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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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    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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    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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    It's starting to feel a lot like summer. Fish behave differently in the different seasons, and if we want to catch fish in the different seasons, we need to vary our lure presentations and how we go about catching fish. Following are some ideas for catching fish during the summer months...
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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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    By Doug Leier Every so often I catch myself with a few pieces of news and notes that might not generate a full column, but are worthy of passing along as reminders. Here's what I've got for you this week. Tracking North Dakota Legislation The ND Game and Fish Department has initiated a...
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    By Doug Leier Looking ahead to 2015, it's hard not to get excited, or stay excited, about the excellent fishing prospects that lie ahead for North Dakota. None of us who are anglers today have ever lived through a time when the state has had more fishing waters than it does right now. None...
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    By Doug Leier It's that time of year again when a lot of us take a look back at the past 365 days. For me it's an enjoyable exercise as I can sift through my weekly columns to see how the year unfolded from an outdoors perspective. Winter 2014 wasn't particularly snowy and that played a...
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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 Doug Leier Many of my outdoors destinations tend to attract higher use than a secluded badlands nook, a Turtle Mountains hideout or even a tucked away Missouri Coteau wetland. While we typically associate littering problems with warmer weather seasons, it happens in the winter, too I...
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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 Bob Jensen Different species of fish require a different approach through the ice or on open water. An angler new to ice-fishing and I were having a conversation recently about the sport. He had some questions, which I tried to answer. When we got to the topic of various fish species...
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    by Bob Jensen Throughout the Midwest and probably other parts of North America, there are some lakes that have special fishing regulations. Not many lakes, but a few. These special regulations greatly restrict the number of fish you can keep when you go fishing. These lakes are few and far...
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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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