Freshwater Fishing Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

Boating Basics
Boats are a big part of many fishing activities, and that means you need to know some fundamentals about boats, motors, trailers, trailering, launching, boat handling, navigation, and the like. You'll find that in this section.

Equipment & Accessories
Information about Baitcasting Rods and Reels, Conventional Rods and Reels, Big Game (Lever Drag) Rods and Reels, Flycasting Rods and Reels, Spincasting Rods and Reels, Spinning Rods and Reels, plus Fishing Line, Lures & Flies, Bait, Hooks, Terminal Tackle, Fishing Accessories, Boating Accessories, Electronics

Fly Fishing
Information about the fundamentals of fly fishing, as well as using fly tackle to catch assorted species.

Light Tackle Fishing
Information about using light tackle to catch fish of all sizes.

Lures and Flies
Information about all categories and types of “artificial” lures and flies.

Fishing Techniques
Articles about light tackle fishing, fly fishing, float fishing, chumming, drift fishing, and trolling, as well as articles about techniques that are specific to angling for certain species or fishing under particular conditions.

Trolling
Information about all of the different methods of trolling, boat handling issues, and tactics for catching different species.

Records & History
Articles about record catches, record requirements, establishing records, recording bodies, the history of fishing, and the history of fishing equipment.

How to Set Up a Texas Rig for Soft Plastic Lures
Details on how to set up a Texas rig for soft plastic lures, plus info on fixed vs siding sinkers, choosing sinker weights, and choosing hook sizes. Page 2.

How to Set Up a Texas Rig for Worms and Soft Plastic Lures
Details on how to set up a Texas rig for worms and soft plastic lures, plus info on fixed vs siding sinkers, choosing sinker weights, and choosing hook sizes.

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Species Profile: Brown Trout
Facts about the life and behavior of brown trout, an imported species widely popular in North America.

Fishing for White Bass In Lakes
Details on the best way to go fishing in lakes for white bass, including what part of a lake you'll likely find them, recommended bait, and suggested tackle.

Troll Shallow for Spring Trout in Lakes
How to present trolling lures in creative ways to catch shallow and easily spooked trout in lakes in the early part of the fishing season.

An Intro to Catfish and Bullheads and Their Record Weights
Here's an introduction to the various bullhead and catfish species, their ranges, and the all-tackle world records for them.

How to Catch and Properly Care for Nightcrawlers
Where and how to find and catch nightrcrawlers, and ways to care for them afterward so they last a long time for fishing.

Crankbaits, Jigs, and Other Lures for Early Spring Bass
How to catch early spring bass using assorted crankbaits and jigs, as well as minnow plugs and jerkbaits.

Take Your Mom (Or Your Kids’ Mom) Fishing for Mother’s Day
Women can be as proficient at fishing as men, since it's a very democratic sport; they need opportunity and encouragement to enjoy the benefits of angling.

Using Spinnerbaits to Catch Bass
Where to fish a spinnerbait for bass, what retrieves to use, plus information about seasons, line and tackle, bait arms, blades, and more. Page 2.

Using Spinnerbaits to Catch Bass
Where to fish a spinnerbait for bass, what retrieves to use, plus information about seasons, line and tackle, bait arms, blades, and more.

Milestones in Angling: Catch-and Release, Sonar, Electric Motors, and More
How the adoption of catch-and release, plus the creation of sportfishing sonar, electric motors, graphite rods, plastic lures, and other products have had significant impacts on angling.

Beginning Anglers
Find information here about basic skills, techniques, and equipment that are fundamental for freshwater fishing, and especially useful to children, youngsters, women, and men who are new to fishing or returning to fishing after a lapsed period.

Women Fishing
Find information here that is especially relevant to female anglers, or to people introducing women to fishing.

Youth Fishing
Find information here that is especially useful to youth anglers, or to people introducing young anglers to fishing.

Get Mom (or the Woman in Your Life) a Fishing Gift
Courses, books, clothing, trips, and other ideas for helping a woman who’d like to fish.

Spread Out Your Trolling By Using Sideplaners
How to spread out the horizontal trolling area you cover by using in-line planers and trolling boards.

