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Bass

Focus on Aggressive Bass During the Early Spring

As waters warm, bass will be on the move. Find them with these baits.

Dr. Jason A. Halfen

Throw Suspending Jerkbaits to Catch Pre-Spawn Bass

The evolution of the jerkbait has made it the go-to lure for early season bass.

Shane Beilue

River of Plenty: The Lower Niagara River is a Mixed-Bag Marvel

It's the East's hottest multi-species fishery, even during the coldest months of the year. 

Matt Crawford

Tempt Tight-Lipped Bass with Tantalizing Blade Baits

When bass slow down in winter, jolt them back into action with these knife-like lures.

Jeff Knapp

Jig Options and Tactics for Mid-Winter Bass

Jigs are versatile winter bass baits, but ideal presentations vary widely.

Shane Beilue

Catfish

Blue Catfish Record Broken for 4th Consecutive Year

Huge Ohio River whiskerfish sets a new record in West Virginia.

Game & Fish Staff

3 Proven Tactics to Boat More Late-Summer Catfish

Slow-trolling, drifting and anchoring all have their place for summer catfishing.

Dan Anderson

Cranky Cats: Chunk-'n-Wind Bass Lures for Summer Catfish

Bored with soaking baits? Catch catfish on lures designed for other species.

Keith Sutton

Dog-Days Cats: Catch More Late-Summer Flatheads, Channels

When other bites slow down in the East, catfish provide consistent action.

Jeff Knapp

Catfish Noodling Will Test Your Resolve, Nerves

Wet and wild is the name of the game for those willing to go all-in for catfish.

Colin Moore

Crappie

Fulfill Your Crappie Fishing Dreams at the Big 4

If you're serious about big crappies, you owe it to yourself to plan a trip to this quartet of

John N. Felsher

Crappie Lures, Baits and Rigs for Now Through the Spawn

They're the keys to catching limits of slabs from pre-spawn to post-spawn.

Gary Lewis

Stubborn Slabs: Catch More Crappies During Their Fall Transition

Try these top presentations for crappies as they move deeper throughout the fall.

Jeff Knapp

Crappie Weather: Late-Summer Patterns Can Produce Hot Fishing

Paying close attention to the conditions can pay dividends when chasing crappies.

Jim Gronaw

Trolling Tactics to Catch More Crappies Now

Cover water with crankbaits and jigs to catch more slabs this summer.

Mark Romanack

How to Catch the Biggest Fish in a Pond

Pond Fishing 101: Increase your harvest in farm ponds by learning how to read them.

Colin Moore

Muskie/Pike

Musky Mayhem in the Islands of Giants

Late fall in New York's Thousand Islands region is prime time for the fish of 10,000 casts.

Matt Crawford

3 Ways to Catch Mid-Summer Bass, Walleyes & Muskies

Adapt to conditions for hot-weather action on these popular species.

Dr. Jason A. Halfen

River of Plenty: Fishing, Scenery and History on the Cumberland

The Tennessee river runs rich with biodiversity and adventure, and offers spectacular fishing.

Jen Ripple

Target Monster River Muskies This Spring

In search of open-water fishing in the East? Look no further than your nearest musky river.

Jeff Knapp

Huge Catch Breaks Idaho Northern Pike Record

The certified 40-plus-pounder caught in northern Idaho breaks a 13-year-old record.

Gem & Fish Staff

Prime Time for Your Personal-Best Ice Pike

Big northern pike push shallow in late winter to gear up for the spawn. It's one of the best

Scott Mackenthun

Striper & Hybrid

Striper Town USA: Salt-Crusted Montauk Point

Head to the eastern end of Long Island for the region's best striped bass fishing. 

Joseph Albanese

No. 1 Topwater Lure for Atlantic Stripers: The 'Doc' Is In

The late-summer's hottest surface plug originally targeted muskies.

Capt. Tom Migdalski

Striper Fishing on the Flats

Tips for approaching and catching big striped bass when they move into shallow water.

Michael Tougias

5 Fall Fishing Tips on How to Earn Your Stripers

Want to tangle with giant striped bass during the fall months? Richard B. Russell Lake on the

Terry Madewell

Destinations: Fishing Fun in the Southern Sun

From striped bass to giant speckled trout and largemouths, these two southern destinations

John N. Felsher

Summer Schooling: Join the Feeding Frenzy

Few summer fishing experiences in the Midwest can match targeting predators herding baitfish.

