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    Hunters, Anglers, Trappers Take Note of New Legislation

    The North Dakota Game and Fish Department tracked 21 outdoors-related bills during the 2021 legislative session, nine of which were passed by both chambers and signed into law.

    The following bills take effect Aug. 1. A complete list of bills is on the Game and ...
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    Swimming Jigs: 10 Tips & Tricks for Spring Walleye


    We often find walleye in less than ten feet of water early in the year. Doesn’t matter if we are targeting pre-spawn or post-spawn fish, on many different lakes, reservoirs, and rivers… a good percentage of walleye will often be shallow. Whenever walleye are shallow, swimming jigs can be deadly effective, but the ...
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    Bottom Bouncers: Going Retro for Walleyes

    Writer Doug Stange, soon to join the In-Fisherman staff, shot this photo of Guide Garry Allen and son after fishing on Lake Sharpe in the early 1980s, using spinner-crawler harnesses behind bottom bouncers.

    By David Harrison

    Sometimes, the best ideas are the simplest and the bottom bouncer is as simple and as fundamental as it gets. At the time, it was revolutionary. Today, it's as applicable as ever. The clich's could roll on. Go back to the basics of walleye fishing and the bottom bouncer ranks high on ...
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    By Mark Romanack

    Crankbaits are amazing fishing lures. It's hard to imagine a lure that has a more impressive list of fish catching credentials. Amazingly productive in a wide range of conditions and deadly on just about anything that swims, crankbaits bring a lot to the party.

    Heading up their list of unique features, crankbaits enjoy the widest range of effective trolling speeds. From less than one mph to speeds upwards of five mph, crankbaits catch fish! In addition to covering all the common
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    Boards for More

    By Jon Thelen

    It does not seem to matter where my travels have taken me over the last several years; the latest craze throughout the walleye world is trolling.

    While this is obvious from the Missouri River, East through the Great Lakes, it becomes even more overwhelming when visiting any outdoor product retailer. Fishing departments have doubled in size due to the trolling craze. ...
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    Spring Crappie Tactics For Trophy Slabs


    Anglers simply love crappie and big crappie, (fish over fourteen inches) are simply a special fish. In all our travels, we encounter a lot of different fish and truthfully… we love them all. Every fish has a fan and we never met a fish we didn’t like but if there is one fish that just seems to create an infatuated obsession across the Midwest, that fish might be a big spring crappie.

    Crappie seem to cover all the bases. Crappie can of course be very abundant and easy to find and catch. Crappie are great table ...
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    Follow the Flow for Springtime Walleyes

    Spring sees walleyes staging for spawning runs on Midwestern rivers. Here's what to know.

    By Dr. Jason Halfen

    An annual ritual is occurring right now in rivers across the Midwest. Within these moving waters, large numbers of walleyes are beginning to gather—first to feed, and then to spawn—as winter’s snows give way to the first leaves of spring. Not far behind are throngs of anglers, many of whom have spent the past several months staring down 8-inch holes in the ice. These folks are now ready to ease the boat off the trailer for the first time since fall and cast a line across open ...
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    Paddlefish Snagging Season Opens May 1

    North Dakota’s 2021 paddlefish snagging season opens May 1 and is scheduled to continue through May 21. However, depending on the overall harvest, an early in-season closure may occur with a 24-hour notice issued by the state Game and Fish Department.

    Legal snagging hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time daily. One tag per snagger will be issued. Snagging is legal in all areas of the Yellowstone River in North Dakota, and in the area of the Missouri ...
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    Slipfloats for Walleyes By Matt Straw

    Wisconsin guide Greg Bohn is an expert on slipfloating for walleyes. He’s refined float strategies to match a variety of situations.

    A float diving under the surface is childhood revisited. Most of us were introduced to fishing at an early age with a cheap stick and a bobber. Watching it go down results in a serial affirmation: Life is happening down there, it responds to this, and it bites. What is it this time?

    The appeal of fishing with a “cork” only wanes when it refuses to go down. But that’s
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    Go Natural with Live-Bait Presentations on Ice By Joel Nelson

    Fishing live bait properly can be the difference between success and a long day on the ice.

