You Can't Bass Fish Too Shallow

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You Can't Bass Fish Too Shallow

The two sonar units I have on my bass boat—one at the console and one up front—both contain more computing power than the 13-inch television I owned back in college by a factor of a thousand. Truth be told, though, they don’t get nearly as much use. I’m a tidal river rat, where a substantial portion...
Pete Robbins Sep 22, 2021
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You Need to Know How to Fish a Dropshot

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You Need to Know How to Fish a Dropshot

In 2001, I fished as a co-angler in a tournament on Toledo Bend Reservoir, a massive body of water that straddles the Texas-Louisiana border and eats lower units for lunch. When they impounded the lake in the 1960s, they left most of the standing timber intact, cutting rudimentary and often poorly...
Pete Robbins Sep 16, 2021
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Video: How to Catch Largemouth Bass in Fall

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Video: How to Catch Largemouth Bass in Fall

Fall is one of my favorite times to fish for bass. Like many other fish species, largemouth gain a sense of urgency with cold weather coming on and try their hardest to stock up on calories before winter. That means they’ll often behave aggressively toward topwater lures and other fast presentations...
Oliver Ngy Sep 14, 2021
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How to Catch Great Lakes Salmon

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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...
Kubie Brown Sep 8, 2021
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5 Great Soft Plastic Colors You've Never Heard Of

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5 Great Soft Plastic Colors You've Never Heard Of

As an overworked and underpaid individual with family obligations and a budget, I typically get to fish about one day a week. With the occasional missed week and a few fishing-specific vacations, that ends up meaning I’m on the water perhaps 60 days a year. When I get out there, the goal is to catch...
Pete Robbins Sep 7, 2021
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Which State Produces the Best Bass Pros?

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Which State Produces the Best Bass Pros?

So you want to be a bass pro? Where you live may play a role in your short-term and long-term success. Geography is not destiny, of course. After all, three of the greatest anglers of all time—Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli, and Brandon Palaniuk—come from Michigan, New Jersey, and Idaho, respectively...
Pete Robbins Sep 1, 2021
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Best Lures and Baits for Lake Trout

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Best Lures and Baits for Lake Trout

“Uh, I think we’re out of gas.” I was 13 years old, finally old enough to take the boat out on the lake at my family’s cabin. My 10-year-old brother and I had decided to celebrate this newfound freedom by going out to catch a limit of walleye and were on the return trip when the engine sputtered to...
Kubie Brown Aug 26, 2021
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How to Spear Fish in Freshwater

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How to Spear Fish in Freshwater

For coastal inhabitants, the dinner bell rings twice a day with the arrival of high tide. Many accept this invitation to eat with a spear. The further inland you travel, however, the less you hear that ringing until mountains and trees completely smother the noise. It's a shame that those far from...
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4-Year-Old Catches Record Golden Trout

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4-Year-Old Catches Record Golden Trout

Editor's Note: This article was corrected and updated 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25. Caroline May Evans is off to an auspicious start of her fishing career. The 4-year-old girl submitted a two-pound golden trout last week for official consideration in the IGFA “Small Fry” record book, which includes...
Hayden Sammak Aug 24, 2021
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Don’t Drive Your Boat Like an Idiot

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Don’t Drive Your Boat Like an Idiot

Plenty of boats will go 80 miles per hour, even in the hands of a novice. Many go 70 without even opening the sucker up, and just about anything rated for a 150-horsepower will go over 60. That’s all cool, but you typically don’t need a license or even any training to get one. There are no brakes...
Pete Robbins Aug 23, 2021
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How to Trap Crayfish

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How to Trap Crayfish

With water temperatures too hot to do much trout fishing in Southwest Montana, I found myself looking for ways to hit the river while leaving the fly rod at home. While I lamented the lack of after-work fishing to be had, my friend and Supervising Editor Sam Lungren suggested we go poke around the...
Hayden Sammak Aug 20, 2021
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