Fishing

  • DESTINATION NIAGARA USA HIGHLIGHTS LAKE ONTARIO FISHING

    June 23, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Free Fishing this Weekend in New York State (June 24-25, 2017) New USA-CANADA Border Fishing Rules Eased Lake Ontario Counties Tourney Series Starting Detailed Fishing Report for June 22, 2017 Lots of good news in this week’s report. It’s a Free Fishing Weekend in New York State. However, you do have to abide by ... Read More >>
  • Summer Walleyes in the Heat of Summer, NO PROBLEM!

    June 21, 2017
    Brent Frazee
    By Brent Frazee Think about the very worst conditions for walleye fishing. High noon.  A hot sun beating down. Temperatures in the low 90s.  A blue sky, with hardly a cloud in sight. That about covers it, doesn’t it? So why was Les Jarman, a longtime guide, so optimistic that he and his friend, ... Read More >>
  • Guide-Fishing Secrets to Catch Chautauqua Lake Walleyes

    June 20, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Chautauqua Lake Secret: Work the Weedline Keep Fishing Simple To Succeed Often Spinner/Worm Rigs & Snap-Jigging By Forrest Fisher with guide, Frank Schoenacker (Infinity Charters)  When great guides and charter captains talk, honest anglers that don’t always catch fish listen.  So I listen very well.  I’m as honest as they come.  One thing I’ve discovered, ... Read More >>
  • Lake of the Woods Muskie Season Opens Saturday

    June 16, 2017
    stoadmin
    Musky Season Opens Saturday, June 17, 2017 Minnesota and Ontario Seasons Open Together Helpful Links for More Info Musky fishing exciting!  There is always one place where you can almost always find cooperative fish that will provide an exciting trip. Any muskie hunter knows that Lake of the Woods is one of the best fisheries ... Read More >>
  • GT meets DT, with a STORM!

    June 15, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    The 360GT is Simple and Affordable. Toss it out, Retrieve it…that Simple. Learn why it Works Here, see the Video. By Forrest Fisher Rapala created a series of lures that allow anglers more understanding about their fish-attracting products just by reading the label.  For example, the new “DT” series of Rapala’s are labelled DT-4, ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Report for June 14, 2017

    June 15, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    On Lake Ontario, salmon and trout fishing continues to be good.  Capt. Vince Pierleoni of Newfane reports good numbers of fish in the area off Olcott and Wilson, but you have to adapt and locate the fish. Heavy current and winds have scattered fish, but a mix of salmon and ... Read More >>
  • Kayakety Yak – Maneuvering, Fishing, Funning & Rigging, (Part 1 of 2)

    June 13, 2017
    Jim Low
    These craft are made to order for fishing small and remote waters. You will never go back to aluminum canoes once you’ve fished from a kayak. You can customize a fishing kayak for anything. By Jim Low Ask anyone who has fished an Ozark stream (or anywhere) in a kayak, and you are likely ... Read More >>
  • NYSDEC Eastern Lake Erie Fishing Report – June 10, 2017

    June 11, 2017
    stoadmin
    Lake Erie and Harbors The night bite along the nearshore reefs has fallen off. Most walleye anglers are now targeting daylight hours and catches have been slowly improving in 40-60 feet of water near major spawning areas. Productive methods include trolling with worm harnesses or stickbaits just off the bottom, or ... Read More >>
  • Big Cash for Eastern Lake Erie Walleye Anglers – Southtowns Walleye Association Tournament

    June 7, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Hot Walleye Bites, is it YOUR TURN? CHANGE Lures, Speed, Turn Radius, Time of Day You Fish CHECK Colors, Leaders, Hooks – Control Hand Odor Scent By Forrest Fisher Many anglers in the Northeast USA and especially in Western New York, have a preference for Lake Erie walleye fishing.  Many of them are ready ... Read More >>
  • Stalking Cypress Trout

    June 7, 2017
    Jim Low
    There may by has no harder-fighting fish, even in Missouri! This one’s not for the fish fry. The “Grinnell’s” ancestors swam with dinosaurs. By Jim Low Ask a dozen Missouri anglers what the Show-Me State’s hardest-fighting fish is, and you probably will hear the smallmouth bass mentioned.  Stripers and hybrid striped bass will ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Report – Big Fish and Lots of ‘Em

    June 4, 2017
    Dave Barus
    Fishing is great in Lake Ontario and the Niagara River as National Fishing and Boating Week approaches June 3 to 11! Despite record high water levels in the lake, salmon and trout fishing continue to be good in the lake.  Some good fishing was being reported over the holiday weekend from ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast – May 24, 2017

    May 27, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Kings, Coho’s, Lures Lake Ontario Water Levels Still High Upper Niagara & Lower Niagara Action Lake Ontario Just a quick reminder on water levels: There is still a state of emergency along the Lake Ontario shoreline for high water levels. This isn’t really going to affect the fishing that much, but the Niagara County ... Read More >>
  • Palaniuk EARNS Bassmaster Win Using Storm® Arashi™ Top Walker & VMC® Hooks

    May 23, 2017
    stoadmin
    Brandon Palaniuk covered Sam Rayburn Reservoir from “three foot to 30 foot” with three baits to win his third Bassmaster Elite Series tournament, weighing four 5-fish limits for a combined weight of 93 pounds, 12 ounces. Edging out the runner-up by 2 pounds, the Idaho pro caught all his fish ... Read More >>
  • Gurgle, Babble & Slurp – the Welcome Language of a Reborn Trout Stream

    May 22, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    By Forest Fisher Fly fishing for trout is a new adventure for fishermen more familiar with trolling for Great Lakes walleye or casting for tournament bass.  That makes it a new adventure for yours truly. The new unfamiliar tool? A lightweight fly rod about eight-feet in length with a single-action reel that ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast – May 18, 2017

    May 19, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    LOC Derby Winners Announced Water Levels Still High Big Fish and Favorite Lures Lake Ontario: Just a quick reminder on water levels: There is still a state of emergency along the Lake Ontario shoreline for high water levels.  This isn’t really going to affect the fishing that much, but the Niagara County Sheriff ... Read More >>
  • WHERE TO FIND MISSOURI JACK SALMON

    May 16, 2017
    Larry Whiteley
    Secrets to Finding and Catching Jack Salmon Hot Lures can be Simple Lures When They Work Missouri Fishing With a Special Friend    By Larry Whiteley Many years ago during a beautiful spring in the Missouri Ozarks, a good friend of mine, Bob Nelson, invited me to go fishing with him for a fish ... Read More >>
  • Kentucky Lake Hobie Bass Open: June 9-11, 2017

    May 15, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Open to Public, All Kayak Name Brands are Welcome Anglers Practice CPR on Hot Bass Fishing Water Key on Shallow, Deep, and Ledge Drop-off Hotspots Angler Skills will Feature Plastic Baits, Top-water and Crankbaits By Forrest Fisher At last year’s Hobie Bass Open, the camaraderie among competitors and respect for each other was a vital ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast for May 11, 2017

    May 11, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    LAKE ONTARIO – Lake Ontario Water Level Warning: Just a quick reminder on water levels: There is still a state of emergency along the Lake Ontario shoreline for high water levels.  This isn’t really going to affect the fishing that much, but the Niagara County Sheriff is asking that boats ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast – May 3, 2017

    May 5, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    High Water in Lake Ontario Lewiston Smelt Festival on May 5 LOC Tournament is On Lower Niagara Fishing Platform News There is still a state of emergency along the Lake Ontario shoreline for high water levels. This isn’t really going to affect the fishing that much, but the Niagara County Sheriff is asking ... Read More >>
  • Spring Kings Now! Niagara USA Fishing

    April 28, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Fishing Report: April 28, 2017 Fishing Good, but Water Levels are High Big Fish Tournaments Next Up Shore Fishing in Niagara River is Good Lower Niagara River trout action improved the past week and anglers have been doing well with egg sacs or emerald shiners fished off three-way rigs from boats.  Kwikfish and ... Read More >>
  • Big Spring Bass: Add HOVER-ABILITY to Your Secret Fish-Catching Arsenal

    April 25, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Add Spinner Bait: 3/8 oz TERMINATOR Double Gold Bade (#2 & #4.25) Add Tail: Big Bite SUICIDE SHAD, BB-Kicker or Curly Tail Add Stubborn Fish Solution: HOVER-CONTROL By Forrest Fisher Spinner baits are an incredibly effective fishing bait for black bass.  Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass seem to be bothered by them enough to ... Read More >>
  • College Team Bass Fishing – Lake of the Ozarks is “On-Fire!”

