Walleyes, bluegills, crappies, and pike face similar constraints as the mid-ice season of February unfolds
Human consciousness can’t honestly relate to small-brained, cold-blooded creatures living in an entirely different environment. But we can study these amazing animals and apply what we learn to better fishing.
Doesn’t matter which species – walleye, pike, perch, crappies or bluegills – fish detecting unnatural odors will cost you bites this winter
Consider deep water for walleyes and panfish when anglers, ice augers, and noise drive fish from the December or January shallows.
Lake of the Woods and Rainy Lake see every bit as much walleye, sauger, and pike, and jumbo perch action in the winter as during the open-water season. Make the angling trip north in 2014-15.
Whether it’s live fatheads or frozen shiners, hooking your minnows the right way produces more strikes from walleyes, perch, crappies, and pike alike.
More forgiving than peak of summer, fall fishing provides great flexibility for finding big fish and prime-time angling
Store your rod, loosen the drag, but wait till spring before changing your line on spinning and baitcasting reels
September and October slabs love jigs when water temperatures drop post-turnover
Jig-n-minnow, crankbaits, and live-bait rigs all provide top presentations for autumn walleyes
Choosing the proper crankbait color for largemouth and smallmouth bass
Mud edges, wind-blown edges, weed edges, bottom contour edges, transition edges, even algal edges!
Quit trolling, rigging, and jigging the breakline for walleyes, and consider pursuing old marble-eye in the vegetation
Whether for walleyes, bass, or panfish, modern anglers must place their live bait or lure in the strike zone
Your lures, boat, rods-n-reels, location, and weather all directly affect your luck and thus your willingness to experiment and find freshwater fishing success
Your crankbaiting priority for walleyes should run as follows: depth, vibration, speed, color, and sound
Anglers have multiple options for pursuing walleyes in 2014: from jig and minnow to crankbaits to slip-bobbers
The real deal, tasty ice-out crappies demand stealth techniques for hours of angling fun
Fishing for walleyes demands three top presentations: crankbaits, three-way swivel rigs, and colorful crankbaits
Open water is advancing north, and that means the first, best crappie fishing opportunities of spring
Ice fishing innovation cures twisted line, thus resulting in more bites through the hard water
Bluegills and crappies are moving to the shallows. Play your cards right, and you’ll own the bite
Some of the best fishing of the year for aggressive freshwater pike is exploding under the ice
Walleye locations during the late-ice period vary, but that just means multiple lures and presentations produce bites.
For spawning-time northern pike on border waters, try these top fishing tips
How you hook your live bait – fathheads, shiners, or even grubs – will determine whether you catch winter’s finicky walleyes through the hard water