Fishing

Keep It Simple Keep It Fresh – Kids Fishing By Nick Simonson My Godson Gavin has an active imagination. We’ve been Power Rangers, battled aliens in the backyard, turned invisible by walking under the curtain of a willow tree, and told ghost stories while eating s’mores by the bonfire. There’s no shortage of yarns that […]

Best Fishing Trips

Best Fishing Trips

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

North Dakota Fishing License – Free Fishing Days

North Dakota Fishing License – Free Fishing Days

by Doug Leier It’s hard to believe when I glance at the calendar that it’s May, and not June or maybe July. The early arrival of spring-like temperatures after a milder winter can do that. So while open water fishing has been viable since mid-March, between work, school and other responsibilities not everyone has yet […]

Fishing Lake Sturgeon – Rainy River

May 8, 2012 by  
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Fishing Lake Sturgeon – Rainy River

Fishing Lake Sturgeon “Well, that hookset didn’t go anywhere,” my brother said as I got about one-third into my sweeping movement against the creature that tapped on the end of my line near the bottom of the Rainy River in northern Minnesota.  With the rod in full arc, I began cranking down to meet my […]

Best Fishing Times

Best Fishing Times

by Doug Leier “Best fishing times?” I’m the first to admit I’m not a professional angler. When it comes to tips and tactics on how to land a lunker walleye or fill a stringer in short order, I’ve got more questions than answers. At times, I casually refer to myself as the human cold front […]

Paddlefish Snagging Season Opens May 1

April 18, 2012 by  
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Paddlefish Snagging Season Opens May 1

ND G&F Release: Paddlefish Snagging Season Opens May 1 North Dakota’s paddlefish snagging season opens May 1 and is scheduled to continue through the end of the month. However, depending on the overall harvest, an early in-season closure may occur with a 36-hour notice issued by the state Game and Fish Department. Snaggers need to […]

Silver Carp Facts & Other Aquatic Nuisance Species

Silver Carp Facts & Other Aquatic Nuisance Species

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

Florida Fishing – Distant Cousins

April 5, 2012 by  
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Florida Fishing – Distant Cousins

Florida Fishing By Nick Simonson My wife’s extended family is very close.  Her grandfather and his cousins grew up together like brothers, and as a result her mother and second and third cousins grew up the same way.  No matter where we go for her family reunions or for vacations with the extended family, as […]

North Dakota Fishing Regulations

April 5, 2012 by  
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North Dakota Fishing Regulations

by Doug Leier I don’t necessarily consider myself old, but I do know I’m old enough to remember the drought of the late 1980s and early 1990s when Devils Lake was hardly visible from Minnewaukan, and one day I walked across the parched bottom of Hobart Lake in Barnes County. Since a wet cycle started […]

Spring Season in Fast Forward

March 12, 2012 by  
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Spring Season in Fast Forward

By Nick Simonson Even in “The Winter that Wasn’t” signs of spring are welcome, and with the surge of May-like weather on the southern breezes of early March they’ve been popping up everywhere, getting me excited for the season to come. Last November, I procrastinated my purchase of a new snowblower right up to Veteran’s […]

North Dakota Hunting & Fishing Licenses

March 12, 2012 by  
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North Dakota Hunting & Fishing Licenses

by Doug Leier In North Dakota, your fishing license, along with several other licenses including general game, small game and furbearer, will expire March 31. In the weeks following, tens of thousands of North Dakotans will renew their licenses throughout spring with the onset of open water fishing, carrying on the tradition of anglers and […]

NDTRAX 2011 Gets Even Better

November 9, 2011 by  
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NDTRAX 2011 Gets Even Better

NDTRAX 2011. It keeps getting better! Kirsch’s Outdoor Products is announcing the immediate release of additional options to the TRAX family of products. TRAX maps continue to evolve making it the most complete line of GPS solutions available empowering sportsmen and women with their outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, camping, and traveling. […]

ND Fishing Questions

ND Fishing Questions

By Doug Leier Questions tend to flow with the seasons and while hunting is starting to gain ground, fishing continues to lead my list of phone, email and random inquiries. Here’s a sample of some the North Dakota Game and Fish Department typically receives, with answers from the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov. Why […]

Right Under My Nose

August 8, 2011 by  
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Right Under My Nose

By Nick Simonson When you stand the world on its head, or do your best to stand on yours, the perspective of how and what things are gets turned upside down and undoubtedly provides a new view of what were once familiar surroundings.  Last week, as I made the move from the house my wife […]

Snap Shot Ruler Review

Snap Shot Ruler Review

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

Littering Problems

June 8, 2011 by  
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Littering Problems

By Doug Leier Most of us who spend time outdoors occasionally wind up in a spot that makes us think we are the only human to have ever stood or floated in that exact location. Realistically, at least in this part of the world, that’s probably not true. If the natural setting is not altered, […]

Drayton Catfishing Tourney

June 8, 2011 by  
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Drayton Catfishing Tourney

_____________________________________________ September 17th, 2011 Rod & Reel Rally Catfishing Tournament Hastings Landing Recreation Area Downtown Drayton, North Dakota 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Cash prizes and a special $30,000 bonus for breaking the ND channel catfish record The Red River of the North’s only WHOPPER catfishing tournament Call 701-454-6184 or 701-454-FISH Go to www.draytonnd.com Email […]

Boating Safety

May 31, 2011 by  
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Boating Safety

By Doug Leier Many anglers and recreational boaters enjoy reading through information and testimonials on the latest electronics and power options for a boat or personal watercraft. It’s a good thing to invest time into finding out ways to more efficiently use every last second of fun outdoors. While honestly no one would expect the […]

Fishing Paddlefish

April 20, 2011 by  
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Fishing Paddlefish

By Doug Leier Given North Dakota’s geographic location, sort of on the fault line between east and west, and north and south, it’s easy to understand the state’s diversity of fish and wildlife species. Few states can claim such a variety of critters in terms of roosters, bucks, ducks and pike. In fact after a […]

Aquatic Nuisance Species

Aquatic Nuisance Species

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

Canadian Night Crawlers

Canadian Night Crawlers

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

Mahi Mahi Fishing

April 11, 2011 by  
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Mahi Mahi Fishing

By Nick Simonson It finally sank in when I was about an hour from the lake cabin where my buddy had been watching my dog while I was on vacation. As I looked around the midway point gas station at the beige grasses, gray skies, and leafless trees, I could hardly believe that just sixteen […]

Good North Dakota Fishing

Good North Dakota Fishing

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

Super Sport License

March 29, 2011 by  
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Super Sport License

Our Outdoors By Nick Simonson Many times I think back fondly to reading class in sixth grade at Jefferson Elementary School. My teacher, Mr. Horner, read us a number of exciting books, many with a coming-of-age story behind them, preparing us for our adventure into Junior High the following year. Among the titles was the […]

Fishing Trivia

March 23, 2011 by  
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Fishing Trivia

By Doug Leier If you asked my wife about my ability to recall seemingly useless fishing trivia data, she would likely say that it is times annoying. I’m not bragging about it, not a chance, but I’ve never understood how I can easily forget the whereabouts of my keys, cell phone, the remote control and […]

New Fishing Gear for 2011

New Fishing Gear for 2011

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

The Ugly Fish

February 22, 2011 by  
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The Ugly Fish

Our Outdoors – By Nick Simonson I’ll admit it. I enjoy The Soup on E! Network. Joel McHale watches all the crap TV shows, makes fun of each in a thirty-second clip and moves on so I get all the best, worst and weirdest parts of what happened from what I’d never watch on TV […]

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