    April 21, 2017
    Hunter Whiteley
    Kansas State Collegiate Bass Team A Day in the Life of a College Angler Tournament Planning in Calculus Class By Hunter Whiteley My partner and I took 11 days to fish the B.A.S.S. Carhartt College series Midwest regional and the FLW regional.  At Lake of the Ozarks, all I can say is, “The ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast – April 20, 2017

    April 21, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Heavy Rains Curb Trib Fishing for a Few Days Emerald Shiner Bait Schools Are Heavy Sign Up for Tournaments Now Lake Ontario Out in the lake, it’s been a mixed bag for trollers.  Stickbaits or spoons in tight. to shore off boards or riggers in 10 to 25 feet of water for ... Read More >>
  • USA First-Ever Ladies Team – Ready for World Match Fishing Competition

    April 17, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Six American Lady Anglers Head to Hungary 2017 Ladies World Championships Lady Anglers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida While “match fishing” is hugely popular throughout Europe, the uniquely foreign sport and its seemingly bizarre tactics can leave even the most experienced American anglers scratching their heads. Please don’t confuse something merely unfamiliar with a ... Read More >>
  • One TINY Secret to Stabilize GIANT Outdoor Fun

    April 15, 2017
    David Gray
    By Dave Gray It’s not glitzy, but it will show you some love!       Jump on most e-commerce tackle store sites or walk into a Bass Pro Shop store and as anglers, we can browse an almost endless variety of equipment, gear, and tackle. Today’s tackle is not only better performing, but ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast – April 12, 2017

    April 14, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Smelt Run is On! Dippers out Every Evening!   Lewiston Smelt Festival set for May 5 Lower Niagara River Trout action continues to be spotty from both boat and shore following the storms that came through last week.  The big news is that the smelt have started running in the Lewiston area and dippers ... Read More >>
  • Giant Paddlefish Make “Show-Me” Memories

    April 11, 2017
    Brent Frazee
    By Brent Frazee Welcome to fishing’s version of blue-collar labor. You won’t find wrapped bass boats, glitzy weigh-in ceremonies or fishing jerseys filled with patches here. Neither will you find bait buckets, ultralight rods or tackle boxes filled with the latest lures. When you go paddlefish snagging, life is really quite simple. You rig ... Read More >>
  • Walleye in Lake Erie – Fishery Movement and Study

    April 8, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Fish are Tagged, Electronically Monitored for Movement Angler Reward System ($100) Cooperative Study: Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System (GLATOS) By Forrest Fisher Trained biologists and technicians implant acoustic transmitters to understand fish movements and how they relate to fishing effort and harvest.  Walleye, lake trout and musky in eastern Lake Erie are netted, ... Read More >>
  • Early Smallmouths – Tricks, Lessons, Lore and Fun

    April 5, 2017
    Jim Low
    Learning where and how to catch early-season smallmouth bass on the middle Gasconade River We shoulda’ been there tomorrow! By Jim Low April is, indeed, the cruelest month for those of us who live to wade-fish for smallmouth bass in skinny water.  Small streams that teem with bronzebacks in July are strangely empty ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast for March 30, 2017

    March 30, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    The big news this week was the 31 pound Brown Trout caught by Bob Klemm of Pennsylvania fishing with Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Region Charters.  That’s all we are going to tell you this week because it will be a feature in the Buffalo News next week on Thursday, ... Read More >>
  • Jordan Lee Wins 2017 Bassmaster Classic

    March 27, 2017
    stoadmin
    HOUSTON — BASS Championship Sunday.  In 2013, Jordan Lee was a member of the Auburn University fishing team.  Today, he’s on top of the professional bass fishing world. The 25-year-old pro from Guntersville, Ala., stayed within striking distance all week at the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. Then ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast

    March 24, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Report for March 23, 2017 Fish Bite is On at Burt Dam Early Spring Weather Brings Rain and Snow Melt After digging out from the March snow storm last week, things are finally settling in to more spring-like conditions. Not everything is perfect though. The weather forecasters are calling for some rain ... Read More >>
  • Bassmaster Classic: Lake Conroe, Houston, TX

    March 23, 2017
    Dave Barus
    World’s Top 52 Anglers Compete for $300,000 Prize Tournament is Life-Changer for Anglers Bassmaster Classic Expo (FREE) at George R. Brown Convention Center HOUSTON/B.A.S.S. — Aside from the impressive $300,000 first-place prize and internationally renowned world title, the stakes are high at the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods taking ... Read More >>
  • Outdoors Woman Program – Big Fish in New York

    March 22, 2017
    stoadmin
    6-hour Guided Fishing Trip with Captain Dave Wilson Catch Salmon, Trout and Steelhead 28′ Baha Cruiser, Boat Has Enclosed Private Bathroom   All Fishing Gear Provided No Fishing Experience Necessary NYSDEC – The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is once again teaming up with Captain Dave Wilson to offer some Beyond BOW Women’s ... Read More >>
  • “Big-Bite Bait” Soft Plastics: Effective, Affordable

    March 21, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Part 1 of 3 Not Your Ordinary Soft Plastic Bait (Made in the USA) How to Choose, What to Choose, How to Rig, How to Fish Simple Hooks & Simple Jigs CATCH FISH Tackle Warehouse has Sale Prices By Forrest Fisher No matter where you live, north or south, everybody wants a “Hot Lure”.  If you fish, ... Read More >>
  • FISHING FANS Will Experience LIVE COVERAGE of 47th Annual Bassmaster Classic

    March 20, 2017
    stoadmin
    Classic LIVE Will Be Broadcasting in Real Time Classic Outdoors Expo presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods George R. Brown Convention Center – Houston, TX HOUSTON — Fifty-two of the world’s best bass anglers will head to Houston next week to compete for more than $1 million in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by ... Read More >>
  • New Fishing Rods: St. Croix’s BASS X

    March 20, 2017
    stoadmin
    Delivers Affordable Performance Sets New Standards By STOadmin Bass anglers are becoming more discriminating every year. They demand more out of their gear and they are expecting performance at an affordable price. The NEW BASS X series from St. Croix delivers, meeting those objectives, with an array of rods that answer definitive angler ... Read More >>
  • Inshore Canals & Flats for Saltwater Fishing Fun

    March 17, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Snook, Redfish & Tarpon Highlight Spring Action New LiveTarget Swimbait Lures are Killer Baits Use Light Line, Strong Leader Incoming Tide = Angler Advantage By Forrest Fisher Winter has not been the same this year anywhere in the country.  Minnesota lost much of their ice by early March, Tennessee and Kentucky bass and crappie fishing ... Read More >>
  • Rapala DT® (Dives-To) Series Crankbaits

    March 14, 2017
    David Gray
    • Wear Out the Fish! • Balsa Lures with “Swagger” • Best Lure in my “Go-To” Arsenal By David Gray “Gimme my GO-TO bait!” Most all of us have heard that, especially in a fishing tournament, or right after a tournament when the winner says, “I just went to my “GO-TO” bait and it hammered ... Read More >>
  • Educational Fly Fishing Conference – It’s About Kids

    March 13, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    • Learn Fly-Fishing, 3-Day Session, Low Cost • For Teachers, Everyday Workers, Friends of the Outdoors • Schooling for Adult Mentors, Community Outreach Mentors • Science Educator, Orvis Endorsed Guide Instructor By Forrest Fisher The summer of 2012 – it was a good year. A very special, dedicated group of outdoor educators held the first ... Read More >>
  • Deepwater Amberjack Attack!

