Experience Early Season Fishing Success

March 27, 2017 by  

Experience Early Season Fishing Success

I’ve been seeing more and more anglers on and in the water recently. Some of them are fishing from boats, some are wading, others are fishing from docks or shore. Some of them are catching fish, some aren’t catching too much. If you want to catch more fish early in the fishing season, following are […]

Finicky Panfish Through The Ice

December 27, 2016 by  

Finicky Panfish Through The Ice

It’s fun to catch fish through the ice, and it’s also really fun to eat some of those fish. When some anglers get a desire for a fresh fish meal in the winter months, they go after panfish. Here’s why and how. Why go after panfish when you want a fish supper? In most areas […]

Catch Crappies Right Now

October 11, 2016 by  

Catch Crappies Right Now

From now until the lakes freeze over, crappies can, in many bodies of water across the Midwest and elsewhere, be found in deep water. In some lakes, they might be in 30 feet of water right on the bottom, in other lakes deep they might be in 15 feet of water. It depends on the […]

Fall For The Weedline

October 3, 2016 by  

Fall For The Weedline

The weedline is an outstanding location to find fish during any season. As soon as the weedline is established, and even before, predator fish will be there looking for something to eat. There will be fish along the weedline all summer, and lots of anglers like to drill holes in the ice along the weed […]

Fishing Simple is Better…Sometimes

June 13, 2016 by  

Fishing Simple is Better…Sometimes

I remember when I first went fishing more than 50 years ago. I fondly remember the long, heavy cane pole with a reel that didn’t work taped to the pole and a couple of guides and a tip on the pole along with heavy braided line to which was attached a big bobber, a long-shanked gold […]

Crankbaits For Catching

June 6, 2016 by  

Crankbaits For Catching

Crankbaits are hard-bodied baits that often resemble a baitfish of some sort. They come in all shapes, colors, sizes, running depths, actions, some rattle, some don’t. The one thing that crankbaits have in common is that they catch a variety of fish year ‘round, but they are particularly effective in the summer. They’re great spring […]

Bass Tactics for Walleyes and Crappies

May 30, 2016 by  

Bass Tactics for Walleyes and Crappies

My friend Mike Frisch and I went fishing on Clear Lake in north Central Iowa this past week. I get to fish Clear Lake several times every year: Mike visited Clear Lake a lot in the early 90’s. Clear Lake was a good body of water then, but it’s an outstanding fishery now. In fact, […]

First Trip Crappies

April 25, 2016 by  

First Trip Crappies

Spring came early in many areas this year, and that enabled us to get that first fishing trip of the year in early. For many of us, the first fishing trip of the open water season is for crappies. In some areas, fishing season for walleyes and bass and other species aren’t yet open, but […]

Ideas for Early Season Fishing Success

March 28, 2016 by  

Ideas for Early Season Fishing Success

More and more, anglers are getting on and in the water. Some folks are fishing from boats, some are wading, and some are fishing from docks or shore. Some anglers are catching fish, some aren’t catching too much. If you’ll be fishing in the next couple of weeks, keep these fishing thoughts in mind. Early […]

Looking Forward

February 9, 2016 by  

Looking Forward

I looked out the window this morning and sure enough, there was a blizzard going on just like the weather predictors had said there would. With today’s clothing and shelters, ice-fishing in the cold is no problem.  But ice-fishing in the wind with driving snow is not for me today. I decided if I can’t […]

Spoons Under the Ice

January 19, 2016 by  

Spoons Under the Ice

Most bodies of water across the Midwest now have a coat of ice, and it looks like the fish have been eagerly awaiting the ice. Many anglers are reporting outstanding fishing when the weather is right.  Fish are kind of like most fishermen. They don’t like the extreme cold weather too much, but when the […]

Best Bites Ever

January 5, 2016 by  

Best Bites Ever

Every now and then I get nostalgic and start thinking about past fishing trips. This is one of those times. In the following I’ll share some memorable fishing trips by species. Gotta’ start with walleyes. This is a tough one, because I’ve been in on some outstanding walleye bites. I’ve had the good fortune to […]

