Tips and Tactics

Winter Fishing Tips and Tactics

    By Mike Cork  Fishing through the winter months can be very rewarding for a number of reasons. Cold temperatures keep fair-weather anglers home and hunting seasons lead many anglers to trade lakes for the woods. Winter is also the time of year when most freshwater species group up. The result: more fish for cold-weather anglers. During the coolest months of the year,
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Fly Fishing: 6 Sight-Fishing Tips for Shallow Water Trout

by Kent Klewein  - Fly fishing during the fall and winter months can really open the door to some great sight-fishing opportunities for fly anglers targeting trout. Generally, most of our wadable trout streams run low and clear from the lack of rainfall this time of year. If you keep your eyes peeled for trout and wade with extra stealth, there’s always a good chance to sneak up and
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Icing for Panfish

By Vincent J. Hytry Winter is here in southeast Wisconsin and that means it’s time for ice fishing. With the early ice upon us, the focus is on panfish and to find these fish you must think shallow, real shallow (1.5-5ft). The search for panfish begins by looking for protected bays, channels or back waters off river systems and if they contain green weeds, wood or other cover it’s all the
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Why Do Hunters Make Good Anglers

Jim Vitaro, owner of the The Hawg Trough discusses the correlation between hunting and fishing and how understanding and being in tune with nature provides greater angling knowledge. The Hawg Trough (www.thehawgtroughs.com)
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Wintertime Cranking on Deep, Rocky Lakes

By Ryan Heilmann -  When you mention the use of crankbaits, most anglers think of this as a spring and summertime technique,  but bass love it in the winter also. Cranking in the winter can produce big bags, and can catch a good number of fish. Used correctly, crankbaits are a versatile bait that will catch fish any time of the year. Sometimes the color matters, sometime it’s the depth that
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Fishing A Jig In The Cold of Winter

By Dan Wells - Jigs will catch fish 12 months out of the year however the cold water period is when a jig can really shine! When the water temps are at their lowest during the winter many bass only eat once every few days and they prefer a meal they don’t have to work hard for and provides a large amount of protein, what better then a slow moving crawdad. A jig mimics a crawdad better than
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Ten Tips and Tactics for Tremendous Redfish Trips

By Capt. Terry Lacoss  – Selecting the proper fishing tackle, lures and employing the proper retrieve are key when targeting redfish holding at a variety of saltwater habitats.  Read my ten top redfish tactics. During the early days of red fishing the #1 redfish tactic included fishing dead on the bottom with heavy terminal fishing tackle and a large chunk of cut bait barbed to a stout
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Beginner Tips for Northern Pike Ice Fishing

By Jay Bryce Pike are popular quarry of ice fishermen. Though they are primarily pursued with tip ups, baited with live minnows or suckers, they can be taken with rod and reel, either jigging or fishing with bait. Most fishermen use a fairly large hook, such as a No. 1 or No. 2 short shanked single hook or a No. 1 or No. 1/0 treble attached to a steel leader one to three feet long. The steel
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Double Prop Baits – Better Than The Rest

By Charles E. White -  When I first started bass fishing, I was six years old. I was using a Heddon Tiny Torpedo by an old concrete wall that had fallen in the water at Buckeye Lake. I was fishing this double prop bait and all of a sudden I had this big splash right by my bait. It almost scared me to death! I kept fishing and was ready for this fish the next time. It struck again, it was a
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