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    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 in...
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    The weedline is a great place to find and catch fish all during the open water fishing season. Lots of anglers even work the weedline while ice-fishing. Simply put, there is almost always a fish somewhere along the weedline that is willing to get caught. In the autumn months a variety of fish...
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    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 put a bait in front...
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    by Bob Jensen Lure presentation is always an important part of fishing success. Of course, you have to find them before you can catch them, but in open water or while ice-fishing, once you find the fish, you have to make them bite. One way to make them bite more often, which I learned quite a...
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    By Bob Jensen I've said it so many times, and I don't like to be redundant, but the autumn period is a wonderful time to go fishing for pretty much any species of gamefish that swims in the Midwest. Walleyes, bass, northern pike; even muskies are susceptible to an angler's presentation in the...
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    By Bob Jensen Planer boards have been a part of many a walleye anglers' arsenal for a long time. Salmon and trout anglers also employ boards frequently. Planer boards do so many good things when a trolling presentation is called for. They enable an angler to get lines and baits out away from...
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    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...
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    by Bob Jensen This morning there were two inches of new snow on the ground. Winter doesn't want to let go, but like it or not, winter is going away. When it does, I'm going fishing. And I'm going to be using a bait that many anglers don't use early in the year. I'm going walleye fishing...
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    by Bob Jensen Most of the ponds and many of the small lakes across the Midwest are either free of ice or will be soon. For those of us that are looking forward to getting back to open-water fishing, that means it's time to get the panfish gear together. In some places we fish panfish...
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    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 made for...
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    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...
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    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 our...
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    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...
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    By Mitch Eeagan Early in the spring season, before the urge to procreate was great, panfish gathered together in massive schools and were fairly easy to locate and catch. When spawning is in full swing, those same fish move back into the shallows, where antagonistic strikes from aggressive...
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    by Bob Jensen Anyone who goes fishing wants to catch more fish and bigger fish. The anglers who catch the most big fish are versatile anglers. If you want to be more versatile, you need to learn more fishing techniques. Following are some fishing techniques that I am going to learn more...
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    By Noel Vick with Brian "Bro" Brosdahl Utter the word 'flood' in some low lying neighborhoods and folks wince. Real flood victims might go into sandbagging mode. Flooding is a normal occurrence, however, typically benign and predictable. From the simplest flooding model we learn how water...
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    By Doug Leier Late in the 1980s my family moved from LaMoure to Valley City. I'd fished the Jim River and Lake LaMoure prior to the move, and enjoyed an array of fish, from pike to perch and even the lowly carp. In Barnes County around Valley City, I spent a good chunk of time fishing Lake...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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