PANFISH

Fixed Float vs Slip Float

When it comes to panfish that are in a neutral or negative mood so often we need to fish with a float and that's simply because there's no better way to keep a bait motionless in front of those fish in order to trigger a strike. There are two primary types of floats....

Corking Crappies

One of my favorite things to do in springtime following ice out is corking for crappies. During the spring schools of crappies make a push towards the shallow in anticipation of the spawn. These panfish tend to favor areas with good weed growth during the beginning of...

Finding Crappies with Side Imaging

The early season pre-spawn movement of crappies into the shallows is highly anticipated by many anglers and for good reason. Under ideal conditions large schools of crappies will concentrate in relatively small areas, but as every angler knows spring weather can be...

Sight Fishing for Spring Crappies

Now is as good of time as any to head up into the shallows and start sight fishing for spring crappies. Tony Roach does a great job breaking down this bite. This bites typically happens on those really warm spring days after a cold front and those fish will push up...

Minnesota’s Quality Bluegill Initiative

One way that we've been able to maintain quality in our bluegill populations is through the use of reduced bag limits. Starting in 2020 and 2021 people will be hearing about the quality bluegill initiative. Traditionally we've had about 60 lakes in the state that have...

Lure Selection for Bigger Perch

When out perch fishing sometimes there's so many perch down there it is hard to keep your baits away from the smaller fish. One thing I do to capitalize on those bigger Perch in the school is upsize my baits and lure selection. I like make the jump from a small spoon...

Jumbo Perch in South Dakota

When you think of in the jumbo Perch in the Midwest, anglers immediately think of North and South Dakota. But all across the Dakotas are shallow water duck sloughs which are often loaded with jumbo perch that see little to no pressure.  We are out here in South Dakota...

Targeting Big Bluegills

We are on the hunt targeting big Bluegills. The key is to stay mobile and utilize your electronics. We have been messing around with a new way to use electronics to help you be more efficient.  We start by looking at the map and finding what we believe may be key...

When to Stay Put for Crappies

You know mobility is a big word these days in ice fishing; being able to move and cover ground, but sometimes mobility can be counterproductive. When mother nature doesn’t allow sometimes it pays to sit and wait for them to come to you. When it comes to setting up...

Dropshotting for Bluegills During the Summer

Have you tried dropshotting for bluegills? If not, you're missing out! In the summertime, one critter that doesn't get a lot of attention is the bluegill. It seems like after the spawn, people lose their focus on catching these magnificent fish, and today, Dan and I...
Fixed Float vs Slip Float

Fixed Float vs Slip Float

When it comes to panfish that are in a neutral or negative mood so often we need to fish with a float and that's simply because there's no better way to keep a bait motionless in front of those fish in order to trigger a strike. There are two primary types of floats....

Corking Crappies

Corking Crappies

One of my favorite things to do in springtime following ice out is corking for crappies. During the spring schools of crappies make a push towards the shallow in anticipation of the spawn. These panfish tend to favor areas with good weed growth during the beginning of...

Finding Crappies with Side Imaging

Finding Crappies with Side Imaging

The early season pre-spawn movement of crappies into the shallows is highly anticipated by many anglers and for good reason. Under ideal conditions large schools of crappies will concentrate in relatively small areas, but as every angler knows spring weather can be...

Sight Fishing for Spring Crappies

Sight Fishing for Spring Crappies

Now is as good of time as any to head up into the shallows and start sight fishing for spring crappies. Tony Roach does a great job breaking down this bite. This bites typically happens on those really warm spring days after a cold front and those fish will push up...

Minnesota’s Quality Bluegill Initiative

Minnesota’s Quality Bluegill Initiative

One way that we've been able to maintain quality in our bluegill populations is through the use of reduced bag limits. Starting in 2020 and 2021 people will be hearing about the quality bluegill initiative. Traditionally we've had about 60 lakes in the state that have...

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