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Think Warm

It has been a typical Great Plains spring so far.  Sure, we have open water now, but the water is darned cold and the weather is schizophrenic.  Everyone is so eager to have open water to fish that folks cannot wait to hit the water after the ice is gone, but in my opinion this early spring period is one of the toughest times of year to catch fish.  The water is just too cold and the weather too up …

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So you want to learn to fish?

I will tell you that I do not believe in “luck.” However, “luck” has been described as “the residue of hard work” and “where preparation meets opportunity” and those descriptions definitely apply to fishing and to good anglers.  Those anglers who seem to always catch fish and catch big fish are not the “luckiest” anglers, they are the most skilled.  I believe that there are some fundamental skills that apply to fishing, just like any other sport has fundamental skills, and …

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Why? What?

In recent years there has been a lot of research into the motivation of anglers.  Most of that has been done because we believe we need to better understand anglers and why they fish in order to recruit more of them to fish and keep them fishing.  There is a lot of truth to that.  I am not going to review all of that research, but I do want to mention a few things that have stuck in my mind. …

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It’s a Wrap

Well it finally happened, looks like we are done ice-fishing for the year.  The last day I walk off the ice is one of the saddest days of the year for me. But it was a great ice season!  My partners and I had almost 3 full months on the ice this winter–the way it should be.  We were drilling holes all the way up through last weekend. So, consider this as my last ice report for this year; let …

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Tourney Time

If you watched ESPN over the weekend, you might have caught some of their week-late broadcasting of the BASSMaster Classic.  Yes, the tournament actually happened a week ago, but ESPN chooses to bury it for a week.  In other words, if you really care, you know all about it before it hits ESPN.  Whatever.  B.A.S.S. also has decided to hold their “super bowl” to begin the season now, and that pretty much means they will always fish some southern water …

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Wait, There’s More!

I am betting by now that most of you have seen the 2014 Fishing Forecast.  If you have not, take some time and study that, your fishing will be better this year if you plan to fish the best waters! Some of you will want to do some more research into the fish populations in your favorite waters, and if you want even more fish data, be sure to check out this page, Fish Sampling Program.  If you go to …

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“I’m Pickin’ Up Good Vibrations”

Got a hardcore fishing, ice-fishing blog post for today.  Let me share some thoughts that have been rattling around inside my head while on the ice the past couple of seasons. If you want, there is some theme music to go with this post, click on it, start the music, read my post.  Multi-media! All baits and lures ever invented will catch fish when used in the right place at the right time.  The trick is working through all the …

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Fishing Forecast 2014

Some of you hard-core anglers have probably already found it, but in case you have not, here is the 2014 Fishing Forecast! If you want to see it in a .pdf version, here that is, 2014 Fishing Forecast .pdf, 2014 Fishing Forecast. You may be familiar with the annual fishing forecast that we produce, but in case you are not, let me explain it a little bit, let me go behind the cover.  Every year we have fisheries biologists sample fish …

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Fishing Reports

Our ice-fishing season is “On like bing-bong”–Uncle Si.  That means we are at the height of the internet scouting season! Do me a favor, pick some waters that have great potential, Fishing Forecast.  Drill some holes, Ice System.  Find your own fish.  You will become a better angler by doing that, and catch more and bigger fish. Make your own reports.

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Ice System

I have been ice-fishing for a lot of years now.  I shocked someone last week when I told them I do NOT own any kind of ice-fishing shelter.  That got me thinking about the way I do things on ice; let me share that with you, tell you why I do what I do, and also tell you what some of the limitations are to my system. I do not have anything against ice-fishing shelters other than the fact that …

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