    Use the freshest, liveliest bait you can get, but don’t take more than you need onto the ice. Otherwise, you’re just wasting it. (Photo by Matt Addington Photography)

    February has long been an ice angler's August. Instead of dog-day heat, it's frigid weather and finicky fish. There are times when you can be marking ...
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    Bluegill Basics

    By Jason Mitchell

    Regardless of whether you do a lot of ice fishing or are completely new to ice fishing… bluegills are seemingly designed for entertaining ice anglers. Abundant, relatively easy to find and great on the table, bluegills are one of the most popular species to target for many ice anglers in many states. If you enjoy eating a fresh meal of fish, chances ...
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    Searching for a Never-Ending Walleye Bite by Dr. Jason Halfen

    A combination of factors can put the walleye bite into overdrive this time of year. Here's how to capitalize on the action both day and night.

    Photo by Dr. Jason Halfen

    With fall comes an intense focus on walleye fishing throughout the Midwest. This is a magical time of year for fervent walleye anglers, when many of us covet the biggest chubs we can find at the bait shop, dig deep into our tackle boxes to ...
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    Late Summer Walleyes – 3 Deadly Tips to Catch a Limit

    by Joel Nelson

    Walleyes often move deep in late summer; these three proven tactics will help bring them boatside.

    Vertical jigging with heavy jigs and live bait works well on fish schooling around deep structure. (Matt Addington Photo)

    A buddy of mine says it more as a defense mechanism when his late-summer calendar fills ...
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    Fall Walleye on the Rocks

    By Jason Mitchell

    Big boulders and rock locations can hold walleye through the year but on so many different fisheries, these locations seem even more appealing in the fall. Boulders in deep water (that might range from fifteen to forty feet of water) are especially productive. Deep structural elements like points or main lake ...
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    Find and Catch Open Water Basin Walleyes

    These areas can offer excellent warm-weather walleye action, but first you have to find the fish.

    by Jeff Knapp

    By late summer, walleyes are typically either suspended near baitfish, holding in stump fields, holding on outside edges of weedbeds or relating to bottom composition changes. (Shutterstock image)

    Though perhaps thought of as a primary target species more in spring and fall when water temperatures are cooler, walleyes ...
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    Fall Walleye by the Hour

    By Jason Mitchell

    Fall walleye fishing is often heralded by anglers as one of the best times of the year for good fishing. Plenty of big fish potential as females begin to put on egg mass. Fall patterns are often drawn out and consistent. Compared to the spring, there are way fewer boats to compete against compared to the same fisheries after ice out. Compared to spring, I would also dare say that the patterns
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    Night Stalking Late-Summer Walleyes

    Mike Pehanich

    The bite at night turns on in late summer in the Midwest. Go get your limit now.

    By sunset, summer boat traffic has died down. Get ready for the night bite! (Photo by Brad Richardson, Get ‘n Bit Productions)

    One of the unexpected byproducts of COVID-19 has been a major surge in boating activity on our lakes and rivers. While that may be good news for the boating industry, odds are that it hasn’t made your summer fishing outings ...
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    by Joel Nelson

    Over the years, I’ve been shown by other anglers a number of ways to make fish taste better. Nearly all of them involve drawing blood from the fish by washing, salt, or general care of the catch before ever getting to the filleting stage. It’s a fascinating ...
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    Record Lakes Stocked with Walleye Fingerlings

    North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel are finishing stocking a record 180 lakes across the state with nearly 12 million walleye fingerlings.
    Fisheries production and development supervisor Jerry Weigel said the number of lakes bested the previous high by nearly 30 waters.
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    Mid and Late Summer Crankbaits

    by M. Hammeren

    The 4th of July is now behind us, summer is heating up and the fishing on Sakakawea is going strong. In my last few trips to the lake I have noticed water temps over 70 degrees on the main lake and approaching 75 in the bays. The lake is in a very interesting transition at the moment. The last few weeks have proceeded

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