    March 9, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    • Sanibel Island & Fort Myers – Hot Winter/Spring Fishing • Yellowtail Fishing – Like Munching Popcorn, Want More! • Offshore Structure, Forage – Where Fish Giants Grow By Forrest Fisher “Good morning! Welcome aboard!” Captain Ryan Kane said in a confident and cheerful voice. “Welcome to Sanibel Marina. It’s going to be a ... Read More >>
  • IFA Redfish Tour Opens in Charlotte County, Florida

    March 5, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Steven Phillips 2017 Redfish Winner• Brandon Buckner & Mark Sepe Win $30,000 Top Prize • Micro-Power Pole was Key for Heavy Wind • Schooled Fish: In Sandbar/Grassbed Potholes • Scented Soft-Plastics and Topwater Baits Most Effective By Forrest Fisher The weather provided an extra challenge for competitive Redfish anglers as the 2017 Inshore Fish Association kicked off the Redfish ... Read More >>
  • Women-On-Ice Have Fun, Catch Fish, Conquer Fear at Mille Lacs

    March 3, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    All Photo Credits ©Stonehouse Photo – Hannah Stonehouse Hudson • Women Fish Group Leads Way in Minnesota • Ice Fishing is Giant Thrill for Lady 1st Timers • Clam, McQuoid’s Inn, Vexilar – Key Sponsors By Forrest Fisher Let’s face it, walking on water is fun for everybody, especially first-time ice anglers and especially when ... Read More >>
  • IFA Redfish Tours Open Season at Punta Gorda, Florida

    March 2, 2017
    stoadmin
    The clear and warmer than usual waters off the southwest Florida coast at Laishley Park in Punta Gorda, will be the site this weekend where Redfish Anglers will gather to compete on March 3 (boats) and 4 (kayaks). Photo Credit: Hobie Fishing •  IFA 2017 Florida West Division events set for ... Read More >>
  • Ice Fishing With Spoons – Part 4 of 4

    February 28, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    How to Fish Winter Spoons By Forrest Fisher Minnesota fishing guide Brad Hawthorne, an ICE FORCE pro, offers time-tested, fish-catching advice using several of the new spoon baits for fun fishing on the ice. Flash Champ Spoon Constructed of heavy-duty brass, the Flash Champ Spoon is designed to get down to the action quickly. ... Read More >>
  • Horton Wins the Big Cash Elite on Okeechobee

    February 27, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Lure: 4-inch Klone Crawsome Creature Bait Color: Black/Blue Swirl or Black/Red Copper Rod: 8-foot Duckett Flip Stick, Gary Klein Edition Reel: Lew’s Super Duty with 8.0:1 Retrieve Ratio Line: 50-pound Bass Pro Shops XPS braid By Forrest Fisher At fishing tournament competition events like the Bassmaster Elite Series, ordinary weekend fishing friends can choose to become ... Read More >>
  • Ice Fishing With Spoons – Part 3 of 4

    February 24, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    How to Use Winter Spoons Deadly Trick When Winter Fish get Finicky By Forrest Fisher Minnesota fishing guide Brad Hawthorne, an ICE FORCE pro offers his advice on several of the new spoon baits for fun fishing on the ice. Tumbler Spoon While the Tingler is a flutter-type spoon, the Tumbler is more of a ... Read More >>
  • Ice Fishing With Spoons – Part 2 of 4

    February 22, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    When to Use Winter Spoons  Which Type Spoons to Use  By Forrest Fisher While this year on hard water has been hit or miss in many parts of the North Country, we still have ice in many areas, Minnesota fishing guide Brad Hawthorne, an ICE FORCE pro, shares advice on several of the ... Read More >>
  • Opening Day Trout Fishing is Just Ahead

    February 21, 2017
    stoadmin
    Fishing the Opener is Tradition Opening Day Fishing, About Making Memories  Memories With Friends Last for All Time  By Brent Frazee When Chet Snyder had a seizure in the winter of 2015, he had one pressing question for his doctor. “Can I go fishing two days from now?” Understand, this was no ordinary fishing trip.  Snyder ... Read More >>
  • Looking for a Fishy Kayak?

    February 20, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    How to Choose, Many Makers Things to Consider, Tackle Storage   Peddle or Paddle?  Sit or Stand? By Forrest Fisher There is a new wave of fishing access, waterway fun and outdoor adventure that is sweeping our young-minded nation.  The portability and capability of new kayak products are more popular and in greater demand ... Read More >>
  • Ice Advice for Fishing with Spoons – Part 1 of 4

    February 17, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Visit with Brad Hawthorne – ICE FORCE Pro When, How, Why Spoons? What Line for Ice Spoons? By Forrest Fisher Some of the new lures on the ice-fishing market don’t exactly shake, rattle and roll, but they do have new names that remind me of that old Elvis song. “You’ll know in the first hour ... Read More >>
  • Winter Trout – Another Kind of Madness!

    February 15, 2017
    Jim Low
    Trophy Trout, Trophy Memories Trophy Science and Management  Lilley’s Landing is Popular Spot for Annual Trout Trek By Jim Low In most of the United States, “March Madness” refers to basketball.  In Missouri, the term has a whole different meaning for trout anglers.  March 1 marks the opening of the regular fishing season at ... Read More >>
  • Saltwater Fishing Secrets for Small Boat Fishing Fun

    February 13, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Light Rod, Reel and Line  Lightweight Homemade Jigs with Swim Tails   Bass Tracker Aluminum Boat Modified for Saltwater Fishing By Forrest Fisher There’s one!  Fish On!  We all love those unmistakable words of time-tested happiness when we fish. There is appreciation, excitement and the reality of fun too – all at the same ... Read More >>
  • Niagara USA Fishing Forecast

    February 4, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    For Feb. 3, 2017   Walleye to 11.5 pounds Caught This Week! Lake Ontario and Trib’s  Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek is still the place to go in Niagara USA for tributary action. Conditions have been good and small jigs fished under a float and tipped with a wax worm is always ... Read More >>
  • Bucket List Trip: Rainy Lake

    February 4, 2017
    stoadmin
    CAMPFIRE ISLAND: Big Fish, Lots of Fish Delicious Food, Lots of Food Great Fishing Spots, Great Guides, Hot Lures  By Jamie Wilson As anglers we all have a list of lakes, rivers and streams that have the potential to satisfy our ultimate desire; to completely outdo ourselves. This past season (early June) I encountered ... Read More >>
  • Fish On! New Trapper BoxTM Hooks

    February 2, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Angler has New Advantage New Shape is Innovative, Patented New Shape Hook Design – Hard to Shake Free By Forrest Fisher Not until now, have I ever considered why fish are able to get off when I’m fishing with a giant hook and plastic worm.  They have the mechanical advantage to leverage the hook ... Read More >>
  • FISH ON! NEW TRAPPER TACKLE HOOKS

    February 2, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Angler has New Advantage New Shape is Innovative, Patented New Shape Hook Design – Hard to Shake Free By Forrest Fisher Not until now, have I ever considered why fish are able to get off when I’m fishing with a giant hook and plastic worm.  They have the mechanical advantage to leverage the hook ... Read More >>
  • FIRST TIME ICE FISHING with Kids

    February 1, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Keep It Simple Don’t Stay Too Long Bring Plenty to Eat and Drink By Forrest Fisher A few years back, when my 3-1/2 year-old grandson asked me to join him at his pre-school “show and tell”, I didn’t know how much fun that could be.  My little buddy talked about one of his favorite ... Read More >>
  • Florida Saltwater Fishing for Fun

