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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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Keep Your Bait Color Selections Simple

by Jeremiah T. Bagwell In our world of endless choices, you can walk down the aisles of any tackle shop, scan the pages of lure catalogs or point and click on any tackle website and choose from hundreds of colors available for each and every lure style. While the power to choose is great, it may serve as a huge and overwhelming distraction to novice anglers. I recommend that anglers who are
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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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5 Things You Need To Know Before Smallmouth Fishing in NY

By Jim Root - If you’re like most people you’ve probably heard stories of how legendary the smallmouth bass fishing is in NY. From Ontario, Erie, St. Lawrence, Oneida, Champlain, Cayuga, Susquehanna, you can find yourself hooking up with smallmouth in the 5-7+ pound range on every trip if you know what to look for, what to bring, and what to expect. Come unprepared, however, 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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Fizards Fish Atrractant

By Brent Watters - Fizards offers an interesting concept in artificial attractants. This is a biodegradable substance that is completely moldable, like putty and is infused with shad oil as a slow releasing attractant. Fizards is marketed as a great attractant for pan fish, bass, walleye and saltwater species. The attractant comes in several colors and for our testing, we used pink and blue.
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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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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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Bass Baiting by Season: Understand the Cyclical Feeding Habits of Bass

By Mike Cork - Bass are among the most sought-after freshwater game fish. Everyone from professional anglers to weekend fishermen spend countless hours trying to discover the magic lure to catch bass every time they fish. But the truth is, there is no single bait that mimics all the forage opportunities bass have throughout the year. Knowing the primary forage bass eat at any given time
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