A Mid-Summer Bass Trip

August 18, 2014 by  
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A Mid-Summer Bass Trip

by Bob Jensen  Last week, my nephew Sam and I took our annual bass trip to west central Minnesota.  We’ve been doing this for about ten years and have only missed one year.  Sam was in grade school when we started doing this; this week he heads off to college.  Time flies. In all those […]

Erie’s Early Spring Bronze Hawgs

April 10, 2013 by  
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Erie’s Early Spring Bronze Hawgs

Today I’ve got a whole new and exciting perspective on bass fishing.”

LOOKING AHEAD TO OPEN WATER

February 5, 2013 by  
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LOOKING AHEAD TO OPEN WATER

I’m looking forward to casting topwater baits to largemouth bass in shallow water. This style of fishing is visual and exciting

Re-purposing Pheasant Feathers for Fishing

January 20, 2013 by  
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Re-purposing Pheasant Feathers for Fishing

I am constantly exploring new ways to use the feathers from my favorite upland bird – the ringneck pheasant

Fishing in the Fall

September 6, 2011 by  
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Fishing in the Fall

by Bob Jensen Labor Day 2011 has come and gone.  For some folks, that marks the end of summer, and to some people that means it’s time to put the boat and their rods and reels in storage.  If they want to pull the plug on fishing in early September, that’s certainly their decision, but, […]

Smallmouth Bass Jigs

March 22, 2011 by  
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Smallmouth Bass Jigs

Our Outdoors: Smallmouth Bass Jigs By Nick Simonson Learning how to fish on the Sheyenne River in southeastern North Dakota during my late teens and early twenties allowed me the luxury to go after smallmouth bass from the first warm-up in early April until the fish really got going in May. Throughout the years, my […]

Shallow Water Fishing

February 22, 2011 by  
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Shallow Water Fishing

By Jason Mitchell The fact that shallow water fishing is productive during the early part of the open water season is no secret.  This general pattern is fairly universal with both warm water and cool water fish that spawn in the spring.  Whether the targeted species is bass, walleyes, northern pike or even pan fish, […]

Following Smallies

August 3, 2010 by  
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Following Smallies

By Nick Simonson It’s a jungle out there. Every man for himself. Greed is good. These mantras aptly describe the competitive drive in the world around us; natural laws that even mankind hasn’t rid from our collective psyche after millennia of becoming civilized. Whether it is in big business or the food web, one thing […]

Homemade Gypsy Jig

May 21, 2010 by  
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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 […]

The Coffee Tube

February 11, 2009 by  
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The Coffee Tube

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson In the outdoors, it is tough to beat a hot cup of coffee in the morning. In the pre-dawn twilight of a fishing trip, a steaming hot Thermos-top-cup of java gears the senses up and gives an angler a reason to pause between casts, all the while adding a mountain-grown aroma […]

The Fish I’ve Known

February 11, 2009 by  
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The Fish I’ve Known

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson   We should all be so lucky to fish small waters, and fish the same small waters often. Time and time again Ixve said that our affinity with a certain river or small lake helps us take stock of the resource, to treat it respectfully and to see what a conservation […]

The Texas Fishing Rig “Texas Rig”

February 11, 2009 by  
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The Texas Fishing Rig “Texas Rig”

Nick Simonson Summertime and the living’s easy. The fishing is pretty good too as predator species begin to enter a warm-weather pattern of eating, eating and more eating. Bass hide along weedlines, under docks and around stumps in wait for any prey to swim by. One of the most effective rigs for bass at this […]

Fishing in May

February 11, 2009 by  
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Fishing in May

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson   “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” This line, an eye-to-eye plea by Matthew Broderick as the title character in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, sums up our very existence. For anglers, month of May moves […]

The Rapala X-Rap

The Rapala X-Rap

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson     Whether your treasure on the water is colored gold, bronze or silver, the X-Rap by Rapala (www.rapala.com) marks the spot for great fishing. My experience with crankbaits has been limited; being predominately a river angler has restricted my usual arsenal to jigs and soft plastics which are comparatively inexpensive […]

Beginning Again

February 11, 2009 by  
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Beginning Again

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson   The orange jig and twister shot out from the tip of my rod, driven by the laws of physics and anticipation. The gray Fireline in tow spiraled wildly like the contrail of a botched rocket launch. The lure hung in the air, suspended indefinitely in the blue slivers of sky […]

