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    By Bob Jensen For many anglers, the 2014 open water fishing season is in the books. While there is still plenty of open water fishing to do, many anglers are doing different things this time of year. If you're one of those anglers, you need to be sure you winterized your boat motor. I run an...
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    By Bob Jensen My recent fishing trips have reminded me of how productive fall fishing can be, and they have also reminded me of how active so many species of fish are at this time of year. In the spring, some fish get active early, shortly after ice-out, while others don't start eating until...
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    By Bob Jensen For many people, Labor Day marks the end of summer or the beginning of fall, depending on how you look at it. For some anglers, Labor Day marks the end of the fishing season; for other anglers, Labor Day is the beginning of the best time of the year to be fishing. I like to fish...
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    by Bob Jensen Last week, my nephew Sam and I took our annual bass trip to west central Minnesota. We've been doing this for about ten years and have only missed one year. Sam was in grade school when we started doing this; this week he heads off to college. Time flies. Sam Amsbaugh with...
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    By Doug Leier I've tried to really determine if my wandering outdoor excursions are a genetic characteristic or just learned behavior that I enjoy. This summer the Game and Fish Department has rolled out some new tools for mobile hunters and anglers Some of my favorite trips out hunting...
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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 When anglers go fishing, they want to catch a fish. In fact, they want to catch lots of fish. While you're not always going to catch lots of fish, there are some things that anglers can do to increase their odds of getting bit. Finding the biters is a big part of catching...
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    by Doug Leier I'm no master angler, but I do understand how anglers will successfully use a technique, lure or presentation on one lake, and then try that same strategy on another body of water. In similar fashion, fisheries managers often hear from anglers who fish in other states who wonder...
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    by Doug Leier You've made your list and are checking it twice; anticipation for fishing is growing faster than your lawn this spring. Current license - got it. Life jackets - check. Next stop, open-water fishing 2014. The only thing holding you back from a day on the water is Mother Nature...
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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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    by Doug Leier In my early years with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, I was a district game warden. Prior to assuming responsibility for a district, new wardens learn different required skills from experienced wardens at stations around the state. My primary training warden was...
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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 The ice-fishing season of 2014 is starting to wind down and the open water fishing season of 2014 is getting underway. There is still plenty of ice in many of the ice-fishing locales across the Midwest, but those of us who like to ice-fish know that our time on the ice is getting...
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    by Doug Leier I've always enjoyed the arrival of spring. I've lived in a number of towns and areas in just about every corner of North Dakota, and whether it's Williston, Bottineau, Bismarck or West Fargo, each has its own special draw. While all of us in the Midwest are fortunate to have...
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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 It's fifteen below zero outside, the wind is gusty, and the sidewalk needs to be shoveled. What am I thinking about? Open water fishing. You know, that thing we do from a boat while wearing a tee-shirt and shorts and maybe sweating a little bit. I am convinced that we will...
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    by Doug Leier Like a lot of people, I'm often guilty of following a routine. That's particularly true when it comes to choosing fishing spots. Year after year I can fish the same lakes, recall past visits, and assess the current state - whether the water is up or down, or whether there are...
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    by Bob Jensen Fishing is a fun thing to do: That's why so many people do it. Did you know that that are more anglers than golfers and tennis players combined? That's a lot. With that many people going fishing, every now and then something bad or unpleasant is going to happen. It might be...
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    by Doug Leier I've always enjoyed my own little internal debates, like would I rather have a 12-ounce hamburger steak for a little less price than an 8-ounce ribeye? And the same concept applies to the outdoors. Would you rather catch 15 decent perch, or three big pike during a few hours of...
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