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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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Spring is here. You can feel it in the air.  Water temperatures are rising, and fish and anglers alike have one thing on their mind: the spawn. Depending on where you live, game fish opportunities are likely limited to a few areas or completely closed altogether. However, panfish opportunities are among the best they’ll be all year long. Springtime panfish — crappies in particular — are no secret. However, there are some factors that can really influence your success. Water temperature and daily weather conditions are among the leading influencers on fish location and temperament. The Locations At ice out,...

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For many anglers across the northern regions of the United States and Canda, it was a rough winter. Ridiculous amounts of snow and subpar ice conditions made for a less than ideal ice season for most. Spring is technically here, but there’s a few problems: Many lakes are covered in ice and many game fish seasons are closed until further notice. On a positive note, most streams and rivers are completely void of ice. Not to mention, some of the year’s best trout fishing opportunities are in full swing. Depending on where you live, opportunities may include harvest or may...

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