Trolling Time
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Trolling Time!

Late Summer into fall is when I break out my walleye trolling gear in earnest!  Some of the lakes that I fish have walleye populations that leave classic structure at this time and spend time […]

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Take a good photo!

Nearly 30-years as an outdoor writer has given me some experience as a photographer as well. Most of my fishing stories are usually submitted for publication accompanied by a “fish” photo as well.  While I […]

TROLL UP MORE WALLEYES IN THE SUMMER
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TROLL UP MORE WALLEYES IN THE SUMMER    

The dead of summer is when some anglers have trouble catching walleyes. If you would like to increase your odds for putting some walleyes in the boat in the next few weeks, trolling, either forward […]

DEEP WATER WALLEYES
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DEEP WATER WALLEYES

When a person is preparing to go fishing, it’s a good idea to keep in mind that the fish might not be where we expect them to be.  I forgot that fact recently, and it […]

Prime Time Walleyes
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Prime Time Walleyes!

June can be a great month to be on the water chasing walleyes!  The rigors of the spawn are in the past meaning that hungry fish are usually biting, and the weather can be very […]

SLOW DOWN IN THE SPRING FOR MORE FISH
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SLOW DOWN IN THE SPRING FOR MORE FISH

If you want to be successful when you go fishing, you need to first, find the fish.  Once you’ve done that, you need to give them what they want to eat.  If you do those […]

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CONSIDER COLOR FOR MORE WALLEYES

I was with some friends recently, and as often happens, the talk turned to fishing, and as often happens when the talk turns to fishing, the topic of lure color came up.  That topic usually […]

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OPEN WATER FISHING PLANS

Open water fishing has started in many areas of the Midwest, and where it hasn’t started yet, it will soon.  I have a few plans for the upcoming open water season that I hope to […]

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ICE-FISHING MEMORIES

Boy oh boy what a change:  When the new year started a couple of months ago we were looking at a very mild winter.  The ice wasn’t as thick as it usually is at that […]

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DIFFERENT THINGS

As most of us know, we go fishing for different reasons.  Some anglers go fishing to catch some bass, others go in hopes of catching a musky.  Bass anglers generally catch more bass than musky […]

REEL-TIMES e-newsletter 3-28-19
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Reel Times – March 2019

SPRING “WALLEYE” FEVER! Lots going on in the Fishing the Midwest World! Spring has finally sprung!  This is an exciting time of year for fishing enthusiasts across the Midwest as open water is appearing, meaning it’s […]

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Adapt to change to catch more fish

Open-water fishing opportunities are starting to happen across the Midwest.  One goal that I have coming into this season is to be more observant for changes that affect fish location and behavior.  Because, in my […]

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THE CHANGING WORLD OF FISHING

On a recent or past episode of Fishing the Midwest television depending on where you live, we talked about some of the changes that have taken place in the world of fishing.  I’ve been fishing […]

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REEL-TIMES February 2019

OPEN WATER DREAMING! TV recaps, open water prep, and a look back – The recent “A look back, a look ahead” Fishing the Midwest TV episode garnered so much attention and feedback that we decided […]

Going Fishing
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GOING FISHING

There are lots of fishing seasons and ways to go fishing.  In some parts of the world right now it’s ice-fishing season, but in others it’s open water season.  In some places it crappie season, […]

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REEL-TIMES January 2019

JUMBO TIME! CATCH MORE PERCH NOW! In the last REEL-TIMES issue, we mentioned a unique one-two perch punch that Big Stone Lake fishing guide Tanner Arndt (shown above) uses to “call in” and catch more jumbos […]

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IDEAS FOR BETTER ICE FISHING

There are a few concepts for ice-fishing that are really good starting points.  If you’ll practice these concepts, with minor revisions every time out, you’ll be more successful on the ice this ice-fishing season.  In […]

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Stay away!

Recently I was fortunate to get in on a couple of really good ice bites.  One bite was on Big Stone Lake for perch and big bluegills.  The other was on Upper Red Lake for […]

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FISHING THE MIDWEST EXPANDS TO NATIONWIDE COVERAGE

The award-winning Fishing the Midwest television series will start airing again in early 2019 in homes throughout the Midwest, and this year, anglers across North America will have access to Fishing the Midwest.  Fishing the […]

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ICE-FISHING WITH SPOONS

Ice-anglers have a good number of different baits and bait styles available to them.  One of the most popular and effective bait styles for ice-fishing is spoons.  Look in the tacklebox of almost any angler […]

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WALLEYES ON SPOONS THROUGH THE ICE

Another ice-fishing season is underway across many parts of the Midwest, and many of the anglers that hit the ice this winter will be after walleyes.  Walleyes will eat a lot of different presentations.  A […]

FISHING THE MIDWEST EXPANDS TO NATIONWIDE COVERAGE
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FISHING THE MIDWEST EXPANDS TO NATIONWIDE COVERAGE

The award-winning Fishing the Midwest television series will start airing again in early 2019 in homes throughout the Midwest, and this year, anglers across North America will have access to Fishing the Midwest.  Fishing the […]

REEL-TIMES - November 2018
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REEL-TIMES – November 2018

OPEN-WATER RECAP & ICE, ICE, ICE! We wrapped up the open-water TV filming season recently with some fast smallmouth bass action from western Minnesota and with a hot walleye bite from Pool 2 of the Mississippi River.  This […]

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GIVE’EM WHAT THEY WANT HOW THEY WANT IT

Whether you’re after fish in open water or through the ice, your lure presentation is one of the most important considerations for success.  Since ice-fishing season is fast approaching in many areas, now is a […]

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LESSONS LEARNED, 2018-STYLE!

