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How Technology Makes Us Better Ice Anglers

Ice Fishing

How Technology Makes Us Better Ice Anglers

I’m generally old school and like to keep things simple. But the first time I used electronics for ice fishing, I knew I'd never fish without them. There are things you can fight, and then there are things you have to accept because they make a job so much easier you’d be crazy not to utilize them...
5 Steps to Being Totally Prepared for Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing

5 Steps to Being Totally Prepared for Ice Fishing

We’ve all seen that guy at the boat launch floating away from the dock with a dead starter battery. The same scenario plays out in a different way when it comes to ice prep—maybe it’s a dead snowmobile or an auger that just won’t start or fishing line that’s seen too much UV. Most of us pile our ice...
10 Tools For Staying Alive while Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing

10 Tools For Staying Alive while Ice Fishing

When I was a kid learning to ice fish with my friends, it simply wasn't cool to talk about safety. We all wanted to be tough and unafraid while doing an admittedly dangerous activity. In the years since then, however, I've seen and heard about far too many deaths and near-death experiences to be...
Best Live Bait for Walleye

Freshwater

Best Live Bait for Walleye

In the age of super plastics and lifelike finishes, many anglers are turning their back on live bait. I’ll be the first one to say it: On many days, it’s not necessary. But a recent trip to Louisiana’s offshore oil rigs was a harsh reminder of why I don’t like to leave home without bait. The water...
Best Soft Plastic Lures for Walleye

Walleye

Best Soft Plastic Lures for Walleye

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like live bait. In today’s day and age, however, you would have to crazy to not have a good sampling of soft plastic lures in your walleye boxes. Plastics open a diverse set of options when compared to live bait. We will forgo the obvious holdups that live bait can be...
How to Catch Fall Walleye

Walleye

How to Catch Fall Walleye

Cool nights, football games, and long pants usually mean the start of prime walleye fishing in most parts of the walleye world. As the waters cool, these fish know to strap on the feedbag in order to help eggs develop or put on some extra fluff to get through the winter slowdown. It’s at this time...
5 Best Crankbaits for Walleye

Freshwater

5 Best Crankbaits for Walleye

It’s hard to believe that a piece of plastic or balsawood with a plastic lip has tricked so many walleyes into biting. In all fairness, such a rough description of any lure type would make it appear to be simpler than it really is. Subtle differences in design and minor tweaks in presentation cause...
8 Best Jigs for Walleye

Freshwater

8 Best Jigs for Walleye

You could reasonably argue that the jig is not only one of the oldest and simplest lures available, but also one of the most versatile. In layman’s terms, a jig is basically a hunk of lead or tungsten molded onto a hook. It’s really that simple. Walleye anglers have relied on them for decades...
Finding Fish: How to Use Sonar Like a Pro

Freshwater

Finding Fish: How to Use Sonar Like a Pro

A common theory exists that we only use 10% of our brain capacity. The same could probably be said of our smartphones, computers, and sonar units—most people only scratch the surface of the abilities these pieces of technology possess. But a little bit of education goes a long way. Just because you...
How to Catch Walleye in the Summer

Freshwater

How to Catch Walleye in the Summer

As the air conditioning units start to run regularly, you can almost bet that walleyes are settling into their summer patterns. On some bodies of water this means walleyes can be found shallow. On others, it means you need to look deep. On my home lake, it’s not uncommon for walleyes to be located...