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Best Trout Fishing Out West: Where, When and How

Mountain lakes offer exceptional trout fishing in late summer, early fall. Here's where to go, some tackle recommendations and what to offer them at the end of your line.

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Time-tested popping cork rigs put reds, trout, tripletail and more in the boat when other tactics fail.A Popping Good Time in Southern Saltwater

A Popping Good Time in Southern Saltwater

John N. Felsher - August 14, 2020

Time-tested popping cork rigs put reds, trout, tripletail and more in the boat when other...

The bite at night turns on in late summer in the Midwest. Go get your limit now.Night Stalking Late-Summer Walleyes

Night Stalking Late-Summer Walleyes

Mike Pehanich - August 14, 2020

The bite at night turns on in late summer in the Midwest. Go get your limit now.

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West Fishing Playbook: When, what and how to fish this popular salmon run.Trolling Tactics for Fall Chinook

Trolling Tactics for Fall Chinook

Scott Haugen - August 14, 2020

West Fishing Playbook: When, what and how to fish this popular salmon run.

August finds packs of roving bluegills feeding their way through the deepest parts of many eastern lakes. Here's how to catch them.Go Deep for Late-Summer Bluegills

Go Deep for Late-Summer Bluegills

Jeff Knapp - August 14, 2020

August finds packs of roving bluegills feeding their way through the deepest parts of many...

Bass

Recent 13-pounder on Sam Rayburn could be start of awesome 2021.Texas Preps for Championship Year; Big Bass Season Already Underway

Texas Preps for Championship Year; Big Bass Season Already Underway

Lynn Burkhead - January 14, 2021

Recent 13-pounder on Sam Rayburn could be start of awesome 2021.

Mexico's Lake Picachos is full of big largemouths; catching 300 pounds in one day not uncommon.Bucket List: Bass Beyond the Border, Beyond Belief

Bucket List: Bass Beyond the Border, Beyond Belief

Larry Larsen - December 22, 2020

Mexico's Lake Picachos is full of big largemouths; catching 300 pounds in one day not uncommon.

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Use these presentations to boat more cold-water bass as the season winds down.3 Active Ways to Grab a Cold-Weather Bass' Attention

3 Active Ways to Grab a Cold-Weather Bass' Attention

Mike Pehanich - December 17, 2020

Use these presentations to boat more cold-water bass as the season winds down.

Across the west, look to these areas to find aggressive bass.Transition Bass: It Doesn't Have to Be Difficult

Transition Bass: It Doesn't Have to Be Difficult

Ken Duke - December 04, 2020

Across the west, look to these areas to find aggressive bass.

Catfish

The 57-pounder is the first flathead to break the state's minimum for a record.Shore Angler Sets Maryland Flathead Catfish Record

Shore Angler Sets Maryland Flathead Catfish Record

Game and Fish Staff - January 06, 2021

The 57-pounder is the first flathead to break the state's minimum for a record.

Slow trolling cut catfish baits can lead to dramatically more bites than still-fishing over an anchor.Precision Slow-Motion Techniques for Reservoir Catfish

Precision Slow-Motion Techniques for Reservoir Catfish

Dan Anderson - September 01, 2020

Slow trolling cut catfish baits can lead to dramatically more bites than still-fishing over an...

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Almost anyone can catch a bunch of small catfish. Hooking a true monster requires a different level of preparation, skill and effort.A Time for Giant Catfish

A Time for Giant Catfish

John N. Felsher - August 24, 2020

Almost anyone can catch a bunch of small catfish. Hooking a true monster requires a different...

Anglers can find catfish in practically any freshwater system in the South, but some waters really stand out for monsters.The South's Best Waters for Trophy Catfish

The South's Best Waters for Trophy Catfish

John N. Felsher - August 21, 2020

Anglers can find catfish in practically any freshwater system in the South, but some waters...

Panfish

The Upper Mississippi boasts an incredible fishery for panfish.Panfish Paradise: Late-Summer Bluegills, Perch and Crappies

Panfish Paradise: Late-Summer Bluegills, Perch and Crappies

Dr. Jason Halfen - September 02, 2020

The Upper Mississippi boasts an incredible fishery for panfish.

Here's everything you need to know to load a stringer with slabs under the lights.Work the Night Shift for After-Dark Crappies

Work the Night Shift for After-Dark Crappies

Terry Madewell - August 18, 2020

Here's everything you need to know to load a stringer with slabs under the lights.

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After a huge ‘gill caught by a kid in Okla. goes viral, we take a look at the biggest of the diminutive species.The Story of Record (and Near-Record) Bluegills

The Story of Record (and Near-Record) Bluegills

Lynn Burkhead - August 12, 2020

After a huge ‘gill caught by a kid in Okla. goes viral, we take a look at the biggest of the...

Use a weightless bobber rig for finicky panfish.No Need to Weight for Summer Bluegills

No Need to Weight for Summer Bluegills

Joel Nelson - August 05, 2020

Use a weightless bobber rig for finicky panfish.

Walleye

There's no better place to focus your efforts than the nearest moving water.Rolling on the River for Late-Season Walleyes

Rolling on the River for Late-Season Walleyes

Jeff Knapp - December 07, 2020

There's no better place to focus your efforts than the nearest moving water.

A combination of factors can put the walleye bite into overdrive this time of year. Here's how to capitalize on the action both day and night.Searching for a Never-Ending Walleye Bite

Searching for a Never-Ending Walleye Bite

Dr. Jason Halfen - October 28, 2020

A combination of factors can put the walleye bite into overdrive this time of year. Here's how...