As I write this in late October, hopes are still high for a few more nice and productive open-water fishing days this season.  However, the late fall weather could turn and the lakes ice over […]

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BIG fish time!

October is an awesome time to be an outdoors enthusiast!  Many hunting seasons are in full swing and some of the year’s best fishing happens now.  Numbers of fish of all species are often cooperative […]

Catch Fall Fish On Jigs
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Catch Fall Fish On Jigs

There are lots of signs that fall is not far away.  You can listen to the locusts at night, notice that the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler, or you can […]

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Fall For River Fish

A good number of very successful anglers commit a lot of their fall fishing time to rivers, and for good reason.  Most rivers are home to a wide variety of fish species.  Those different species […]

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SPREAD OUT FOR PERCH

In-line planer boards are a very effective tool for catching walleyes and trout. In recent years some anglers have been employing boards to catch a variety of other species of fish.  On a recent trip […]

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Cabela’s School of Fish has record-breaking year!

Cabela’s School of Fish, recognized by many as the leaders in kids fishing education, recently completed their 6th-year of hosting fishing classes for kids, their parents, and other adults, and did so in record-breaking fashion!  […]

REEL-TIMES 21 Edition, With Mike Frisch
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REEL-TIMES 21 Edition, With Mike Frisch

ICAST II & MORE! We share some more new and cool “stuff” that Fishing the Midwest’s Mike Frisch saw at the recent ICAST show in this REEL-TIMES!  ICAST is the annual sport fishing industry trade show where companies reveal many of their […]

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IT’S TIME TO THINK ABOUT FALL FISHING

Depending on where you live, the young people and their teachers are getting ready to go back to school, football season is either here or just around the corner, and the fall fishing season is […]

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Mid – Summer Fishing

We were out in the yard the other night at sunset.  The cicadas were making the noise that they make, and that reminded me that summer has reached the halfway point, and that reminded me […]

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Find the fish and more!

Walleye anglers during late summer often struggle putting good catches of fish in the boat.  Lots of baitfish, a summer of fishing pressure, and peaking pleasure boat traffic are all factors that can “make it […]

Largemouth On Frogs
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Largemouth On Frogs

I got to go fishing recently.  Mike Frisch and I only had a few hours to be on the water, and it was in the middle of a hot summer day:  Not always the best […]

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Walleyes on the move!

The heat of summer can be a difficult time to catch walleyes.  These fish certainly eat during summer, but most lakes are full of bait fish now so walleyes have lots of options when it […]

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TROLLING FOR SUMMER CATCHES

100 degree temperatures hit parts of the Midwest much earlier than normal this year.  Those temperatures created warmer water, and the warmer water has fish moving, and they’re also hungry.  In early summer different species […]

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FEED THE FISH WHAT THEY WANT

Summer is here: It came quickly this year.  Fishing in the summer can be very productive.  However, on that day when you’re on the water, fishing conditions might not be the best for the species […]

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WHY AND HOW TO NET YOUR FISH

For many fisher-people, netting the fish on the end of their line is about the last thing they think of:  There are so many other things that we need to do to get to that […]

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WALLEYES ON JIGS RIGHT NOW

Walleye Season 2018 has arrived across the Midwest.  In fact, it here’s been here for a while for some anglers.  But now that the season is open for pretty much everyone in Walleye Country, it’s […]

LITTLE THINGS FOR MORE FISHING SUCCESS
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LITTLE THINGS FOR MORE FISHING SUCCESS

Over the last four decades I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to go fishing with a lot of different anglers.  Some of these anglers were very, very skilled and they caught a lot of fish.  Others […]

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NEW STUFF

It’s the second week of April and we just got dumped on with snow again.  And the lakes are still iced-over.  I spoke with a friend yesterday who keeps a journal of his outdoor experiences.  […]

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EARLY SEASON FISHING MEMORIES

It’s that time of year:  The boat is being rigged, I’m putting fresh line on my reels, I’m calling friends to see if they have any good fishing reports, in short, I’m preparing for the […]

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EXPERIENCE EARLY SEASON FISHING SUCCESS

I’ve been seeing more and more anglers on and in the water recently.  Some of them are fishing from boats, some are wading, others are fishing from docks or shore.  Some of them are catching […]

I REMEMBER
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I REMEMBER

In my part of the world, North Iowa, there’s still too much ice to go open water fishing, but not enough ice to walk on.  So I’m still kind of in that “Looking Back” and […]