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Panfish In The Doldrums by Mike Gnatkowski

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Panfish In The Doldrums by Mike Gnatkowski

Catching panfish on first ice is not rocket science. Bluegills, sunfish, crappies, and perch are still relatively active when ice first forms. It’s basically an extension of the hot fall fishery for a while. Weeds are still green and producing oxygen, waters are not super chilled yet and panfish are still actively feeding. On first ice, you can get away with heavier line, larger floats and jumbo wax worms and still catch panfish. Things change though as winter deepens. As weeds die they become less hospitable to panfish. Oxygen levels plummet and oxygen-starved panfish become increasingly dormant. Forced out of...

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Fishing and Relationships by Cory Yarmuth

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Fishing and Relationships by Cory Yarmuth

Fishing & Relationships - The way to make them stronger In the past I have talked about passing along the passion of the outdoors to our children.  This has always been a goal of mine and it is a very important thing that as sportsman we should really keep in mind.  However, another topic related to this is to also keep in mind that you don’t have to be a child to start enjoying the passion of the outdoors. Year after year we have seen the industry grow with more opportunities for women in the outdoors.  There are many new...

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Are You Ready for a Breakdown? by Mike Schoonveld

Boats General Fishing News & Info Stories and Editorials

Are You Ready for a Breakdown? by Mike Schoonveld

Launching a boat from a trailer isn’t supposed to be an exciting task. Getting in the boat, heading out to the lake, catching some fish, now that’s fun and exciting. But just backing down the ramp and floating ol’ Wave-Whacker off the bunks is a rather mundane chore. Unless the brakes on the tow vehicle decide it’s time to malfunction! All of a sudden the slow descent down the ramp, the boat floating free and the rest of the procedure turns into a power launch. That’s what happened to me. I suppose I was lucky. A few minutes earlier I’d...

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In Praise of the Tin Man - by Darryl Choronzey

Rivers & Lakes salmon fishing Steelhead Fishing Stories and Editorials

In Praise of the Tin Man - by Darryl Choronzey

THE CHIEF IS DEAD (1974-2014) At 40 years of age, a dedicated, reliable friend, suddenly left this world due to the careless results of drunk driving. Born on the banks of the Columbia River, at Hood River, Oregon, he was my constant companion over the decades. While he never actually fished, he was always there to be plugged in, smoked up and supplied me with the tastiest of rewards after a long day working the water. Thank you Chief for your long years of faithful loyalty. As for the thoughtless fool that crushed the life out of you, may his...

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Lure Visibility by Jim Bedford

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Lure Visibility by Jim Bedford

The members of the trout and salmon family that we seek in the Great Lakes and their tributaries depend mainly on their sight for feeding.  Other Great Lakes predators like smallmouth bass, walleyes, and muskies are also mostly dependent on their vision for finding prey.  The sense of smell and the feeling of vibrations also come into play, but we are going to concentrate on the visuals in this article. Lots of factors affect how well fish see.  For sure, clarity of the water is key.  Turbidity in the form of suspended sediment particles or algae (plankton) can severely diminish the...

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