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    WALLEYE SPINNER FISHING - PRIME TIME BASICS

    by Joel Nelson



    Walleyes are on a serious chew right now in most of the local lakes you fish. Sure, there are lulls in activity and certain days are better than others, but you couldn’t pick a better time to wet a line. An exceeding demand for bait stretches the available supply as most lake ...
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    How to Grow a Garden with Fish Guts

    Save money on fertilizer and use the scraps from your catch in your vegetable garden

    BY WILL BRANTLEY


    Miracle Grow: Watch your garden blossom with fish-scrap fertilizer.
    The Voorhes

    You ...
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    Cool Info For Hot-Weather Walleyes

    by Dan Johnson


    In many lakes, post-spawn walleyes go from one structural sweet spot to another en route to their summer range. (Photo by Ron Sinfelt)

    Here are some high-percentage strategies for hot-weather walleye adventures.
    Walleye anglers stuck in spring mode often struggle in summer. But it’s actually ...
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    Habitat loss coincides with drop in pheasant, deer numbers

    • DOUG LEIER N.D. Game and Fish Department



    North Dakota is on the northern range of sustained pheasant territory, and weather plays a significant role in annual population fluctuation for pheasants and deer.
    N.D. Game and Fish Department



    One of the handouts at the spring round of Game and Fish Department advisory board meetings held in April was four pages that included two North ...
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    Top 10 Fish Batters and Seasonings

    by Chelsie Walters & Jessyca Sortillon

    There are a lot of fish seasonings and batters to choose from, but which are the best? (Chelsie Walters photo)

    With so many fish batters and seasonings out there, it can be difficult to find the best. Our team surveyed anglers and chefs, tested different seasoning blends and batter mixes in our kitchens, and scoured the internet to come up with our favorite top 10 fish batters and seasonings. You’ll certainly want to keep these fish batters and seasonings stocked in your spice pantry.

    Primal Palate Seafood Seasoning
    Seafood Seasoning (Photo courtesy of Primal Palate)

    Primal Palate’s Seafood Seasoning is not only beautifully packaged, but also incredibly versatile. Chock-full of citrus flavor and tasty green ingredients, this seasoning combines lemon peel, chives, parsley, bay leaves and more for a well-balanced ...
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    Trolling Weed Walleye

    BY JASON MITCHELL OUTDOORS



    Large weed covered flats seem to hold walleye particularly through the first half of the summer. These often-large nondescript locations can be often overlooked by anglers who have been preprogrammed to look for structure. Depending on the lake or water you are fishing, these flats
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    THE KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL JIG FISHING

    by Joel Nelson

    Few baits will ever be as successful as the plain lead-head jig. As a bait-delivery method or a stand-alone option, it excels for multiple species throughout the country, moving water or stagnant, stained or clear. It can be swam, hopped, plopped, dropped, dragged, shook,
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    WHAT JIG TO FISH & WHEN

    by Joel Nelson

    We are programmed to understand that not all lure types are created equal, with different baits serving different needs seasonally for varying species. What about baits in the same class however? While we grasp the thought that a jerkbait is not the same as a spinnerbait, we tend not to distinguish ...
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    Technology enhances stocking of fish
    DOUG LEIER N.D. Game and Fish Department



    Anglers continue to enjoy rapid improvements in technology, from the affordability and accuracy of electronics for depth and fish finders, to improvements in lithium ion batteries for winter augers.

    While not as obvious to anglers, technology and creative management is improving ...
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    CAST SHAD DANCERS ON NANOBRAID TO CATCH SHALLOW WALLEYES IN CLEAR, COLD WATER

    by Rapala



    To catch the most pre-spawn walleyes in clear-water natural lakes “Up North”, cast Rapala Shad Dancers on Sufix Nanobraid where water temps remain unseasonably cool. Shallow walleyes in clear water are notoriously spooky, so making long casts with moving baits often out-produces vertically jigging live bait or trolling this time of year.
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    TROLL DOWN DEEP HUSKY JERKS TO DEFEAT POST-SPAWN WALLEYE ‘FUNK’

    by Rapala



    By the time someone in your boat says something like “I guess the big girls aren’t hungry anymore,” it’s likely already too late – the big female walleyes you’ve been catching (or someone at the bait shop bragged he’s been boating) are long gone, having retreated briefly to recuperate and feed out deep. Yes, they’re still eating – just from a different menu, at a different diner.

    To boat those big girls, move from the spawning flats where all you’re catching are small males to nearby offshore “summer” ...
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    How to Fry Better Fish

    By Joe Finneman | Fargo, ND – SCHEELS Fishing Expert

    I know there are a lot of ways to prepare fish (grilling, baking and smoking). The list can go on and on! But, I enjoy my fish fried. One of the best parts of fishing is the

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    Preseason Boat Tips for Season Long Success


    Brewer-Agre Outdoors | Fargo, ND SCHEELS Pro Staff

    As the ice begins to melt on lakes throughout the region, our attention moves from ice augers to outboards and the anticipation of the open water season to come. As anglers, we have an opportunity to seize this window to set the ...
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    Boarding Through the Cabbage

    By Chad Maloy | Fargo SCHEELS Fishing Pro Staff

    Over the past few years, a lot of my friends have asked me how to catch walleyes during the summer. My friends have no problem catching lots of walleyes in May and June but come July the fish seem ...
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    Fishable waters blossom on the prairie

    • DOUG LEIER N.D. Game and Fish Department



    With walleyes growing faster in these new prairie waters, anglers have opportunities to catch good-sized fish a few years after the lake is stocked.
    North Dakota Game and Fish Department




    While North Dakota’s new fishing season officially began April 1, at that ...
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    Walleyes in Submerged Wood: How To Get Them Out

    by Game & Fish Staff


    Walleyes are built for feeding in the low light conditions found around submerged wood piles. (Photo courtesy Tommy Skarlis)

    Use these expert tips to “beat the bushes” to catch more walleyes this summer!

    By Jim Edlund

    Drop an underwater camera into submerged wood and the scene is often vibrant with life.
    From wood-clinging brine shrimp to minnows to young-of-the-year perch, or alewives flittering ...
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    FISHING ROD SELECTION - TECHNIQUE SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS

    by Joel Nelson


    Photo Credit - Matt Addington Photography

    In the last article, we defined the terms “power” and “action” while discussing the benefits of specific types of each. It is difficult to walk into a sporting goods store and select the perfect rod for the job, and ...
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    Take time to shore up on safe boating practices

    • DOUG LEIER N.D. Game and Fish Department



    During the late 1980s, at a time when the state was experiencing a mulit-year drought, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department listed about 30,000 registered boats. Today, that number is approaching 70,000.

    Just like everything ...
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    Join the NDA team on a new adventure.



    I am considering starting a weekly or bi-weekly fishing show, put on by the community. In an ideal world, it would be best if we could find a dedicated group of folks willing to send in quick video fishing reports for their area, and/or highlight clips from their fishing adventures.

    It will be a work in progress, and likely some growing pains, but if ...
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    FISHING ROD SELECTION - POWER AND ACTION

    by Joel Nelson

    The art of selecting a quality fishing rod is a time-honored tradition that takes place across the country every spring. Anglers flock to sporting goods stores, weary of winter’s woes, dreaming of the first cast of the season. They pull a rod from the display and perform their tests of choice. A shake, a bend on the ground, or ...

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