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.
Outsmarting the Wary Snow Goose
My very first snow goose hunt took place 30 years ago in New Mexico near the Elephant Butte impoundment on the Rio Grande River. My brother and I set up three hundred homemade decoys on a flyway thousands of birds used daily as they moved off of the water and flew out to feed.
Why Winter Panfish?
Over the years, I have had many people ask me why I prefer to chase panfish during the hard water season. This is never an easy answer for me as there are many reasons for my winter panfish addiction.
It’s All About Efficiency With Ice Fishing
The deep water basin that typically holds winter crappies was void of activity. There was not one single house in the area and very few old holes.
Exploring New Water Has Benefits
It wasn’t much to go on. The reports I had heard about respectable sunfish on this lake left us a little skeptical. Still, a person doesn’t learn uncharted territory without a little effort.
Ice Fishing With Plastic: An Under Utilized Technique
It wasn't until March of last winter that I received the green light from my oncologist. After an extended recuperation period from my cancer treatment and bone marrow transplant, she said she would allow me to do some limited ice fishing.
Changing Tactics for Late Season Geese
The air was fresh as the wind frosted my mustache and stung my eyes. In an effort to combat my shivers, I snuggled deeper into my layout blind and readjusted my stocking cap and neck gaiter.
The Basics of Calling and Flagging Geese
When it comes to Canada goose hunting, there are many different components that have to come together for a successful outing. Two of the most important ones are calling and flagging.
Tactical Thoughts for Fooling Canada Geese
Every year when goose season starts, I hear people talking about strategies that will help them defeat the wiles of the Canada goose. After years of trying to solve this problem, I have come to the conclusion that there are tactics that will put the odds in your favor. However, geese are geese and t…
The River Rat Side of Ice Fishing Pro, Dave Genz
When it comes to ice fishing, Dave Genz is probably the most recognizable name in the industry. There isn’t too much he hasn’t accomplished in the hard water world. However, what most anglers don’t realize about Genz is that he knows as much about rive…
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.
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 …