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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Sometimes muskie fishermen seem to spend as much time in bait shops as they do on the water. Muskie hunters seem to need all the latest and greatest baits in order to catch that one fish of ten thousand casts. Right now is a great time to take an assessment of your muskie tackle in order to fill in the gaps. There are a ton of muskie shows around the country with vendors who would like to help you with discounted lures along with a wide variety of them. In order to put the odds in your favor, it is…
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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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How Weather Affects Walleye Fishing

Tuesday, March 03 2015 7:00 am - for Walleye
Spring thunderstorms will cause walleye to go deep or bury themselves in weeds. Big lake suspended schools of walleye may break up or move great distances during storms. Cold fronts can cause them to hibernate. Bright days on clear lakes can also shut them off. When any of this happens, head for the nearest walleye river because they aren’t affected as much by stormyweather. The best times to fish walleye are when choppy conditions create current, diminish light penetration, and stir up shallow water causing baits to be more active. Windswept shorelines also will be especially good. A great time…
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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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Itching for summer smallmouth action? No need to wait until ice-out to battle trophy bronzebacks. With many fish over the 20-inch mark, Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay has some of the best smallmouth bass fishing the state has to offer.  They don’t disappear when hard water shows up.  Understanding where smallies sit in the bay and the best ways to target these large predators will make your day on the ice much more successful. 1.    Stick To Structure   Superior Smallmouth: These bronzebacks don’t disappear when hard water hits—you just have to bring the right tackle and know where to find…
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Successful hardwater applications of Aqua-Vu's new Bio-Lume system ICE BELT, USA (February 2, 2015) - Anglers are constantly searching for the latest difference-maker to help them catch more fish from ice-capped lakes. The new Bio-Lume from Aqua-Vu, a fully submersible, fish-attracting LED light system, is the most recent tool to be adopted by ardent anglers across the northland, leading to rod-bending results. We caught up with Dr. Jason Halfen, The Technological Angler, a technophile and avid ice angler, to learn how he has been using Bio-Lume to put more fish on the ice. "We have enjoyed tremendous results with the Bio-Lume…
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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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