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    by Bob Jensen The days are getting longer, and, although you might not believe it, it's going to get warmer. History would indicate that it's going to get warmer. March is almost always warmer than February, even in years that include a Polar Vortex. Longer days and warmer temps this time...
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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 It might not seem like it, but the late ice season is not that far off. With Polar Vortex's and such displaying their power, warmer weather seems like a long way off. However, as the days continue to get longer and the sun moves farther north, we can be assured that the fish...
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    by Bob Jensen The year 2014 started off with cold temperatures and reports of a hot perch bite on Big Stone Lake at Ortonville Minnesota, right on the Minnesota/South Dakota border. Some friends and I planned a trip to Big Stone with an eye on the weather. We decided that as soon as there was...
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    by Bob Jensen In many areas where anglers fish through the ice this time of year, we are at about the midway part of the season. Most lakes have a good cover of ice as well as some snow. We also have cold weather, lots of it. There are a number of things we can do to catch more fish through...
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    by Bob Jensen The middle part of the ice-fishing season will soon be here. There are things we do in the middle of the season that we don't do earlier in the year. For more fishing success in the next few weeks, keep these ideas in mind. I was fishing for perch through the ice last year in...
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    by Bob Jensen Winter has definitely arrived in the Midwest. The Midwest provides lots of fishing opportunities throughout the winter months for both open water and ice anglers. Many anglers like to go ice-fishing; many others enjoy fishing in the open water in rivers below dams. Regardless of...
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    by Bob Jensen Ice-fishing and open water fishing are very similar in some ways and very different in others. The differences are obvious; the similarities are much more subtle. One of the things that open water fishing and ice-fishing have in common is the importance of the line you're...
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    by Doug Leier The long winter and tardy spring of 2013 disrupted a lot of outdoor activities, including farm and construction work and baseball games and track meets. The weather also influenced North Dakota wildlife, particularly upland game birds, which experienced a relatively poor...
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    By Bob Jensen A lot of time when we talk about ice-fishing, we talk about being mobile, especially from mid ice-fishing season to the end of the season. We refer to this mobility as "trolling on ice". In short, "trolling on ice" means you pop a bunch of holes and just keep moving until you...
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    by Bob Jensen It's not here, but it's near. Ice-fishing that is. It's November. Many hunting seasons are in full swing. Those are an ice-anglers reminders that it's time to start thinking about ice-fishing. Depending on Mother Nature, we could be ice-fishing in just a couple of weeks in the...
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    By Nick Simonson Fishing is a social sport; ice fishing even more so. I can't recall a morning after a hot (or not-so-hot) dawn bite that I haven't stepped out of my shack to see who else was punching holes in the dark, ask how the fish were biting fifty yards away and shoot the breeze with a...
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    By Nick Simonson I recall clearly many days where an "ah-ha!" moment changed the way I did things forever. One such moment happened on December 26, 2000, and it altered the way I fished through the ice permanently. The converted trailer shack that my buddy Holmes, his cousin Adam and I were...
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    By Nick Simonson I often think back fondly to my times while ice fishing tip ups growing up in North Dakota. For those anglers who love to chase a waiving flag across the ice, there's no better place than the Peace Garden State, where on hardwater, fishermen are allotted four lines with no...
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    by Doug Leier The older I get the faster time seems to pass. My neighbor and friend **** explained a few years ago it's a function of the percentage of life. Case in point is remembering the vivid details of my first trip to the old outdoor movie theatre in Valley City more than three decades...
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    By Paul A. Nelson The best time to search for winter crappie spots is in the fall, when anglers can capitalize on the mobility of a boat and onboard sonar to cruise around marking spots mentally, preferably with GPS, too. Once the lakes freeze, though, assuming you didn't conduct autumn...
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    By Jason Mitchell We do much of our filming on late ice. We take a lot of our photos at late ice as well. The reason is simple, long relatively nice days on the ice where you can expect sweatshirt weather. When the sun begins to rot the ice, you can expect to get some work done if you are in...
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    PIERRE, South Dakota - Recreational variety and creative planning are shaping a unique event to be held next February in central South Dakota. The first-ever Winter Fishing Weekend (WFW) is scheduled for the weekend of February 4-5, 2011, presented by the Sports Committee of the Pierre Area...
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    By Doug Leier One of my biggest outdoors pet peeves is trash. Empty cans along the river bank or discarded chip bags floating near the dock, even if it's just one, seem to steal away the peaceful serenity that draws most of us outdoors. Maybe to a fault, I carry extra trash bags along to...
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    As I put together the powerhead and the shaft of my auger, I took note of the extension that was still securely bolted into place from the previous season. And by "securely bolted" I mean rusted solid. I figured it was best to just leave the set-up as is, considering last year's 40 inches of...
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