The Incidentals Matter
Here are the important points to know about having action and fun in starting children fishing, age, proper gear/season, good species, comfort, and more. Page 3.

How to Introduce Children to Fishing
Here are the important points to know about having action and fun in starting children fishing, age, proper gear/season, good species, comfort, and more.

Starting Kids Fishing: The Right Time, Species, and Tackle
Here are the important points to know about having action and fun in starting children fishing, age, proper gear/season, good species, comfort, and more. Page 2.

Freshwater Fishing: Information, Tips, and Techniques
Find freshwater fishing information and articles. Get tips, techniques and instructions, and learn how to catch more fish and where to catch them.

Basic Skills
Information about Knot Tying, Hook Sharpening, Casting, Setting Drag Tension, Finding Fish, Environmental Influences (Weather, Currents, Tides), Reading Water/Habitat, Using Sonar, Retrieving, Playing & Landing Fish, and Measuring & Weighing Fish.

Finding Fish
Information about finding fish under different circumstances and the varied factors that influence your ability to locate fish.

How and Why Fish Behavior is Related to Water Temperature
How and why fish behavior is related to shallow and deep water temperature, plus information about the thermocline.

Species Profiles
Profiles of the important and most popular freshwater gamefish and sportfish species, including their life history and biological information.

Fishing for Bass During the Shad Spawn
Bass go wild when the shad spawn, and you can have a lot of action with spinnerbaits and surface lures if you're in the right place at the right time.

Facts About the Life and Behavior of Yellow Perch
Facts about the life and behavior of yellow perch, one of the most popular of all North American freshwater species.

What You Need to Get Started in Ice Fishing
An introduction to the specialized tackle and accessories you need to get started on the frozen water.

How to Achieve Better Fishing Through Observation
Observing water clarity, baitfish presence, gamefish movement, and other signs leads to catching fish.

Free Kids Fishing Events at National Wildlife Refuges
This is a list of National Wildlife Refuges that will have free kids’ fishing events in 2016, complete with loaner rods and personal guidance on how to use them.

Accessories
Information about a varied range of fishing accessories, including electronics and boating gear useful in fishing.

Bait, Hooks, and Terminal Tackle
Information about all categories and types of fishing bait, hooks, and terminal tackle such as sinkers, snaps, swivels, etc.

Casting
Information about casting with all kinds of tackle.

Fishing LIne
Information about all categories and types of fishing line.

Tips about equipment, tackle, skills, and techniques to help you catch more fish.
Get short tips about equipment, tackle, skills, and techniques to help you catch more fish.

Knot Tying
Information about a host of fishing knots and knot-tying skills.

Playing and Landing Fish
Information about how to properly play fish and land them, whether they will be kept or released.

Retrieving
Information about retrieving (manipulating) various lures to get the most action and success with them.

Rods and Reels
Information about all categories and types of rods and reels.

Fishing Boats
Boats are an essential component of most fishing activities, and this section contains information about the varied types of boats used for fishing on large and small waters.

Measuring & Weighing Fish
How to properly measure and weigh fish according to established regulations, as well as how to estimate the weight of different species.

Fishing Line: Facts About Abrasion Resistance
Abrasion resistance is hard to judge, but an important line property. Learn what affects it in different types of line.

What Are the Best-Tasting Freshwater Fish?
Some thoughts on bluegill, catfish, crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass, freshwater drum, trout, walleye, and white bass as table fare.

Miscellaneous Topics
Articles about assorted topics that are part of fishing, though often overlooked.

Boating & Fishing Safety
Learn important facts about being safe while fishing and while boating.

Ethics & Etiquette
In this section you'll find informative content about topics rarely discussed in the popular angling media - ethical angling behavior and proper etiquette.

8 Reasons Why You Are Not Catching Fish
Here are eight reasons, or excuses, for not catching fish, or for having a poor day of fishing, and what you can about them.

Practical Advice About Fishing From a Kayak
Here’s practical information about fishing simply from a kayak, plus what types to use and the appropriate gear to bring fishing.

