Freelancing in the Dakotas

By John Pollmann With its mix of grasslands and wetlands, the Prairie Pothole Region of North and South Dakota is the destination for millions of nesting waterfowl each spring. Come September, that same patchwork of breeding habitat and fields of small grains and row crops becomes a major destination for waterfowl hunters — including many who put together the pieces of...

Spring Walleye Tactics

By Jason Mitchell At this time of year, a new season of optimism awaits. In many states, the inland walleye seasons open in May, but even in states where there is no closed walleye season, such as the Dakotas, the open-water season kicks off on many natural lakes and some reservoirs during the same time. What has always amazed me is...

Crankbaits on Ice

By Tyler French During the open-water fishing season, trolling and casting crankbaits are popular techniques anglers use to quickly cover water and entice bites out of both active and negative fish. Vibration, flash and rattle all wrapped up into a compact minnow-shaped crankbait has accounted for many walleye, pike, trout and bass during spring, summer and fall months. Unfortunately, far too...

Season-Long Turkey Decoy Strategies

By Josh Lantz Along with good calling and proper concealment, most turkey hunters agree that using decoys is one of the most effective strategies for coaxing a gobbler within range. But decoying a fickle longbeard isn’t as simple putting out a phony bird or two and pulling the trigger. There’s a correct time, place and way to do almost anything,...

Black Hills Thunder

Turkey hunting can really get in your blood. On those cool April mornings, perhaps even with a blanket of snow, I often find myself sitting in a ground blind or patrolling ridges in the pre-dawn hours. If I’m trolling, I’m covering as much ground as I can on back roads casting owl hoots in hopes of striking a roosted...

Decoy Tips from the Pros

Waterfowl hunting continues to evolve as decoys become more realistic each season. While the waterfowl hunting experience of decoying birds may be thousands of years old, the escalation of movement, realism and concealment options continue to redefine decoy hunting for ducks and geese. While...

Ice fishing to a Different Beat: Catch more fish by changing the way you fish with a flasher

The ice-fishing industry has made big transformations and advancements in technology over the course of the last decade that have affected every part of the sport from the way we drill holes to how we dress. Long gone are the days of bucket-squatting in the cold while waiting for a bite and wondering if there are even fish in...

Last Minute Perch: Keep these tips in mind for late-ice perch

There is no silver bullet with late-ice perch regarding location, but make no mistake, some of the most impressive catches and hottest fishing action for the whole calendar year take place in March. Late ice is prime time for jumbo perch, but the tactics...

A Small River with Big Potential

By Derek Boekelheide Where to fish is an age-old question asked by many trying to get out and enjoy a day on the water. With the present state of the fishing scene, catching fish has become easier than ever before, as modern boats, electronics and other high-tech fishing equipment have improved by leaps and bounds. However, these improvements come at great...

Post-Spawn Pike

Pike get no respect. The only time most anglers target pike is during spring when big pike are shallow and spawning, with the focus on catching a trophy fish. After that pike are largely forgotten as “walleye mania” consumes most fishermen. I’m not most...