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  1. Ice Fishing Forum
    By Mark Strand Depending on where you live, 'early ice' can be a brief period right after the ice forms or an ongoing phenomenon as fishable ice comes and melts, comes and melts. In general, bluegills are good biters during this time, but you must locate them to be successful. No matter what...
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    It was a call from outdoor writer friend, Ron Anlauf, which got the ball rolling. He had heard the perch were hitting on Mille Lacs, a huge lake in North Central Minnesota. Although I have pulled a lot of perch from this body of water, it has been a few years since there was a decent bite taking...
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    By Jason Mitchell More ice anglers are discovering that the tip of the rod we are using has as much influence on our presentation as the actual motion we put on the rod while fishing. A rod with a fast tip for example will give the lure a distinct flash and pound that is more abrupt, perhaps...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson As hunting season hits full stride and the first few birds are placed in the pouches of my upland vest, I can't help but plan for two things - dinner, of course, and the number of patterns I will tie with the feathers attached to the birds I harvest. With the first...
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    By Ted Takasaki and Scott Richardson Fresh, golden brown bluegill fillets are bound to bring a smile when you lay them on a plate beside baked beans and coleslaw at the summer cookout. Bluegills are a summertime favorite for a lot of good reasons. They are abundant and nearly everywhere...
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    By Bill Mitzel Soon, it'll be rotten out there. Not rancid like spoiled produce, but soft and dark nonetheless. I'm talking about the ice. It's thick and resolute now, but it won't last forever, actually, scarcely longer than a few weeks, less in some areas. Fortunately, though, ice...
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    Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Recently, my fishing buddy Einar came for a visit, and in between largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow trout and walleye, there was one fish he hoped to tangle with that he had not landed in the states before and was not available to him in his home...
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    By Mark Strand Depending on where you live, 'early ice' can be a brief period right after the ice forms or an ongoing phenomenon as fishable ice comes and melts, comes and melts. In general, bluegills are good biters during this time, but you must locate them to be successful. No matter what...
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    By Doug Leier One of the more enjoyable aspect of outdoors communication is the debate that sometimes surrounds current issues. Should spinning wing decoys be limited? Should deer hunters be allowed to hunt after sunset? How do you define baiting, and should it be legal? What about...
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    By Nick Simonson A friend of mine in college, who was a part-time locksmith and adept at his trade was the first person to tell me the adage, "locks keep honest people honest." It almost seems hard for me to believe that in the 1980s there were no limits, no controls, no locks on panfish. I...
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    By Chris Hustad The fish cleaning techniques described here are nothing new, and is mainly intended for beginners. This process takes about a minute for each fish, depending on experience. The example shown is using a walleye, but can work all the same on perch, crappies and bluegills. On those...
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    Here are some favorite perch recipes of ours. Baked Perch Recipe This perch recipe is a crowd favorite for sure. 1.5 pounds of perch fillets 1 med. shallot 2 jalapeno peppers 1 tblspn green onion 1 tblspn minced onion 2 tblspns shredded carrots 1/4 cup red peppers (roasted) 1 tblspn...
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