Facts and Thoughts About Fishing for Spawning Bass
Bass are on beds (nests) in the spring and sometimes vulnerable and targeted by anglers. Fishing for them is legal in some places, and not in others.

Using Bait Rigs to Catch Walleye on Kabetogama Lake
Bottom-crawling live bait rigs are top walleye producers, and here are the options that worked best on an outing at Kabetogama Lake.

Take Good Care of Your Catch to Get a Great Meal
Why you need to take good care of your catch in order to have the mosts enjoyable table fare later on.

Facts About the Life and Behavior of Chain Pickerel
Facts about the life and behavior of chain pickerel, an aggressive member of the pike clan.

5 Simple Ways to Cook Freshwater Bass Fillets
Cooking bass fillets by deep frying, baking with butter and onions, baking with hot sauce, breading and baking, and pan frying with Italian dressing.

Methods for practicing catch-and-release of fish in all circumstances
The best methods for handling and releasing fish that will be released.

What You Should Know About Fishing Regulations
The basic facts about regulations: size limits, creel limits, slot limits, catch-and-release, seasons, and more.

Spring Is Prime Time for Big Northern Pike
Prime time for big pike is when the water temperatures are under 65 F, give or take. It is believed that once water temps reach these higher levels, big pike become somewhat stressed and the bite subsides.

The 12 Commandments for Practicing Catch-and-Release
There is sometimes more to releasing a fish unharmed than just tossing it back in the water, and these are the best possible practices for successful catch and release efforts.

Facts About the Life and Behavior of Freshwater Drum
Facts about the life and behavior of freshwater drum, an underrated and underutilized fish that is widely distributed in North America.

Learning to Cast a Baitcasting Reel
Learning to use a baitcasting reel requires proper setup, developing thumb control of the spool, and a lot of practice.

Seasonal Fishing
How to catch fish depending on the season.

Spring Fishing
This section contains season-specific articles for catching various freshwater fish.

Spinning Reel Maintenance Made Easy
Here are detailed instructions on how to clean and maintain your spinning reel, to keep it working smoothly.

Catching Early-Season Trout in Lakes
How to fish for trout in lakes by trolling, drifting, or fishing from shore in late winter and early spring.

Catching Bass in Early Spring
Here’s advice on where to fish, how to play water temps, what lures to use, and what retrieves are best for early spring bass.

The All-Time Largemouth Bass Was Caught Hours From Augusta National
The story of the world record largemouth bass, caught by 20-year-old farm boy George Perry in Georgia in 1932, not far from the site of golf’s Masters tournament.

Catching Muskies Through the Seasons
When to fish, what places to fish, and what lures to use, to catch muskies in spring, summer, and fall.

Milestones in Angling: Artificial Plugs and Massive Fish Stocking
How the creation of the first plug by James Heddon, and both good and bad introductions of fish species, have had significant impacts on angling.

Field Report/First Look: Berkley Hardbaits
This first-look field report evaluates the new Berkley Hardbaits, a lineup of diving plugs or crankbaits, plus lipless crankbaits and jerkbaits.

These Plugs Have Lots of Sex Appeal
Jointed plugs have enjoyed a resurgence, and their shimmying swim style has been a great attraction to many species. Here’s why.

Here are the Best Lures and Retrieves to Catch Spring Panfish
Jigs and jig-spinner combos, fished slowly, are tops for catching yellow perch, crappies, and sunfish.

Boating Numbers Increase, Greatly Influence Fishing Access
Boat sales are up, most boaters fish, yet access problems exist

What to Get An Angler When You Know Little About Fishing
7 suggestions that don’t require any knowledge of fishing, and address safety, health, comfort, and conservation.

How Noise is a Factor in Fishing, and What To Do About It
How noises you make, as well as noises by your electric motor, are factors in freshwater fishing

How Noise is a Factor in Fishing, and What To Do About It
How noises you make, as well as noises by your electric motor, are factors in freshwater fishing. Page 3.

Releasing Fish: No Keep Doesn’t Mean No Impact
Use these best catch-and-release practices to minimize damage to fish, some of which will die no matter how well they’re handled.

