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Tactics for Early Fall Crappies

Crappies are notorious sight feeders that often examine baits for long periods of time before reluctantly striking, but that's not always the case. Under the right conditions, crappies can be surprisingly aggressive, despite their tentative nature. In early fall...

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...

SPAWNING PANFISH

As water temperatures approach and rise above 60 F, spawning panfish like crappies and bluegills sweep out pit-type nests for spawning. In natural lakes, crappies love to spawn in deep reedbeds; areas with dark bottom and thick, tangled overhead cover host some of the...

Mobile Tactics for Prespawn Crappies

Crappies waiting to move shallow in spring often relate to weedgrowth at the mouths of spawning bays. Cast and swim small jigs or micro crankbaits to locate and catch pods of roaming fish.

Targeting Fall Crappies

The heat and humidity of summer have started to subside – cooler days are on the horizon.  As we approach another season change, another change in fish patterns follows closely behind.  Water temperatures are starting to drop, leaves are falling, and fish start to put...

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...

2 Big Keys to Catching Open Water Panfish

Speed is a critical factor when it comes to crappies or any other open water panfish for that matter; spring, summer or fall. Even when the fish are really aggressive, you can't move your bait too fast. As I go throughout the different seasons, many factors will...

Fall Crappie Fishing — Tips & Techniques

As we approach another change in season, another change in fall crappie patterns follows. Crappies are often revered as a viable target only during the spring and winter months. Overlooking the fall crappie bite is a mistake made by far too many anglers. This time of...

Simple Tips for Finding & Catching Summer Crappies

Each and every spring, crappies seem to occupy the minds of nearly every fisherman in the Midwest. Springtime crappies pile into the shallows with intentions of creating the future generations. These mass schools of fish are followed closely by schools of fishermen...

Today’s Panfish Trends

by Jason Mitchell There is always an increased level of intensity whenever you are fishing for your next meal.  When you know that you and other people are relying on what you put on a stringer or in a live well, you have your game face on.  For so many anglers,...
Targeting Fall Crappies

Targeting Fall Crappies

The heat and humidity of summer have started to subside – cooler days are on the horizon.  As we approach another season change, another change in fish patterns follows closely behind.  Water temperatures are starting to drop, leaves are falling, and fish start to put...

Targeting Mid Summer Crappies

Targeting Mid Summer Crappies

During those mid summer months your electronics are absolutely vital for finding bluegill and crappies. Most anglers tend to think that mid summer crappies are only related to the deep weed line. While you can find good numbers of crappies spread out along the weed...

Panfish Rods with Tony Roach

Panfish Rods with Tony Roach

Panfish rods have really changed over the last decade. I can think back to the day when we used short ultra light noodle rods with no backbone. It is amazing to think about what products are out there today for precision panfishing and panfish rods. You can find the...

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....

2 Big Keys to Catching Open Water Panfish

2 Big Keys to Catching Open Water Panfish

Speed is a critical factor when it comes to crappies or any other open water panfish for that matter; spring, summer or fall. Even when the fish are really aggressive, you can't move your bait too fast. As I go throughout the different seasons, many factors will...

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