Ice-Fishing Baits for Open Water

October 13, 2015 by  

Ice-Fishing Baits for Open Water

The cool weather we’ve been feeling in recent days reminds me that it’s time to get the ice-fishing baits ready to go. However, I won’t be using them for ice-fishing just yet. Many, many years ago, probably sometime in the late 80s or early 90s, a group of us started using spoons that were thought […]

Fall for Crappies

October 5, 2015 by  

Fall for Crappies

Fall has fell in the Midwest. When we left the dock at Kabetogama Lake in northern Minnesota last week at about 8:00 a.m., the air temperatures were in the high 20’s. That’s pretty chilly, but we hadn’t traveled to Kab to sit on the shore. We pulled on the Guidewear and headed onto the lake […]

Fish the Weedline in the Fall

September 15, 2015 by  

Fish the Weedline in the Fall

The weedline is a great place to find and catch fish all during the open water fishing season. Lots of anglers even work the weedline while ice-fishing. Simply put, there is almost always a fish somewhere along the weedline that is willing to get caught. In the autumn months a variety of fish will be […]

Summer Fishing Suggestions

July 20, 2015 by  

Summer Fishing Suggestions

Across North America, we’re smack in the middle of summer.  Fishing can be good, or it can be tough.  If it’s tough though, it generally doesn’t need to be.  There are some things we can do to catch more fish right now.  Following are some of those things. Many of us have a tendency to […]

Put a Glow in Your Fishing

November 25, 2014 by  

Put a Glow in Your Fishing

by Bob Jensen Lure presentation is always an important part of fishing success.  Of course, you have to find them before you can catch them, but in open water or while ice-fishing, once you find the fish, you have to make them bite.  One way to make them bite more often, which I learned quite […]

Falling for Panfish

September 9, 2014 by  

Falling for Panfish

By Bob Jensen  I’ve said it so many times, and I don’t like to be redundant, but the autumn period is a wonderful time to go fishing for pretty much any species of gamefish that swims in the Midwest.  Walleyes, bass, northern pike; even muskies are susceptible to an angler’s presentation in the fall.  Crappies […]

Planer Boards: Not Just for Walleyes

July 28, 2014 by  

Planer Boards: Not Just for Walleyes

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 the boat, […]

Move Around for More Action

May 20, 2014 by  

Move Around for More Action

by Bob Jensen   When most anglers go fishing, they’re out there to feel a fish pull back on their line.  Usually, we hit the water with a plan for a specific species of fish, and some of the time, we’re successful— the fish are eating what we’re showing them. At other times, the targeted […]

Key Tips for Catching More Fish This Season

May 5, 2014 by  

Key Tips for Catching More Fish This Season

by Bob Jensen  It’s the beginning of yet another open water fishing season and anglers have high expectations for fishing over the next few months.  Many have new rods, reels or lures that they’re anxious to try, and some have new or new-to-them boats, motors, depth finders and electric motors.  Some of the products that […]

Twenty Years of Fishing the Midwest

April 21, 2014 by  

Twenty Years of Fishing the Midwest

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 new shows for 2015. […]

Crankin’ Up More Fish

April 15, 2014 by  

Crankin’ Up More Fish

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 […]

Ice-Out Panfish

April 7, 2014 by  

Ice-Out Panfish

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 […]

Try Different Stuff This Year

March 25, 2014 by  

Try Different Stuff This Year

by Bob Jensen   I was going through one of my ice-fishing lure containers the other day and said to myself “I’ll be putting this stuff away before too long.”  It seems I talk to myself more and more lately.  Anyway, too much of the time we get locked into ideas that some lures are […]

New Fishing Guide Changes in North Dakota

March 5, 2014 by  

New Fishing Guide Changes in North Dakota

  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. Fortunately, for pretty much all of the regulations guides that […]

Three Ideas for Open Water Fishing Success

March 4, 2014 by  

Three Ideas for Open Water Fishing Success

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 […]

Late Season Ice Fishing

February 17, 2014 by  

Late Season Ice Fishing

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 of year mean […]

Line up for Ice Fishing

November 21, 2013 by  

Line up for Ice Fishing

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 using.  At any time of […]

Crappies Down Deep

September 9, 2013 by  

Crappies Down Deep

by Bob Jensen Almost anyone who enjoys freshwater fishing enjoys catching crappies.  Crappies are great on the table, they’re abundant in many waters, they are very appealing visually, and best of all, when you get on them they can be willing biters.  In the fall months, if you can find the crappies they will provide […]

Big Waters, Big Fish

May 22, 2013 by  

Big Waters, Big Fish

A similar trend also exists for walleye. More than 95 percent of the 490 Whoppers in the past five years came from big waters.