    January 27, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Keep It Simple Live Bait Effective, Shrimp Works Everywhere   Be Prepared for Big Fish and Small Fish By Forrest Fisher For wintertime saltwater fishing, the fun begins in Florida with cooling waters as multiple species head inshore to spawn and to search for easy forage feeding opportunities.  With hundreds and thousands of northerly ... Read More >>
  • Snook Season Reopens in Florida Atlantic Waters

    January 26, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Recreational Snook Season will Re-Open Feb. 1 Keeper Slot Limit: 28 – 32 Inches   Anglers Asked to Save Filleted Carcasses for FWC Posted by Forrest Fisher The recreational harvest season for snook reopens on Feb. 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters (from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north), including Lake Okeechobee and ... Read More >>
  • Ban on Lead Fishing Tackle Issued

    January 26, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    New U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Policy  Non-Toxic Tackle Required by 2022 ASA Says Fishing Tackle Ban Blindsided Anglers Posted by Forrest Fisher On the day before President Obama left office, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued an edict to phase out the use of traditional fishing tackle on the hundreds of thousands ... Read More >>
  • Humminbird® Introduces New SOLIX™ Series

    January 23, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Exclusive Fish-Finder Technology Combinations Largest Viewing Screens in Industry Mapping, Imaging, Clarity   Posted by Forrest Fisher The biggest news in fish-finding sonar for 2017 is, quite literally, “big viewing.”  For decades, Humminbird has led the fishing world by putting new tools and innovations in the hands of anglers to help them find, and catch, ... Read More >>
  • Mister Twister® BUZZ Bug

    January 20, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Unique Retrieve Vibration Provides Effective “Victim Action” New Lure Draws Attention from Bass Pro’s  Posted by Forrest Fisher, Managing Editor There is a new Swim Craw BUZZing with action. Add the Mister Twister® BUZZ Bug to your bass fishing arsenal.  The new Mister Twister® 4″ BUZZ Bug is a versatile swim craw that provides ... Read More >>
  • Seaguar Expands Technique Specific Lines

    January 18, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    New Finesse Fluorocarbon is Soft, Strong New Line Also Offers Smaller Diameter with No Memory By Forrest Fisher One thing is for sure, technology and the fishing industry work hand in hand to help us anglers be more efficient when we can find the time to get out and fish.  Over the years, ... Read More >>
  • Ice Fishing Lures, Rattle & Hum

    January 17, 2017
    Gord Pyzer
    Proof of Noise Attraction for Trophy Fish Advice from a Biologist By Gord Pyzer Sometimes, all it takes is a little desperation to discover an effective new fishing tactic.  An outing last winter with my Saskatchewan buddies Jeff and Jason Matity offers a case in point.  Expert ice anglers, the brothers paid me ... Read More >>
  • Ice Fishing Lures, Rattle & Hum

    January 17, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Proof of Noise Attraction for Trophy Fish Advice from a Biologist By Gord Pyzer Sometimes, all it takes is a little desperation to discover an effective new fishing tactic.  An outing last winter with my Saskatchewan buddies Jeff and Jason Matity offers a case in point.  Expert ice anglers, the brothers paid me ... Read More >>
  • It’s Crappie Time on Minnesota Ice!

    January 10, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Go Small for Big Fish, Start with 1/100 oz Ratso Jigs Dress Warm, Get Into a Hut to Beat the Weather Talk to Others, Get Scoop Before Fishing When You Can By Forrest Fisher The super soft and ultra-slim finesse plastic body of a tiny Rasto jig, threaded on a precision lightweight jig head ... Read More >>
  • Niagara USA Fishing Forecast for Jan. 5, 2017

    January 6, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo Get ready for the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo Jan. 20-22, 2017, at the Conference and Event Center in Niagara Falls. Just today, the show announced that Bassmaster Pro Mark Menendez will be stopping by the Rapid Fishing Solutions booth Saturday and Sunday, as ... Read More >>
  • Campfire Island: Fishing, Food, Comfort

    January 4, 2017
    stoadmin
    Pack to Fish Be Ready to Eat! Bring a Passport, Camera, Fishing License By Dale Black I love fishing any chance I get, and to fish locations that I have never been to, I always look forward to that.  I received an invitation to fish Rainy Lake and stay at Campfire Island this past ... Read More >>
  • Winter Stream Fishing in Western New York

    January 2, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Lake Ontario and Trib’s  There is some fishing going on in area tributaries with water flow.  Greg Schloerb of Amherst shared some information he garnered first hand from Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek in the Town of Newfane.  Water was low and clear, making fishing difficult, but he did manage ... Read More >>
  • The Two Most Asked Questions in the World

    December 22, 2016
    David Gray
    Is There Really a Big-Foot?  What Does Santa Do After Christmas?    Campfire Island By David Gray Our good fortune last year allowed us to dig deeply into the Santa mystery.  Arriving at Campfire Island Lodge on Rainy Lake, Ontario, we did get to meet the man. We are pleased to report that Santa not ... Read More >>
  • Ice Fishing – Sonar selection

    December 19, 2016
    Gord Pyzer
    Flashers vs Graphs Find the Right Unit for the Job By Gord Pyzer After the bare necessities of rod, reel, line and tackle, a sonar unit is your single-most important piece of ice-fishing equipment. I’ve been almost two hours down the road, on an early morning crappie adventure, when I’ve turned around and ... Read More >>
  • Gamma – What? Gamma – Who?

    December 14, 2016
    David Gray
    Better Fishing Line through SCIENCE Increased Angler Touch and Feel Affordable High Performance  By David Gray When your fishing has spanned three or more decades plus, you have likely: Learned a lot Tried a bunch of different brands Seen a lot of lofty marketing claims about fishing product. So when I heard the name Gamma fishing line, my ... Read More >>
  • Hobie Fishing World Championship

    December 12, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Mike Iaconelli says, “Kayak fishing takes more Strategy” 17 Countries in Competition Steve Lessard of USA is Winner Fishing Site: Lafourche Parish, Louisiana By Forrest Fisher Recreational kayak use and fishing from kayaks has skyrocketed and grown to new heights in the past few years.  Anglers from all over the world now compete in numerous ... Read More >>
  • Survive Big Fish at Campfire Island

    December 8, 2016
    David Gray
    Giant Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Northern Pike North Country Grandeur, Great Food Peace, Nature, Sacred Moments  The Perfect Christmas Gift – Affordable By David Gray If you were writing a Hemingway-like novel and wanted to pick a really eloquent name for a fishing destination, you couldn’t choose a better one than “Campfire Island, Rainy Lake.”   ... Read More >>
  • Modern Ice Lines Help Everyone Catch Fish

    December 6, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Sufix Elite and Ice Magic Limber, Ice Free, Small Diameter Multi-color Choices By Forrest Fisher For many of us, we’ve been waiting for a very long time to get on the hard water.  With a chilly polar blast in the forecast for next week, that time is near.  Get the gear ready. Start with the ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast – Thursday, December 1, 2016

    December 2, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Niagara River Lower Niagara River   More steelhead are starting to show up every day!  Devil’s Hole is the best spot for your best chance at a steelie, but Artpark is producing a few, too. Eggs or egg imitations in yellow, pink or chartreuse are all good colors to try. ... Read More >>
  • HOT Panfish Lure for All Seasons

    November 21, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    -Effortless Flash and Vibration -Thin-Wire Hook, Power-Gap (More hookups) -Sizes: 1/16 oz and 1/8 oz, Pre-Rigged TriggerX® Curl Tail Body  –Long, Micro-Thin Tail Swims with a Light and Subtle Vibration -NOT ORDINARY By Forrest Fisher Guys that know me know I don’t mess around with praise for no good reason, so be aware- this lure deserves ... Read More >>
  • Lure Fishing Made Simple

