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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...

Fishing for Panfish Around Sunken Cribs

They put these massive log cribs out in 20 feet of water, and they stand about 5 or 6 feet high. It's almost like a log home for crappies, bluegills, perch and bass. The larger predator species will even come and feed around them, creating a very diverse fishery...

What’s Happening to Bluegills???

What’s happening to bluegills? Bluegill fishing has changed over the decades as the body count of big bluegills harvested from Midwestern lakes continues to stack up. Angling pressure is on the rise and our panfish resources can't keep up today's sophisticated angler....

Ultra Light Crankbaits for Panfish

Don't sleep on ultra light crankbaits for panfish during the spring and summer months. When most people think about bluegill or crappie fishing this time of year, the first thing that typically comes to mind is livebait dangled under a bobber. While this is a great...

Early Season Perch

Early season perch patrol is one of the first things I do after the lakes open back up after a long winter in the north country. Perch are one of the most popular of all panfish. I absolutely love launching the boat — even if there are still ice chunks on the lake...
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...

Lure Selection for Bigger Perch

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

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

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

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...

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