PANFISH IN THE SPRING

May 6, 2013 by  

PANFISH IN THE SPRING

Now is a great time to take advantage of the numerous panfish opportunities that most anglers have near to where they live.

Go Slow In The Spring

May 6, 2013 by  

Go Slow In The Spring

The key to bobber success is figuring out how deep you should set the bobber, and how deep the bobber is set depends on where the fish are.

124 Points of Light

April 29, 2013 by  

124 Points of Light

I tied jigs of all kinds – trout jigs, walleye jigs, panfish jigs and bass jigs. The bright neon pink and orange were spring beacons, letting me know that someday, hopefully soon, their bright pastels would draw in smallmouth and crappies.

After Bite

April 22, 2013 by  

After Bite

A lot of people think bluegills and crappies aren’t catchable during the post-spawn period; that they’ve gone tight lipped, bellied-up to bottom and comatose after the spawn

Tackle Top Ten

March 19, 2013 by  

Tackle Top Ten

For whatever species I was pursuing, I would forsake all other jigs, rigs and plastics to have a supply of what follows in my tackle box

JUST GO FISHING

March 19, 2013 by  

JUST GO FISHING

Fishing is different things to different people. If you’re one of those folks that wants to key in on a particular specie of fish or employ a certain technique, that’s great, you should do so.

Floodwaters Point to Spring Crappies

March 11, 2013 by  

Floodwaters Point to Spring Crappies

From the simplest flooding model we learn how water collects via tributaries, overland melt and seepage; how the occurrence influences fish location and activity levels. And crappies, more than any other species, are suckers for the flood.

LATE SEASON ICE-FISHING

January 28, 2013 by  

LATE SEASON ICE-FISHING

Hard to believe, but it’s already time to start thinking about end of the season ice-fishing.

Getting Ready for Ice Fishing Season

October 30, 2012 by  

Getting Ready for Ice Fishing Season

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 northern states. Now is the […]

Best Fishing Times

May 7, 2012 by  

Best Fishing Times

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 […]

Silver Carp Facts & Other Aquatic Nuisance Species

April 13, 2012 by  

Silver Carp Facts & Other Aquatic Nuisance Species

by Doug Leier Last fall, an angler caught a silver carp in North Dakota’s portion of the James River near LaMoure. A couple of weeks later, North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists caught another one in a net, nearly 50 miles farther upstream in the James, near the dam at Jamestown Reservoir. That […]

Beginning Photography Tips for Fishing

March 23, 2012 by  

Beginning Photography Tips for Fishing

By Nick Simonson As the adage goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” a fishing picture, however means never having to face an inquisition from friends or foes at the local watering hole. While any snap, from a camera phone on up to top-of-the-line photography equipment, will preserve the memory and the proof of […]

Ice Fishing Techniques – Cameras

November 29, 2011 by  

Ice Fishing Techniques – Cameras

By Jason Mitchell The education we get from ice fishing techniques such as underwater cameras is invaluable. Having the mental picture of how the presentation or lure looks in the water, how the fish approach the lure and what actions caused particular reactions from the fish sets some anglers apart. Anglers who have this education […]

Snap Shot Ruler Review

June 17, 2011 by  

Snap Shot Ruler Review

Now you can prove the big one didn’t get away! The new SNAP SHOT RULER easily attaches to any fishing line, grip, or scale and measures fish length vertically so there is less handling of your prized catch. Accurate and photo friendly, this innovative ruler is great for anything from catch and release measurements to […]

Aquatic Nuisance Species

April 13, 2011 by  

Aquatic Nuisance Species

By Doug Leier It feels like just yesterday, when in fact it’s been over a year and a half, since the first official discovery of zebra mussels in the Red River watershed. First, these aquatic nuisance species were found established in a Minnesota lake upstream of the Red River. Then, to no one’s surprise, they […]

