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Surface Fishing for Bass: Fly Rods and Surface Lures for Summertime Bass Fishing

Bass are one of the most spectacular of freshwater game fish. With patience and the right approach, anglers hook fighting, splashing, tail-walking bass.Lurking Bass Lunge for PoppersBass resting under shady cover will often hit a popper splashing along the surface. Important factors in summer surface fishing include placement and movement of the lure. Bass cover […]

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Fly Fishing with Poppers: Using Popping Bugs for Bass and Panfish

Freshwater poppers are small floating flies usually made of feathers, rubber legs, and cork or foam, which is pained. These flies may represent damselflies, dragonflies, grasshoppers, frogs, and other creatures liable to present themselves to fish near the water’s edge. They are best when fished in late spring, summer, and early fall, when insects abound around […]

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Eastern North Dakota Lakes Around in Panfish: Ice Fishing Walleye, Perch & Northern Pike in Devil’s Lake Region

An October six degrees cooler than normal followed by a November about 10 degrees warmer than average in 2017 has increased the angst of men and women dedicated to the sport of ice fishing for walleye, perch and northern pike in the Dakotas and Minnesota. Although Devil’s Lake is by far the number one ice fishing […]

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Best Small Steelhead Streams in Northwest Oregon: Little Coast Rivers Recover Quickly for Fishing After Winter Rains

In the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Northwest Zone, there are plenty of small streams to try when bigger rivers on the north coast and central coast are running too high. Listed north to south, here are some of the best:Astoria Area Winter Steelhead StreamsThough technically Columbia River tributaries rather than “coastal streams,” these three […]

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Where to Find Steelhead on the Lower Deschutes: Popular Fishing Holes for Summer Steelies Close to Portland, Oregon

From July into December, summer steelhead return from the Pacific and swim 150 miles up the Columbia River to the Deschutes. The Deschutes flows into the Columbia just 2 hours east of Portland, Oregon, drawing hundreds of fishermen each summer.The Deschutes River in OregonOriginating in central Oregon’s mountains, the Deschutes, coursing through porous volcanic rock […]

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YOU GOT TO LOVE THEM

On March 22nd of this year I decided to head out on an overnight fishing trip. This one was a little unusual because this time I was going by myself. I was going to fish from the shore line (something I hadn’t done in a long time) at a lake I knew held some really […]

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