Releasing Fish: Why You Should Make It Quick
The Right Tactic Is to Land Fish Quickly, Unhook Them Quickly, and Get Them Back in the Water Quickly

How Noise is a Factor in Fishing, and What To Do About It
How noises you make, as well as noises by your electric motor, are factors in freshwater fishing. Page 2.

Where to Find Spring Panfish
Spring is when panfish spawn so your efforts depend on what stage of that activity is occurring.

Use Light Line and Stealth When Fishing Clear Water
How to use light line and stealth to catch more fish in clear water.

How to Fish Out of a Boat You Don’t Control
Here are several ways to make sure that you get good opportunities and make effective presentations.

What I’m Using: Tackle for a Short Kayak-Fishing Journey
What bass tackle, especially lures, the author packed – and why – for a brief kayak-fishing river trip.

Species Profile: Chinook Salmon
Facts About the Life and Behavior of Chinook Salmon

Fishing Simply
Be smart and fish thoroughly when you don't have a boatload of gadgets and lures.

How to Learn From a Fishing Guide
The Guide’s Way is Often the Best Way, So Pay Attention

Species Profile: Muskellunge
Facts about the life and behavior of muskellunge

Species Profile: Suwannee Bass
Facts About the Life and Behavior of Suwannee Bass

The Trouble With Casting From the Back of a Boat
Boat-operating issues and inefficient casting can make back-seat anglers less effective

Why Anglers Should Wear Sunglasses
How the right sunglasses protect your eyes and help you fish better.

Facts About the Life and Behavior of Smallmouth Bass
Facts about the life and behavior of smallmouth bass.

What Are Anadromous Fish?
Salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and American shad, among others, fit the description of fish that ascend natal tributaries to spawn.

Freshwater Stripers Like Meat in the Fall
Fishing with live shad can be the ticket to big stripers in large lakes.

Why and How Fish School
About 80 percent of fish school at some point in their lives; here’s how they do so and what the advantages are to that behavior

Proper Hooksetting Technique
Numerous factors influence hooksetting; learn the right technique to catch more fish.

Length and Action Are Key to Selecting the Right Rod
Various factors determine the rod that best suits a certain need, with length and action being of foremost influence.

How High & Low Water Conditions Affect Fishing
How high & low water conditions affect fish and fishing, and what you can do

Species Profile: Channel Catfish
Facts About the Life and Behavior of Channel Catfish

Bass Fishing Pros Talk Details
Bass Pro Insights on Hook Sharpening, Line Replacement, Preferred Knots and Lure Colors, and More

Catfishing Basics
A primer on catfish habitats, where to find catfish, and what to use.

What You Should Know About Distance Casting
How rod, reel, line, and lure features affect getting out further, plus benefits and drawbacks to going long.

To Net or Not To Net?
Some nets are better than others for landing fish that are to be released.

What to Know About the Basic Features of Sportfishing Sonar
What pulse width, pixels, zoom, and split screen features mean for sportfishing sonar use.

The Multi-Lure Approach to Catching Fish
Multiple lures fished on one rod or line imitate schools of forage, and may catch multiple fish

How Much Underwater Area Does Your Sonar View?
How Transducer Cone Angle Determines the Underwater Area You View

Improve Your Spincasting Tackle Use
How to deal with line twist, spool issues, gear selection, and casting accuracy and distance with spincasting tackle.

Kids Fishing: Start Them Young
There’s no reason not to start children at an early age. Here’s how.

Facts About Fishhook Patterns, Sizes, and Gauges
Knowing about hook patterns, sizes, and wire gauges will help you choose the right hook for a specific application. The particulars and attributes are detailed here.

Advice About Making Money in Outdoor Jobs
Here are some thoughts on finding full- or part-time work in the outdoors field as a warden, biologist, writer, guide, fishing pro, and more.

Fish Species & Habitats
Here are profiles about the important and most popular freshwater gamefish and sportfish species, information about their habitats, and assorted content related to both of these subjects.

General Information About Fish
This section contains articles about such broad information as fish biology, anatomy, and physiology, as it relates to angling.

