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How to Safely Ice Fish on Rivers

Ice Fishing

How to Safely Ice Fish on Rivers

It wasn’t like in the movies with a spiderweb of cracks slowly forming beneath my feet, but rather a sharp loud “CRACK!” like a pistol shot. I knew I was in trouble right away. I was 17 years old, playing hooky from school to go ice fishing on the Connecticut River, which flowed near my small...
How to Ice Fish for Lake Trout

Ice Fishing

How to Ice Fish for Lake Trout

Catching a big lake trout is one of the greatest challenges in the angling world. For most of the year, these fish live in sparse, constantly roving schools in the deepest, darkest parts of lakes and reservoirs. They’re hard to find, hard to catch, and many anglers go hours and even entire days...
How to Catch More Bluegill Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing

How to Catch More Bluegill Ice Fishing

There’s something transcendent about your first fish. Whether you caught it as a child or later in life, holding that first wriggling, wet creature in your hands opens the door to the world of angling. While I’m sure there are a few truly blessed (or very lucky) anglers whose first fish was...
How to Catch Fish Before Freeze-Up

Freshwater

How to Catch Fish Before Freeze-Up

There are two types of anglers. The first are those who spend occasional summer weekends out on the boat or wading around low, warm rivers. They catch a few fish but mostly they just enjoy the calm, quiet recreation of angling. They’re the type of anglers who say things like “I don’t care if I catch...
How To Catch Muskies in the Fall

Freshwater

How To Catch Muskies in the Fall

There’s a certain prestige that comes with being a muskie angler. The title carries a lofty and somewhat dark mystique bestowed by other anglers. It’s hard to define, but if there was some sort of raucous saloon out there where all the types of fisherman of the world gathered, the muskie anglers...
How to Catch Big Smallmouth Bass in Fall

Freshwater

How to Catch Big Smallmouth Bass in Fall

There was a period of my life not so long ago when I was completely obsessed with big smallmouth bass. From about 14 years old until my early 20s, I would spend nearly every day of the summer pursuing them. My madness even led me to enter a few local bass tournaments around my family’s home near...
How to Catch Walleye in Rivers

Walleye

How to Catch Walleye in Rivers

As the days grow short and the first frosts of the season sparkle gently in the early morning sun, we’re all faced with that all-important task of filling the freezer. For many of us this means pulling out the heavy gear to ply the rivers for autumn runs of giant trout and salmon or putting the...
How to Pick the Best Streamer for Big Fall Trout

Freshwater

How to Pick the Best Streamer for Big Fall Trout

Whether you call them hogs, slabs, donkeys, or studs, there is something universally attractive about big trout. Use any of these superlatives in your local fly shop and everyone in the place will slink towards you like a group of bird dogs hearing the rustle of a kibble bag. Big trout fascinate us...
How to Nymph for Trout

Fly

How to Nymph for Trout

When we go out fly fishing, we go dreaming about those iconic moments—when you cast a fly, drift it slowly over a feeding trout, and watch it rise to sip the bug gently off the surface. Yet, as often as we fantasize about these situations, they’re about as rare as seeing a shooting star or hearing a...
How to Catch Great Lakes Salmon

Freshwater

How to Catch Great Lakes Salmon

Biologists originally stocked Pacific salmon in the Great Lakes in the 1960s to help control the population of invasive alewives. Fifty years later, those first few little salmon smolts have turned the Great Lakes into one of the greatest salmon fisheries on the planet. Unlike their cousins in the...