Mike Pehanich

Panfish

What's More All-American than Bluegills and Crickets?

Get some light tackle and panfish baits for some angling fireworks this summer.

Lynn Burkhead

Bedtime for Bream: Catch a Limit of Spawning Bluegills

Take advantage of bedding fish for the best bluegill bite of the year.

David Johnson

How to Catch the Biggest Fish in a Pond

Pond Fishing 101: Increase your harvest in farm ponds by learning how to read them.

Colin Moore

Panfish Gold Rush: Leave the Bank for Jackpot Jumbos

For the heaviest payoff forget the shallows to find bigger, less-pressured panfish offshore.

Dr. Jason A. Halfen

Sunny Delight: Target the Biggest Panfish in Local Waters

Monster bluegills and other sunfish are eager to eat in ponds and reservoirs across the South.

Jim Edlund

Okla. Youth Catches Bass-Sized Record Shellcracker

The giant panfish beat a 50-year-old record in the Sooner State.

Lynn Burkhead

Walleye

Catch More Ice Walleyes During Daylight Hours

Walleyes are more active early and late, but you can still catch them in the light of day.

Scott Mackenthun

Go Buck Wild to Catch More Walleyes

What's old is new again, as bucktail jigs, aka hair jigs, get the nod for cold-season walleyes.

Jeff Knapp

Round-the-Clock Fall Walleyes

In autumn, walleyes feed heavily all day and into the night. These proven strategies will

Dr. Jason A. Halfen

Snap a Glide Bait for Walleyes & More

The glide jig is best known as a walleye lure, but it's a multi-species marvel in summer.

Jeff Knapp

How to Fish Glide Baits for Summer Walleyes

Glide baits have become one of the hottest mid- to late-summer walleye presentations.

Dr. Jason A. Halfen

3 Ways to Catch Mid-Summer Bass, Walleyes & Muskies

Adapt to conditions for hot-weather action on these popular species.

Dr. Jason A. Halfen

Trout & Salmon

Behemoth 'Bows in Washington's Rufus Woods Reservoir

Winter is a great time to hook up a gargantuan triploid rainbow trout.

Scott Haugen

River of Plenty: The Lower Niagara River is a Mixed-Bag Marvel

It's the East's hottest multi-species fishery, even during the coldest months of the year. 

Matt Crawford

Feather and Flash: Choose the Right Fly for Winter Steelhead

Innovative fly design is improving the effectiveness of winter steelhead patterns.

Scott Turo

The Tale of Twin Trout Streams and the Twin Cities of Appalachia

This pair of waterways is united by their fishing heritage, history and the charm of Bristol,

Jen Ripple

New Steelhead Record Caught, Released in Idaho

At 41 inches long, it beat the previous C&R state record by 1 3/4 inches.

Lynn Burkhead

Big Stick Baits for Big Autumn Trout

It pays to think big when hunting hungry trophy trout in the fall.

Mike Gnatkowski

Other Freshwater

What a Gar! Texas Catch Eclipses 200 Pounds

The Lone Star State bolsters its reputation of producing immense alligator gars.

Lynn Burkhead

Exotic Fishing Paradise Awaits in South Florida

Incredible fishing for hard-fighting peacock bass, other non-native species and largemouths,

John Felsher

Everything You Need to Know About Snakeheads

Once considered a harbinger of doom for Mid-Atlantic waterways, the aggressive (and tasty)

Matt Crawford

Can Plastic Lures Rival Live Bait for Ice Fishing Success?

More and more ice anglers are threading tiny soft-plastic imitations of bugs, worms, larvae

Mike Pehanich

Florida Man Breaks Butterfly Peacock Bass Record by a Fraction

The previous record for the non-native fish species stood for nearly 30 years.

Game & Fish Staff

Record Muskie, Northern Pike Reported in Minnesota

Catch-and-release fishing records highlight summer fishing for toothy predators.

Game & Fish Staff

Saltwater

Chase the Moon for Winter Inshore Success

One of the keys to catching redfish and seatrout in winter is understanding how the fish and

Frank Sargeant

Winter Tactics to Find Roaming Reds

As winter strengthens its grip on coastal waters, redfish seek out more hospitable environs.

Frank Sargeant

Blue Marlin Nets Record $6.2 Million at Derby

G&F Digest: Another walleye cheating scandal, world-record seatrout, how to help Lahaina.

