Early Season Crappie

Early Season Crappie

When it comes to early season fishing opportunities, few things are better than spring crappie action! For anglers of all ages, the bobber going down and thoughts of a fantastic meal never gets old. While spring crappie fishing is relativity simple — you are hunting...
Multispecies Ice Fishing

Multispecies Ice Fishing

Just a few years ago, ice anglers predominately pursued walleyes, panfish, and pike, period. Anglers tend to have preferences, of course, and in several states, walleye and pike seasons are closed in late-winter until their postspawn period, leaving sunfish, crappies,...
Ice Fishing Breakthroughs

Ice Fishing Breakthroughs

It’s remarkable to look back and see how dramatically and how quickly ice fishing has changed. Years ago, a “depth finder” was that painted lead ball that clipped onto your line when setting tip-ups. A couple of decades later, nearly all ice anglers use hi-tech sonars...
Tokyo Rigging Walleye

Tokyo Rigging Walleye

Tokyo Rigging Walleye is the real thing. To catch freshwater and saltwater fish consistently, you have to understand your target species’ nature, including their seasonal movements, preferred habitat, and forage preferences. Today many lures and rigs are often...
Finding Winter Crappies

Finding Winter Crappies

The process of finding winter crappies can be intimidating when you look out on a frozen lake and pick an area to fish. Today, enhanced digital mapping is a major help, as you can tote a portable sonar or hand-held GPS to lead you to spots you’ve previously located on...
Tokyo Rig: Terrific New Option for Bass

Tokyo Rig: Terrific New Option for Bass

Bass fishing often is all about rigging: Texas Rig, Carolina Rig, Wacky Rig, Ned Rig, and more. But when I first saw VMC’s new “Tokyo Rig” in 2018, I admit to being somewhat dubious. I wasn’t sure how it would work, as it differed substantially from the rigs we...

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