With fall underway, the cold weather and high water means brown trout are in full swing with their migration back into the rivers. If you love fly fishing for big browns then fall is the time to do it, and there is no better way to entice a big brown to bite than with large fly streamers. Don’t get me wrong, streamers can be productive year round. But with the large lake run fish entering the river, streamers become a potent tool in catching these aggressive fish. Now is the time for fall streamer fishing with the big browns migrating…
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This autumn, your favorite trout fishing river may be faster and higher due to heavy rains. While fly fishing and wading may be difficult, you can always try swinging streamers. Swinging a fly streamer is one of the easiest, most intuitive and effective ways of catching trout I know. Essentially, you cast slightly upstream, mend the line as required, and let the flow take the streamer until it swings in the current below you. At the end or during the swing, you can add life to the streamer by twitching a rod tip or raising and lowering it here and…
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Is it possible to troll for walleyes without using line counter reels? Sure, and it’s possible to hammer a nail with a screwdriver if you work at it long enough. But it’s all about using the right tools for the job. A line counter reel is basically a medium- to large-sized level-wind reel fitted with a device for measuring the amount of line let out. What this does is allow you to more precisely set out lures in pre-determined patterns (amount of line behind the boat allowing lure to reach desired depths) and duplicate successful set-ups to more effectively fine-tune…
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In some respects the fall fishing season can be difficult for anglers because of cold weather, rough water and the weed beds dying off. However, for the dedicated pike fisherman, these conditions can equal success. In northern Wisconsin, the cooler fall water temperatures activate the bite for big northern pike as they try and pack on weight for the upcoming winter. This can move these toothy predators into predictable locations that anglers can target. Autumn is one of the best opportunities for anglers to target large pike. Dress warm, find the green weeds, and you won’t be disappointed.   The…
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On many bodies of water during the summer, fall, and winter month’s bass and baitfish migrate to deep offshore structure in search of cooler or warmer waters. A few simple adjustments to your gear and cast will have you tackling bass, even when they go deep. A favorite jig for many fishermen is the football jig for fishing deep water and structure. We've compiled a list of our favorite football jigging gear and fishing tactics in this informative infographic to help you get started. Get the Right Fishing Gear Fishing Rod and Reel: Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris® Signature Series…
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For many anglers having a slow day out on the water, the only thing that can turn it around is a good plastic worm rig. A number of fishing rigs exist, and each one serves its own purpose for fishing highly weeded areas or deep shelves or any other underwater terrain where bass like to hang out. The action of a good plastic worm rig is incredibly enticing to bass, so rig one up in one of the following ways, and get out on the water! Here are a few of our favorite plastic worm rigs, the fishing tackle you'll…
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When walleye fishing gets tough, it’s often to an angler’s advantage to slow things down. One tactic that is great at catching “tough-bite” walleyes is what I like to call “slow fall”. This is a jigging technique proves most effective, particularly at times you might consider switching from artificial lures to live bait in order to trigger lethargic fish. Jigging tops the list of my favorite techniques to catch walleyes, and I am always fine-tuning or trying new tactics to make jig fishing even more successful for me. Throughout my career, I have found that the fall rate of the…
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Off Shore Mini Trolling Board Tips

Thursday, August 28 2014 11:17 am - for On the Water
Mini 'Boards AKA Mini Trollers equal Big Fun! Carry your Off Shore Mini Planers with your trolling gear all year long! There are situations all season where they shine. Crawler harness rigs slowly give way to crankbaits as summer melts into fall, and August and September really are prime for trolling them. Where I fish, there's a lot of 15-25' rock structure, and almost always lots of cabbage weeds rimming the edges of it. Walleye use both. Anytime I'm working tight to structure, I like a Mini Planer's willingness to track tight to the boat and sensitivity for telegraphing weeds,…
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Yes, I have a boat. Yes, it has sat a lot this summer. The reason: I have discovered the versatility and convenience of the Bass Pro Shops® Stik-O™ Worm . Lately I have found that it's so much easier just to pack a bunch of different color Stik-Os and some octopus hooks in to the same bag, throw them in a cargo pocket and head out to my favorite pond. Greg “Bo” Miller began fishing when I was about 11 years old and serves on the pro staff at Bass Pro Shops, Mercury Marine and St. Croix Rods. Trust me,…
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If you haven't been night fishing in a while, you need to try bass fishing at night from now until September.  It doesn't matter if you're fishing your local pit, pond, or stream….or if you're taking the bass boat out on your big lake; night fishing right now is getting hot all over the country. James Smiley is a professional tournament bass fisherman winning over 20 tournaments & 5 angler of the year awards at various levels of competition. Understand the night Just like during the day, you need to consider all the factors. Water clarity, moon phase, wind, and…
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