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The lifelike appearance of “detail” baits tempts panfish to study their realistic details, fooling fish into biting. They are especially productive in clear water.

Radco Tile

Mickey Johnson interviews flyfishing expert Bill Shogren on the benefits of catch and release for growing trophy bluegills. Plus…Bill’s best late-season panfish flies.

Jeremy Smith Ice Bluegill

by Dave Csanda     As bays freeze, allowing safe foot traffic to weedy areas, ice anglers begin taking their first few tentative steps out across the frozen surface. Just don’t jump the gun. At least 4 inches of clear, solid ice is necessary for foot traffic. Tap an ice chisel on the ice ahead [Read more…]


When crappies move deep in fall, modern electronics reveal their depth and location. Advanced trolling motors allow you to stay on active schools with ease.


In fall, crappies move to mid-depth basins from about 20 to 40 feet deep. Small #5 Jigging Rapalas are ideal for vertically fishing crappies in deep water.

Fall Crappies

In early fall, cooling water temperatures create chaos in the shallower water of lakes and reservoirs. Frigid rains and howling winds mix the surface layers, with the turbulence eventually reaching down to and disrupting the summer thermocline. Surface water temperatures plummeting from 65 F down to about 55 F indicate that the disruptive fall turnover [Read more…]


Dr. Jason Halfen shares some great tips for catching river panfish during the dog days of summer. Visit for more info from Jason.


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