CATCH FALL FISH ON JIGS

Mike Frisch

by Bob Jensen There are lots of signs that fall is not far away. You can listen to the locusts at night, notice that the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler, or you can just look at the calendar. No doubt, another fall is starting to make its entrance.

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Clear Lake, Iowa

Clear Lake, Iowa

The town of Clear Lake, Iowa, is, of course, remembered by many as the site of the last concert performed by Fifties rocker Buddy Holly. The show concluded shortly before his departing airplane flight ended in a tragic weather-related crash.The lake for which the town is named isn’t so well-known, however, especially among sportfishermen. There was a time, in fact, when it was only on the radar of anglers who pursued bullheads.

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Topwater Tweaks For More Summer Bass In Shallow Slop

Chip Summer Fishing

By Chip LeerShallow slop holds largemouth bass in the summertime. Extracting them from the jungle is a challenge bass fans love, and throwing topwater baits that skitter and slide across the canopy is one of the most popular ways to attack these green monsters.Topwater fishing seems simple, but even slight variations in lure choice and presentation can mean the difference between a great day and getting skunked.It all starts with choosing the right bait for the conditions at hand. Many anglers t…

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School of Fish concludes 4th year!

School of Fish 2016 graduating class

School of Fish, the leaders in fishing education, recently completed their fourth year of hosting fishing classes for kids and their parents and other adults across the Midwest. School of Fish taught 29 open-water Schools in 2016 graduating 475 “water-ready” kids and 231 adults.Started in Alexandria, MN in 2013 as an open-water fishing class, School of Fish was very well received and, due to requests, added School of Fish ON ICE that fall. Since then, a rod building class and Walleye…

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Lake Kabetogama, MN

Lake Kabetogama, MN

This body of water lies within Voyageurs National Park, and at just more than 24,000 acres is one of the state’s 10 largest inland lakes. A healthy walleye population also makes it a premier destination for fishermen. In addition, recent netting surveys by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources showed an astonishing number of young walleyes in the lake, which bodes well for angling in the future.Bob Jensen, Team Northland member and founder of Fishing The Midwest, has spent countles…

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The Versatile Bladed Jig

The Versatile Bladed Jig

In the judgement of many walleye anglers, a leadhead jig that sports a shiny metal blade is good only for fishing dirty water or vertical jigging a river. It’s an opinion with which tournament ace and Team Northland member Mark Martin strongly disagrees.In fact, the hard-fishing Michigan angler has used Northland’s venerable Whistler® Jig, with its iconic propeller blade, for many years in various situations, and says both it and the Thumper® Jig, which features an ’eye…

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’Eyes Without Bait

Dusty Minke

Whether by regulation or by personal choice, the trend in walleye fishing today is toward artificial lures and away from live bait. The problem most anglers have in taking the first step in this direction is a lack of confidence in anything but a wriggling minnow, leech or ’crawler.“And the best way to gain confidence in artificial lures,” says NWT tournament angler and Team Northland member Dusty Minke, “is to catch a few fish on them. The trouble is that many anglers ma…

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An Experience of a Lifetime for Gussy at Forrest Wood Cup

Gussy Concludes his 2016 FLW Tour Campaign with Event on Wheeler Lake A 44th place finish may not seem noteworthy, but for Jeff Gustafson of Keewatin, Ontario, it symbolizes the conclusion of his 2016 FLW Tour Campaign, one in which saw Gussy have his best year on Tour yet, with him collecting checks in all six events, making two top 20 cuts and one top ten cut with his best finish of 4th place.  All of these things resulted in Gussy finishing 5th in the Angler of the Year standings and qua…

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Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota

Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota

Not very long ago this giant reservoir on the Missouri River went through hard times. These days, however, things are different. Water levels that are high and stable, plus a resurgence of rainbow smelt, (the lake’s dominant forage fish) have turned it once again into a thriving sport fishery.Northern pike grow to impressive size here, and the smallmouth bass fishery is building into something remarkable.

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