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These areas can offer excellent warm-weather walleye action, but first you have to find the fish.Find and Catch Open Water Basin Walleyes

Find and Catch Open Water Basin Walleyes

Jeff Knapp - August 27, 2020

These areas can offer excellent warm-weather walleye action, but first you have to find the...

Habitat changes across some of the Midwest's finest walleye waters have negatively affected populations of the iconic species. What can anglers do to help?What's Going On With Walleyes?

What's Going On With Walleyes?

Scott Mackenthun - June 17, 2020

Habitat changes across some of the Midwest's finest walleye waters have negatively affected...

Other Freshwater

Quick look at common, easy-to-catch fish species (video).Get On Board: Species 101 for Beginning Anglers

Get On Board: Species 101 for Beginning Anglers

Game & Fish Staff

Quick look at common, easy-to-catch fish species (video).

Summertime on a river might be the best time and place to hook into a monster musky.Go With the Flow for Muskies

Go With the Flow for Muskies

Jeff Knapp - July 15, 2020

Summertime on a river might be the best time and place to hook into a monster musky.

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Bow fisherman arrows fish of a lifetime on South Texas trip.240 Pounds! Massive Alligator Gar Taken on Father's Day

240 Pounds! Massive Alligator Gar Taken on Father's Day

Lynn Burkhead - June 22, 2020

Bow fisherman arrows fish of a lifetime on South Texas trip.

It's the fourth state fishing record of the year in the Show Me State.Bow Angler Sets Missouri White Sucker Record

Bow Angler Sets Missouri White Sucker Record

Game & Fish Digital Staff - March 17, 2020

It's the fourth state fishing record of the year in the Show Me State.

Saltwater

This overlooked saltwater species is hard-fighting, plentiful and delicious. What's not to love?In Praise of Sheepshead Fishing

In Praise of Sheepshead Fishing

John N. Felsher - August 07, 2020

This overlooked saltwater species is hard-fighting, plentiful and delicious. What's not to...

Saltwater species can become lethargic as water temperatures rise and oxygen levels fall. Mix it up with these lures to wake the dead.Shake, Rattle & Roll for Inshore Saltwater Action

Shake, Rattle & Roll for Inshore Saltwater Action

Mike Marsh - August 04, 2020

Saltwater species can become lethargic as water temperatures rise and oxygen levels fall. Mix...

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Flexibility in natural bait and artificial lure presentation brings more red drum to the boat.Two Ways for Redfish

Two Ways for Redfish

Jimmy Jacobs - June 22, 2020

Flexibility in natural bait and artificial lure presentation brings more red drum to the boat.

It might be a basic rig, but the popping cork can be incredibly effective.Perfect the Popping Cork: Inshore Fishing

Perfect the Popping Cork: Inshore Fishing

Mike Marsh - June 08, 2020

It might be a basic rig, but the popping cork can be incredibly effective.

News

Ugly Stik's Santa Claus Bass Tournament featured 298 Santa-suit-wearing anglers at Lake Norman, N.C.Good Deeds: Bass-Fishing Santas Raise $15K in Toys for Kids

Good Deeds: Bass-Fishing Santas Raise $15K in Toys for Kids

Game and Fish Staff - December 21, 2020

Ugly Stik's Santa Claus Bass Tournament featured 298 Santa-suit-wearing anglers at Lake...

In-Fisherman legend, 86, changed the sport of fishing like few others have.Fishing Pioneer, Hall-of-Famer Ron Lindner Passes Away

Fishing Pioneer, Hall-of-Famer Ron Lindner Passes Away

Lynn Burkhead - December 01, 2020

In-Fisherman legend, 86, changed the sport of fishing like few others have.

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Opponents say controversial proposed mine in Bristol Bay region would devastate fisheries.Pressure Mounts to Scuttle Alaska's Pebble Mine Project

Pressure Mounts to Scuttle Alaska's Pebble Mine Project

Lynn Burkhead - August 20, 2020

Opponents say controversial proposed mine in Bristol Bay region would devastate fisheries.

Campaign launches to help Americans find mental health support while fishing and boating in face of COVID-19.'Get On Board' Promotes Pandemic-Stress Relief

'Get On Board' Promotes Pandemic-Stress Relief

Game & Fish Staff - July 01, 2020

Campaign launches to help Americans find mental health support while fishing and boating in...

Stories

That one little thing we don't think about while on the water, it's what separates the men from the boys.Tough Fishing Lessons Learned – The Landing Part

Tough Fishing Lessons Learned – The Landing Part

Jeff Johnston - September 14, 2020

That one little thing we don't think about while on the water, it's what separates the men...

'Entering a fishing tournament is like gambling. If you can afford it, go for it, but I'm not bankrolling you.'Money Fish: Things Change When Cash is on the Line

Money Fish: Things Change When Cash is on the Line

Jeff Johnston - August 05, 2020

'Entering a fishing tournament is like gambling. If you can afford it, go for it, but I'm not...

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An hour here, 30 minutes there, 10 casts after work; sometimes that's all it takes.Perspective: Satisfy Fishing Passion When You Can

Perspective: Satisfy Fishing Passion When You Can

Adam Heggenstaller - June 24, 2020

An hour here, 30 minutes there, 10 casts after work; sometimes that's all it takes.

All sides must have something to offer to make it work.Fishing Buddies: It Has to Be Give-and-Take

Fishing Buddies: It Has to Be Give-and-Take

Jeff Johnston - June 18, 2020

All sides must have something to offer to make it work.

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