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Best Walleye Lures, Baits, and Tactics

Freshwater

Best Walleye Lures, Baits, and Tactics

Walleye fishing seemed so simple back when grandpa first showed you how to put a worm on a hook. That was a damned effective tactic, too. These days, as you’re walking the tackle shop aisles or scrolling endless pages of online gear sites, any thoughts that this type of fishing is a simple affair go...
How to Catch Spawning Walleye

Freshwater

How to Catch Spawning Walleye

I frequently refer to the spring spawning run as “the rut” of walleye fishing. This is the time of year when males and females cohabitate and let their guard down more than any other season. A few basic concepts are all you need to know in order to locate and catch walleyes during their spawn. When...
How to Catch Walleye in Spring

Freshwater

How to Catch Walleye in Spring

As lake ice and cabin fever begin to dissipate, you can bet the walleyes are getting restless too. This is the fishing version of the rut, and it’s arguably the easiest time of year to target walleyes. Before you get ahead of yourself, first you have to find them, then you need to know how to catch...
5 Spots to Find Catfish Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing

5 Spots to Find Catfish Ice Fishing

Anglers across the United States spend a lot of time fishing for catfish, but that sure isn’t the case when it comes to ice fishing. More than likely this is because so many of the diehard cat chasers are located in the southern parts of the country that don’t usually freeze, unlike this year...
5 Ways to Find Fish Ice Fishing New Waters

Ice Fishing

5 Ways to Find Fish Ice Fishing New Waters

I recently jumped in the truck and drove 31 hours to fish a body of water I’d never seen before. As a full-time professional angler and guide for more than two decades, I’ve been able to travel and film fishing in some amazing destinations. In many of those cases I was fishing with a local who...
5 Hot Presentations for Ice Fishing Walleye

Ice Fishing

5 Hot Presentations for Ice Fishing Walleye

If there’s one thing anglers can agree on, it’s that finding walleye is a challenge. And, even when you do find them, catching is no gimme. Since walleye are less aggressive in winter, they typically take their time inspecting lures. Much like a good baseball pitcher, a quality walleye angler needs...
How to Catch More Perch Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing

How to Catch More Perch Ice Fishing

Perch seem to take a back seat to species like bluegills, crappies, and walleyes when ice fishing. Honestly, it isn’t fair or warranted. They generally travel in large schools, make amazing table fare, and can be found from the Great Lakes to your local farm pond. Once you locate hardwater perch, a...
3 Best Ice Fishing Lures for Walleye

Ice Fishing

3 Best Ice Fishing Lures for Walleye

Browsing through online tackle store pages or the aisles of your local tackle shop can be overwhelming. Everything looks good, yet many rigs are what my good friend calls “broken clock” lures—tackle that only works twice a day. When choosing ice fishing rigs for walleye, thinking quality over...
Meat Hooks: How Not to Kiss Your Dream Walleye Goodbye

Freshwater

Meat Hooks: How Not to Kiss Your Dream Walleye Goodbye

Hogs. Toads. Donkeys. Pigs. Whatever name you prefer, these are the fish you really want to catch. Quantity fills the freezer, but trophies earn the bragging rights. This series is dedicated to the pursuit of the true heavyweights across all species. The meat eaters. So set your drag and sharpen...
Don’t Forget the Plugs: Essential Tools and Parts for Every Boat

Boating

Don’t Forget the Plugs: Essential Tools and Parts for Every Boat

Any self-respecting angler organizes and restocks his or her tackle or fly boxes on a regular—if not obsessive—basis. But for those of you with boats, when was the last time you took inventory of your onboard toolbox and spare parts? Too many of you haven’t dug in that box or compartment since the...