    November 17, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    How-To, Where-To, When-To Size, Color, Action   Develop Target Logic for Success By Forrest Fisher It’s hard to impress me about new fishing products, I’m an old guy who has seen quite a bit and likes to hang on to his wallet.  BUT, I was dutifully impressed by LiveTarget Lures about one year ago ... Read More >>
  • Revealed: Kevin VanDam’s Secret Fall Smallmouth Bass Technique

    November 4, 2016
    Gord Pyzer
    -Spinnerbaits for Autumn -Blade Choices and Retrieve Secrets By Gord Pyzer Selecting a spinnerbait with the right size, shape and color of blades is also key.  Wide-cupped Colorado blades grab too much water, as do intermediate-width Indiana- and French-style blades, slowing down the speed at which you can wind in the lure. Instead, ... Read More >>
  • Destination for Fishing Adventure – the Lower Niagara River

    November 2, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    – Monster Salmon, Steelhead and Trout all year long – Hang on to your Hat! By Forrest Fisher If you have ever had the “itch to fish” a world class fishery in a hotspot fishing adventure wonderland, you gotta try dropping a line in the Lower Niagara River at Devil’s Hole from a ... Read More >>
  • Inspiring Musky Wisdom

    October 31, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    -Niagara Musky Association – Catch & Release -Musky Lures, Secret Musky Logic -One Musky Champion: Captain Larry Jones By Forrest Fisher When I was just a little boy in the 1950’s, I would read the Breem’s Forrest outdoor column in the Buffalo Courier Express (New York), noting that “musky fishermen from Chet Bowman’s livery ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast, Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    October 28, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Niagara River Lake Ontario and Trib’s Action in the tributaries picked up considerably with the recent rains last week.  More rain is expected this week so that run of fish should remain consistent.  At Burt Dam, there are good numbers of fish and fishermen.  Go during the week (if you ... Read More >>
  • Teeing Off for Bass

    October 27, 2016
    stoadmin
    -Lake of the Ozarks and Old Kinderhook Golf Course COMBO -Meet Dion Hibdon and many other Pro Bass Anglers -Affordable Tickets for Meet & Greet/Banquet, Open to Public By Brent Frazee So, what do bass fishing and golf have in common? Not a lot if you’re Dion Hibdon, a nationally known pro bass fisherman.  Except ... Read More >>
  • Bright Moon, Night-Bite Walleye!

    October 18, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    -Lake Erie, Buffalo Harbor: 3 KEYS -Controlled drift/troll -Short lines -Floating/Diving Rapala stickbaits By Forrest Fisher Autumn walleye anglers throughout the Northeast and Midwest are tuned into the moon phase at this time of year, especially when it is nearly full and bright.  It’s feeding time for walleye and other predator fishes.  Night clouds can ... Read More >>
  • Lake Erie Perch Bite “is on!”

    October 12, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    2-Hook Rigs 4-Anglers Help Keep Active Fish Under the Boat While many in the outdoor world right now are chasing King Salmon, archery hunting for deer and bear, or hunting for various forms waterfowl, a good number of outdoor folks are looking to fill their freezer with some of the best ... Read More >>
  • The Real Deal on Reel Speed

    October 10, 2016
    Gord Pyzer
    Why reel speed matters How to pick the right one for every occasion It wasn’t that long ago that a reel with a 5:1 or 6:1 gear ratio was considered fast, but it is hardly the case today with 7:1, 8:1 and even a few reels that are approaching double digit proportions. So ... Read More >>
  • Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s to Merge

    October 3, 2016
    stoadmin
    Springfield, Missouri and Sidney, Nebraska – October 3, 2016 – Loyalty Programs Remain Unchanged Merger Will Provide Benefits for Outdoorsmen Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Incorporated (NYSE:CAB), two iconic American outdoor companies with similar humble origins, and with a shared goal to better serve those who love the outdoors, today announced that they ... Read More >>
  • Hot Lake Erie Walleye – It’s Late September!

    September 23, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    -Dunkirk to Cattaraugus Creek is HOT ZONE -Stratified Lake Helps Focus Forage and Predators The Lake Erie walleye fishery of Chautauqua County, New York, near Dunkirk Harbor, can be spectacular at times – times like right now. Late September, 2016. 1st mate Dennis Gullo hollered out, “Setting the starboard side outside diver to ... Read More >>
  • When Lake Erie Charter Captains Meet

    September 20, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Trolling, Casting? Stickbaits or Live Bait? Depth, Direction, Lure Details and GPS Numbers The sky doesn’t fall in when charter captains meet, but secrets may be shared and debated. If you were a fly on the wall, you might want to be there. The knowledge of professional fishing guides and Great Lakes charter ... Read More >>
  • Secret Bass Hotspots for Every Angler

    September 19, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    -Mister Twister “Comida” Plastic Worms -Fish ‘em Wacky-Style We were all set to fish Lake Erie for black bass from the Dunkirk Harbor access with local Western New York Bassmaster champions, Jim Thompson and Scott Callen, when the red radar weather picture convinced us to stay ashore. Not being easily dissuaded, especially with ... Read More >>
  • Buffalo Black Bass on the Big Bite!

    September 7, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Drop Shot Rigs are Snag-Free Key For most folks, Labor Day marks the end of summer fun and back-to-school for kids. In a sense, some say it’s a sad time, but if you’re not yet ready to store the boat and hang up the fishing rods, taking an hour or two ... Read More >>
  • Fun Fishing in Mercer, Wisconsin

    August 29, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    – September 2, 3, 4, 2016 –for Kids and Adults – Can-Yak Contest Offers Big Fish, Big Prizes, Big Kayak Fun – Free Outdoor Trade Show for All – Eagles, Loons, Deer, Turkey, Lots of Wildlife If you have ever wanted to find a place to fish for just-the-fun-of-it and catch bass to 6-pounds, ... Read More >>
  • DIY Dry Fly Floatant

    August 24, 2016
    Jim Low
    Float High and Dry in High Mountain Country or Anywhere Else When my friend and coworker, Mark Van Patten, gifted me with a made-to-order fly rod in honor of my retirement a couple of years ago, I was honored and a little intimidated. Mark comes from a long line of fly-fishers ... Read More >>
  • Rain Gear for Fishing

    August 22, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Need to Stay Dry to the Skin Need to Protect Your “Gotta-Stay-Dry” Stuff Cannot be Big and Bulky Must be Affordable One day in the early 90’s, I recall fishing the Redman Bass Tournament Series on the Arkansas River near Muskogee, Oklahoma, with Bassmaster great, Rick Clunn. That area was hit with a torrential ... Read More >>
  • Summer Walleye Secret: How to Find Every Fish in the Lake

    August 16, 2016
    Gord Pyzer
    Fishing is full of ironies, paradoxes and incongruities. A good example is catching walleyes in the summer time when the fish are feeding at their most intense and aggressive pace of the year, eating up to three-percent of their body weight daily. You’d think with the fish pigging out like this ... Read More >>
  • Summer Crappie Tales

    August 12, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Secret Lures for Finicky Fish? Indeed. Summer crappie are often hiding in plain sight. You know what I mean? We often drift, troll, and cast around our favorite waterways for many species and then, once in a while, we get surprised and we shout to our partner or the day, “Hey ... Read More >>
  • Lightning Bolt Walleye on Lake Erie

    August 11, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Solutions for Thunder and Skittish Fish When Mother Nature decides to drop in on your fishing plans, the wind and the rain may not keep you from fishing, but those big bright lightning bolts with clapping thunder will sure turn most of us around. What’s almost worse, when the cloudburst and natural ... Read More >>
  • Beginner’s Luck Wins Again!

