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Wisconsin Salmon Fishing: Best in Many Years

By: Kyle Deavers This season has been a welcome sight to salmon anglers in Wisconsin. For the first time in many years we are catching large numbers of Chinook and they are much bigger than we’ve been seeing in previous years. This is the best bite we’ve had since 2010 and provides hope that our [...]

New Mexico’s Hopewell Lake Loaded with Trout

By: Chris Shaffer It’s been an interesting spring and summer at Northern New Mexico’s Hopewell Lake. The small, high mountain lake took longer than normal to shed its winter layer of ice. Anglers used to fishing the lake in late spring had to wait. Spring wildfires closed access to the area while firefighters dipped water [...]

Alaska’s Susitna Drainage Now Open to Bait

By: Andy Couch Mark the date — the Susitna River drainage north of Anchorage, Alaska opens to bait and scent fishing on Friday July 14, 2017.  Because of low king salmon numbers the entire Susitna River drainage was closed to king salmon fishing on July 3, and bait fishing had been restricted in the Deshka [...]

Learn to Fish Sand Shrimp & Eggs For Oregon Springers

By: Steven Theel Springers are known for being much more finicky than their fall counterparts and our Upper Rogue fish are no exception. This can be especially true when the water is high and cold like it has been this season. In these conditions I rely heavily on eggs to produce bites. Adding sand shrimp [...]

Arkansas Crappie Showing on Beaver Lake

By: Chris Shaffer Many anglers think crappie season is over in Northwest Arkansas. Meanwhile, Russ Taylor of Get of the Net Guide Service used a quick trip after work last night to prove to us the bite hasn’t expired. In a short two-hour outing we caught more than 50 crappie on Beaver Lake and could [...]

Central Pennsylvania Still Has Trout

By: James Swearingen While fishing pressure has fallen off there’s still plenty of trout to be found in Central Pennsylvania. The good news is there’s fewer anglers out there targeting them. There were deer tracks on the shoreline last week, not boot prints, meaning you’ll be able to get your favorite hole to yourself, which [...]

Upper Rogue Springers Showing Late

By: Steven Theel This hasn’t been a normal year for springer fishing in Southern Oregon. Historically, our springer run peaks in late May when hatchery fish return to the Upper Rogue River. Meanwhile, extremely high and cold water has delayed migration upstream. Our run is late and more fish are coming. It should last through [...]

New Mexico’s Red River Loaded with Big Rainbows

By: Chris Shaffer In New Mexico catching five-fish limits of trout that weigh more than 12 pounds isn’t common. In fact, it’s rare. Meanwhile, that feat can be achieved at the Red River, as long as you arrive soon. The river is stuffed with large trout now. It’s something we’ve never seen in the Land [...]

Michigan/Indiana Walleye & Pike: Grabbing Live Dyed Minnows

By: Todd Hatfield While I wait for our summer steelhead run to evolve we’ve been spending a lot of time chasing large northern pike and walleye in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan. Almost every lakefront spot, marina, harbor and river in the region has a population of pike, and many have walleye, too. This time [...]

Learn What New Scent Guides Use to Catch Bigger Catfish

By: Wes “Redbeard” Jordan The first time I used Catfish Nectar I had my reservations. Catfishing has gained a lot of popularity in recent years and there are now hundreds of bait products on the market claiming to have magical fish attracting qualities. After decades of catfishing though, I can confidently say that there is [...]