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Jerry Carlson -- Cashing in on the spring panfish bonanza is an enjoyable time of the year for many anglers.
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The Spring Panfish Bonanza

Every spring, I look forward to the days when I can drop a boat into open water and fish the shallow water panfish bite. For me, this is an enjoyable time that frequently offers some of the best crappie and bluegill angling of the year.

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Your 2014 Fishing License Expires This Saturday

2014 Minnesota fishing licenses expire this Saturday, February 28th -- so if you plan on fishing Sunday, you'll need to get a fresh one. Get caught fishing without one, and it'll cost you $135. Good news, you can get a new one from the DNR online right here.

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Rainy Lake Eyes Doing Well

It was the ninth year of our annual fishing trip to Island View Lodge on Rainy Lake in Northern Minnesota. During the previous years, we had been very successful in learning the routine for catching walleye on the mid lake reefs and structure. This year was promising to be a bit different.

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Jerry Carlson/ Jig worms are a deadly lure for bass fishing, especially after the fish migrate to the deeper weeds.
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Advantage: Jig Worm

The early bass season is a very entertaining time of the year. I enjoy chasing the shallow water fish and watching their acrobatics as they try desperately to spit the hook with no place to go but airborne. However, my favorite time of the year to target bass is in July and August when the fish are congregated on the deep weed line.

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Jerry Carlson / By changing our strategy to a live bait presentation, we were able to successfully target big northern on Rainy Lake reefs.
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Adopting A New Strategy Led To Success

My friend, Charlie Simkins and I, have been making an annual trek to Island View Lodge on Rainy Lake with a group of anglers for a number of years. Although Rainy is noted as a quality northern fishery, by the time we get there in mid July, the northern are out of the bays and on the reefs where the walleye are located.

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Refine Your Live Bait Presentation

There are a lot of different ways to catch walleye and I have tried most of them. Some of these techniques have worked well under certain conditions, others have not impressed me very much.

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Submitted by Jerry Carlson / Catching spring panfish is a favorite activity of many anglers. It is not that hard to do when you follow some basic rules.
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Follow the Basics for Spring Panfish

Over the years, I have read a kajillion articles on how to catch spring panfish. Some of them have been excellent and some have been a little far fetched in my opinion. I believe catching spring panfish is not that difficult if one sticks to the basics.

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Vodka and Hand Grenades? Let’s go Fishing!

These Russian fishermen some how figured fishing with hand grenades was a good idea! I'm not sure but I have a theory that sometimes people make bad decisions when they drink. Just a theory!

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Outdoors Tip of the Week: Finding and Catching Panfish [VIDEO]

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Outdoors Tip of the Week with Jerry Carlson: Preparing for the Season

Fishing opener is right around the corner, and Jerry breaks down the important things to consider when getting ready for a safe and successful season.

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State Lawmakers Want to Move The Fishing Opener- Do You? [POLL]

Just before they left on an extended 10 day break, legislators at the capital decided they would meddle with a Minnesota tradition; The Fishing Opener. But they forgot one thing: To ask us! So we are!

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Outdoors Tip of the Week: Target Disconnected Bays for Spring Panfish Action

Every year I look forward to spring. It isn’t that I don’t enjoy my time on the ice in the winter, because I certainly do. However, there is something about getting back in the boat and on open water that I greatly appreciate.

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