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Be the lure: Fishing plastics for bluegills and other panfish

Be the lure: Fishing plastics for bluegills and other panfish

Plastics have revolutionized modern fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleyes, and even pike and muskies. Don’t forget to use the new wave of angling plastics for panfish this summer.

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Fishing tips: How to prepare for a new-to-you lake

Fishing tips: How to prepare for a new-to-you lake

Research lake and river maps, review your GPS, prepare your tackle, and explore the DNR and other pertinent websites, so you can hit the water ready to fish.

Boil your lake trout

Boil your lake trout

Consider a fish boil if you come home from your Great Lakes fishing trip with a load of lake trout.

Area experts: region better prepared for algae crisis

Area experts: region better prepared for algae crisis

It was August of 2014 when an algae toxin in the water on Lake Erie left 400,000 people in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan without water for several days.

Massive algae bloom on Erie predicted

Massive algae bloom on Erie predicted

Lake Erie will see one of the most severe toxic algae outbreaks in recent years this summer, a year after toxins contaminated the drinking water for 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan, researchers predict.

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Fishing tips: How to prepare for a new-to-you lake

Research lake and river maps, review your GPS, prepare your tackle, and explore the DNR and other pertinent websites, so you can hit the water ready to fish.

Five top fishing presentations for late summer bass

Largemouth and smallmouth bass won’t fall into a strict pattern in September, so have these five techniques in your angling arsenal.

Be the lure: Fishing plastics for bluegills and other panfish

Plastics have revolutionized modern fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleyes, and even pike and muskies. Don’t forget to use the new wave of angling plastics for panfish this summer.

Summer slabs: Top tips for warm-weather crappies

Post-spawn, “suspended” crappies intimidate too many freshwater anglers when simple approaches to targeting these panfish can produce thick, edible fillets.

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Fishing tips: How to prepare for a new-to-you lake

Research lake and river maps, review your GPS, prepare your tackle, and explore the DNR and other pertinent websites, so you can hit the water ready to fish.

Duck Calling for Beginners

I don’t remember when I successfully called in my first flock of ducks, but I do remember when I first started to learn how to blow a call.

Fishing tips: make adjustments to get the most out of your fishing electronics

Learn how to set up your fishing electronics to become a more successful angler

Prevent spoilage by keeping fish cool this summer

From livewell to fillet table, properly handling freshwater gamefish can make or break your fish dinner.

Outdoor Steward: Outfitting your ATV for field work

Reaping the greatest benefit from your wooded land or other rural property requires employing good stewardship practices

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Outdoor Steward: Outfitting your ATV for field work

Reaping the greatest benefit from your wooded land or other rural property requires employing good stewardship practices

Flying high again: Boating industry unveils top models for 2015

New model boats keep the best, update the rest

2015 Boat Motors. Stylish, quieter and more fuel-efficient

Four strokes still coming on strong in outboard marketplace

Ice show season: Checking out innovations for hard water 2014-15

From tip-ups to headlamps to augers, some highlights from last weekend’s 22nd Annual St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show.

Holiday Gift Guide for the Naughty or Nice

After a season of hunting and fishing, the outdoor enthusiasts in your life are sure to know what gear needs replacing, upgrading, or retiring

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Sweet and Smokey Grilled Duck - Brine it in an apple juice bath and grill with a touch of hot sauce, it's time to pull that bird meat out of the freezer and get it on the grill.

Morel Mushrooms stuffed with a crab and cheese filling.

In the wild mushroom world, morels are king. Prized for their wonderful earthy flavor, they also offer a great excuse to head into the woods in spring.

Fajita Kabobs

Looking for a recipe that makes a tough cut of meat something worth savoring?

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Lake Shelbyville

Lake Shelbyville is certainly the center of central Illinois’ outdoors paradise. And the opportunities surrounding the massive area provide anglers, hunters, bikers, birdwatchers and everyone else a year-round playground.

The traveling hunter: Flying with firearms

Planning, preparation make a difference

Writer's treehouse stay doesn't disappoint

House built by Ohio couple near Mohican

Ontario unveils a few new fishing rules for 2014

No updates to OWI rules from last year

A bass’n plan: Head south for open water

The Great Lakes region offers fabulous bass fishing – except during the winter when the lakes are frozen and the seasons are closed.

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