10 Most Popular Game & Fish Posts Last Week

10 Most Popular Game & Fish Posts Last Week

Here are 10 of the most popular stories from Game & Fish in the past week

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This past week, G&F readers were most interested in stories in record fish, catching bass and catfish, and wild-game recipes.

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Jam Ferguson's 5-7.86 black crappie is an official Tennessee record. It may also be a world record. (Photo courtesy Lionel Ferguson)


1. Record Crappie One Step Closer to World Record

Tennessee may be the new home of the world-record black crappie. Before the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announced the news on Facebook Tuesday afternoon, angler Lionel "Jam" Ferguson was already running around the house celebrating.


"I got some news for you," Ferguson, 33, of Philadelphia, Tenn., told Game & Fish in a phone interview, also Tuesday. "The DNA test came back positive. It's a black crappie."

That's huge news in fishing circles. Read More >>

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Bass are abundant in small lakes and ponds. (Photo by Scott Bernarde)

2. Catch Lunkers at Small Lakes Near You

If you drive more than 10 miles from your urban home to catch early season largemouth bass, you're almost surely driving farther than you need to. That's a fact.

At some point in that drive you most likely motor past a small pond in an urban park or industrial area. Those urban waters should be high on your list of local bass-catching opportunities. If they are not, you should make it a point to check them out.

That's because many municipalities now incorporate fishing potential into the design of water retention basins in urban and industrial areas.

"Urban retention basins are modern-day farm ponds," said urban fisheries biologist Tyler Stubbs. Read More >>

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David Worsham caught this 5.12-pound Gila trout on a lipless crank bait. (Photo courtesy of Arizona Game and Fish Department)

3. Trophy Trout in Arizona Could Be World Record

It wasn't a bass he was targeting, nor a catfish he thought he hooked, but the trophy fish Arizona angler David Worsham caught on June 2 might be a world record.

Worsham was after big bass when he hooked and landed a 5.12-pound Gila trout out of Goldwater Lake near Prescott, a potential state and world record,

"It kind of fought like a catfish at first," the Avondale, Ariz., resident told the Arizona Game and Fish Department. "Once it started getting closer to shore it started peeling drag. I loosened the drag so she could run a little bit. I didn't want to horse it to shore and chance it breaking off." Read More >> 

largemouth bass lures4. Top Largemouth Bass Lures for 2018

There may not be a more secure market than largemouth bass lure sales, and every year there's the next latest and greatest that will help you catch more fish.

From jigs to jerkbaits, here's a look at some of the best largemouth bass lures for 2018.

Here's a look at new lures you might want to have in your tackle box. Read More >>

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5. Homemade Catfish Bait Recipes That Work

Why let the bait manufacturers have all the fun concocting surefire stinkbaits for whiskerfish? Our resident catfish expert has five recipes that you can make right at home that are guaranteed to bring the stank to any eatin'-sized cat. Read More >>

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When targeting big flatheads, it's best to use live fish and nothing else. (Photo by Ron Sinfelt)

6. Catfish Tricks to Find, Catch Bruisers

Catching catfish requires more than dropping bait. It requires understanding what the fish eats, where the big ones hide and how to get at them.

When everything is ideal — weather, water conditions, fish attitudes — almost any bait dropped in the water results in catfish.

Unfortunately, conditions are seldom ideal. When that's the case, some extra tricks are needed to go home a winner.

Many anglers believe catfish will eat any bait used. To some extent, that's true. Catfish often aren't picky about food. But this applies primarily to smaller catfish, which will hit most baits without hesitation. Read More >>

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June is peak for smallmouth bass. (Photo by Ron Sinfelt)

7. Smallmouth Bass: How to Fish the 3 Stages

Believe it or not, in June smallmouth bass are going through three distinct life phases. Here's how to fish all three.

Talk about different experiences! Last June a smallmouth angler called me raving about the fantastic fishing he and a pal had just experienced. Then, only a week or so later, another guy e-mailed me lamenting how absolutely terrible his fishing was.

On the same lake and just days apart, but the fishing experiences of these two men were dramatically different. What's up with that? Read More >>

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Veteran bass anglers often dismiss urban fishing opportunities as "kid's fishing ponds," but they may be overlooking big-bass potential. (Photo by Ron Sinfelt)

8. Top 20 Bass Records: How Does Your State Rank?

We dug into the data to rank the top state bass records in the U.S. for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass.

How does your state's black-bass records compare to other states? It's an intriguing question, so Game & Fish took to the Internet to find the answers.

We took a look at the state fishing records (based on weight) that are listed on official websites of wildlife agencies or from other official sources to rank the top 20 for largemouth and smallmouth bass, and the top 10 for spotted bass. Read More >>

BF60-War-Eagle-02-RGB_LO_LRME_PP_BM_BF609. How to Decide Between 2- or 4-Stroke Outboards

When the time comes to repower Old Faithful or to spring for a new rig, what kind of outboard boat engine are you going to buy? Tough question, given the dozens of innovative choices from the various engine manufacturers

One of the biggest decisions is whether to invest in a two-stroke or four-stroke engine. With the proliferation of misinformation regarding this subject, it's easy to confuse fact and fiction. Not to worry. We'll walk you through the fundamentals and add some clarity to the subject. Read More >>

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These cheesy venison and crawfish stuffed peppers take less than an hour to make. (Photo courtesy of GameandFishMag.com)

10. Game & Fish Recipes for Your July 4th BBQ

By the time the 4th of July rolls around, the winter rust that might have set in on your grilling skills should be long gone. If Memorial Day Weekend is the warm-up toss for grilling season, the 4th of July is game seven of the championship series. You better bring your "A-Game" to the party as your guests will expect nothing less.

And for the outdoor enthusiast, there's even more pressure as you might have an unconverted newbie that married into the family, inching up to the table, to sup on wild game for the first time — you want that first bite of venison or duck to be so good they'll come back for more. '¦ Let's dig in! Read More >>

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