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    I had a conversation recently with a friend who was new to fishing and wanted to catch walleyes. He'd been watching fishing shows on television and reading articles and going to fishing seminars, and while the information he got from the various outlets was helpful, he was still a bit confused...
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    What a mild winter in the Midwest so far! Rain is falling, so today I'm thinking more about open water then I am ice-fishing. I'm sure there are a couple more ice-fishing trips in my near future, but as I go through some new open water stuff that I received recently, I'm looking forward to the...
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    Things change: that's true in life, and it's true in fishing. This past open water season and recently while ice-fishing I realized some changes that I found to be interesting. Following are some of those changes. Consider Clear Lake in north central Iowa: when I was learning to fish many years...
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    It won't be long until we're on the ice chasing walleyes. There are a lot of different ways to catch walleyes under the ice, but it seems like many, maybe even most walleye ice-anglers like to use spoons. There's a good reason for that: spoons and other styles of hard baits catch walleyes really...
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    Another open water fishing season is in the books: it was a nice season. Caught good numbers of fish most days, had a great time every day. I got to fish with old friends and new friends. It's at this time of year that I like to reflect on those days of fishing, but I also can't help thinking of...
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    It appears that my 2016 open water fishing season is coming to a close: it may even be over, although I hope to get in another quick trip or two. This year, like all other years, I have learned and relearned a good number of things related to fishing. Following are some of those things. I truly...
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    Walleye are the most popular fish for a good share of North Dakota anglers, so it was good news when the State Game and Fish Department announced a couple of weeks ago that this summer's walleye production effort hit record marks for both the number of fingerlings produced, and number of lakes...
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    It's pretty much official: the open water fishing season for 2016 is here. Minnesota walleye season opened this past weekend, Wisconsin was the week before, and northwest Iowa was the week before that. Most of the other states in the Midwest don't have a closed walleye season, and while there...
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    In many areas of the Midwest, walleye fishing for the next while will be kind of in-between seasons depending on where you're fishing. In the southern and middle regions of walleye country, the fish have completed their annual spawning ritual and are starting to move in the direction of their...
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    Walleye season is either here or very near all across the Midwest. Now that walleyes are or will be fair game throughout walleye country, here are some things to keep in mind. Some anglers are reporting the spawn happened a bit earlier than usual this year. The timing of the spawn varies from...
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    Another fishing season is here. Something you can do to catch more fish and enjoy your time on the water even more is to be flexible in your fishing goals. You'll catch more fish year 'round if you go after the species of fish that's most susceptible to getting caught when you're on the water...
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    It appears that spring is attempting to make an early return this year. All across walleye country, anglers are getting in and on the water in search of 'eye action. The small rivers that are so abundant across the Midwest get a lot of attention at this time of year. Here are some ideas that...
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    We often talk about fishing techniques and fish location and things like that, and sometimes we forget about the nuts and bolts of fishing. A regular reader of this column contacted me recently and suggested I talk about the baits we should keep in a tacklebox, and I thought that was a good...
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    Walleyes are often the quarry of early-season ice anglers. Walleyes will respond to a number of different lure types under the ice, but they especially like to eat spoons. From new ice to late ice, walleyes like flashy baits. There are a bunch of different types of spoons available to walleye...
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    It happened again recently. We had a great plan for catching fish and the fish just didn't get with the program that we were presenting. We changed our program completely and caught'em: Caught'em good. Here are the details. We were on Lake Winnibigoshish in north central Minnesota. My fishing...
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    Down through the years we've been taught that fish do certain things at certain times of the year, and that there are certain ways that we can catch those fish. Often those time-tested techniques for catching fish work well, but there are times when we need to do things a little or a lot...
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