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Shallow crappies are both finicky and spooky, tucked within shallow weeds, reeds or wood cover. Polarized sunglasses reveal their location on calm, sunny days. The fish won’t chase fast-moving lures, but respond well to small jigs or livebaits dangled below bobbers.

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Onscreen mapping and side imaging reveal subtle fish attractors along and atop shallow structures. Key walleye spots become obvious once you learn to interpret your electronics.

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The Nipigon River in northwest Ontario is home to the world record brook trout, and perhaps the world’s finest drive-to fishing for “specs,” as brookies are known in Canada. Scenic wilderness and big, hard-fighting fish make for a true angling adventure.

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Rapala Scatter Raps feature an evasive hunting action that appeals to trout and other species. Longline trolling Scatter Raps near the surface is ideal during spring when trout and salmon suspend high near the surface.

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MinnKota’s iPilot system, in sync with Humminbird electronics and LakeMaster mapping chips, allows precise GPS-based navigation and boat control. Press a few buttons, and your electric motor essentially steers your boat right where you want it to go!

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Changing weather and water conditions may shrink or expand the strike zones of gamefish like smallmouth bass. Match your lures and tactics to the prevailing conditions to maximize fish response.

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Pike have a set of Y Bones that causes anglers to avoid cleaning and cooking them. Here’s a quick and easy way to remove Y Bones for delicious bone-free pike fillets.

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