Bass Fishing

Belly up to the Bluegill Buffet

Millennia of natural selection have resulted in very specific predator-prey relationships within our favorite fishing grounds, connections that contemporary anglers have learned to exploit. Yellow perch are the favored prey of walleyes. Lake trout will […]

First Ice Bluegill Bash
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First Ice Bluegill Bash

The initial results are encouraging.  A fish immediately rises for my bait and I set the hook solidly.  Not a big fish, but it’s a start.  Again I lower my jig and get a similar […]

Deep Drop Panfish
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Deep Drop Panfish

  After a full summer of chasing ‘glamour fish’—the bass, walleyes, and trout of the world—a dude dubbed Mr. Bluegill is certainly ready to call an audible. Not that Captain Troy Peterson doesn’t constantly keep […]

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Catfish Fishing

Slinky Weights

Here’s a quick overlook of my slinky weights. I use these for catfish and bluegill, rod-and-reel and handline fishing. Here’s where I buy the nylon sleeving. Get the 3/8 inch or the 1/2 inch. Even […]

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Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing Bluegill

Catching bluegill will never be the same again when you learn from Tom Zenanko why a Vexilar is so critical to catching deep water sunfish. Many anglers are not aware of the great history behind […]

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Red-Hot Jigging Raps For Open or Hard Water

The hottest, hush-hush bait last year will benefit in 2016 from six cool new color patterns. Rapala® Jigging Rap®s are now available in Pearl White, Bluegill, Regal Shad, Helsinki Shad, Redfire Crawdad and Purpledescent. “You’ve […]

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Panfish Fishing

Summer bream on fly

Bluegill, redbreast sunfish and warmouth are among the species that go by the generic name of bream (aka brim). Whether anglers are catching them for fun or for the dinner table, bream are a worthy […]

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Ice Fishing

Maki’s New Mino Head

Maki’s New Mino Head is made with Maki’s amazing soft material and carefully hand poured, it looks more like a real minnow head than a real minnow head does. It stays on the hook. The […]

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Panfish Fishing

Bluegil Action On Farm Ponds

Tips You Can Use All Over: Illinois anglers can find good early season bluegill action on farm ponds providing they pay attention to the tackle, the presence, absence, and location of vegetation. Very dense vegetation […]

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Fishing Tips

Fishing Tips From Michigan

A simple method for summer lake fishing . Sometimes we want to go fishing and enjoy getting out on the water, but just don’t want to expend a lot of energy – especially if it’s […]

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Panfish Fishing

Around The Gills

The Bluegill is easily recognizable by the blue or yellow green coloration, six to eight dark vertical bands down the sides and dark opercula flap behind the eyes.  During spawning season a male may also […]

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Panfish Fishing

Family Fun Had With Bluegils

The return of warm weather inspires anglers to dig out the rod and reel. The entire family can all take part in bluegill fishing. The many public fishing areas of southern Illinois provide ample space […]

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Fishing News - Fresh

Two In A Day Fishing

When it comes to a good day, two Illinois public fishing areas are a good bet. Located about an hour southwest of St. Louis, Pinkneyville City Lake and the many lakes found in Pyramid State […]

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Ice Fishing

And So It Begins

D & B Ice Adventures: For our area, this is early ice. The last few days people had made safe trips out on the hardwater across the state and it was killing me to be […]

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Fishing Tips

Switching It Up

Most of the posts lately have been about panfish so it made sense to try something different. A buddy of mine who I don’t get much on the water time with had a day off […]

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Boat News

Cast And Blast

While the majority of my time in the fall is spent in the woods chasing whitetails, I was able to squeeze out a “cast and blast” trip on Lake Champlain recently. The plan was to […]

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Bass Fishing

Mueller Wins Eastern Divisional

Mueller Wins Eastern Divisional By Pursuing Largemouth. Paul Mueller really didn’t want to fish for largemouth on Maine’s Sebago Lake. It’s not his strength. He’s much better at targeting smallmouth.  But largemouth paid off for […]

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Panfish Fishing

Summer Panfishing Tips

Taking sunfish is not difficult, nor expensive.  The theories on how to catch them are numerous.  To that end here are some thoughts of some local anglers.  They fish for these delightful little fish most […]

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Stumps and Trees

Imagine a lake. A massive lake filled with stumps and trees. Imagine a lake surrounded by forests and swamps. Imagine a trip to Santee Cooper. Santee Cooper Lake offers over 450-miles of shoreline. Damming the […]