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Bass Class

Early summer can be the best time to land the biggest bass of your life. But if you use the wrong tactics and gear, it can also be one of the most frustrating times to fish.

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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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Freshwater Articles

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Big, Ugly Record Fish

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America's Best Crappie Lakes

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  • June 13, 2014

    Pigeon River Country Project Kicks Off Open Country Season - 0

    It was both symbolic and necessary.

    More than three dozen volunteers had gathered an impressive pile of barbed-wire fence and paused for a few photos at the end of a long but productive day.

    That fence was not only an eyesore and a potential hazard for those using this 640-acre tract of the Pigeon River Country in northern Michigan, it was also some of the last remnants of a barrier that no longer belongs.

    “This is public land and removing those fences – nearly two miles of it – felt pretty good,” said Drew YoungeDyke, grassroots manager for Michigan United Conservation Clubs. “It was a lot of work. But no one complained. This is what we came here to do.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 12, 2014

    Cast and Blast: Wingshooting and Salmon Fishing in Southwest Alaska - 0

  • June 5, 2014

    Video: Muskie Hits the Chicken - 0

    There is a lot of folklore and mystery behind catching muskies. Many fishermen including myself, fall victim to the muskie’s alias, “The Fish of Ten Thousand Casts,” trying every plug, bucktail, and spoon in our tackleboxes. Sometimes, it’s just not that complicated.

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  • June 4, 2014

    Open Country Kicks Off Project Season With Michigan Effort - 0

    The Open Country project season is about to kick off and the program's first-awarded grant funds will be put to good use.

    On Saturday, June 7, the Open Country efforts begin anew for 2014 when a group of volunteers from Michigan's On The Ground initiative team with up volunteers from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in assisting the Michigan Department of Natural Resources with work to create and enhance access in the Pigeon River Country area of northern lower Michigan.

    The Black Mountain Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be putting $500 to work on the project as the beneficiary of Outdoor Life's newly-founded Open Country grant program. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 4, 2014

    Video: Snakehead Crushes Frog Bait - 0

    After a weekend of bass fishing in NYC's Central Park, I wasn't surprised to hear rumors that snakeheads have been spotted in the Harlem Meer, the park's northernmost pond.

    I didn't have an encounter with a snakehead while there, but if I ever do, I hope it plays out like this...

    You can see the fish leave his shoreline hangout to come up and destroy the angler’s top-water frog. The fish proceeds to destroy everything in its path on the way to shore. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 4, 2014

    Video: Warmer Weather Brings in Catfish ... on the Fly? - 0

    The Meat Whistle was originally designed for bass and big trout, but it turns out that it is a pretty wicked fly for catfish too. In this video, Brian Schmidt and Jay Zimmerman take advantage of the Fourth of July holiday to target catfish on the fly.  This video is courtesy of ZimmermanFlyFishing. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 2, 2014

    Trout Fishing: 12 Best Terrestrial Flies - 2

    If you’ve prowled any fly shops recently, you’ve noticed a growing number of bins holding terrestrial patterns. It’s like they are reproducing and mutating, morphing into strange and garish Frankenstein-like creatures of foam, Krystal Flash, and twitchy, multi-hued rubber legs. They look more like they hopped out of a horror film than an old-school fly vest. [ Read Full Post ]