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Panfish, walleyes and other game fish receive the lion’s share of angling pressure throughout the winter months – mainly because they are so accessible. Some of the more neglected targets during the ice season include stream trout species – rainbow, brook, and brown trout more specifically. Fortunately for ice anglers, many states and provinces across the Ice Belt have catchable trout opportunities available within a relatively short distance. Stream trout are stocked across the United States and Canada in a variety of lakes and ponds. They are worthy adversaries for any ice fisherman and offer a unique experience – especially...

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New fishing lures hit the market each and every season. There’s lures that boom and there’s lures that bust. Some of these lures leave their mark on the industry, while others are pretty much forgotten after a season or two.  Fishing lures come in a variety of categories – each having their own benefits and drawbacks. Every category has it’s place in an angler’s arsenal, but, there’s those specific categories that become the gold standard. Take spoons, for example. They’re a truly versatile lure category. They can be used for anything from panfish to walleyes to trout and more. They...

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Introduced in 2022, the Z-Darter V2 made it’s way into countless tackle shops and tackle boxes across the United States and Canada. After more than a year on the market, it’s proven itself as a valuable member of the ever-popular gliding/darting bait category for both ice fishing and open water. This reintroduction was led by more than a decade bait design experience. “After spending some time with the original Z-Darter, we knew we needed to make some modifications,” says Ben Vnh, owner of Eurotackle. “There were some things that worked well, but there were some things that didn’t. We took...

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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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