    August 3, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    Summer Lake Ontario Fish Derby Shares Big Cash For Chad Fenstermaker of Warren, Ohio, this was a maiden voyage on Lake Ontario out of Olcott, fishing with Capt. Mitch Shipman of Signature Charters. Little did he realize he was about to make derby history by setting the pace in the 7th ... Read More >>
  • Golden Trout Mother Lode

    July 27, 2016
    Jim Low
    Like a Peacock and a Goldfish Combined in a Dream, Simply Beautiful! For the first time in more than two decades, I planned not to attend this year’s annual conference of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Then fellow member and OWAA Legal Counsel, Bill Powell, asked when I planned to ... Read More >>
  • Arctic Grayling Fishing in Alaska

    July 26, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Fishing near Fairbanks is Pure, Pristine, Sacred There are some places where adventure into the outdoors is beyond the realm of imagination, Alaska is one of those places. While many people head to Alaska to take an adventure cruise, catch giant Halibut in the saltwater, or simply see glaciers, Alaska also offers ... Read More >>
  • VanDam Leads Niagara River Bracket Pack

    July 21, 2016
    stoadmin
    Baits, Spots are Secret (For Now) Watch Live: http://www.bassmaster.com/classic-bracket Bassmaster News, BUFFALO, N.Y. —July 20, 2016 And then there were four. The first round of the Bassmaster Classic Bracket tournament on the upper Niagara River is over and half the field is driving back home. The two Elite Series anglers from Arizona are staying ... Read More >>
  • Old-Timer Walleye-Catching Fish Secrets

    July 20, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Understand Depth and Speed, Control Bait Attraction For many traditional deep water (eastern end) Lake Erie walleye anglers, fishing methods have not changed much. Most of the old timers still prefer to troll than cast or drift, and they troll plugs using any of many longline trolling methods. It’s many of ... Read More >>
  • Tuning Up for Walleye – Part 4

    July 18, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Be Consistent for Good Walleye Action, Catching the Biggest Fish – Not All Luck, Learn from Winners Considering the recent results of many 2016 Lake Erie walleye fishing tournaments in the eastern basin this year, there are some anglers that have really improved their walleye fishing success and their bankroll too! There ... Read More >>
  • Sabine Lake, Louisiana Redfish

    July 11, 2016
    stoadmin
    Big Redfish with Fishing Tom’s Guide Service By Dick Jones The medium sized alligator apparently heard the splashing of the fish we’d recently landed and he was eyeing the fish we were catching, but not interfering. When I saw my popping cork make a dive under the surface, I had one eye ... Read More >>
  • Targeting Big Fish for Derbies, Tournaments

    July 5, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout & Salmon Derby – July 1-31, 2016 Catching BIG salmon and trout in Lake Ontario consistently is not an easy proposition. Time on the water is certainly a piece of the formula for success. When fishing in a contest like the LOC derbies, every year we ... Read More >>
  • Smallmouth Changes in Wind for Missouri Anglers

    June 29, 2016
    Jim Low
    Trophy Fish, Regular Fish, Fun Fishing and Healthy Fishery is Goal At their regular meeting on June 24, the Missouri Conservation Commission heard a staff presentation that leads me to believe that change is in the air for smallmouth bass anglers. The presentation covered research conducted in recent years, including surveys of ... Read More >>
  • Finding the Right Fishing Rod

    June 27, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    At St. Croix – So Many Choices, So Little Time! My (most) favorite fishing rod is from when I was just a youngster.  I still have it, there is not even a manufacturer name on it.  This fishing rod was made of early woven fiberglass in the late 1950s, it included ... Read More >>
  • Hobie Kayak Fishing is HOT in America!

    June 17, 2016
    stoadmin
    Listen to the radio story with details as discussed by GREAT WILD RADIO SHOW host Gary N’Ski with syndicated Outdoor Fishing Columnist, Forrest Fisher. Click here to listen in: http://www.podcastgarden.com/episode/2016-hobie-bass-open_80758 Read More >>
  • Tuning Up for Summer Walleye – Part 2

    June 14, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Find the Forage, Match Your Lure, Catch Fish! When tournament anglers travel to a waterway that they know, it is often a brand new ball game because everything changes week to week.  Sometimes it’s better not to know the waterway, that way you can’t make the same mistakes by fishing the ... Read More >>
  • Advances in Fishing Line are Remarkable

    June 13, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Thinner, Stronger, Shock-Tough, Low Memory, Long Life Since I retired from an engineering job in space and defense a few years ago, I have researched quite a few things that make my time in the outdoors more useful and efficient. Just as when weekend anglers spend their hard-earned cash on fishing line, ... Read More >>
  • Lake Erie & Niagara River Status Update

    June 7, 2016
    stoadmin
    New York State Fishery Biologists Outreach Event – June 21, 2016 An upcoming free seminar to update the public about the status of the Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River Fisheries is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Woodlawn Beach State Park’s Lodge, Blasdell (Erie County), ... Read More >>
  • Tournament Fishing for Everyone

    June 6, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Hobie Bass Open 2016 at Kentucky Lake Skilled Kayak Angler Field Growing Quickly Kayak Anglers from over 30 states and Canada gathered at Kentucky Dam Village State Park with the opportunity to test their fishing skills on the legendary reservoir fisheries of Kentucky and Barkley Lakes.  Their goal was to win big ... Read More >>
  • Tuning Up for Summer Walleye – Part 1

    June 2, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Lure control, line control and depth control – an Evolution Provoking fish to strike even when they are not hungry, that is what wins tournaments.  Veteran anglers that catch their fill of fish on each trip know that finding hungry fish is one approach, but provoking fish to strike will catch ... Read More >>
  • A Tiny Stream System for Trout

    May 30, 2016
    Matt Straw
    Secrets of Stream Babble, Stream Gurgle and Stream Whisper My neighbor likes to take a folding camp chair to the local trout stream before the season opens, sit by the water’s edge, and just listen.  Often the banks are covered with snow, but he doesn’t mind. “The babble of water running through ... Read More >>
  • Polovick Lightning Strikes Twice in Lake Ontario

    May 25, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    Master Angler Wins Second Grand Prize, says, “Timing is Everything!” Marty Polovick of Lockport, New York, believes that lightning CAN strike twice in the same spot, that is, as far as winning the Grand Prize in the Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon Derbies and his fishing rod is concerned. Polovick ... Read More >>
  • Spring Crappie Fun

    May 18, 2016
    Matt Straw
    Learning the String of Seasonal Transitions Dogwoods and wild flowers punctuate the forest with color, yet crappies remain in pre-spawn mode.  Spring is well underway before crappies begin to crowd ever-closer to spawning habitat.  Foraging remains the priority. In many environments, crappies begin to filter out of dense wood cover as new ... Read More >>
  • Non-Game Grab Bag Fishing Fun

    May 11, 2016
    Jim Low
    Fish Catching Fun Just About Everywhere Fish Swim! I recently got what seemed like the dozenth press release from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) about a new state fishing record.  Looking back over agency releases since the first of the year, I discovered that my perception was a little exaggerated, ... Read More >>
  • Hobie Bass Open at Kentucky Lake Dam Village

    May 10, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    June 3-5, 2016 – Epic Bass Fishing Event If you are a kayak angler and you fish for big bass, you will want to be sure to check out the third annual Hobie Bass Open.  Presented by Marshall County Kentucky Tourism and Kentucky Dam Village, the classic event will take place ... Read More >>
  • My Granny Taught Me to Fish

    May 6, 2016
    stoadmin
    By Everette Wall I may never make it to Heaven but if I don’t, I’ve been close enough to have an idea of what it’s like.  It was the backseat of an old Buick, surrounded by the thick, heady aroma of lilac bath powder. It wasn’t what you might think, though.  I ... Read More >>
  • Wise Women, Fishing Lures, Mother’s Day

