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    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 week: This...
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    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 West...
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    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...
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    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. 20 years ago Game and Fish...
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    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...
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    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. Catch and release has become more common as the number of lakes, reservoirs and managed fisheries have...
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    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...
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    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 in ancient Rome...
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    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. The key to attracting and holding a...
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    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...
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    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. It resembles...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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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 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...
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