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By: Blake Tollefson The heat and humidity of summer have subsided – cooler days are on the horizon.  As we approach another seasonal change, another change in fish patterns follows closely behind.  Water temperatures are starting to drop, leaves are falling, and fish are about to put on the feedbag again. It’s time to look for panfish, and crappies in particular, in deeper water. During the fall period, many individuals focus their efforts on hunting or football, instead of fishing. Overlooking this bite is a mistake made by far too many anglers. Fall crappies can be fast and furious –...

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Welcome to late summer – also known as the warmest period of the year. It’s not all that uncommon to see some anglers to hang up the rods for a few weeks and focus on other water activities during the so-called ‘dog days of summer.’  The weather may be hot – but thankfully the fishing can follow suite if you’re targeting them in the right manner.  Enter – topwater fishing.   The Conditions Similar to any other style of fishing, topwater excels in specific scenarios. Fortunately for anglers, late summer often provides with the ideal conditions for topwater fishing. Sunny,...

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Welcome to the hottest time of the year, or as many like to refer to it – the dog days of summer. During this time of year, days are often characterized as hot, muggy, and often downright miserable. At times, it can be hard to convince even the most avid of outdoorsmen and women to spend time in the blistering, summer heat. Fishing during this time of year is often looked at as a challenge. In fact, there’s many anglers that give things a break for a bit – and that’s understandable as conditions aren’t exactly ideal. That being said,...

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As you look at a map of the Midwest, there are certain areas that appear to contain more water than land. Endless connections of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams dot the landscape. Between Minnesota and Wisconsin alone, there’s more than 30,000 lakes and ponds that range from one to two-acre bodies, on the small end, to large ones like Lake of the Woods and Lake Winnebago. Add in more than 175,000 miles of rivers & streams - and the Great Lakes – it’s safe to say there is no shortage of water to fish in the Midwest. Finding water is...

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The bass gets its fair share of coverage in the fishing world and for good reason. They are after all America’s favorite gamefish species. They are found across the United States and Canada. Their fighting ability, as well as the options for catching them, make them a worthwhile scaled adversary. Bass fishermen are often tasked with employing a wide variety of techniques in order to consistently catch bass. Take a look at the average pro-fisherman’s deck – you’ll often see a spread of different rods, reels, and lures ready for action. As fishermen, we’ve all experienced days where fish don’t...

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