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    By Bob Jensen When anglers gather and the talk turns to early season fishing, walleyes are a popular topic in many areas. In other regions, chasing largemouth bass gets the conversation going, and in other areas, it's crappies. One fish that is ignored, or at least doesn't generate as much...
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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 The 2014 thirteen-week run of Fishing the Midwest television concluded recently in most Midwest markets. There are still some markets where Fishing the Midwest will continue to run through the rest of the year, but in most of our markets, 2014 is over and we're starting to make...
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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 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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    by Bob Jensen It's at this time of year every year that I reflect on years passed: I don't mean to do this, I just can't help it. And, for the most part, my trips down Memory Lane are usually pretty pleasant. As I tripped down Memory Lane from the comfort of my couch the other day, I...
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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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    Doug Leier I spend the bulk of my fishing hours each year at the same mom-and-pop pond. The family and I enjoy fishing, in our own way. Just like you do. Some may prefer the world-class fisheries of Devils Lake, Sakakawea or the Missouri River System. Honestly from where I cast...
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    by Doug Leier "Best fishing times?" I'm the first to admit I'm not a professional angler. When it comes to tips and tactics on how to land a lunker walleye or fill a stringer in short order, I've got more questions than answers. At times, I casually refer to myself as the human cold front...
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    by Doug Leier As far as I can tell, few people are complaining out loud about the early arrival of spring in 2012. Since 2009 it's almost felt like we'd skipped a season, or replaced spring with "flood" season. This year, it started to feel like spring in February and March and it's almost as...
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    Our Outdoors: Slime Time By Nick Simonson While unhooking my second pike of the morning, the two-pound fish slipped quickly out of my wet hand and back into the water with a splash. All that was left as evidence that I had even caught it was a chewed up plastic tail and a small coating of...
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    By Doug Leier It comes as no surprise that when August begins losing to September, for many North Dakota residents hunting starts to win out over fishing in the competition for free-time activities. But I'd also suggest, if you've bagged plenty of days pounding the North Dakota prairie...
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    Our Outdoors: A Pike in the Hand By Nick Simonson Not once but twice, the devil's fork tail turned short just feet in front of the dock at the family cabin. The fish, a muskie of nearly four feet in length had given chase, even bumping the lure halfway through my first retrieve, and exerted a...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson It sounded like the hardware store jingle as the long-time guide laid out his simple plan for muskie fishing. "ACE is the base for success with muskies - Attitude, Character, Enthusiasm," he bellowed to those of us in attendance at the banquet. Simply, he summed up...
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    Ice Team If there's a fish species that gets fired up for cold water, it's the northern pike. Especially big ones, with distance between the eyeballs. If you're a little fish, a big pike is your worst nightmare--but if you are an ice angler, a big pike can be your favorite dance partner. Big...
  17. Pike & Musky Fishing
    Here's some favorite northern pike recipes of ours. Pickled Northern Pike Recipe This recipe can be used with any fish but northern pike works best. Before using this recipe be sure to freeze the fish at least 5 days. This will destroy any parasites that are present in the fish or bacteria...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson The season for big fish has come! The snow is rapidly melting, the ice is weakening, and the fish are preparing for the spawn. It is a picture perfect time for spring angling. If you plan to take some photos of your angling success this openwater season, here...
  19. Ice Fishing Forum
    Ice Team If there's a fish species that gets fired up for cold water, it's the northern pike. Especially big ones, with distance between the eyeballs. If you're a little fish, a big pike is your worst nightmare--but if you are an ice angler, a big pike can be your favorite dance partner. Big...
  20. Ice Fishing Forum
    By Nick Simonson If you are tired of finicky panfish or walleye with lockjaw and the slow bite that the area has been experiencing throughout this unstable portion of the winter, turn to an old favorite to heat up the action on the ice. One of the most exciting fish to catch in our area is...
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