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FREE FISHING DATES – WISCONSIN

As a reminder it is free fishing days this weekend in Wisconsin waters. Free Fishing Weekends— June 5-6, 2021 and January 15-16, 2022 Every year, the first consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June and the third Saturday and Sunday in January, are designated as Free Fishing Weekends throughout the state of Wisconsin. Residents and nonresidents…

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Great Lakes Jumbo Perch

Lake Michigan has a heavy population of ever popular yellow jumbo perch. I fished off the Montrose harbor break wall when I was 16 years old, with trot lines. A fishing pal and I never failed to fill our buckets. One time when trolling for salmon off the 95th street boat launch in Chicago, I…

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Great Lakes Smallmouth Bass

On the Great Lakes, smallmouth and largemouth bass  move shallow in the spring to spawn and are easily located and enticed into biting before they go on the beds. After spawning, bass typically move out to deeper water, though there are almost always some bass, especially large mouths, in shallow water, usually associated with cover…

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Planer board trolling

….. The public enemy of Salmon, Trout and even Walleye! Just after ice out in late Winter, when the waters of southern Lake Michigan warm up, thousands of Salmon fisherman swarm to the ports of Indiana and Illinois to troll the shore lines for wild Coho and fighting steelhead. The use of planer boards of…

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Do Louder Lures Catch More Largemouth Bass?

Largemouth bass are opportunistic feeders. Preferring to lie in wait under a canopy of cover for the next meal to swim by, these fish possess heightened senses that are fine-tuned for efficiency. Bass living in thick vegetation rely on their inner ear and lateral to detect prey. crank up the decibel level to entice more…

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The Fantastic Door County

Door County Peninsula in northeastern Wisconsin Some day when the fisher of men calls your number, consider yourself  fortunate if you’re granted your last wish to fish just one more time.  And if and when the opportunity presents itself, you just might want to make that last cast in the waters off the Door County…

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ICE-OUT BASS IN NORTHERN RIVERS

Most northern river systems feature both large mouth and small mouth bass, and the Upper Mississippi is no exception. The ice out period offers great opportunities for both, but each species acts a little differently when spring finally rolls around. In addition to warming water, the ice out period brings with it increased water levels,…

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