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The May issue of Game & Fish magazine, America's only national outdoor magazine with a focus on regional hunting and fishing, is available on newsstands now. Here is a preview of what's inside.

Tackle Test 2021, Fishing Kayaks, Home DIY

There’s great kayak-fishing info in the May Game & Fish Magazine.

The May issue of Game & Fish includes the following national-themed stories in all editions:

  • Tackle Test 2021/Spinning Gear: In our annual Tackle Test, Part 2, we rank 24 spinning rods and reels across 10 criteria. By Dr. Todd A. Kuhn
  • DIY: For about $100 and a weekend’s worth of time, you can build a car-top carrier for taking rods on the road. By Joseph Albanese
  • Conservation: Have we come to expect too much from wildlife populations given the current habitat? By Andrew McKean
  • Fishing: Although it’s a simple component, the spinner blade will catch a variety of fish in a wide range of conditions. By Dr. Jason Halfen
  • Kayak Fishing: Our "Kayak Fishing Special" covers what to look for in a new ‘yak, and where to take it to catch fish.

Region-by-Region: Great Stories Close to Home

The West and Midwest editions of the May Game & Fish Magazine.

Here's a look at some of the regional articles in the May issue of Game & Fish:


  • Dock Work: These five baits and strategies can help you pull in more bass around docks. By Glenn Walker
  • Bird Brains: Turkeys often display different behaviors later in spring. Get in their heads by mixing things up. By Brian Lovett
  • Power Up: Newton Lake, a power-plant lake in southern Illinois, is primed for bass action now and for years to come. By Mike Pehanich


  • Last Call: The early season is long gone. Fooling mature, late-season gobblers requires a different approach. By Scott Haugen
  • Advanced Nymphing: Take your trout fishing to a deeper level by employing weighed patterns and precision strategies. By Gary Lewis
  • Pick a Peck: From giant walleyes to trophy bass, Fort Peck Reservoir in Montana is an angler’s dream. By Andrew McKean
The South and East editions of the May Game & Fish Magazine.


  • The Toughest Toms: What to do when the gobblers are all henned up? Pull one of these tactics from your playbook. By Doug Howlett
  • Smallie Spawning Run: May’s best smallmouth fishing can be found in the streams that flow into your favorite bass lakes. By Matt Crawford
  • Trout Hardware: Think beyond the same old lures to catch more trout on spinning gear. By M.D. Johnson


  • Slow-Play Slabs: Put the sneak on crappies in backwater sloughs by slipping along silently in a kayak. By Jim Gronaw
  • Get Loose for Cats: Untether yourself from the anchor this summer and drift your way to more catfish. By Keith Sutton
  • The Big-Fish Twitch: Master these twitchbait tactics to turn on the bite on saltwater flats. By Frank Sargeant

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