Brian Brosdahl talks about what he does to have more success during the dog days of summer while chasing walleyes. Specifically, he touches on presentations, locations, night fishing and the answer to the age old question: “Should I stay or should I go?”
July 30, 2023
The hot trend this summer seems to be folks writing off summer whitetail scouting. While I’ve never thought it provided the most useful scouting intel available, I certainly wouldn’t crusade against it.
Chesapeake Bay anglers are facing a stark future — a future in which summertime fishing for striped bass, once a hallmark of bay fishing, may become a distant memory.
A century ago, fishing for striped bass was centered on meals for the table. Then sportfishing boomed in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, with increased incomes, leisure and boat ownership. And with virtually no regulatory limits, they reeled in millions of skillet-size striped bass on halcyon summer days. But summers were much cooler then.
Michigan steelhead anglers are pretty satisfied with the state of the fishery according to a recent mail survey conducted by the Department of Natural Resources. And the DNR is glad to hear it.
“Most respondents were satisfied or really satisfied,” Seth Herbst explained. “What you usually get is a bell-shaped curve right in the middle. What we got is a curve where the highest concentration was satisfied to very satisfied.”
The muskie’s “shadow” on the side imaging electronics was unmistakable – and it appeared in the opposite direction of where we were casting. At my suggestion that he throw a cast at the fish to see what would happen, my friend Charlie Buhler lobbed a soft plastic bait.
As he worked the lure, a muskie appeared behind it. Buhler swung the multi-tailed lure into a big figure-eight, and the water exploded as the muskie grabbed on. What Buhler did to catch that muskie is what some anglers call “wrong way” casting. Let me explain.
At a recent range night, a nervous woman shows up to learn more about handling her firearm. She has the basics, but her confidence is low. Enter Lisa Clemons, NRA certified pistol instructor and all-around women’s advocate.
Clemons skillfully guides the woman through shooting exercises, critiquing without judgment, creating a space where that woman can gain assurance in herself and her shooting abilities.
The Ohio DNR (ODNR) Division of Natural Areas and Preserves will hold special deer hunts at state nature preserves. Nine preserves have been identified as locations where native plant communities are threatened by high deer populations.
Retired Illinois CPO Michael Lyne writes the piece, which focuses on the history of hunting and fishing law enforcement in the state.