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    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...
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    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. A boat isn't required for someone to catch fish The other day I heard him state, "...Lake Sakakawea has more shoreline than the state of...
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    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. This largemouth bass was hanging...
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    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...
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    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...
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    Crankbaits are a great way to catch summer fish for several reasons. Mike Frisch trolled this crankbait summer walleye up on a Salmo Hornet. 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...
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    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. Length limits can harm a fish population, and needlessly restrict angler opportunity if the regulation...
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    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 variety of...
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    Each July, I promise myself to fish more the rest of the summer. North Dakota has about 420 "managed fisheries," and there is little argument that fishing in North Dakota is better than ever. It's usually because I'm wondering where the first month of summer went and I realize I haven't...
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    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. If you're after smallmouth bass and they're being finicky in the summer, backtrolling a live bait rig with either a leech or night...
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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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    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 in getting a fish...
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    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...
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    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 your boat should be a quick...
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    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! This smallmouth...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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. The Game and Fish Department's fall mule deer survey indicates an improving population...
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    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...
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    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, and the...
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