Topwater Fishing

February 11, 2009 by  
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Topwater Fishing

By Jon Mitzel Long-awaited May is a great time to enjoy catching fish on surface baits. Northern pike and largemouth bass are aggressive fish and will readily attempt to chase food on or near the surface. The action is tough to beat, and most hits are vicious in nature. What an exciting way to catch […]

Hot Fishing Lures for 2007

February 11, 2009 by  
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Hot Fishing Lures for 2007

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Hang in there, it can’t snow forever. As if spring fever wasn’t bad enough, a fresh 16 inches of snow over the last week has put the “cabin” into “cabin fever.” But while nature-induced lockdown might dampen most spirits; anglers know that now is the time to stock up on tackle […]

Summertime Bass Fishing Tips

February 11, 2009 by  
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Summertime Bass Fishing Tips

Nick Simonson Slop, gunk, or matting, call it what you will, but by this time in the summer, the combination of weed tops and surface vegetation has sealed off water access for shoreline anglers and limited the area that boat anglers can work. But those anglers who overlook this green gobbledygook could also be passing […]

Simple Bass Fishing Techniques

February 11, 2009 by  
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Simple Bass Fishing Techniques

PJ Maguire The first step I took as a fisherman was from catching sunnies off the dock to casting for bass along the docks. It is true that bass are a sunfish, so in theory this is a logical step. Most of my friends, like me, first started serious fishing for bass and then transitioned […]

Springtime River Smallmouth

February 9, 2009 by  
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Springtime River Smallmouth

By Nick Simonson     As the last few inches of ice fade from the shorelines of area rivers, it is next to impossible not to think about springtime fishing. It is even more difficult not to think of the hundreds of bronze flashes from springtime fishing trips in the past. In the land where […]

Praise for Polarized Sunglasses

February 9, 2009 by  
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Praise for Polarized Sunglasses

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson As I pulled up the trolling motor and hoped for a clean glide over the small sandy delta leading into a back bay on my favorite lake for Minnesota’s Bass Season opener, I was disappointed to not immediately see signs of fish ahead of the Grumman. My yellow lab, Gunnar, and […]

Smallie Streamers – Flies for Bass Fishing

February 5, 2009 by  
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Smallie Streamers – Flies for Bass Fishing

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Except for a few wily grayling in the cold running streams of northern Norway, few freshwater fish have fought as valiantly on the flyrod as the smallmouth bass of my home water. These fish, from late April through October on the Sheyenne River and others like it in the upper Midwest, […]

Best Bass Fishing Lures of Today

February 2, 2009 by  
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Best Bass Fishing Lures of Today

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson     Topwater fishing for bass is nothing new. Anglers have experienced the excitement of having bass explode on lures such as the Zara Spook, Rebel Pop-R, and pre-rigged surface plastics like the Bass Rat for decades. But recent revolutions in plastic baits have bass anglers buzzing at the tackle shop […]

Oh Deer, it’s Smallie Time!

February 2, 2009 by  
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Oh Deer, it’s Smallie Time!

By Nick Simonson       While the tension mounts as you await this year’s deer application results (enjoy the next eight weeks), take some time to relax with the hardiest fish in our waters – the smallmouth bass. Just don’t expect your heart rate to get any lower. With a few simple items of […]

Smallmouth By the Numbers

February 1, 2009 by  
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Smallmouth By the Numbers

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson     What a surprise! A stretch of warm spring days shook winter’s chill off some bronze scales and more than a week earlier than last year, I landed my first smallmouth bass. There’s no better time than now, during the prespawn, to search for big brown bass for some spring […]

Carolina Rig Fishing

January 31, 2009 by  
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Carolina Rig Fishing

By Kevin Dahlke     The Carolina Rig is a technique that has been around for quite some time. It is used to cover an area quickly to find out what kind of structure you are fishing. Personally, I have put this technique on the back burner for the last number of years, but as […]

River Smallmouth

January 31, 2009 by  
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River Smallmouth

By Nick Simonson     As the last few inches of ice fade from the shorelines of area rivers, it is next to impossible not to think about springtime fishing. It is even more difficult not to think of the hundreds of bronze flashes from springtime fishing trips in the past. In the land where […]