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The springtime crappies most fishermen miss

The springtime crappies most fishermen miss

Most crappie anglers head shallow in the spring, but staying off the shoreline can pay dividends

April 2016
Jigs and three-way rigs for spring river walleyes

Jigs and three-way rigs for spring river walleyes

The hot, ice-out bite for walleyes and saugers on the region’s rivers can deliver all-day jigging action

March 2016
It’s time to switch to open water crappies!

It’s time to switch to open water crappies!

Hard water has ended, and soft-water slabs via tube jigs provide a great start to the open-water fishing season.

March 2016
Nesting bass appear unaffected by angling

Nesting bass appear unaffected by angling

A unique study on the effects of tournament-style fishing on nesting largemouth bass has thus far found no reason to close Illinois lakes to spring tournaments.

March 2016
North country perch late ice-angling advice

North country perch late ice-angling advice

Ice fishing has nearly ended, but where you can still find walkable border country ice, you’ll likely find jumbo perch

March 2016
U of I: Tournament bass not stressed in livewells

U of I: Tournament bass not stressed in livewells

University of Illinois does study to determine stress on fish in livewells.

February 2016
Sometimes it’s OK to get skunked when searching for new ice fishing locations

Sometimes it’s OK to get skunked when searching for new ice fishing locations

Stop visiting the same old community ice angling holes, and venture out to locate new honey holes away from the noise and crowds.

February 2016
Multi-species fisherman’s delight: the crankbait conundrum

Multi-species fisherman’s delight: the crankbait conundrum

Lipless or deep-diving, jointed or rattling, one things for sure in the crankbait world: color changes

February 2016
Ice fishing tip No. 1: dress for success

Ice fishing tip No. 1: dress for success

One thing that people often overlook is the most important part of their gear and that is their clothing and how they plan on dressing for the ice.

January 2016
Pre-planning your winter fishing rigs for ice walleyes

Pre-planning your winter fishing rigs for ice walleyes

Prepare your hard-water rods in advance with these line, lure, and terminal tackle setups.

January 2016
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