Nothing says spring has sprung more than the season’s first crappie frenzy. Early season panfish bites are a rite of spring, happening throughout the country as reliably as budding lilacs, morels pushing and gobbling turkeys. Crappies and bluegills both work their way from mid-winter depths to staging areas, then eventually into shallow cover and…

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  New Rumble Stick set to shake up the water for deep water multi-species success. BEMIDJI, Minn. (April 7, 2021) – In March of 1958, rockabilly guitarist phenom Link Wray released his single “Rumble” and listeners immediately took note with dance halls and jukeboxes practically wearing out the vinyl. The instrumental featured some of the…

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  There’s a lot of ways to catch gills and crappies. Depending on the time of year, different approaches can be taken, but I find it’s best not to get too complicated with the fish we all grew up catching. My first introduction to bluegill fishing was straight over the side of a red 16’…

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  It’s been an odd spring, and for that matter, and even more peculiar winter. Open water in the southern part of the state has been around for a few weeks, while in the north, there’s still ice, albeit a poor version of it, clinging to memories of a winter that wasn’t. Early season panfish…

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  Northland Fishing Tackle’s new Rumble Shiner is a legend in the making. BEMIDJI, Minn. (March 26, 2021) – Anglers are in for a treat this season with the release of Northland® Fishing Tackle’s new Rumble Shiner. This premium minnow-style hard bait should be a big hit with just about any freshwater predator species.  …

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We’ve all been in the boat when someone starts thwacking ’em on jigs, and for whatever reason, nobody else can get bit. Oftentimes, it’s small details in your presentation that can make all the difference, resulting in walleyes hitting the net vs. coming home empty-handed after an unsuccessful day on the water. In this video,…

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A little bit of warm weather certainly works wonders, and brings anglers to spring river runs in droves. For good reason, as pre-spawn movements congregate walleyes upstream through pinch-points and up to dam structures. It’s a dynamic bite that in most areas, relies on mother nature cooperating in the form of consistent temps that prevent…

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Early season walleye action is finally humming on the Rainy River on the Minnesota/Ontario border. Nick Lindner runs through some up-to-date conditions, as well as some go-to presentations and strategies for targeting spring walleyes in river systems.

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