Canadian Night Crawlers

April 12, 2011 by  

Canadian Night Crawlers

With fishing season coming to light, it’s a great time to start looking into cheap bait.   You can now buy premium Canadian night crawlers for a lot cheaper then your local bait shop.  Canadian night crawlers are considered the highest quality, largest crawlers available.   One of our newest sponsors now has a special […]

Good North Dakota Fishing

March 30, 2011 by  

Good North Dakota Fishing

By Doug Leier The late Dean Hildebrand was North Dakota Game and Fish Department director from 1996 through 2005 and he had a well-developed vocabulary of catch phrases and sayings. One description I heard repeatedly for years was his exclamation that, “We’re living in the good old days when it comes to hunting and fishing.” […]

Sharing Fishing Success

March 14, 2011 by  

Sharing Fishing Success

Our Outdoors  – By Nick Simonson I had promised to take a coworker, Dane, on a number of fishing trips this past year, but it seemed as if fate was aligned against the idea of getting him exposed to the different niches of angling he wanted to learn about. Our muskie adventure in August was cancelled […]

180 Ice Holes

February 10, 2011 by  

180 Ice Holes

Our Outdoors: 180 Ice Holes By Nick Simonson 180 ice holes make an area about the size of a football field look like a giant slice of Swiss cheese. 180 ice holes feel like a P90X doubles workout day followed by a lactic acid soak for the shoulders, back and triceps, even with a lightweight […]

Vertical Ice Fishing

January 11, 2011 by  

Vertical Ice Fishing

By Nick Simonson There’s an old Irish proverb that wishes good luck to the traveler by stating “may the road rise to meet you.” For anglers, especially those on the ice, it should be more like “may the fish rise to meet you.” Presentation is one of the key factors for consistently catching fish and […]

Ice Auger Drilling

January 3, 2011 by  

Ice Auger Drilling

By Jason Mitchell When you look at some of the best ice anglers, there often is some strategy in how and where they drill holes.  Ice anglers might not be able to drift or troll but they can drill holes in a pattern and discipline themselves to fish the holes in a set time to […]

Downsize Your Ice Fishing

December 13, 2010 by  

Downsize Your Ice Fishing

By Nick Simonson As the seasons pass and I have become more adept at ice fishing and technology has bolstered my ability on the ice, I have drifted away from those species I once pursued primarily in winter. Walleyes and northern pike, though tops on the food chain, take a back seat these days to […]

Bluegills for Kids

June 2, 2010 by  

Bluegills for Kids

By Doug Leier Late in the 1980s my family moved from LaMoure to Valley City. I’d fished the Jim River and Lake LaMoure prior to the move, and enjoyed an array of fish, from pike to perch and even the lowly carp. In Barnes County around Valley City, I spent a good chunk of time […]

Horizontal Jigging

April 19, 2010 by  

Horizontal Jigging

By Nick Simonson Have you ever watched the way minnows move? When I was in Grand Forks, N.D. attending “The School that Shall Not Be Named” I had multiple chances to jump the Red River into East Grand Forks, Minn., and watch as trout, bass and pike preyed upon minnows that the staff had dumped […]

Ultralight Fishing Tackle

April 13, 2010 by  

Ultralight Fishing Tackle

The UltraLight Brigade By Nick Simonson There’s something special about taming a charging bull bluegill on line as thin as a spider web. Few fishing sensations are wilder than a white bass tearing up the sunset reflecting off of the evening water. Even a ten-inch trout brings a wondrous battle as it twists and turns […]

ND Fishing Reg Changes

March 31, 2010 by  

ND Fishing Reg Changes

By Doug Leier Rather than wholesale changes on a yearly basis, the bulk of North Dakota’s fishing rules and regulations are implemented every two years, and 2010 is one of the years when we get a new fishing proclamation. The new regulations begin April 1 and are in place until March 31, 2012. By no […]

Fishing Diary

March 30, 2010 by  

Fishing Diary

By Nick Simonson There have been a lot of changes in my life over the past five years. I’ve lived in two states and three towns and have had six different jobs, with this one being the most consistent. In that time I’ve fished over 60 lakes and rivers, gaining some level of familiarity with […]

