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Boat trailer corrosion

Several years ago the pressure treated lumber industry changed from infusing boards with chemicals with an arsenic base to salts with a copper base. Both types do a good job of keeping teated lumber from rotting when exposed to the outside elements. After the change-over, carpenters learned they couldn’t continue using galvanized or plain steel nails or screws with this…

No contest

I don’t quite understand why we’ve become so competitive. Competition in sports is good, of course, and I enjoy a good baseball or football game as well as the next guy. But today it seems there’s a competition for just about everything. I love to cook, but do I need to watch a television show that pits one chef against…

The “magic” of outdoors television

No matter how many times we hear it, some people just don’t seem to be able to accept the concept of, “Don’t believe everything you see on television.” That’s true with everything you see on television, particularly commercials and outdoors programs. Not to sound too cynical, but the line between commercial and outdoors program is a very grey area. Post…

Four fast-and-furious bloggy thoughts

High Lonesome Ranch. This week’s Outdoor News Radio contains an interview with Paul Vahldiek, Jr., the majority shareholder and CEO of the High Lonesome Ranch, a mixed use landscape in west-central Colorado. I visited the 300-square-mile operation last fall during the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership’s Media Summit. The vision that Vahldiek and his staff have created for sustainable, private lands management…

Is a record fish lurking in Scofield, Utah?

Scofield Reservoir produces another record fish Scofield — If catching big tiger trout sounds like fun, you should visit Scofield Reservoir in the next few days. Zane Nielsen caught a 27-inch tiger trout at Scofield Reservoir on Feb. 15 In February, the reservoir in central Utah produced not one—but two—Utah state record fish. Catch-and-release record On Feb. 15, Zane Nielsen…

Add a bead for winter crappies and bluegills

When using a bobber for ice panfish, consider adding one 3- to 4-mm bead. For crappies and bluegills, put the bead on the line, then tie the hook on, so the bead slides up and down the line. With this tactic, we're adding some extra bulk and color to our offering. As for color, pair opposites with the bead and…

Thoughts on color and style of ice jigs

We've talked about color a lot in the past, but ice jig color came up a lot at the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show last month. In general, color and style of jigs is a frequent topic at seminars, and my standard response (and belief) is that all colors will work under certain conditions. I address this fact of fishing…

Presenting your ice offering properly

First let's chat about bobbers. A bobber is great because it allows us to immediately check the mood of the fish. The size of your bobber, which is a strike indicator and depth setter, is big factor. Generally speaking, I see ice anglers using too big of a bobber. Fish will feel that drag resistance. They'll blow out the bait…

New Catch and Release Bass Season

Sometimes a person has to consider if the "means to an end" can justify "the end." It can be a dangerous scenario. A bill is being considered right now authored by Rep. Joel Kleefisch of Oconomowoc that would establish a catch-and-release season for bass fishing from the first Saturday in March through the Sunday preceding the first Saturday in May…

Trout Hatchery Savings?

Each year, it costs more for the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission to raise trout, while at the same time fishing license sales decrease. No license or trout stamp fee increase is even on the discussion table – and in this economic climate, it probably shouldn't be. Expenses that increase and revenue that decreases – it is obvious that something…

Top techniques for hammering autumn walleyes

There are a number of 'best' ways to catch fall walleyes. Crankbaits via leadcore line or longline trolling lead the pack in my opinion. You'll also find me casting crankbaits at rock piles, reefs and green weed flats. When trolling cranks, I'll sticks with No. 5s, 7s and 9s, depending on how thick and troublesome weeds are. For casting, I'll…

2011 a bad year for boating fatalities

Turns out that this year will go down as a bad one for boating fatalities in Pennsylvania. We know it already. By mid-July there had already been 13, according to the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. Here's the rundown presented to commissioners at their recent quarterly meeting: — Fatality 1, Allegheny River, Venango County, April 17, 3:40 p.m. on a…

Young Cincinnati bass anglers headed to state tourney

Eight members of the Cincinnati Youth Bass Club will advance to the 2011 Bass Federation State Tournament for Ohio Youth, based on total points they accrued during this year's fishing season. Central Ohio's O'Shaughnessy Reservoir will host the statewide tournament on Sunday, Aug. 21. The eight finalist anglers are Jack Tamborski, Gabe Dubois, Harbor Lovin, Max Kaufman, Noah Meiers, Garrett…

Countin' Fish on a Ladder

You've heard of shooting fish in a barrel? I met a man last week in the Pacific Northwest who counts fish on a ladder. No joke. Ron Mcpeak of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife spends his workday in a cramped cubicle inside the Bonneville Dam, counting fish – one by one – as they migrate up the Columbia…