(Photo courtesy of Vexilar)Even though Mother Nature doesn’t seem to want to give up its grasp on winter, we need to realize that it really is spring out there. The nights are cold and the days are finally starting to get warmer, and this is a sign that we should be getting ready for some good fishing in the weeks…
Illinois – Cory Yarmuth
Right now, it is not uncommon to get two- and three-man limits in less than two hours while trolling or even casting.
Cory Yarmuth (left) with a catch he decided to release and have replicated.As anglers we are all in search of those “trophy” fish. Some may deny it, but deep down, we all want to catch a fish that we can hang on the wall, remembering every last detail about that day and that catch. This brings up a great question…
How does it make a difference in the way you fish?
Over the last several months, I have been bombarded by work and home obligations that have kept me from spending much-needed time on the water. But if I don’t pick up a fishing rod soon, I’ll go nuts. I can’t be alone in this plight. So how do others cope? Due to life changes over the last year, my world…
The most expensive part of my fishing gear sits on a concrete pad behind my garage. Yes, it is my boat, but it is more than just a boat. It is a very important tool that is cherished and not taken for granted. Just because you winterize your boat does not mean that the boat cannot still be utilized. There…
As a resident of Illinois, I have always been limited on what I can and cannot use for deer hunting. Illinois does not allow the use of centerfire rifles; however, I have always had a fascination with these firearms and broke down and purchased one. There may come a day in my future that an out-of-state whitetail hunt may come…
The action of the lure is a major part of it, but if you don’t have a combination of that and the right colors, you are going to be left disappointed.
There are many times that downsizing your offering is just the ticket to put more fish in the boat.
Just because the air temp has dropped and the water is cold doesn’t mean that you have to hang up the waders and the spinning rods.
I have been reading report after report of big kings being caught by anglers from Chicago all the way up to Milwaukee. Big kings, and in good numbers.
With all the widespread flooding and damage the rain is causing, it can certainly put a damper on things to come.
I’ve already achieved two, and it just makes me want more.
We are all aware of the many advisories out there over some species and, with due cause, should be cautious.
Don’t take shortcuts when it comes to electrical systems in your boat.
Wading is simple and gets back to the roots of fishing at its best. Very little tackle is needed to fish a river, and depending on your species of choice, you may end up catching more than what you bargained for.
It seems to all come down to environment and habitat. You need to think about what impact you can have on the spawning of these fish if you do pull them off the beds.
As outdoorsmen and women, I think that we take the ability to get out fishing and hunting for granted. It isn’t until we lose the ability to get into the outdoors that we realize how much it really can heal what is wrong with us.
If you had to list all the advantages and disadvantages of lead vs. tungsten, I am sure you will have a list that balances each metal out.
Crankbaits can be put into three different categories. The lipped short body, the lipped long body, and the lipless are the varieties that are the easiest to define.
As fishermen, we tend to get caught up in the fast changing world of the fishing industry and new techniques are always a tantalizing option that peaks our interest. It is a case of the shiny object catching your attention and then you will focus on that. When I was a young boy, I started with the simple red and white…
To me, owning a boat is a wonderful thing, but it doesn’t mean that I need it to catch fish. In fact, I have found that some of my best fishing experiences have been in a pair of breathable waders standing in the middle of a flowing river.
What can you do to help promote selective harvest?
Lakefront offers great opportunities to catch brown trout, lake trout, and steelhead
Politeness and manners don’t always rule the day for some ice anglers, but it’s tough to police the space invaders
Before drilling holes in the solid ice, anglers should take care of some basic steps to make sure the ice fishing experience is enjoyable