President Obama Attacking Fishing Industry

March 22, 2010 by  

President Obama Attacking Fishing Industry

Sport Anglers Alarmed by Proposed Obama Policy A controversy has erupted in the sport fishing community over a new federal management plan for oceans and Great Lakes waters. Recent opinion pieces circulating on the internet and reported on numerous radio stations have stoked the flames through revelations that the policy, if implemented, would prohibit recreational […]

Fishing Buddies

March 15, 2010 by  

Fishing Buddies

By Nick Simonson Of angling’s many positive elements, near the top of the list is that it is a great way to spend time with friends that are so close they might as well be family. My buddies and I try to make it a regular thing to meet up at the cabin, at someone’s […]

Slip Bobbers for Crappies

March 9, 2010 by  

Slip Bobbers for Crappies

The Deadly Drag Dumbing-down to a crawl dupes springtime crappies for panfish pros By Brian “Bro” Brosdahl with Tom Neustrom “Slow and steady wins the race.” I’m a disciple of the philosophy. In real life, the examples are countless. Consider the marathoner. The guy who paces himself for 26.2 miles is sure to pass the […]

Catch and Release Fishing

March 4, 2010 by  

Catch and Release Fishing

‘Swimming Pools’ for Fish A Little Advice on Caring for Your Catch By Tony Roach Have you ever caught the same fish twice in a single day? How about the same fish two or three times inside a week? I’ll bet many of you have. Even on a massive fish factory like Mille Lacs in […]

Fish House Spotters

February 8, 2010 by  

Fish House Spotters

By Nick Simonson Shantytowns are generally a bad sign. Economic downturns, natural disasters and tribal wars all come to mind when such a place is shown on the evening news. However, in the ice belt and points north, it is the sign of something good – a hot bite on frozen waters. While fishing a […]

Make Custom Crappie Jigs

January 11, 2010 by  

Make Custom Crappie Jigs

Our Outdoors – By Nick Simonson As winter blankets, and blankets, and blankets the region with snow, it is becoming more apparent that it will be a long season indeed. That’s not a bad thing if you need some time to get your tacklebox ready for one of open water’s early quarries – prespawn slab […]

Piggybacking Ice Spoons for Bull Bluegills

December 11, 2009 by  

Piggybacking Ice Spoons for Bull Bluegills

By Jason Durham Bluegill fishing is about balance. Each trip is a constant trial and error to figure out if the fish want a tiny speck of an ice jig – the flash, vibration and, meaty profile of a jigging spoon, or any presentation that falls in between. Each presentation has its strengths and weaknesses […]

Praise for Polarized Sunglasses

February 9, 2009 by  

Praise for Polarized Sunglasses

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson As I pulled up the trolling motor and hoped for a clean glide over the small sandy delta leading into a back bay on my favorite lake for Minnesota’s Bass Season opener, I was disappointed to not immediately see signs of fish ahead of the Grumman. My yellow lab, Gunnar, and […]

Pall Mall Payback

February 9, 2009 by  

Pall Mall Payback

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson On a recent fishing trip to a small, virtually featureless lake, save for one giant point that separated the body of water into two halves, I began to wonder where to get started. It was a sunny day with unseasonably warm temperatures and a slight wind. My friend Adam and I […]

Catch and Release 101

February 9, 2009 by  

Catch and Release 101

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson     A dead-weight tug on the end of my line signaled that the largemouth bass under the dock was indeed hungry. I swept the rod back and the four-pound fish rocketed up out of the water. She battled every foot of the way to my hand. I reached down, tweaked […]

Summer Presents Plentiful Panfish Fishing Options

February 9, 2009 by  

Summer Presents Plentiful Panfish Fishing Options

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Panfish – be they sunfish, crappies, perch or white bass – are present throughout the upper Midwest. They comprise the midsection of most lakes’ biomass and present a sure-fire fishing opportunity for anglers young and old. If you are new to fishing, or already a panfish aficionado these species are right […]

Extra Hooks Bring the Sting

February 9, 2009 by  

Extra Hooks Bring the Sting

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson     In one of the best Simpsons episodes, Moe uses a punch-absorbing Homer to relive his glory days as a boxer. But when Homer ends up having to fight the heavyweight champion, the all too Tyson-like Drederick Tatum, Moe searches through his bag of tricks to find the weapon that […]

Freshen Up Your Skills

February 9, 2009 by  

Freshen Up Your Skills

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 are […]