    May 6, 2016
    stoadmin
    By Mike Marsh I smiled at the memory of my first fishing lure it was a jointed minnow-imitation called a Cisco Kid. A gift from the true anglers in my family, Grandma Marsh and Great Aunt Catherine, the lure had seen musky duty in the Great Lakes and had tooth scars ... Read More >>
  • Smallmouth Bass GIANTS are Biting in Buffalo Harbor

    May 5, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Old friend, Dave Mull, took the drive all the way from Paw Paw, Michigan, to test the chilly, 43 degree, Buffalo Harbor waters of Lake Erie.  The reason was simple: BIG BASS are in their customary, pre-spawn, feed cycle. Fishing Eastern Lake Erie within sight of Buffalo City Hall with guide ... Read More >>
  • The Crappie Compass

    May 4, 2016
    Matt Straw
    Crappie Fishing with Straw – Part 3 of 4 Kirk Hansen, Iowa Department of Natural Resources Mississippi River research biologist, has been conducting a tracking study with crappies in river backwaters for many years now.  During the harsh winter of 2013-2014, he watched helplessly as most of the crappies he tracked ... Read More >>
  • Lake Ontario Fishing Contests Abound in May

    May 2, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    The unofficial start of spring on Lake Ontario is the Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby, set for May 6-15 this year (www.loc.org).  This is a big fish contest, focusing in on salmon, brown trout, lake trout and, as of May 7 when the walleye season opens in New ... Read More >>
  • Fire Extinguisher Recall – May Not Put Out The Fire

    April 28, 2016
    stoadmin
    Recall for Affected Kidde Models Include Mariner 10, Mariner 110, Mariner 5, and Mariner 5 G STO Staff Report from BOATUS As boaters are about to begin the spring ritual of getting their boats ready for the season, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is advising they will need to ... Read More >>
  • Spring Crappies: Wood to Weeds Dynamics

    April 27, 2016
    Matt Straw
    Crappie Fishing with Straw – Part 2 of 4 In the fall, when weeds begin to die, an exodus takes place.  Refugees with and without vertebrae begin flocking from the decaying flora to more stable environments. First the insects leave their dying source of food and cover, followed by the minnows and ... Read More >>
  • LIVETARGET Baitball Series: Lure Concept is Revolutionary

    April 26, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Anglers everywhere have watched fish feed in a frenzy at one time or another.  A bait school swims by and a hungry bass, crappie, walleye or other larger predator on the feed leaves his lair and you witness a spectacle to behold, as surface commotion and water splash causes bait ... Read More >>
  • Lending a Hand to Lake Ontario King Salmon Study

    April 25, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    If you fish Lake Ontario, like the Beatles song goes, we all need a little help from our friends – and this is the perfect time to lend a hand … while you are fishing! The Niagara County Fisheries Development Board working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ... Read More >>
  • Sirens of Springs Remembered

    April 20, 2016
    Matt Straw
    Crappie Fishing with Straw – Part 1 of 4 Spring has its own unique textures and smells that recalls something familial.  It draws me back Home, to spring crappies in lakes surrounded by the forests of the upper Midwest.  Before the blossoms begin to bloom, I hear the Siren’s call of ... Read More >>
  • It’s all About the Fish and Some Help from Friends

    April 15, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    It’s all about the fish.  Fishing groups and other business organizations are getting ready to start putting their pens together in an effort to accept salmon and trout from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).  Pens?  Are we talking writing implements?  What’s the explanation? Since 1998, groups have ... Read More >>
  • Lake Erie Committee Announces Walleye and Yellow Perch Harvest Levels for 2016

    April 12, 2016
    stoadmin
    The binational Lake Erie Committee of the Great Lakes Fish Commission (GLFC), comprising fishery managers from Michigan, New York, Ohio, Ontario, and Pennsylvania, met in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and recommended a total allowable catch (TAC) of 4.937 million walleye and 9.208 million pounds of yellow perch for 2016 (Walleye are ... Read More >>
  • 2016 Lake Erie Sport Fishing Outlook Once Again Good News for Anglers

    April 7, 2016
    stoadmin
    Western Basin Lake Erie News – Walleye and yellow perch bag limits announced COLUMBUS, OH / Ohio DNR– Lake Erie anglers should experience another year of diverse fishing opportunities in 2016, according to Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Lake Erie walleye and yellow perch fisheries are managed through an interagency quota ... Read More >>
  • Spring Sonar Magic, Zero-In on Hot Fishing Spots

    April 5, 2016
    stoadmin
    “How-To” Insights from BASS Elite Pro Matt Herren Spring is in the air and with it comes the most enjoyable season for fishing.  As everything comes alive, hungry fish of all species begin to prowl the shallows in preparation for their annual spawn.  Step one on their list is to eat ... Read More >>
  • Aqua-Vu Aligns with ‘Electronics Doc’

    April 4, 2016
    stoadmin
    Underwater camera leader taps pro, Bruce Samson, to help expand educational outreach of angling electronics. Fishing today has become an educational outreach ritual all by itself.   Modern fishing has helped folks try very hard to step outside their circle of comfort to adjust their thinking on what fish look like using ... Read More >>
  • Al Lindner Invites Anglers to Fish or Help Sponsor Anglers in June Tourney – Minnesota Fishing Challenge

    March 29, 2016
    Matt Straw
    1-Day Event will Benefit Teens and Adults with Needs Al Lindner asks, “How many angler tournaments test multi-species skills? One of the best is the Minnesota Fishing Challenge, where anglers can choose one of several species or go for the brass ring in the Sportech Mixed Bag event.” Host Al Lindner says, ... Read More >>
  • Fish Stocking in New York Provides Fun Opportunities

    March 28, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    In New York State, the inland trout and landlocked salmon seasons open on April 1.  This is a special day in the outdoor arena from an angler’s standpoint, on par with the opening of bass, walleye and musky seasons to name but a few.  However, with the fact that Great ... Read More >>
  • Rise of Legend Elite Musky Rekindles an Ancient Battle

    March 24, 2016
    stoadmin
    St. Croix Rod has made its choice; what side of the battle-line will you land on? From their home base in Park Falls, Wisconsin, an old wound has been reopened.  The subject sat silent for so many years, double-decades, but it has resurfaced like an awakened pandemic from beneath the crust ... Read More >>
  • Walleye Tamer and Culinary Champion, Cameron Tait, Shares Walleye Catching Secrets – Vertical Jigging

    March 21, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    World class culinary master, Cameron Tait, not only teaches others how to cook their wild fish and seafood, but he is also an amazing angler that has experienced success fishing for walleye all over North America. In this session, Cameron Tait is sharing his favorite vertical jigging lures for walleye on ... Read More >>
  • 2016 Bassmaster Key – Keep an Open Book!

    March 17, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Gear Tips, Rigging Options, New Tackle, New Tactics  The 2016 Bassmaster Classic offered anything but stable weather on Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees.  When you’re fishing for big bucks and bragging rights, and the angler-field includes proven top-gun anglers such as Kevin Van Dam, Edwin Evers, Mike Iaconelli and a host ... Read More >>
  • Undeniable Hollow Frog is a Live Target

    March 16, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Bass Inhale Surface Intruder Frogs in Southern States RIGHT NOW! Watch Video Here As a pre-high school kid in 1960 that couldn’t wait for summer so my buddy and I could fish for bass, I learned early that the biggest bass seemed to live in cover, especially near lily pads and in ... Read More >>
  • Anglers, Avoid a Boat Fire: Pay Attention to these Six Things!

    March 11, 2016
    stoadmin
    Flame on a boat is a really scary experience. On my boat, smoking is not encouraged.  There are open gas ventilation vents, nearby gas lines, it seems common sense.  Losing your boat to careless fire is a heartbreaking experience, not to mention it might shorten your life too!  There are ... Read More >>
  • Super-Tantalize Your Fish Connection

    March 7, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Add a Little Wiggle to Your Lure Flash, Vibration or Wobble, or your Swim Jig, You Could Double–Up Your Hook-Ups!  Old Fashioned Pork Rind and the New Synthetic Trailers Can help get it Done. Ever wonder what a walleye, black bass, stripe bass or flounder, or any fish – freshwater or ... Read More >>
  • Why Hire a Guide?

