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Prespawn Crappies

As spring water temperatures rise, crappies shift location from the mouths of bays, to cover on flats, to the shallows. Early on, it’s all about feeding and water temperature, not spawning.

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Jumbo Perch in Manitoba

Admired by a myriad of avid anglers, Manitoba’s yellow perch has been considered one of the most valued species and a significant contributor too many memorable maiden angling experiences. Like its close cousin, the walleye, the perch offers equivalent eating qualities that are only enhanced by their abounding population and generous limits.   Combine their [Read more…]

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The lakes that the DNR tends to see good bluegill growth typically have a couple things going for them:   1. Good Habitat 2. Relatively Low Harvest   Below, we are going to break down each of those factors a little more in-depth. Alternatively, you can watch the video above to hear most of the [Read more…]

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Late Ice Panfish

by Dave Csanda   The end of February heralds the closure of ice fishing seasons for gamefish on the inland waters of several northern states. In others, fishing seasons remain open year-‘round—with most of that time frame being ice-free. Running farther north to Canadian waters may be an option for hardcore folks who can’t stand [Read more…]

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One of the big trends in ice fishing right now is using bigger baits and fishing faster. As a result, lipless crankbaits have exploded in popularity for both walleyes and panfish in recent years. So, what’s the next logical step in this progression? Some would argue it’s the use of billed crankbaits through the ice. [Read more…]

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Welcome to episode #14 of #AskTheBuzz!   On this episode, I sit down with Mike Hehner and we answer the following question:   5:35 – I’ve had fair luck with jigs and wax worms for crappies. When is a proper time to use crappie minnows? 8:18 – Do you think underwater cameras scare fish away? [Read more…]

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No doubt about it, tungsten lures are here to stay. They didn’t reach the shores of North American anglers until the early 2,000’s, and they were kept hush-hush by the hardcores upon arrival. Today, a little over a decade later, tungsten is commonplace among ice anglers far and wide. Almost every mainstream tackle manufacturer sells [Read more…]

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