The Fishing Preseason – Spring Crappie Fishing

February 9, 2009 by  

The Fishing Preseason – Spring Crappie Fishing

By Eric Hustad Another April is upon us and I can’t help but get excited! What a great month: the Twins play meaningful games, the NFL draft, snow melting, longer days, and the start of what I consider my preseason fishing. Giving normal ice out, in the middle of April, crappie fishing is my preseason […]

Crappie Recipe List

February 9, 2009 by  

Crappie Recipe List

Here are some favorite crappie recipes of ours. Stir Fry Crappie Recipe : This is a very easy recipe to make, and is very delicious and healthy. 2 lbs of Crappie fillets 2 cups of broccoli 1 wide sliced onion 2 cups of sliced mushrooms 1 wide sliced green pepper Add more vegetables if you […]

Scud: An Ugly Word for Freshwater Shrimp

February 9, 2009 by  

Scud: An Ugly Word for Freshwater Shrimp

By Brian Brosdahl       A system is only as good as the weakest link. That’s a profound statement and applies to everything from a football team to stereo systems. Think about it. Well, in fishing, it also pertains to the freshwater shrimp – or scud as they’re referred to on the ice. They’ll […]

Ice Fishing for Panfish – The Right Ice Rods

February 9, 2009 by  

Ice Fishing for Panfish – The Right Ice Rods

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 […]

Approaching Late Ice

February 9, 2009 by  

Approaching Late Ice

By Jason Mitchell Late ice patterns can vary. People often preach about fishing shallow. Others stress the importance of finding moving water. Late ice is often hailed as the best fishing of the year. The fish are supposed to be biting as well as they have all winter. Anglers eagerly await the last hurrah. The […]

It’s Wrong to Think About Ice Fishing Right Now

February 9, 2009 by  

It’s Wrong to Think About Ice Fishing Right Now

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson   It’s wrong to think about ice fishing right now. Especially since I reeled in two healthy, hard-fighting, late summer smallies from under one of my favorite bridges during lunch today. More so because I spent last night attempting to trace the flight patterns of mourning doves over a cattle pond. […]

Ice Fishing Safety

February 9, 2009 by  

Ice Fishing Safety

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson     I  experienced a first last year, four times over. With the unstable cold-and-warm trend through late fall and winter, I managed to break through the ice four times; twice while upland hunting and twice while ice fishing. Early in the season, I was too close to shoreline vegetation, but […]

Ice Fishing – Fish it Through

February 9, 2009 by  

Ice Fishing – Fish it Through

By Noel Vick with Brian “Bro” Brosdahl Believe it or not, mobility on the ice has its pitfalls. For more than a decade you’ve heard and read about the criticalness of mobility. To competently and effectively catch fish on the hardwater, an angler must be mercurial as a gypsy and stealthy as a fox. These […]

Fishing with Spring Bobbers

February 9, 2009 by  

Fishing with Spring Bobbers

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson     I  cannot recall how many times I have watched fish rise up on the Vexilar as I work my lure in the water column only to have the fish pause at my offering then head back to the bottom. Be it a small jig with a wax worm or […]

Ice Fishing at Night

February 9, 2009 by  

Ice Fishing at Night

By Mark Strand During ice fishing season, the sun often sets before you can wrap up the workday. Because of this, an awful lot of people don’t even think about going fishing except during daylight hours on the weekends. If you can miss the boat when lakes are frozen over, you are missing the boat […]

Winter Crappie Tips and Tactics – Q & A Session

February 7, 2009 by  

Winter Crappie Tips and Tactics – Q & A Session

Crappies are one of the most frequently-chased winter fish. So it’s no surprise that the subject of crappies comes up constantly when the Power Sticks gather at sports shows. We put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) when it comes to crappie fishing, followed by solid answers, built from an informal poll of […]

Crazy for Crappies – Crappie Ice Fishing Tips

February 5, 2009 by  

Crazy for Crappies – Crappie Ice Fishing Tips

By Chris Hustad I  really don’t care where you live in the upper Midwest, you’re in driving distance of a quality crappie fishery. I’ve caught crappies in small ponds, large lakes, rivers and variations of the three. But finding and catching crappies on these systems can vary, especially during the time of day. Here’s a […]