    March 3, 2016
    Sean Goddard
    When you book with a professional guide, time of day, air and water temperature, as well as, moon phase, tide, and feeding patterns of the fish all come into play.  When you are discussing your trip, your captain is looking at all of these factors, as well as any historical ... Read More >>
  • Hockey Star Invites Anglers to find Giant Walleye

    March 1, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    When a national hockey league star that everyone wants to meet offers to sponsor a 100% cash payout walleye fishing tournament in Lake Erie, guess what?  There are a record number of participants! The result is fun, camaraderie, technique talk and many long-winded fishing tales, including the relatively small size ... Read More >>
  • Ethanol Free Gas in Trouble

    February 25, 2016
    stoadmin
    E0, or ethanol-free gasoline for boaters may be hard to come by this summer as a result of the Renewable Fuel Standard mandate forcing more ethanol into the fuel supply. February 24, 2016 In a Press Release summary from Margaret Bonds Podlich, President of BoatUS, we learn about the dire need ... Read More >>
  • Stop Spinning your Wheels this Winter

    February 23, 2016
    Gord Pyzer
    I’d be a very rich man If I had a dollar for every person who believes that the reason they don’t enjoy the same results as some of the more successful anglers is because they don’t have access to secret lures, covert baits, hush-hush scents and cloak-and-dagger waypoints. The reason this ... Read More >>
  • Women Bring Ice Fishing new Fame, Recognition and Fun Adventure

    February 18, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    2016 Women Ice Angler Project (WIAP) is Successful Event Getting my camera shutter to stay functional when the air is cold enough to freeze water can cause me to think twice about heading out to ice fish in winter.  No matter how long many of us have been trying to fool ... Read More >>
  • The Next Frontier of Ice Fishing is Here

    February 15, 2016
    Gord Pyzer
    How the HydroWave Mini Rings the Dinner Bell for Hungry Lunkers I am convinced that sound and vibration are the next big frontiers in fishing. It is a subject that has intrigued me for many years now, and the more I delve into it, the more certain I am that we’re ... Read More >>
  • Ross Camps for Tight Lines, Heavy Fish!

    February 10, 2016
    Matt Straw
    Rainy Lake is a “Giant Goldmine” for Bass, Pike and Walleye! Ross Camps on Canadian Shield Lakes offer Comfort, Hot Food, Peace, Quiet and Hot Fishing. They call it Sunset Country. Northwest Ontario. The geological formation known as the Canadian Shield runs through it, dotted with lakes surrounded by rocky, hilly country ... Read More >>
  • Best Florida Fishing Guides – Easy to Find Now

    February 9, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Time to Drop the Snow Shovels and Head South to Fish For many of us northern country folks, there comes that one point during our long winter months when it seems like the snow will never stop falling, your back is aching, the forecast is for a 10 degree colder day ... Read More >>
  • Earn $100 Reward in North Carolina Fishing Program

    February 3, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries is offering anglers a special reward for reporting and returning any tags caught with certain fish species.  Division researchers are studying the migration, growth, habitat use and population status of striped bass, red drum, spotted sea trout and southern flounder in North Carolina.  ... Read More >>
  • Secret to Icing Reluctant Walleyes

    February 2, 2016
    Gord Pyzer
    Are they biting light? Turn ’em on with these teasing tactics When a big fish shows up on your sonar screen, there’s a natural tendency to drop your lure in front of its face. But trying to make it easy for a fish to bite rarely works. So how do you ... Read More >>
  • Red Tide Outbreak in Southwest Florida

    February 1, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports a bloom of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, persists along Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and northern Collier counties in Southwest Florida. Many red tides produce toxic chemicals that can affect both marine organisms and humans. The Florida red tide ... Read More >>
  • Giant Bass, Find ‘Em Right Now!

    January 27, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    February Bass Bonanza begins with “No Snow” Down South Spring fishing is something that everyone all around the country simply cannot wait for.  While many enjoy the hard-water action and great success during the winter months up north, not everyone can handle the cold.  Aches and pains seem to migrate to ... Read More >>
  • South Dakota Ice – Great Perch Fishing!

    January 21, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    When two professional angler friends head out to fish one of the coldest parts of the country, there are two things that are nearly certain.  The first, there is probably going to be good ice in mid-January, the second is, they will probably find the fish and catch a bunch. That ... Read More >>
  • How to Prevent Barotrauma in Fish

    January 15, 2016
    Gord Pyzer
    Hi folks – I have a favor to ask and that is to please click on and watch the following video clip. It is about a unique new way to combat barotrauma (uncontrolled decompression of internal gas) in fish like walleye, bass, perch, crappies, pike and muskies that have a ... Read More >>
  • Magic Bullets for Winter Steel

    January 5, 2016
    Matt Straw
    Light snow falling as you step into the woods. One set of footprints in the snow, leading to the river. Old tracks, made more than a week ago. Suddenly your heart skips a beat. Those are your tracks! No one has been here but you for weeks! No doubt about it, then.  You feel almost certain, ... Read More >>
  • SECRETS of ICE FISHING: Fool Perch with Living Deadstick

    January 5, 2016
    Matt Straw
    Mark Martin, the original Professional Walleye Trail champion, hosts a unique ice-fishing “school” that teaches techniques for finding and catching fish right out on the ice. Mark Martin’s Ice Fishing Vacation Schools are peopled with fish-head instructors that spend every possible winter moment dropping their lures through holes in the ... Read More >>
  • Ice Line Systems, be Minute-Man Ready!

    December 22, 2015
    Matt Straw
    Learn About the Amazing New Ice-Fishing Lines Ice fishing is now a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide. High-ticket items like underwater cameras and portable shelters fly off the shelves. Popularity is at an all-time high, meaning the industry is listening. Line manufacturers are tripping over themselves to produce better, more functional connections ... Read More >>
  • How To Fine Tune Your Ice Fishing Sonar Unit

    December 22, 2015
    Gord Pyzer
    A good percentage of ice anglers, I suspect, never fully realize the potential of their sonar units -especially flashers – because they turn them on and then fail to adjust them properly. Fine tuning is absolutely essential if you want to know the size of the fish you are seeing on ... Read More >>
  • How to Sharpen Your Knife like a Pro

    December 16, 2015
    Gord Pyzer
    Knife SharpeningI have to confess, for years I’ve been fanatical about the sharpness of the knives I use to fillet fish and field dress moose and deer. But, as particular as I am, I’ve always known that somehow, some way, I could get them even sharper. Thanks to fishing friend, ... Read More >>
  • Ice Fishing – “Be a Line Watcher”

    December 16, 2015
    Gord Pyzer
    Ice Fishing People are often shocked when I take them fishing or present a seminar at a sport show and tell them that many days when I am successful, I won’t feel a single fish bite. They always respond the same way, by asking, “If you don’t feel them bite, how do you ... Read More >>
  • Color Secrets for Ice Jigs

    December 3, 2015
    Matt Straw
    Tungsten JigWhy is the other guy catching all the fish? Could be one of a million reasons, but when sitting side-by-side on the ice, the list narrows to scent, bait type, jig action, line diameter, line type, lure type, lure size, and lure color. Color may seem like the most trivial factor ... Read More >>
  • Walleye Move to Find Forage in Eastern Basin Lake Erie

    December 2, 2015
    Forrest Fisher
    FishingWhen top anglers fished eastern basin Lake Erie for walleye in the late 1980’s, many fish were caught. It was not unusual to catch one or two 12-pound fish during two extended days of weekend fishing. In 1986, just fishing for fun with my senior Lake Erie mentor, Russ Johnson, ... Read More >>