Tips for Catching White Bass

Sunday, March 22 2015 7:00 am - for Bass
When water temperatures reach the low 50s, whites start moving upstream, out of the lakes and reservoirs, until they reach a dam or other obstacle that blocks their travel. Here the white bass stack up and continually gorge themselves, waiting for the magic 55-degree mark to complete their spawn. One of America’s most popular gamefish is the white bass. The most exciting time to fish for them is during their annual spring spawning run up streams and rivers. Here's a handy guide from the Texas Parks and Wildlife department that shows you how to tell the difference between a white…
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Spring is here and it's a good time to take inventory of your walleye trolling rods and reels in preparation for the upcoming season. Load up on the correct gear before you hit the water and you'll be on your way to the best season of your life.   If you're anything like me, you can't wait to feel the pull of that first fish on your line this spring. Selecting the Perfect Trolling Rods Walleye trolling rods should have a few key features: They should be at least 7 feet 6 inches, but by far the most popular lengths are…
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Jerk Fishing for Crappie

Sunday, March 08 2015 7:00 am - for Crappie
Want to try something a little different when crappie fishing this spring? Try jerking for them. Jerking is a technique that’s been used in some parts of the country for quite a few years but is just now catching on in others. Here's how you do it. Rig a minnow or jig under a bobber, cast it around crappie cover, then moveit with short, quick jerks every minute or two. Beneath the surface, your jerks make the bait dart erratically for a second and then flutter down, simulating a wounded baitfish, and that really excites a crappie. When using this…
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Here in northwestern Pennsylvania it’s the time of year when you take advantage of whatever outdoor opportunities present themselves.  If something is in season and the weather decides to cooperate, you jump at the chance to get out of the house. When the often whimsical conditions finally paired an above-freezing day with nice flows in area waters, my friend Dave and I decided to spend the afternoon prospecting a wild trout stream.   Wild winter trout can fall for the slow, steady vibration made by inline spinners—especially after a pin-point cast. I took my 7.5-foot four-weight fly rod; Dave a…
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Largemouth and smallmouth bass love wobbler style lures and you should, too. The fishing lure’s wobbling action causes powerful surface strikes that will shake you to the bone. Fishing wobblers such as jitterbugs, crazy crawlers and others are made so they wiggle across the surface when steadily retrieved. The constant motion allows fish to follow the bait in low light conditions. Fish a wobbler like you would a crankbait by reeling it straight in toward you and letting the bait do all the work. Run it close to any good bass-holding cover and be ready. It’s hard to beat the…
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Gear You Need for Walleye Fishing

Sunday, February 22 2015 7:00 am - for Walleye
Walleye fishing tackle is becoming more specialized every day, but it is still amongthe simplest of rigs you can buy and use. One of the best all-around combinations is a 6', lightor medium-action spinning rod with an open-face reel balanced to the rod. When you shop for outfits like this, select a reel that comes with a spare line spool. Fill one spool with 6-lb. test, the other with 8-lb test and adjust as needed. When choosing line, look for thin line that is fairly limp. Although this kind of line may not transmit strikes as well as stiffer lines,…
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When you are getting ready for a fishing trip, establishing a routine will help you make sure that every detail is taken care of. The next time you’re getting ready for a day on the water, make a fishing trip packing list of everything you need to do before you slide your boat in the water or put your waders on. Then organize the list in the order you need to accomplish each task. Turn that into a checklist and follow it until you’re doing all of those things by instinct and don’t have to make a list. When it…
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I’d never want to take a crappie shoe shopping. Even if you could overcome the difficult task of sizing a fin correctly, the fish would never be able to make up their mind. One moment plain sneakers would do just fine, the next bright pink platforms are a must-have. The point is, figuring out the depth and color to use when crappie fishing is often a huge guessing game.  These finicky panfish leave me wishing I could just throw my whole jig box in the water and let them decide. Spider rigging is the closest thing to doing just that.…
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Choosing an ice fishing rod can be a daunting task. Here are 4 things to keep in mind when shopping for a new hard-water sword:   Large guides and a crisp, sensitive blank will help you put more slabs on ice this season.   1.    Balance with your Bait A balanced rod is a sensitive one, and sensitivity is allows you to feel light bites. Match the power of the blank to the weight of the baits you intend to fish with it. When in doubt, go with a slightly lighter action graphite blank over a heavier one for baits…
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If you want to catch bass fishing windy days in early spring, find windy banks. Many times, you’ll find that these areas hold the warmest available water on the lake you’re fishing. Baitfish will usually be found there, and of course, bass are going to be there too. A great way to eliminate water is to run a windy bank using your graph or depthfinder to see whether baitfish are congregated there. If so, you can expect to duplicate that pattern on similar areas the rest of the day. You also should use a surface temperature gauge to find the…
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