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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

Strange Brews

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Largemouth Bass Tips

This is the spot for all your largemouth bass tips! This is the spot for all your...

Best Lures for Bass

There are thousands of bass fishing lures on the market, but in most situations these...

Big, Ugly Record Fish

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

On Thin Ice

A simple, homemade tool that could very well save your life

America's Best Crappie Lakes

Looking for crappies? Look no further than these 5 hot spots. Be sure to comment and add...

  • 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 ]


  • April 11, 2014

    How to Fish a Cold Front - 0


    Photo by David J. Sams

    Most fishermen who have chunked a plug have been hamstrung by cold-front conditions. Fish go on a hunger strike on clear, bright, bluebird days after a front passes, turning postcard-perfect weather into hours of sheer frustration. But don't despair. Here's where to find your favorite freshwater prey and coax those tight-lipped fish into the box.

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  • April 10, 2014

    Match the Hatch for Better Spring Crappie Fishing - 0


    Photo: John Neporadny

    Smart," "spooky," and "selective" are terms trout anglers often use to describe their target fish. And now a hardcore band of crappie-fishing experts are uttering phrases such as "matching the hatch" too—but it's not just emerging insects that they are keying on.

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  • April 7, 2014

    South Carolina's Controversial Cormorant Hunt Culls 11K Birds - 3

    More than 1,000 South Carolina hunters received special permits this winter to hunt double-crested cormorants on two lakes in the east-central part of the state. In the span of just one month, hunters harvested 11,653 of the fish-eating birds. One hunter alone reported killing 278 birds, according to The State newspaper.

    Local anglers requested state action to quell the rising numbers of cormorants, which they say eat enough baitfish to negatively impact game fish populations. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources responded by introducing a special hunting program this year on Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie. [ Read Full Post ]


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