Walleye-anglers are a traditional bunch in-general.  New techniques and technologies are directly compared to known commodities, and rightly so.  There’s no use making things more difficult than they need to be, yet sometimes along the way what’s learned is in and of itself valuable.  I find that to be especially true in the case of…

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Few baits will ever be as successful as the plain lead-head jig.  As a bait-delivery method or a stand-alone option, it excels for multiple species throughout the country, moving water or stagnant, stained or clear.  It can be swam, hopped, plopped, dropped, dragged, shook, pitched, and fished vertically, among other presentations.  No matter how you…

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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 bites…

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Ever lost a tackle box?  I’m pretty good at it as it turns out.  So are my kids I’ve come to learn, they’ve got too many of my own genes.  I’ve lost them tragically to a canoe capsize, which is a rough story I’d not like to recall.  I’ve lost one to theft, and of…

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We are programmed to understand that not all lure types are created equal, with different baits serving different needs seasonally for varying species.  What about baits in the same class however?  While we grasp the thought that a jerkbait is not the same as a spinnerbait, we tend not to distinguish characteristics in-class, with jigs…

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by Bob Jensen   Ice has arrived on the ponds and small lakes earlier than usual in the northern areas of where people go ice-fishing.  In fact, there are some places where anglers are already on the ice and catching fish.  Ice-fishing action can be good all season, but it seems like anglers get really…

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By: Jeff Gustafson Now that the 2019 fishing season is pretty well finished up I have been looking through some photos from the past year and thinking about some of the great days I had on the water.  My first year fishing the Bassmaster Elite Series was all I hoped it would be…I had a…

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by Bob Jensen   It’s the time of year when some anglers start thinking of ice-fishing, and some of those anglers every now and then like to hire a guide to take them fishing. It’s also the time of year when other anglers start thinking about the next open-water fishing season, and some of those…

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by Bob Jensen   Autumn is a wonderful time to go fishing for a good number of reasons:  There is less fishing pressure in most places, the scenery and wildlife watching can be outstanding, the weather is generally very pleasant, and the catching can be fantastic.  Most species of fish go on the bite in…

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by Bob Jensen   Fall arrives in different places at different times, but when it gets to northern pike and musky country, anglers who like to chase these top-line predators know that the odds for getting bit are good, and chances are as good as they get for a trophy.  If you like to catch…

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