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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

It's a tough time to target smallies, but it can also be very rewarding. Here are some great tips.Solve the Pre-Spawn Puzzle for Smallmouth Bass

Solve the Pre-Spawn Puzzle for Smallmouth Bass

Tony Hansen - March 02, 2021

It's a tough time to target smallies, but it can also be very rewarding. Here are some great...

This month provides some of the biggest bites of the year, especially for Western anglers.March Tactics to Catch Your Personal-Best Bass

March Tactics to Catch Your Personal-Best Bass

Ken Duke - March 01, 2021

This month provides some of the biggest bites of the year, especially for Western anglers.

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Around the spawn is the best time of year to boat big bass. Follow these tactics for finding monsters.Here's How to Target Trophy Spring Bass

Here's How to Target Trophy Spring Bass

Larry Larsen

Around the spawn is the best time of year to boat big bass. Follow these tactics for finding...

Need proof big largemouths can be caught in February? Look no further than this trio of Southern state records.Historically Speaking, Monster February Largemouth Bass Are Common

Historically Speaking, Monster February Largemouth Bass Are Common

Ken Duke - February 19, 2021

Need proof big largemouths can be caught in February? Look no further than this trio of...

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

When targeting late-season walleye in the northeast, there's no better place than a river with moving water. Here are seven river destinations and some tips for walleye-fishing success.7 Best Late-Season Walleye Rivers in the Northeast and Tips for Success

7 Best Late-Season Walleye Rivers in the Northeast and Tips for Success

Jeff Knapp - December 07, 2020

When targeting late-season walleye in the northeast, there's no better place than a river with...

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

Winter is truly the best time to get your hands on a supersized northern.Ice Pike: Tweak Your Game Plan to Target Trophy Northerns

Ice Pike: Tweak Your Game Plan to Target Trophy Northerns

Dr. Jason Halfen - February 11, 2021

Winter is truly the best time to get your hands on a supersized northern.

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).

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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.

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.

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

With more huge Texas largemouths reported, and the spring spawn looming, it may get even better.Will Winter Hot Streak Turn Into March Bass Madness?

Will Winter Hot Streak Turn Into March Bass Madness?

Lynn Burkhead - March 01, 2021

With more huge Texas largemouths reported, and the spring spawn looming, it may get even...

On heels of historic winter weather, O.H. Ivie becomes hottest bass lake in Texas.Texas Follows Deep Freeze With Big-Bass Hot Streak

Texas Follows Deep Freeze With Big-Bass Hot Streak

Lynn Burkhead - February 26, 2021

On heels of historic winter weather, O.H. Ivie becomes hottest bass lake in Texas.

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The historic February winter storms left a lasting impression on the Lone Star State.Fish, Wildlife Also Feel Impact of Texas Freeze 2021

Fish, Wildlife Also Feel Impact of Texas Freeze 2021

Lynn Burkhead - February 24, 2021

The historic February winter storms left a lasting impression on the Lone Star State.

Many freshwater fish we catch in North America are no problem to lip with our hand, but there are some terrible, toothy terrors you need to find an alternative method to land.8 Fish with Teeth You Don't Want to Lip

8 Fish with Teeth You Don't Want to Lip

Keith Sutton

Many freshwater fish we catch in North America are no problem to lip with our hand, but there...

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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