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FISHING ARTICLES

 

RIVER FISHING

 

French River: Walleyes
Statesiders call them walleyes, but to Canadians, they're pickerel. Regardless of how you label them, you'll have trouble finding better fishing on either side of the border. Some walleyes live in the French year around...

 

Midwestern Mainstem Rivers
When fishing a mainstem river, you'll always catch something, but you're never sure what it will be. Because of the tremendous importance of river transportation in the 1800s, most large midwestern cities developed...

 

River Fishing
A glance through a list of state-record walleyes reveals that a large number were caught in rivers. There is no doubt that rivers offer some excellent walleye-fishing opportunities. One reason that rivers support good walleye populations...

 

Rods, Reels & Line for Walleye Fishing
Your choice of rods, reels and line for walleyes depends on your fishing technique. Anglers who regularly use several techniques during a day of fishing often carry three or four rod-and-reel outfits...

 

Snake River: Steelhead & Rainbow Trout
LURES AND RIGS for steelhead include: (1) dropper rig, tied with a three-way swivel, a Sammy Special baited with an unpeeled shrimp tail pushed onto one of the two hooks, and a 1/2-ounce parachute cord sinker on a 6-inch dropper; (2) Wob-Lure; ...

 

Trophy Walleyes
A walleye over 10 pounds ranks among the greatest prizes in freshwater fishing. Catching a walleye that size is a difficult and often frustrating task, even for an accomplished angler.

 

Walleye Basics
The elusive nature of the walleye has intrigued generations of fishermen. Anyone who has spent much time fishing walleyes knows that they can bite like mad one day, then disappear...

 

Upper Mississippi River: Walleyes & Saugers
Each spring, Mississippi River walleye and sauger fishing makes the news as anglers record spectacular catches below the dams. When the spring spawning run is over, fishing interest shifts to the lakes, and the river is all but forgotten. But those who fish the river regularly enjoy good walleye and sauger action throughout the season.

 

 

 

ICE FISHING

 

Rods & Reels
Tremendous advancements in ice rod development have occurred in recent years. Compared to the past, the number of newly introduced styles, lengths, powers and actions being made available are coming in epidemic proportions.

 

Lines & Knots
The surge of interest in winter fishing has brought numerous advancements in specialty lines, each specifically suited to special ice-fishing conditions.

 

Tip-Ups & Rattle Reels
While some ice-fishing anglers use only rods and reels, the vast majority make tip-ups and rattle reels an important part of their arsenal. In fact, some ice-fishing enthusiasts prefer watching the flag fly on a tip-up...

 

Lures & Terminal Tackle
Like serious open water anglers, die-hard winter fishing enthusiasts have realized fish eat a variety of food items beneath the ice. They understand the importance of learning to use a variety of different lure styles...

 

Introduction to Ice Fishing
Ice fishing is one of winter's most mysterious, exciting and fastest growing sports. This article, Modern Methods of Ice Fishing, helps you learn the sport of ice fishing, inside and out, front to back. First, you'll learn how fish use their senses to survive...

 

Shelters
Most modern ice anglers use some type of shelter to keep warm. Ice shelters, also called houses, shacks, shanties or huts, vary from portable canvas windbreaks...

 

Augers & Chisels
Every ice-fishing adventure begins with chopping or cutting holes. Once a dreaded chore, the recent movement toward mobility in ice fishing has brought much-needed advancements in ice-cutting technology.

 

Sonar Devices
Historically, ice anglers depended on clip-on lead weights to determine depth. By drilling hole after hole, anglers could drop these weights to bottom, repeatedly measure depths and eventually locate drop-offs...

 

Ice-Fishing Accessories
If you look into the sled of an experienced ice fisherman, you'll notice an abundance of accessories designed to make any ice-fishing excursion more successful. While most ice anglers don't carry all the gear...

 

Walleyes & Saugers
Walleyes and saugers have recently bathed in the limelight of a swelling fishing scene. Once the topic of a few magazine articles, some periodicals are now dedicated solely to walleyes and saugers. Walleye fishing tournaments have become popularized...

 

Where to Find Walleyes & Saugers
Early in the season you'll find walleyes and saugers relating to bulrush beds on shallow points and reefs, weedy flats and any associated fingers, turns or meandering weed edges. Shallow and mid-depth gravel/rock shorelines...

 

How to Catch Walleyes & Saugers
Winter walleye and sauger presentation can be tricky, as both species are known for their odd, light-biting feeding habits.

 

Yellow Perch
Yellow perch will never win any high-ranking awards for fighting ability, but they're one of the most geographically widespread and commonly caught ice-fishing species. They're also cooperative, willing winter biters, and...

 

Where to Find Yellow Perch
At first ice, try shallow, weedy bays, flats, bars, points and shoals featuring scattered vegetation. Densely vegetated structure will also produce, but usually only smaller fish. During mid-season, deep holes and edges lining early-ice locations...

 

How to Catch Yellow Perch
Since yellow perch are typically aggressive winter feeders, tactics for catching them are simple. Many anglers fish tip-ups or tip-downs rigged with standard minnow rigs and, using enough split shot to place...

 

Ice-Fishing Safety
The primary consideration before beginning any ice-fishing trek is ice thickness. To be safe, you need 3 inches of solid ice for walking...