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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

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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...

  • January 10, 2012

    Waves Wreck Ship Carrying Powdered Milk Off New Zealand Coast - 4

    I hope the Kiwis enjoy fried fish because they’re about to get all the milk and dead fish they can handle; now that the container ship Rena broke in two on the Astrolabe Reef off New Zealand this past week.

    This latest disaster for the Rena comes almost three months after she initially ran aground on Oct. 5. More than 300 tons of oil and several containers spilled into the water on that day, making it the worst environmental disaster in New Zealand’s history. The oil blanketed coral, and countless birds and fish were killed. Since then, salvage crews have removed 389 containers and pumped over 1,000 tons of oil from the vessel. [ Read Full Post ]


  • December 23, 2011

    Two Fishing Buddies Break Lake Worth's Catfish Record - 6

    Fishing buddies Tim McKneely and Mark Alexander started their holiday by breaking a decade old record for the largest catfish caught on Lake Worth, near Fort Worth, Texas on Monday. 

    The two 24 year olds worked together to land the 72-pound blue catfish.  When the monster cat ripped into the shad baited hook, Alexander set the hook and passed the rig off to McKneely to reel him in.  "I knew he was big, just not how big until I got him up and he started rolling,” McKneely told the Fort Worth Star Telegram.  “The fish came in easily, but was the devil to land.  He bent our net and broke our fish grips.” [ Read Full Post ]


  • December 22, 2011

    Study: Global Climate Change Could Benefit Parasites, Harm Fish - 3

    Global climate change is one of the most alarming environmental issues right now, unless you're a parasite. A new study suggests that a species of parasitic worms is using the rising temperatures to increase its chances of survival at the cost of the fish populations it uses as hosts.

    Parasitic tapeworms found in sticklebacks – small fish commonly found in the waters of Europe, North America and Japan – are providing scientists with a model to study the effects of global warming on the balance between parasites and their hosts. Scientists believe that warmer temperatures could create a shift in favor of the parasites, which could increase the rate and number of parasite infections in fish and other animals that eat them.

    Researchers from the University of Leicester recently published a study that looked at the relationship between sticklebacks and parasitic tapeworms. Two groups of infected sticklebacks were kept in separate tanks for eight weeks at two temperatures: 59 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit. The researchers found that the fish kept at 68 degrees Fahrenheit had worms that grew up to four times faster, and were on average, four times heavier than the ones kept in the cooler water.  [ Read Full Post ]


  • December 16, 2011

    Lake Erie Suffers Worst Algae Blooms in History - 4

    Eerie news this week about … Lake Erie.

    The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports that Lake Erie’s toxic algae blooms are at the worst levels in history and that fish and billions of dollars in tourism revenues are at risk. Blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, is common in the lake but record rainfall in the past year has washed unprecedented amounts of farm fertilizer, manure and sewage into the water causing substantial growth and expansion of algae blooms. Blue-green algae excrete liver and nerve toxins that can kill pets, wipe out fish populations, and sicken humans.  [ Read Full Post ]


  • December 8, 2011

    Help Us Pick The Prize for Our Next Caption Contest! - 9

    So Outdoor Life is part of a cool contest operated by Crown Royal, sponsor of Field & Stream’s Hook Shots show and maker of the whiskey that comes in a purple bag. The contest is called “Pass the Crown,” and it’s a variation on the Secret Santa gift exchange anyone who’s ever worked in an office is familiar with. Are you lucky enough to have never worked in an office? Then here’s how this works: [ Read Full Post ]


  • November 22, 2011

    Behind the Scenes with Yankee David Robertson - 1

    A few months ago Yankee middle relief pitcher David Robertson was photographed for Outdoor Life’s November issue. We rolled some behind the scenes video while he chatted with Fishing Editor Gerry Bethge, and photographer Nathaniel Welch.

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  • November 15, 2011

    The Mountain View Machine & Welding Pack-Rifle: Gun and Fishing Pole in One - 14

    It's the perfect tool for shooting fish in a barrel!

    Ok, not really so don't try to.

    The Mountain View Machine & Welding Pack-Rifle is a single shot .22 LR caliber survival/utility rifle that doubles as a fishing pole. It measures just 18 inches when packed and weighs only 15.5 ounces. When fully assembled, the mostly high strength aluminum constructed rifle measures 33 inches. [ Read Full Post ]