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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 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 ]


  • April 4, 2014

    Video: Bird Goes Fishing with Piece of Bread - 0

    I know I’m not the first to notice green herons employing actual “fishing” tactics. Nevertheless, this avian angler’s ability to identify tools and tactics for its pursuit never ceases to fascinate me. I watched a green heron stroll right up to where I was chumming bluegill with chunks of sliced bread, confiscate a chunk for his own baiting, and then use the bread to lure a fish into snaring range. (I also caught fish that day. I’m just sayin’.)

    Anyway, what I think is interesting is that although we like to imply that birds are mimicking us, we anglers can take a very clear lesson from the bird. Simply put: fish with what they’re eating. When it comes to lures and baits, diversity is good, experimentation helpful; but mimicking the real deal never loses its wisdom. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 4, 2014

    River Monsters Sneak Peek: Jeremy Wade vs Piraiba Catfish - 0

    Jeremy Wade stopped by the Outdoor Life office this week while making the media rounds to promote his new season of River Monsters (it premieres April 6, 9 p.m. ET on Animal Planet).

    Unlike a lot of fishing shows out there, people who fish can actually watch River Monsters without too many eye-rolls (it seems most of the other fishing shows on major cable networks are made for people who've never stepped foot in a boat). Sure, the show plays up plenty of dramatic angles, but at least Wade is a real, hardcore fisherman. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 31, 2014

    How to Adjust Casting Controls on a Baitcasting Reel - 1

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    If you're new to fishing with baitcasters, a big part of the learning curve is setting the casting controls properly. Set them too tight and you won't be able to get any distance, set them too loose and you'll blacklash the reel.

    To get it right, you need to first understand the different casting control systems. Here, Todd Kuhn explains the basics. [ Read Full Post ]


  • March 28, 2014

    Video: The Muskie Jump at Wingra Dam - 0

    Sure, you've seen plenty of salmon jump up a waterfall, but how about a muskie?

    Each spring, muskies swim up the Yahara river near Madison, Wisconsin to spawn in Lake Wingra. But before they reach the lake, they must jump the dam.

    It's pretty rare to see a group of big skies like this all in one place. And as you can tell, the family that shot this video had a pretty good time enjoying the show.

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