From The Desks of the ODU Writers

Oklahoma Fisheries Division Stocks 15.5 Million Fish

Largemouth bass fishing this spring was notable in Oklahoma, as anglers hauled in several lunkers in the 13- and 14-pound classes. Those monster fish undoubtedly resulted from previous stocking efforts of Florida largemouth bass (FLMB) […]

Bass Fishing

Fishing For Bass With Mepps

The largemouth bass is one of the most sought after game fish in North America. It thrives in shallow weedy lakes and river backwaters, as its basic food supply is available in these areas. Also, […]

Slow Down for Winter Bass
From The Desks of the ODU Writers

Slow Down for Winter Bass

By Best Bassin’, Billy “Hawkeye” Decoteau and Zman Lures. Bass are cold-blooded creatures, meaning as the water temperature drops lower and lower, bass move slower and slower! Add in some ice chilling water temperatures and […]

Tom Neustrom - Letting Your Hair Down
Fishing Tips

Hair Jig Magic, From Northland Tackle

The hair transplant was a success: Bucktail Jigs make a big comeback with the walleye bigwigs. “Hair jigs, like the Northland Buck-A-Roo, work magic on cold-water walleyes. Here, Doc Samson hoists a late spring monster.” […]

Fall Patterns For Bass
Bass Fishing

Fall Patterns For Bass

The biggest change in fall fishing occurs more in how the largemouth bass changes their habits more than any time of the year. Bass will more often follow the forage or bait fish than any […]

Top Fishing Headlines

TRY A CRANKBAIT NOW

I went fishing last week.  We were after largemouth bass, and we were on a good largemouth bass lake.  They were spread out over and along the weedline and also on off-shore submerged weedbeds.  When […]

The Water Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
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Northland Tackle – Water Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing Wildlife Reclamation, Elk Monitoring, Hunting Heritage

The world’s a harmonious place when Bill Plantan slides his canoe inconspicuously into the flow. A morning fog masks his craft, its intentions, and most of the river panorama. Unseen riffles trickle. Something crunches in […]

If It's Biting, Target It
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If It’s Biting, Target It

Make this fishing season the season you become a more versatile angler.  Versatile anglers generally catch more fish.  Versatile anglers are generally more willing to try new techniques and are also willing to chase different […]

Help Fight Anti-Bass Movement in California
Bass Fishing

Help Fight Anti-Bass Movement in California

A new proposal to liberalize limits on largemouth bass and striped bass in the California Delta is a misguided attempt to conceal real threats to salmon fisheries, said B.A.S.S. Conservation Director Gene Gilliland. Gilliland, a […]

BASS ON THE TOP
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BASS ON THE TOP

Fishing is fun: That’s why we go fishing.  And it’s more fun when we catch some fish.  And there are some techniques that are more fun to employ.  Throwing topwater baits for largemouth bass is […]

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Fishing News - Fresh

FISHING MISSISSIPPI RIVER POOL 13

The Mississippi River extends the entire length of Illinois varying fishing opportunities in the various pools formed by navigational dams. For bass fishing probably the best pool is Pool 13 which extends from Lock & […]

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Bass Fishing

Florida – The trophies are coming

Happy New Year! TrophyCatch Season 3 ended on a very positive note, and Season 4 is off to an even better start, with peak fishing time right around the corner. TrophyCatch is the citizen-science program […]

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Bass Fishing

KINKAID LAKE BASS FISHING

Usually thought of as a muskie and largemouth bass lake, Kinkaid does have a growing population of smallmouth bass. Due to the heavy recreational boating traffic in summer, the best opportunity for catching a lunker […]

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Ice Fishing

IN DEPTH ICE FISHING

In ice fishing if the fish are in the 12 to 20 foot depths on the main part of a lake, a combination of structure and current makes a good location for the angler.  Fish […]

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Fishing Tips

CRAYFISH – THE ANGLERS FRIEND

From Lake Michigan salmon to the popular catfish, the aquatic version of sirloin steak is the crayfish. Virtually all fish species like to eat them but bass and perch are particularly fond of this crustacean.

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Bass Fishing

Sizing Your Baits

As the fishing turns into summertime patterns, the need to size your baits properly will never be stronger. There is no doubt in my mind that we are trending toward a time of year that […]

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Bass Fishing

A New “New Lake Effect”

As your lake fills for the very first time, you must wait patiently for the opportunity to begin stocking fish. Before fish can be stocked you will need to make sure the lake will hold […]

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Fishing News - Fresh

FAMILY FISHING LOCATION IN CHICAGO AREA

Living in Chicago area for some 30 years still provides surprises in terms of family fishing locations.  The best fishing seems to come in the forest preserves and along the lakefront.  There are several rivers […]

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Boat News

Reduction of Sounds in Boats

An often over looked part of fishing is the noise factor.  Whether on shore, in a boat or wading, sound plays an important part of fishing success.  Most of us have no realization of the […]

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Fishing Tips

MULTI-SPECIES FISHING ON REND LAKE

The vast expanse that is Rend Lake (19,000-acres) can be a challenge for anglers.  Twenty five years of fishing the lake teaches one that the largemouth bass, yellow bass, crappie and catfish (channel and flathead) […]

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Bass Fishing

BASS IN MISSISSIPPI RIVER POOL 13

The Mississippi River extends the entire length of Illinois varying fishing opportunities in the various pools formed by navigational dams.  For bass fishing probably the best pool is Pool 13 which extends from Lock & […]

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Bass Fishing

How Bass Bite A Lure

Although they are still popular the jig is not as dominant on the professional bass fishing circuit, as was once the case.  With the advent of pitching and flipping, the jig was a natural lure.  […]

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Ice Fishing

Deep Water Crappie

I was greeted with a -11 degree temperatures at a body of water I had previously never seen. The lake could be classified as a basin lake with some other interesting contour/habitat around. I figured […]

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Fishing Tips

Finding Fish In The Winter Zone

While anglers in northern Illinois are fishing through holes in the ice, anglers in southern Illinois are still fishing open water lakes and ponds. Mild winters allow southern Illinois anglers to fish all year around.  […]

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Fishing Tips

Ice Out Patterns For Cold Fish

Some fishermen mistakenly seem to think fish are like bears and go into hibernation.  Large game fish often turn up at this time of the year.  The fish are not as aggressive when water temperatures […]

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Fishing Tips

Drop-Shotting

I enjoy fishing year ‘round, but this time of the year can be one of the best if size and numbers are what you’re looking for.  I was reminded of that on a recent fishing […]

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Bass Fishing

Patrick Sebile and Crankbaits

Shallow running crankbaits like the Sebile Bull Minnow are effective in fall. One need only follow his exploits on Facebook to realize that this designer of fishing tackle is a dedicated angler of vast world […]

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Fishing Tips

Night Fishing Tips

Regardless of the species sought, catching fish at night takes some changes in tactics as well as special care for safety.  If you have the energy to stay up late you just might find some […]

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Videos

Speak Out On Bass Management

It is time to speak out about Florida’s proposed change to largemouth bass management by filling out an online survey or attending a local meeting (see MyFWC.com/Calendar). The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) […]