Illinois and News

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Top summer tactics for weed walleyes

Top summer tactics for weed walleyes

Quit trolling, rigging, and jigging the breakline for walleyes, and consider pursuing old marble-eye in the vegetation

June 2014
Walleyes, bass, trout and everything in between: Understanding the Drop-Shot Rig

Walleyes, bass, trout and everything in between: Understanding the Drop-Shot Rig

This versatile presentation works best with a circle hook, then customize it with a soft plastic, fly, or live bait

June 2014
What angler doesn’t know can hurt him, smallmouth catcher discovers

What angler doesn’t know can hurt him, smallmouth catcher discovers

The hand-written note was as inconspicuous as your typical letter to the editor submission

June 2014
Strike zones: The most misunderstood facet of freshwater fishing?

Strike zones: The most misunderstood facet of freshwater fishing?

Whether for walleyes, bass, or panfish, modern anglers must place their live bait or lure in the strike zone

June 2014
Returning to an old fishing hole

Returning to an old fishing hole

Over 50 years and many fish later, back where it all began

June 2014
Forget finesse fishing for a few weeks and get aggressive

Forget finesse fishing for a few weeks and get aggressive

Savage strikes highlight summer freshwater angling. Prompt them via rip-jigging, high-speed retrieves, and other hard-thumping presentations

June 2014
Angler joy: July perch fishing is back

Angler joy: July perch fishing is back

Bud Gillespie likely won’t be on Chicago’s lakefront come July 1, when hundreds – quite possibly thousands – of anglers kick off the first yellow perch season to be held on Lake Michigan since 2001

June 2014
Water temp is key to locating Great Lakes trout, salmon

Water temp is key to locating Great Lakes trout, salmon

If there’s one absolute about how water temperatures affect salmon movement in the Great Lakes, it’s that there is absolutely no magic formula for homing in on the hottest bite.

June 2014
Bass are in ‘good old days’

Bass are in ‘good old days’

Science and opinions considered evenly, it’s quite possible Illinois is smack in the middle of a Micropterus salmoides renaissance.

June 2014
In cold water, a slow lure retrieve creates top fishing formula

In cold water, a slow lure retrieve creates top fishing formula

As water warms, faster and more erratic retrieves will work well for predator fish like northern pike, walleyes, and smallmouth bass.

May 2014