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Freshwater

Tackle Test 2014

Blanks groaned and drags screamed in our annual torture test of the year's best new rods and reels. Check out the hottest tackle of the year.

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Best 6 Baits

Although you may covet a tackle box stuffed with lures, these essential baits will fool (almost) every fish that swims. Clear out your tackle box this spring and cast these super six baits.

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Freshwater Articles

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Big, Ugly Record Fish

Everyone loves looking at big fish, truly oversize, gut-swollen monsters. And when...

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America's Best Crappie Lakes

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  • April 16, 2014

    Slow Motion Video: Pike Destroys Popper - 0

    It seems that OL readers just can't get enough pike action. Check out this video from some pike anglers from across the pond. They've captured one of the coolest, slow-motion pike strikes that we've ever seen.

    Check out their YouTube channel for the full video. We can't understand what they're saying, but they seem to be having a pretty good time. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 16, 2014

    Learn How to Read Your Sonar for Better Spring Walleye Fishing - 0


    Photo by Doug Stamm

    Today's space-age sonar and GPS units can seemingly make us better fishermen overnight. However, as with cell phone technology, many of us harness only a fraction of the potential. Then there's Bruce Samson, aka Doc Sonar. Capable of interpreting sonar imaging in plain terms that any angler can understand, Samson has made a living teaching anglers how to better understand their electronics. 

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  • April 16, 2014

    Gear Review: 6 New Flyfishing Packs for 2014 - 0

    A good flyfishing pack is a model of efficiency. At a minimum, it should be able to manage a day's worth of fishing gear without undue bulk and be comfortable to wear. It needs to organize flies, fly boxes, hemostats, tippets, floatant, nippers, and other accessories so that they are easy to get to, yet do not become tangled in your line as you cast, mend, and strip.

    The storage compartments in a well-designed pack can be accessed with one hand, and the zippers can be manipulated with numb fingers. On top of all that, it should protect its contents from the elements. After all, just because the weather turns foul, it doesn't necessarily mean the fish are going to stop biting. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 15, 2014

    Spring Fishing Tip: Pester Postspawn Bass for Vicious Strikes - 0

    Sara Palin once said the only difference between a soccer mom and a bulldog is lipstick. Okay, I’m not going political here, but interestingly enough, the former Alaska governor’s meaning actually bears a timeless truism that’ll help you catch more springtime bass.

    Palin referred to a simple principle we should all respect: Don’t mess with the young’ns.

    In the bass world, the males are kind of the soccer moms, at least during the postspawn stage where bucks guarding fry get props for equally fierce dispositions.

    For crappie, bluegill, catfish or anything else with a taste for tiny bass, this means back off.

    For anglers, it means a great opportunity. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 15, 2014

    Damage to Washington's Stillaguamish River Could Last for Decades After Mudslide - 0

    The massive mudslide in Washington has done untold ecological damage to Stillaguamish River, one of the best-known salmon and steelhead rivers in the Northwest.

    The most severe damage comes to the river itself. More than 45 miles of the once pristine river is now stained dark from silt. Waters stand almost stagnant as the mudslide formed a dam that blocks water from moving. A pumping system installed to aid in search efforts spews a constant stream of sewage and chemicals escaped from devastated homes and capsized automobiles.  [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 14, 2014

    Video: Monster Bass Crushes Topwater Frog Lure - 0

    Fight the Monday blues by watching this awesome video of a bass launching a vicious topwater strike on this frog lure. We definitely agree with the angler; that's a bass, alright. If this doesn't get you pumped for fishing, we don't know what will. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 14, 2014

    Fishing Tips: How to Improve Your Hookset - 0

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    When you've been working hard for a strike and then finally feel a fish hit, your instincts will probably cause you to reel in slack and yank back hard on the rod. But by doing so, you're dragging the fish instead of effectively setting the hook.

    So, leave a little slack in the line before you set the hook. This will accelerate your hook faster and drive the hook home better. [ Read Full Post ]


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