Panfish 101

Panfish 101

VIDEO: Jeremy Smith and Matt Parker go on the prowl for monstrous early-season bluegills and crappies in transition from deep to shallow. Panfish are an American favorite for a variety of good reasons. It’s angling at its most basic and fun—an inexpensive rod...
The Drop Shot — Multispecies Magic

The Drop Shot — Multispecies Magic

Though the drop-shot rig has been popular among expert bass anglers for many years, I still talk to anglers who haven’t tried it, especially those who fish for walleyes and panfish. The beauty of this rig is its simplicity and that you can set your lure or livebait...
Swimbait Magic

Swimbait Magic

Once gamefish complete their spring spawning, it’s time to eat and grow. That urge tends to make summer fishing excellent across the northern states. While walleyes, pike, and bass are known to eat numbers of crayfish and frogs at times, the bulk of their diet is...
Early Season Crappie

Early Season Crappie

When it comes to early season crappie opportunities, watching bobbers disappear and thoughts of a fantastic meal never gets old. While spring crappie fishing is relativity simple — you are hunting moving targets. And crappies move a lot during this time frame. Good...
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...
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...

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