Lynn Burkhead

Bayou Bounty: Get Fresh or Salty In SW Louisiana

Freshwater and saltwater species alike beckon anglers to the lakes, rivers and marshes near

John Felsher

First Look: Strike King Saltwater Fishing Lures

Long known for its freshwater lures, the Strike King Lure Company now has a solid line of

Drew Warden

1 in 4 Million: That's Your Chances of Fatal Shark Attack

Despite recent (scary) news, shark bites are extremely rare for swimmers and anglers.

Lynn Burkhead

Fly Fishing

Orvis Launches All-New Helios Lineup of Fly Rods

The famed fly-rod company is taking the line to new fly-fishing heights.

Lynn Burkhead

Feather and Flash: Choose the Right Fly for Winter Steelhead

Innovative fly design is improving the effectiveness of winter steelhead patterns.

Scott Turo

Once Again, Fly Fishing Rides High at ICAST

The annual trade show debuts expanded fly-fishing presence.

Lynn Burkhead

Caddis Hatch in Full Swing in the Ozarks

Keep an eye on those little bugs on Arkansas' White and Norfork rivers.

Lynn Burkhead

The Dependable Dozen of Must-Have Trout Flies

These 12 flies are proven producers for a wide range of Western trout fishing scenarios.

Mike Gnatkowski

Take It to the Bank for Hefty Cold-Weather Rainbows

Rely on these tactics to increase encounters with big trout when stalking the river's edge.

Gary Lewis

Ice Fishing

Catch More Ice Walleyes During Daylight Hours

Walleyes are more active early and late, but you can still catch them in the light of day.

Scott Mackenthun

Gear Check: Cool New Ice-Fishing Gear to Consider

Here's a quick look at new augers, apparel, hardware and more.

Mike Gnatkowski

4 Seasons of Bucket-List Fishing on Lake Erie

Walleyes in the spring, smallies all summer, fall steelheads, yellow perch on ice.

Lynn Burkhead

Under the Ice: Drop-Shot Rigging for Pressured Panfish

When the going gets tough, use this tried-and-true open-water tactic for wary panfish.

Scott Mackenthun

Prime Time for Your Personal-Best Ice Pike

Big northern pike push shallow in late winter to gear up for the spawn. It's one of the best

Scott Mackenthun

Boy, 13, Wins World's Largest Ice-Fishing Tournament with Huge Walleye

Minnesota youth takes the top prize at the 12,000-angler event—a new Ford pickup truck.

Thomas Allen

News

Big-Fish Stories: State Records and One Huge Great White

The 1,200-pound shark was caught and released at a Panhandle beach.

Lynn Burkhead

State-Record Crappie Nullified After X-Ray Reveals Ball Bearings

The Kansas slab caught last year was certified at first until further investigation.

Lynn Burkhead

Music Icon, Outdoors Lover Toby Keith Succumbs to Cancer at 62

Keith, owner of dozens of No. 1 country hits, also owned Luck E Strike tackle company.

Lynn Burkhead

Huge Kayak Crappie Could Be Colo. Record

Also: Missouri record catch ends fishing trip in 15 minutes.

Game & Fish Staff

New Steelhead Record Caught, Released in Idaho

At 41 inches long, it beat the previous C&R state record by 1 3/4 inches.

Lynn Burkhead

Halloween Walleye Has Trick-or-Treat Trek to State Record

Game & Fish Digest: S.D. walleye weighed 16-8. Also: Tautog record, superb pheasant hunting,

Lynn Burkhead

Stories

Best Bets to Catch a Record Fish for 12 Freshwater Species

Head to these hot fishing spots if you're looking to make the record books.

Colin Moore

Best of 2023: Most Popular Hunting and Fish Videos

G&F users flocked to video series "Bass Crash Course," "Beyond the Bait" and much more.

Game & Fish Staff

Best of 2023: Most Popular Bass-Fishing Stories on Game & Fish

These articles on fishing for largemouth bass helped our users catch fish all year long.

Game & Fish Staff

Best of 2023: Storytelling, Inspiration, Destinations & Humor

These were our editors' favorite hunting and fishing feature stories from last year.

Game & Fish Staff

75 Years In the Making: The Legacy of Skeeter Boats

This builder of bass, walleye and light-tackle saltwater boats connects innovation with a

Jeff Weakley

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