Posted by: Tom Keer
March 25, 2015

Tom Keer

Stocking Fish: Should Waters Be Stocked with Non-Native Species?

  Stocking fish has been a regular practice since Fred Mather obtained German brown trout eggs in 1883.  After a few years of growth in New York and in Michigan hatcheries some 4900 brown trout fry were stocked into the Baldwin River which is part of Michigan’s Pere Marquette River system.  They were a huge hit and were so well received by the angling community that by 1900, 38 states received stockings of these fish. …

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 23, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

4 Tips to Help Beginners Land Fish

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As soon as it warms up just a little more, I’ll be fishing. So don’t even bother calling. I’ve got a list of places to cast that will fill a page and big plans. Among those plans are taking some beginners fishing. For example, I hope to help several novices land their first trout this year. If you do your “homework” and can put kids on fish, you still may need to do some coaching…

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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
March 18, 2015

The Spawning Bed

In a short while rivers, lakes, and ponds will warm enough to trigger the annual fish spawning season.  We’ll see bass and panfish move into the shallows and create redds with their tails.  After awhile, momma fish will guard her redd from egg snatchers, and the circle of life begins again.  The adult fish will be visible, they’ll be hungry, and they’ll be aggressive.  If a lure enters their zone during this time they may…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 16, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

What’s My Line?

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When I was young, my two or three rod and reels combos all had the same line: 8 pound monofilament. Monofilament was the workhorse for anglers everywhere for anything that swims. Today however, my rod and reel collection has grown to double digits with specific line types and sizes to match. Why does remembering your line matter? It has been a long winter and when getting reacquainted with your reels, the differences in each line…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 9, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

The One That Got Away: The Best Fishing Memory

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What makes a great fishing memory? Is it the size of the fish? The timing? The species? All of the above? Or, what about “the one that got away?” Oooh… Yeah, THAT fish. I bet you remember every detail. Lure designer Patrick Sebile has fished in 64 countries. He has caught over 700 species. Yet, he grew visibly frustrated when sharing a story where he lost a very large snook in Florida. “I can still…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
March 8, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Why Getting into Fishing is Better Than a Box of Chocolates

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You might remember the following famous quote from the movie Forrest Gump: My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Getting into fishing can be a similar experience. You never know what you’re going to catch when you’re out on the water, and the anticipation that comes along with the sport is one of the most exciting things about it. What if you were asked…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 4, 2015

Tom Keer

Getting into Fishing

In many of ways, getting into fishing has never been easier.  Fast-tracked learning comes from the digital age which has spawned a wide range of content (pun intended).  Websites are chock a block with technical data, blogs offer insights into conditions, videos show new anglers how it’s done, and conditions boards announce where the fishing is hot…and where it is not. Tackle shops provide information in a hands-on approach.  Whether it’s a seminar devoted to…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 2, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

3 Tips for Planning Fishing Trips

Staring out the office window at my rapidly shrinking driveway surface area and ever growing snow banks, thoughts turn to when this annoying stuff finally melts and transforms into enough oxygenated liquid to support my finned friends. Can’t wait! This year I’ve got big fishing plans. For the last two years, I explored and fished from shore or kayak. Only a couple of small streams with limited shore access have been crossed off. With the…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
March 1, 2015

Debbie Hanson

How to Start Fishing Like a Champ

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You might be new to fishing or maybe you’ve been fishing for years. Regardless of how much experience you have, if you really want to “up” your fishing game, it’s time to learn how to start fishing like a champ! What exactly does “fishing like a champ” mean? Based on my personal definition, it’s when an angler seizes an opportunity during a critical moment on the water and then proceeds to catch a fish while…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 25, 2015

Tom Keer

Fishing Tricks and Tips

One major difference between professional and recreational anglers is the number of fishing tricks and tips up their sleeve.  Pros fish based on patterns and methods, and that approach leads to a greater understanding of their environment and their quarry.  Whether you’re looking for bass, crappie, trout, striped bass, or other species, change your approach from one focused on putting fish in the boat to one of observation and pattern recognition. In doing so you’ll…

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