Posted by: Tom K.
February 3, 2014

Tom K.

How to Book a Guide

Here at home we call this season a ‘tweener.  Our migratory fish have been gone for a few months.  And like most parts of the US, we’ve had tremendously erratic temperatures; there is enough ice on the ponds and lakes that keep us from spin or fly fishing, but it’s too thin for ice fishing.  Up here we have only two fishing options: wait for the weather to get warmer or colder or take our…

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Posted by: Debbie
February 3, 2014

Debbie

What Color is Your Largemouth Bass?

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Olive, dark green, brown… largemouth bass can change color a bit like a chameleon if you pay close enough attention. It’s true, if you’ve been bass fishing for any length of time, you might have noticed that largemouth bass can often appear different shades of green and brown or may have a more or less pronounced lateral line. Yep, bass can be somewhat like that quiet, studious guy (or girl) you dated from your high…

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Posted by: Elizabeth
January 28, 2014

Elizabeth

6 Ice Fishing Tips from Tournament Pro Jack Baker

An angler offers ice fishing tips by showing how to find fish

Once you have started to ice fish the mystery of the search and the thrill of the catch tends to get in your blood. Yet to catch more fish you need a little more knowledge of what is going on below the ice. Here are a few ice fishing tips I recommend: Get a map of the lake: A quick method to learn what the fish are doing is pick a local lake that you…

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Posted by: Elizabeth
January 27, 2014

Elizabeth

Destination Fishing in the Winter

Fishing in the Keys is a great way to get out of the cold.

  Here is a picture of what one of my many fishing spots looks like this time of year. It’s not a pretty sight, particularly because it’s saltwater. In case anyone is wondering, saltwater freezes at 28 degrees, and with flows a foot thick the odds are the water temperatures have been consistently colder. The migratory fish left a few months ago, they won’t return for a few months, and so it’s easy to know…

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Posted by: Andy
January 27, 2014

Andy

Old Ice Holes

There is no reason to reinvent the wheel.  Or in this case, a circular hole in the ice. Winter’s fish portal. An abandoned hole in the ice might be obscured with blowing snow and refrozen partially, so look closely and watch your step.  Sometimes, you might even discover a hole that still has open water.  Often holes are drilled with a gas powered auger or chainsaw. If done in shallow water, this noise will spook…

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Posted by: Debbie
January 25, 2014

Debbie

4 Places to Go Ice Fishing in Wisconsin

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Although Wisconsin is often referred to as “America’s Dairyland,” the winter fishing opportunities found in this Midwestern state shouldn’t be overshadowed by the amount of cheese curds it produces. According to the University of Wisconsin’s Water Library, Wisconsin has more than 15,000 lakes and 13,500 miles of navigable streams and rivers. That means plenty of places to go fishing… even in the middle of January. Ice fishing may not be for everyone since it can…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 21, 2014

Tom K.

Shanty Town

You’re likely to find a mixed bag of anglers and shanties when you head out on to the ice. Some, like me, lead a Spartan-type of life and stand out in the cold. I kid myself that the jigging motion is going to keep me warm. Other fishermen have wind-blocks, lean-to’s of sort that are wind breaks made from sheets of canvas and stakes. Then there are the single-person huts, perfect for moving and positioning.…

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Posted by: Andy
January 21, 2014

Andy

Breaking the Ice

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Are you curious about ice fishing? In many areas of the north small figures, often with huts, appear on ice-covered lakes. Though normally I don’t approach strangers, I’m drawn to anyone holding a fishing rod. And a vast majority of my new acquaintances like to talk fishing. Are those ice fishermen out there any different? Would I be intruding like walking into someone’s camp, or would it be just like passing any other shoreline angler?…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 15, 2014

Tom K.

Keep Your Boat Ship Shape

Now that the Polar Vortex is in our rearview mirror, it’s time to give your boat a once over to make sure that the cold temperatures, high winds, snow, and ice hasn’t created problems. A thorough check this time of the year won’t take long, but if problems aren’t detected now then they might create issues later on. A stitch in time so the saying goes…. 1. Boats in the water need the most attention.…

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Posted by: Andy
January 14, 2014

Andy

Staples

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For the most part, my fishing tackle collection is set. I have a small store of inventory in the garage which allows me to chase just about any fish species, any time of year.  I’m also equipped with enough fishing rods of various types (spin cast, spinning, bait cast, fly) that I can serve as fishing guide for at least 6 kids. (More on fishing rod quantity later.) However, I have noticed that there are…

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