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Early season walleye jigging tactics

I love using jigs but too many anglers aren’t fishing them correctly. Just starters, understand that you won’t always feel the thump of a walleye when it strikes a jig. Guys expect that sure bite or hit. Many times you don’t feel it. So often you  drop the jig down and it stops. Maybe you’ll just feel some extra weight….

A wind knot runs through it

It’s Hollywood, all Hollywood. You see a guy casually walking through the woods, along a stream, with fly rod in tow, it’s Hollywood. And while Brad Pitt could look good almost anywhere, it won’t be as he (actually) strolls along the River that Runs Through It. Maybe it’s because I’m out of practice, maybe it was just the wind, maybe…

Pen projects' unsung heroes

It’s all about what’s going on behind the scenes to make our sportfishing resource one of the best on the planet. Yes, we know about the fish hatcheries themselves and the personnel who collect the fish eggs, hatch them and get them ready for fish stockings each spring – the salmon and trout for the Great Lakes. But it doesn’t…

Ohio fishing license sales soaring

An abundance of warm spring days sent Ohio fishing license sales soaring this year, according to the Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife. “An unusually warm spring is drawing increased numbers of anglers to Ohio’s streams and lakes,” said Vicki Ervin, the division’s communication manager. Between March 1 and April 5, overall license sales were up 76.5 percent over the same period in 2011, records…

Hey Legislature! Leave our opener alone!

Frankly, I just don’t buy it: The concept being proposed by two Legislators to move the Minnesota fishing opener back a week because of the early spring. Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook and Rep. David Dill of Crane Lake are the ones behind this half-baked scheme which, at first mention, made me rather excited. Their reasoning? It was a tough…

First trout a memorable one

I’m not sure how old I was, but I was definitely knee high to a grasshopper. Mom, Dad, my brother Rick – that was our family back then. It was before David and Susan came along, so I was probably seven or so. The Hilts clan was camping in the Adirondacks and Lewey Lake in Hamilton County was our preferred…

Ohio DNR swamped with calls on umbrella rig

The Ohio Division of Wildlife's call center has been swamped with so many phone calls and emails from anglers seeking information on the legality of the 5-hook Umbrella/Alabama rig, the DOW has set up a special website to explain Ohio's angler regulations and ways to modify the rig. "We are now referring folks to our new website link which explains…

Fee increase moving

A plan to hike fishing and hunting license fees, which hasn’t been done on a general scale since 2001, won unanimous approval from a key Senate committee on Tuesday. The Environment and Natural Resources Committee approved of the plan, offered by committee chair Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, that, among other things, would increase the annual cost for a resident fishing license…

What do moose and eelpout have in common?

A story by long-time Grand Forks Herald outdoors scribe Brad Dokken has appeared in several publications and websites the past few days via the Associated Press wire. Dokken reports a recurring theme about burbot, or eelpout, in this part of the country: They’re struggling. Like the moose – another signature species in Minnesota – eelpout prefer cold Minnesota weather. While…