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December 30, 2016
Finicky panfish through the ice
It’s fun to catch fish through the ice, and it’s also really fun to eat some of those fish. When some anglers get a desire for a fresh fish meal in the winter months, they go after panfish. Here’s why and how. Why go after panfish when you want a fish supper? In most areas of...
December 30, 2016 - 7:19am
December 23, 2016
Ice fishing this season
Anglers are on the ice in many areas of the Midwest. The following are some considerations for better ice fishing this season. Be safe on the ice. Even if you see other people out there, keep in mind that ice will sometimes have flaws. Be careful where you’re walking and where you’re...
December 23, 2016 - 7:03am
Walleyes good to catch at night
I have many memories of catching walleyes at night: Big walleyes and lots of ’em.From Leech Lake in northern Minnesota to Little Bay de Noc in the Upper Peninsula to Clear Lake in north central Iowa and all the way out to the Missouri River below the dam in Pierre South Dakota....
September 23, 2016 - 6:08am
April 8, 2016
Nothing beats bass in the reeds
It’s warming up and more and more anglers are getting ready to go fishing. I know I am. I’m often asked about my favorite fish to catch and my favorite fishing technique. When I respond that I don’t have a favorite fish or favorite technique, I am being very sincere: I just...
April 8, 2016 - 6:30am
March 18, 2016
Some tips on rod selection
In some parts of the Midwest spring is upon us earlier than usual. A lot of anglers are visiting sporting goods stores to look at fishing stuff....
March 18, 2016 - 7:05am
Work the weeds this fall
The weedline is a great place to find and catch fish all during the open water fishing season. Lots of anglers even work the weedline while ice-fishing. Simply put, there is almost always a fish somewhere along the weedline that is willing to get caught. In the autumn months a variety...
September 18, 2015 - 7:12am
April 3, 2015
Hit the river to rope in some walleyes
Across the Midwest, walleye anglers are getting into boats and waders and are chasing walleyes. Jigging is perhaps the most popular way to catch walleyes this time of year. Jigs are popular because they’re effective. Following are some ideas for using jigs to catch walleyes in...
April 3, 2015 - 8:36am
February 20, 2015
Plenty of time yet to hit the ice
In some of the places where people go ice-fishing, a few of the ice-fishing seasons are starting to wind down, or in some places, they’re over. Walleye season closes in some areas, but there is still lots of ice-fishing to take advantage of. As the ice-fishing season winds down,...
February 20, 2015 - 9:04am
January 30, 2015
Lure presentations need to vary
A lot of factors can determine how many fish we’ll catch through the ice. Color is important: So is lure size. How the bait is attached to your line can be a consideration. A small jig attached to your line with a big, bulky snap/swivel probably won’t be as effective as that...
January 30, 2015 - 8:53am
November 7, 2014
Learning a few new tricks
I went fishing last week in eastern Wisconsin with smallmouth ace Mike Gottheardt. The wind was blowing and it was chilly. It felt more like hunting season, and for many outdoors-people it was. We heard frequent gunshots. A weather front was going through, and that can often create...
November 7, 2014 - 8:11am
October 10, 2014
Smorgasbord of fall fishing
My recent fishing trips have reminded me of how productive fall fishing can be, and they have also reminded me of how active so many species of fish can be this time of year. In the spring, some fish get active early, shortly after ice-out, while others don’t start eating until...
October 10, 2014 - 8:02am
August 1, 2014
Planer boards good for all occasions
Planer boards have been a part of many walleye anglers arsenal for a long time. Salmon and trout anglers also employ boards frequently. Planer boards do so many good things when a trolling presentation is called for. They enable an angler to get lines and baits out away from the...
August 1, 2014 - 8:51am
January 10, 2014
Midseason tips while on the ice
By Bob Jensen, Fishing the Midwest In many areas where anglers fish through the ice this time of year, we are at about the midway part of the season. Most lakes have a good cover of ice as well as some snow. We also have cold weather, lots of it. There are a number of things we...
January 10, 2014 - 7:00am
January 3, 2014
Taking a stroll down memory lane
By Bob Jensen, Fishing in the Midwest It’s at this time of year every year that I reflect on years passed: I don’t mean to do this, I just can’t help it. And, for the most part, my trips down memory lane are usually pretty pleasant. As I tripped down memory mane from the...
January 3, 2014 - 8:46am
December 27, 2013
Looking back on a busy year
By Bob Jensen Fishing the Midwest As the 2014 fishing season gets closer, now is a good time to look back at the 2013 fishing season. I get to travel quite a bit in my fishing and I always enjoy reliving those travels and fishing trips. This past year was a busy one, and many of...
December 27, 2013 - 8:49am