Fishing Tips

  • Ice fishing tips: Stay safe with the proper gear as you venture onto first ice

    Stay safe and prevent an unexpected polar plunge by owning the right gear and frequently checking ice conditions! Cooler nights and accumulating snow have dropped temperatures near freezing, and we’ll soon be walking on water again. Take a few steps now to know you’re prepared when ice arrives. First, pull…

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  • Tips and Techniques for Catch and Release

     There are several lakes and rivers in the U.S. that have catch and release regulations. Catch and release is very important for the conservation of our fisheries. Here are a few catch and release tips and techniques…  1. Water Conditions - Be sure to avoid stressful water conditions for the fish.…

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  • 3 Lures to Get You Started for Spring Bass Fishing

    Spring has sprung! You know what that means, it's time to get the tacklebox out, rig up your  lines, and start ripping some lips! Here are my top 3 recommended lures for spring bass fishing  3/16-ounce Jig Head with an Artificial Bait One of my favorite lures to use is a…

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  • State Fishing Regulations 2020

    Reminder! Before you head out on the water - make sure you've read your State's Wildlife Division regulations for the current fishing season rules. Because biologists are making decisions to protect our fisheries, the rules may have changed from the previous season. Here's a handy reference list! Note that some…

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  • Spring fishing tip: Head to a local river or stream to catch some carp and suckers

    Beat “stay-in-place”-induced cabin fever by targeting rough fish in a hard-running river near you. Some of my first fishing memories are of digging worms, grabbing a rod and reel, some heavy sinkers, a few hooks, and then biking down to the local river to catch carp and suckers with my…

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  • Why Wear a Neck Gator When Fishing?

    Headed to do some warm water fishing this winter? Don’t forget to pack the sunscreen, and consider a NECK GATOR. According to JPT Captain Clay Ellis-Escobar, who spends a lot of hours on the water where they sun’s reflection can get super intense, a neck gator offers the perfect protection.…

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  • Fishing tips: Catching bass in shallow water through the summer

    by: Andrew Kjeldergaard As we move deeper into summer most anglers think deep, but you can still find big bass in the shallows all year long. When searching for bass in the summer I base my fishing locations off of these three things, first is amount of cloud cover, second…

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  • Bass fishing tips: Where did the bass go?

    If you are heading out for a day of bass fishing you can usually start your morning off fishing in the shallows but when the bite slows down you have to make a move. As the water warms up from the morning sun fish will tend to seek out shade…

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  • Fishing event is a win-win for father and son

    One of the first big news articles I wrote for Outdoor News was back in 1998, when a big national fishing tournament circuit, the FLW Tour, came to Lake Minnetonka. It was one of the first trips into the north by this predominantly southern United States circuit and many hailed it as…

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  • Scratch your fishing itch with springtime river rough fish

    If game fish seasons have closed in your area and you still crave the tug of a big fish, then head on down to a nearby river and try your luck on some rough fish. Carp, suckers and catfish swim most rivers and will put up a great fight. It…

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  • Eight basic tips for catching bass

    Try these tips when the open water bass season arrives By Louie Stout Contributing Writer The long winter is passing, and it’s time to turn those bassin’ fantasies into real life experiences. Of course, some parts of Outdoors News country may still be under ice or state regulations that prohibit anglers from…

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  • Ice fishing tip: Look shallow for a great bite

    By: JPT Captain, Blake Quall In the summer, shallow weed lines are full of life. The weeds hold bait, tons of panfish and a magnitude of game fish ranging from bass to muskie. In these summer months, anglers are quick to key in to the great shallow-water bites. However, come…

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