How to Fish a Tailwater

Freshwater

How to Fish a Tailwater

Each year, each season, despite our wishes, there are only so many opportunities to enjoy the outdoor pursuits we revere. Many a weekend warrior would like to do it all, but that’s not always feasible. And, sometimes, it’s just too hard to decide—go hunt or go fish? Spend the weekend chasing spring...
Stephen Klobucar May 16, 2022
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How to Catch More Walleyes on Crankbaits

Walleye

How to Catch More Walleyes on Crankbaits

Fishing live bait for walleyes is a rite of passage. Practically everyone learns to catch these often-tricky fish with worms on spinners, minnows on jig heads, or leeches under floats. But, if you stick with the walleye game long enough, you’ll learn that you also better become comfortable using...
Ross Robertson Apr 20, 2022
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How to Fish Walleye Spinner Rigs Like a Pro

Walleye

How to Fish Walleye Spinner Rigs Like a Pro

Spinner rigs account for a huge proportion of all walleyes caught in rivers, lakes, and reservoirs across the walleye belt. Also known as a worm harness rig, this relatively simple tackle can be fished from the bottom to the surface, fast or slow, and provides a good mix of power and finesse. These...
Ross Robertson Apr 8, 2022
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How to Accessorize a Boat on a Budget

Freshwater

How to Accessorize a Boat on a Budget

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a big glitter boat guy. Since buying my first in the fall of 1996, I’ve bought and sold five more. The fifth is about to leave for a new owner, and a sixth is on the way. I’ve tried to be careful, but I’ve done lots of stupid shit—run into logs, forgot to put the...
Pete Robbins Mar 31, 2022
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Are Rosy-Red Minnows Worth the Hype?

Freshwater

Are Rosy-Red Minnows Worth the Hype?

Nowadays, thanks to the internet and social media, word about new or extremely productive baits spreads like wildfire. Sometimes it seems that every angler is splattering the web with grip-and-grins and raving about one new wonder bait or another. Some of these are legit and others are just gimmicks...
Kubie Brown Mar 28, 2022
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Cash for Crappie: The Complex World of Recreational Fish Sales

Freshwater

Cash for Crappie: The Complex World of Recreational Fish Sales

If you bought crappie fillets online last year, you likely paid over $20 per pound. That’s assuming you found a supplier with crappies in stock. If not, you likely bought something cheaper, such as lake trout, $10.90; catfish, $11; or even walleye, $16.30. In stock or out, most—if not all—wild...
Patrick Durkin Mar 22, 2022
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Beyond the Fryer: 6 Alternative Preparations for Warmwater Fishes

Freshwater

Beyond the Fryer: 6 Alternative Preparations for Warmwater Fishes

Let’s face it, fried fish is delicious. You know it. I know it. Maybe that’s why nine times out of 10, my family’s catch goes straight into a bath of oil before it hits the dinner table. It’s a classic for a reason. But it’s also easy to put on blinders when you get into the kitchen, continuing to...
Steve Schwartz Mar 22, 2022
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An Ice Fishing Lesson for Open-Water Pickerel

Freshwater

An Ice Fishing Lesson for Open-Water Pickerel

Six minutes had elapsed and the pickerel never flinched. It’s body was angled slightly downward, and aside from the most delicate flutter of its pectoral fins, it was statuesque. Just a few inches in front of its face, my shiner swam in tight circles. It wasn’t frantic. The bait just maintained a...
Joe Cermele Feb 25, 2022
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Lessons From Trout Fishing With Kids

Freshwater

Lessons From Trout Fishing With Kids

I don’t think I'd appreciate wild trout so much if I didn’t spend so many years chasing stocked trout. For me, growing up in New Jersey, it wasn't that wild fish weren’t available, it just took effort and time to get to them. Meanwhile, there were four stocked streams within 5 miles of my house...
Joe Cermele Feb 11, 2022
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Video: How to Fish an Underspin for Bass

Freshwater

Video: How to Fish an Underspin for Bass

All credit for popularizing this slick technique goes to the great tournament pro Aaron Martens, who died of brain cancer in November. Like many of his bass fishing methods, this one is simple but deadly. All you need is one of these slick jigheads rigged with a willow blade underneath, paired with...
Oliver Ngy Dec 29, 2021
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How to Set a Trotline

Freshwater

How to Set a Trotline

Simple is rare these days. With any kind of fishing pursuit, it seems like the gear list continues to pile up with new rods, reels, lines, and lures. I’ll be the first to admit it—the gear is part of the allure. But all of that clutter does have a tendency to remove us from reality a bit. We spend...
Steve Schwartz Dec 14, 2021
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