Gearing Up for Ice Fishing

February 5, 2009 by  

Gearing Up for Ice Fishing

Chris Hustad It’s that time of year, ice fishing season is upon us. Cold weather has started the freezing process a little bit earlier this year. Consistent cold temperatures and no snow are the ingredients for some thick, sturdy ice; just when we need it. It’s going to be a good ice fishing season this […]

Standard Fishing Knot – The Palomar

February 5, 2009 by  

Standard Fishing Knot – The Palomar

This is a common fishing knot around the world. It is very easy to tie.This fishing knot can be used many different ways and is one of the strongest knots known. Very common with tackle, and is also used for flying fishing when connecting the tippet. With the braided line brands of today, it’s one […]

North Dakota Map

February 5, 2009 by  

North Dakota Map

Click on North Dakota Map for a larger image. North Dakota State Maps North Dakota Lake Contour Maps Extensive ND Game & Fish Map – NEW North Dakota State Wildlife Management Areas Map North Dakota PLOTS Map North Dakota Road Condition Reports North Dakota Road Construction Map North Dakota County Map Snow Line and Depth Maps MapQuest […]

Prepping for an Ice Season

February 4, 2009 by  

Prepping for an Ice Season

By the Ice Team Here’s a toast to your best ice season ever. To help you get off to a good start, here are a few key things you can do. They’re all important, but in no particular order. Keep Your Line Prime One of the most important– and universally overlooked– things you can do: […]

Fly Fishing Tying – Terrific Terrestrial

February 4, 2009 by  

Fly Fishing Tying – Terrific Terrestrial

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson The Fourth is behind us, and summer is in full swing. If swarms of mosquitoes weren’t a sure sign, the vast numbers and array of other insects present during the day and at dusk is a definite reminder. The table is set for summer’s great binge, and every fly fisherman needs […]

Fishing Laydowns

February 4, 2009 by  

Fishing Laydowns

Joe Zentner  Bank sloping trees that have fallen into the water, known as lay-downs, attract fish throughout the Midwest. Long-time anglers are keenly aware of the value of immersed trees. The primary cover choice of freshwater fish is, in fact, submerged wood. A lay-down is a tree that has fallen into the water and is […]

Arbor Vital – Fishing Flooded Trees

February 4, 2009 by  

Arbor Vital – Fishing Flooded Trees

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson I  think that I shall never see structure lovely as a tree. Pardon the take on Ms. Kilmer’s poem; let’s consider it the angler’s version. But timber – be it live on shore, a deadfall along a river or a man-made reef on a lake – is structure that all anglers […]

Bluegill Fishing

February 4, 2009 by  

Bluegill Fishing

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. Their populations can stand good […]

The Old Crappie Fishing Hole

February 4, 2009 by  

The Old Crappie Fishing Hole

By PJ Maguire In my day I have lost my share of fishing gear to the bottom of many lakes. Along the way I have heard many stories of family members and peers losing fishing equipment as well. I have often thought about how cool it would be to take an underwater adventure to the […]

The Legend of the Grumman Boat

February 2, 2009 by  

The Legend of the Grumman Boat

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson The fisherman’s dictionary defines the word “boat” as a hole in the water into which money is thrown. Similar to a hunting dog, the price paid for a boat is rarely reflected in the purchase. There’s winterizing, summerizing, trailer repairs, motor tune ups, depth finders, rod racks, lure holders and much […]

Fishing with Light Tackle

February 2, 2009 by  

Fishing with Light Tackle

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson     Lighten up! If I had a nickel for every time I’ve been told that I’d be a rich man. However, there is one time no one has to tell me to lighten up and that is when I am angling for panfish, trout and finicky bass. The allure of […]

Free Fishing Log – Printable Fishing Log

February 1, 2009 by  

Free Fishing Log – Printable Fishing Log

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson “Putting together the fishing pieces of the puzzle” Fishing, no matter how good a person gets at it, is still the grandest puzzle of all. There are so many elements that have to be put into place such as weather, season, bait, lures, and so on. When looked at in hindsight, […]

Fast & Easy Fish Cleaning Tips for Walleye, Perch, and Panfish

January 31, 2009 by  

Fast & Easy Fish Cleaning Tips for Walleye, Perch, and Panfish

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 crappies, you DO NOT need to […]