We've waited a long time for spring this year in Wisconsin, but the wait has been worth it. I'm ready to hit the open water in one of my Wilderness Systems kayaks to chase smallmouth and largemouth bass. The great thing about kayaks, and living in Wisconsin, is we have so many great fishing options.
When I give my Door County and River Smallie talks, I make a point of discussing the importance and fun of exploring, whether in a kayak, waders or powered boat. Exploring may be the best part of your day on any body of water, and it's hard to beat exploring in a kayak.
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This 2013 season looks to be a later spring where everything is behind schedule from a biological perspective. Colder water temperatures can be a double edged sword. Some patterns happen later or don't happen at all. When we have had cool, late springs in the past, good solid patterns for shallow water held on much longer than usual and resulted in overall good fishing conditions. Overall, some of our best open water seasons on Devils Lake, ND have been the years where we had late springs and cool summers. When the water never really does warm up and the patterns don't change much
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Top Bass Pro Reveals Subsurface Secrets
Written in conjunction with Joe Balog
"I'll never forget the first time I got a peek at the underwater world on one of my favorite lakes," recalls Great Lakes bass pro, Joe Balog. It was the summer of 1997, and Balog had just acquired one of the very first underwater viewing systems. "I was so excited to check out this particular spot I could hardly sit still."
Having already hauled thousands of dollars worth of tournament winning bass from the location, Balog chose to target the site with his new camera for obvious reasons. "I absolutely couldn't... read more
By all accounts from the old timers, Lake Geneva in the 1960's was a walleye factory. Over the course of many years the population of walleyes has been on a steady decline. This may be due to poor natural reproduction or a myriad of environmental changes throughout the decades. You can accept the reality or do something to change the harsh and steady decline. A small group of eight or so in 2011 got together to try to make a difference. They formed the Walworth County Chapter of Walleyes for Tomorrow. The mission statement for Walleyes for Tomorrow is very simple, "Making walleye and sau... read more
Kids typically have a short attention span when it comes to fishing and although my boys are pretty hard core they still lapse off in to la-la land. Heck I fall off into the mist from time to time. It seems as though when you are paying the least amount of attention that you will get yourself a bit on the end of your rod, set the hook too late and cuss yourself long enough to dull yourself back into the mist.
Well get yourself a set of planer boards and line counter rods and reels and you are in a different ball game. The front end costs of setting yourself up are not cheap if you are go... read more
Wisconsin's Lake Michigan tributaries garner plenty of attention from anglers during the steelhead run in spring and again in fall, when more steelhead, along with salmon and browns, make their way up from the lake. In summer, these tribs see a lot less fishing pressure, as anglers turn their focus to inland rivers, lakes throughout the state and, of course, Lake Michigan itself.
Most Lake Michigan tributaries, however, offer some great fishing opportunities, if you know where to go and how to approach them. Let's take a look at some of the larger tribs, from the Milwaukee north to the Meno... read more
Largemouth bass can be found in lots of lakes, rivers, and ponds across the country. In the southern regions of bass country it's already mid-season for bass catching, but in the Midwest the bass action is just starting. In fact, in some states that have an open and closed season for bass fishing, the legal season for catching bass is just starting. Here's how you can take advantage of the outstanding fishing for largemouth bass that can be found across the Midwest.
The first thing to consider is that much of this early bass action will be in shallow water. Whenever you're fishing in sh... read more
With temperatures steadily increasing and walleye spawning activities complete, many anglers are making the move from jigging to trolling. Although jigging spring eyes is very productive during pre-spawn and immediately after post spawn, nothing can beat pulling planner boards or long lining lures in the summer months. Many anglers simply throw on a Rapala, let some line out, and call it good. They even catch fish here and there. What better way to cover a large amount of water and pull in fish, right? While this may be true, there are many other factors that can help you become a trollin... read more
I arrived in Nevis, Minnesota early in the morning to begin a two day marathon fishing outing with guide and fishing expert, Kelley Cirks. Each summer, Cirks and I hit the lakes in the Park Rapids region in what has become an annual event.
As I loaded my gear into his boat, Cirks informed me we were heading to his favorite bass lake to see if we could stick a couple of nice largemouth for photos. He also cautioned me that fishing had been a little off recently, but he was confident we could catch something noteworthy.
Once on the water, I grabbed a rod rigged with a PowerBait Shaky worm ... read more
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