Posted by: Tom Keer
January 14, 2015

Tom Keer

Ice Fishing Safety

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Photo Credit: New Hampshire Fish and Game “No one will be happy until someone loses an eye” goes the saying, and that’s what makes ice fishing safety an important topic.  A fun day of ice fishing can turn sour very quickly, so here are 5 topics that will turn frowns upside down. 1.     Falling through the ice. I said falling through the ice would never happen to anyone I know, and then my sister went through…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 7, 2015

Tom Keer

Where to Ice Fish

Photo Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Photo Credit: WI DNR There is a lot more to ice fishing than drilling a hole and setting up shop.  Finding a spot is best done when it’s warm out so you can tie in to a species’ winter feeding patterns.  Let’s break down searching for a spot based on the commonly targeted types of fish. Yellow Perch:  Perch get ice fishermen fired up with good reason.  These fish school up, and the schools can…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 31, 2014

Tom Keer

Best Places to Ice Fish: 5 Tips

Jesse A. Wellen knows how to find fish!

Photo Credit: Jesse A. Wellen Learning how to ice fish isn’t as difficult as you might think.  It is a simple, fun sport.  Those of us far north of the Mason-Dixon line see the mercury in our thermometers drop and take the opportunity to bundle up and hit the ice.  Here are some tips and a gear list of ice fishing equipment to help enhance your next ice fishing trip. Ice Thickness:   Before you go…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 23, 2014

Tom Keer

Holiday Party Invitations That are Great

You don't see smiles like these from playing a video game

I recently got a holiday party invitation that gave me the shivers.  The invitation was from a friend-of-a-friend who intended to do the right thing, but didn’t really think things through. The party in question would be hosted by a couple who believe that fishing is a waste of time. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? I’m still trying to think of a way to get out of it, and if you have any ideas please let me know.…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 17, 2014

Tom Keer

Learning from Family and Friends

There is more to being a mentor than catching fish.

  When I was a kid, shoot, I was maybe 12 or 13 years old or so, I went bass fishing with a buddy.  He knew of this pond that was chock a block with fish, and good  ones, too.  One Saturday we tied our rods to our bike frames with kite string, tossed some gear including a small trout net into our backpacks and peddled off into the  day. We started catching perch and…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 10, 2014

Tom Keer

Learn from the Pros

Tackle Show

 To truly appreciate a sunny day you’ve got to have some rain. Along those same lines, the off-season helps me to appreciate the fishing season.  Off  season is when I can reflect on my past year. I can think about what went right, I can figure out what went wrong and fix it, and I can get ready  for  next year.  I base my decisions around the philosophy of “keep a winning game plan, change a…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 3, 2014

Tom Keer

Rebuilding Angler Stocks One at a Time

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I spoke with a buddy last week, and he was grousing about the lower numbers of striped bass.  There has been a lot of chatter about regulations and biomass, and it seems like protective measures will soon be in place.  So I asked him about the biomass of anglers. “What the heck are you talking about?” he asked. “Well, the number of fish are down and we’re doing something about it.  But what about the…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 26, 2014

Tom Keer

Many Hands Make Light Work

A clean resource is a healthy resource

One day last fall, I was walking the beach and saw a tangle of monofilament fishing line washed up on shore.  There were a bunch of gulls and terns walking around it and I figured they’d get caught in it and it’d create a mess.  I stopped and grabbed it and started pulling.  From the looks of it someone had hooked a big fish that pulled out a bunch of line and then broke off. …

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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 20, 2014

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Conservation Programs for Which we Give Thanks

Huron Pines photo credit

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and as I’ve looked at the world around me I realize that I have a tremendous amount for which to be thankful.  One topic that seems to be very full is fisheries and habitat conservation. Let me share with you 3 projects east of the Mississippi that make our days on the water a whole lot more enjoyable.  Happy Trout and Steelhead Huron Pines, a non-profit conservation organization focusing…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 12, 2014

Tom Keer

Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program

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The Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) is one of the industries best kept secrets. And it shouldn’t be, for every time boaters and anglers purchase gear, buy a fishing license or fuel up their boats they are supporting the program. The program was created by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) half a century ago with a simple mission: to conserve and manage fish and game quantities. Along the way they created…

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