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    The fishing season in several states across the Midwest will be opening soon. In areas where seasons are open year 'round, anglers are already out there chasing walleyes, northern pike, bass, and panfish. The next few weeks and months are the most popular times for an angler to get on the water...
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    Different anglers have different definitions of what fishing success is. To some, fishing success is catching a bunch of fish: size doesn't matter, they just want to catch something. To other anglers, fishing success means you caught a big one. Size is more important than numbers. Our buddy...
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    I've been seeing more and more anglers on and in the water recently. Some of them are fishing from boats, some are wading, others are fishing from docks or shore. Some of them are catching fish, some aren't catching too much. If you want to catch more fish early in the fishing season, following...
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    It's mid-summer and that means that fishing can be good. Some days are better than others, just like at any other time of year. There are a number of things we can do to increase our catching success at this time of year, but perhaps the most important thing we can do is to be flexible in our...
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    July is here. Time goes by faster every year. We had an early ice-out this year, but the weather stayed cool and the water didn't warm up as quickly as we thought it would. But for the most part, fishing has been pretty good darn across the Midwest. Following are some ideas that will help you...
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    We're into the summer season, and in the summer fishing changes a bit. So far this year our open water fishing in many situations has been taking place in fairly shallow water, often near where the fish spawned. Now that the fish are done spawning, they will be wherever their food is. If you're...
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    Another fishing season is here. Something you can do to catch more fish and enjoy your time on the water even more is to be flexible in your fishing goals. You'll catch more fish year 'round if you go after the species of fish that's most susceptible to getting caught when you're on the water...
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    More and more, anglers are getting on and in the water. Some folks are fishing from boats, some are wading, and some are fishing from docks or shore. Some anglers are catching fish, some aren't catching too much. If you'll be fishing in the next couple of weeks, keep these fishing thoughts in...
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    First there's ice, then there isn't. I promise, ice is on the way. When it gets here, if you keep the following reminders in mind, you'll catch more fish through the ice. On early ice, it's very important to keep quiet, and also to keep movement to a minimum. Early ice will be thin, it will be...
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    It seems like summer just started, but it's already time to think about fall fishing. Nature has started providing us with the signs that remind us that autumn is closer than we think. Just like summer fishing is different in some ways than spring fishing, fishing in the fall can be different...
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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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    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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    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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    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 Doug Leier To the delight of many anglers, spring fishing this year got an early start, and few seasoned residents of North Dakota will ever lament a shorter winter. From the Red River and Devils Lake to the Yellowstone, there was no shortage of open water. And, with lower fuel and...
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    By Bob Jensen As we enter a new open water fishing season, it's good to get some thoughts together regarding changes in fishing techniques and fishing ideas. Some of us consider ourselves to be "walleye fishermen", some fit the bill as "bass fishermen", others narrow it down even more and...
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    By Bob Jensen As the days get warmer and longer, more anglers are making it to the lake or river or pond in search of a fish that wants to get caught. Fish, being the coldblooded creatures that they are, respond to our lure presentations differently depending on the season. They like their...
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    By Bob Jensen I was at the Walleye Classic at the Cabela's stores in Owatonna and Rogers Minnesota recently. I presented a walleye seminar at each store and spent a good amount of time talking with anglers about walleye fishing and fishing in general. I always enjoy participating in these...
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    By Bob Jensen I just returned from what will probably be my last ice-fishing trip until ice returns later this year. We were on Lake Winnibigoshish in north central Minnesota. I was fishing with my friend Craig Brown who, along with his wife Paige, own McArdle's Resort on Winnie. Craig...
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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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