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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pike and Perch Fishing in North Dakota

Pike and Perch Fishing in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   I’ve always enjoyed my own little internal debates, like would I rather have a 12-ounce hamburger steak for a little less price than an 8-ounce ribeye? And the same concept applies to the outdoors. Would you rather catch 15 decent perch, or three big pike during a few hours of ice […]

Thirty-Five Years in the Fishing Game

Thirty-Five Years in the Fishing Game

by Bob Jensen   It’s at this time of year every year that I reflect on years passed:  I don’t mean to do this, I just can’t help it.  And, for the most part, my trips down Memory Lane are usually pretty pleasant.  As I tripped down Memory Lane from the comfort of my couch […]

Weather Pattern Effects on Fall Fish Reproduction in North Dakota

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 […]

Big Waters, Big Fish

Big Waters, Big Fish

A similar trend also exists for walleye. More than 95 percent of the 490 Whoppers in the past five years came from big waters.

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 […]

Early Pike Spawning

Early Pike Spawning

by Doug Leier As far as I can tell, few people are complaining out loud about the early arrival of spring in 2012. Since 2009 it’s almost felt like we’d skipped a season, or replaced spring with “flood” season. This year, it started to feel like spring in February and March and it’s almost as […]

Northern Pike Slime

Northern Pike Slime

Our Outdoors: Slime Time By Nick Simonson While unhooking my second pike of the morning, the two-pound fish slipped quickly out of my wet hand and back into the water with a splash. All that was left as evidence that I had even caught it was a chewed up plastic tail and a small coating […]

Fall Fishing Bonanza

Fall Fishing Bonanza

By Doug Leier It comes as no surprise that when August begins losing to September, for many North Dakota residents hunting starts to win out over fishing in the competition for free-time activities. But I’d also suggest, if you’ve bagged plenty of days pounding the North Dakota prairie, without experiencing the thrill of fall fishing, […]

Fishing Northern Pike

Fishing Northern Pike

Our Outdoors: A Pike in the Hand By Nick Simonson Not once but twice, the devil’s fork tail turned short just feet in front of the dock at the family cabin. The fish, a muskie of nearly four feet in length had given chase, even bumping the lure halfway through my first retrieve, and exerted […]

ACE the New Year

February 13, 2009 by  
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ACE the New Year

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson It sounded like the hardware store jingle as the long-time guide laid out his simple plan for muskie fishing. “ACE is the base for success with muskies – Attitude, Character, Enthusiasm,” he bellowed to those of us in attendance at the banquet. Simply, he summed up what makes a good angler […]

Early Northern Pike Ice Fishing

February 13, 2009 by  
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Early Northern Pike Ice Fishing

Ice Team If there’s a fish species that gets fired up for cold water, it’s the northern pike. Especially big ones, with distance between the eyeballs. If you’re a little fish, a big pike is your worst nightmare–but if you are an ice angler, a big pike can be your favorite dance partner. Big pike […]

Northern Pike Recipe List

February 11, 2009 by  
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Northern Pike Recipe List

Here’s some favorite northern pike recipes of ours. Pickled Northern Pike Recipe This recipe can be used with any fish but northern pike works best. Before using this recipe be sure to freeze the fish at least 5 days. This will destroy any parasites that are present in the fish or bacteria that may have […]

Freshen Up Your Skills

Freshen Up Your Skills

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson     The season for big fish has come! The snow is rapidly melting, the ice is weakening, and the fish are preparing for the spawn. It is a picture perfect time for spring angling. If you plan to take some photos of your angling success this openwater season, here are […]

Early Northern Pike Ice Fishing

February 9, 2009 by  
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Early Northern Pike Ice Fishing

Ice Team If there’s a fish species that gets fired up for cold water, it’s the northern pike. Especially big ones, with distance between the eyeballs. If you’re a little fish, a big pike is your worst nightmare–but if you are an ice angler, a big pike can be your favorite dance partner. Big pike […]

Northern Pike Ice Fishing Tips

February 7, 2009 by  
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Northern Pike Ice Fishing Tips

By Nick Simonson If you are tired of finicky panfish or walleye with lockjaw and the slow bite that the area has been experiencing throughout this unstable portion of the winter, turn to an old favorite to heat up the action on the ice. One of the most exciting fish to catch in our area […]

Trophy Northern Pike Fishing in Early Winter

February 7, 2009 by  
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Trophy Northern Pike Fishing in Early Winter

Ice Team If there’s a fish species that gets fired up for cold water, it’s the northern pike. Especially big ones, with distance between the eyeballs. If you’re a little fish, a big pike is your worst nightmare—but if you are an ice angler, a big pike can be your favorite dance partner. Trophy pike […]

Catching Big Pike During the Late Winter – Trophy Northern Pike Fishing

February 7, 2009 by  
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Catching Big Pike During the Late Winter – Trophy Northern Pike Fishing

By Karl Kleman You can take ‘em at other times, but Power Stick Karl Kleman likes; Late Winter for Monster Pike. One person’s complaint is another person’s call to action. Very early in his ice-fishing days, Power Stick Karl Kleman picked up on a familiar refrain coming from late winter panfish anglers. “When the sunfish […]

Give Spear Fishing a Try

February 5, 2009 by  
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Give Spear Fishing a Try

By Doug Leier The last time you tried something new, did you have a hint of apprehension, or at least a little adrenaline rush triggered by anticipation? Whether it’s a new recipe for venison or test-driving a used car, you never know exactly what to expect, until you try. While darkhouse spearfishing in North Dakota […]

Spearfishing Through the Ice

February 5, 2009 by  
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Spearfishing Through the Ice

By Jason Phillips Reminiscent of a scene on the coral reef in the Gulf of Mexico, I watched perch drifting against the bottom of the frozen lake. Subtle breaks in the lake floor, accompanied by a weed bed and an old sunken log were the coral in this picture. As I gazed down the hole […]

Ice Fishing for Pike

February 5, 2009 by  
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Ice Fishing for Pike

By Jason Phillips According to the weather forecast, March will begin with subzero temperatures which will extend the wait for the snow goose migration. We are in the midst of the spring snow goose hunting season but could be a month away from actually having huntable numbers of geese in the state! With an excess […]

Solunar Tables

January 29, 2009 by  
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Solunar Tables

By Doug Leier When your hunting and fishing skills are comparable to those of Captain Kangaroo, you need all the help you can get. One tool that doesn’t come via mail order or credit card swipe is the solunar tables listed in many magazines and newspaper outdoors sections. Like most people who spend a lot […]