Habitats
Here is information about the environments in which the different gamefish species are found.

What Are Gamefish, Sportfish, and Rough (Trash or Coarse) Fish?
Here are definitions, explanations, and a discussion of general values and attitudes that cause some species to be more or less esteemed than others.

Bass and Panfish are Drawn to Brushpiles and Plastic Attractors
Bass, crappie, and sunfish are aggregated by natural brushpiles and plastic attractors placed by state fisheries agencies, individuals, and groups.

Frankly written articles about items Ken Schultz uses in his fishing and boating activities.
Candid and independent reviews of old and new items that fishing.about.com expert Ken Schultz is using in varied fishing and fishing-related boating activities.

Gear Reviews/Field Reports/News
News and usage/testing-based information about noteworthy fishing tackle, boating gear, accessories, electronics, books, apps, etc.

How to Tame Line Twist on Fishing Reels
Faulty Lures, Loose Drag, and Poor Landing Technique Cause the Problem, but You Can Cure It

Where and How to Catch Bass After the Fall Lake Turnover
Fishing improves after the turnover, and here’s what you can do to catch bass then.

Trolling Lures and Tactics for Muskies
Assorted diving plugs fished on a relatively short line do a good job of trolling up muskies.

Where and How to Catch Freshwater Bass in the Fall
Lures, tactics, and places to catch freshwater bass in October and November

The Main Attributes of Fishing Lines
What You Should Know About Breaking Strength, Diameter, Abrasion Resistance, Stretch, and Flexibility

Tackling the Weeds for Bass
You need the right tackle and the right attitude to fish where the bass are

Forecasting Fish Activity and Best Fishing Times
Using sun and moon positions to predict periods of fish activity

What I’m Using: Polarized Fit-Over Style Sunglasses
What I’m Using: Four Decades of Fine-Tuning My Fit-Over Sunglasses Have Lead to Jonathan Paul

What I’m Using: Mann’s 1-Minus for Shallow Cranking
Mann's 1-Minus a great plug for catching ultra-shallow bass and other species in clear or dinghy water.

Mann’s 1-Minus for Shallow Cranking
Crankbaits are especially good in murky water. Learn more about how to use them and which is the best. Page 2.

What Happens When Lakes Turn Over in the Fall?
Mixing water levels change lakes in the fall and affect fishing.

What I’m Using: Fillet Knives
Here are four filleting products that have stood my use and durability tests.

Replica Taxidermy: The Virtual Reality of Fishing
You can release your fish and have a replica mount made – it’s the best of both worlds.

Five Critical Things to Know About Replacing Your Fishing Line
Tips for setting the proper line level, partial spool refilling, removing old line, labeling, and knowing when to replace old line.

How to Get Better Use Out of Spinning Tackle
How to cast accurately and improve distance with spinning tackle, plus info on spool size and diameter, drag washers, and continuous anti-reverse features.

Species Profile: Walleye
Facts about the life and behavior of walleye.

What You Should Know About Reels and Casting Performance
Features, functions, and factors that affect spinning, spincasting, and baitcasting reels and their use.

Fishing Reels: How Gears and Spools Affect Line Recovery
How gear ratio, spool size, and line levels affect the amount of line retrieved when you turn the handle on a fishing reel.

Species Profile: Largemouth Bass
Facts About the Life and Behavior of Largemouth Bass

Fishing Reels: What to Know About Cranking Power and Speed
The Lower the Gear Ratio, the Greater the Cranking Power

Species Profile: Striped Bass
Facts About the Life and Behavior of Striped Bass

Four Important Things to Look for in a Spincasting Reel
What to look for in gears, drag, anti-reverse, and retrieve mode.

9 Tips for Fishing Minnow Plugs
Minnow plugs have summa cum laude versatility and magna cum laude effectiveness; here’s how to get more out of them for bass, walleyes, and others.

Basic Facts About Fishing With Crankbaits
Essential facts about depth attainment, hooksetting, retrieving, and trolling while using crankbaits.

How to Put Line on a Fishing Reel
Here’s the proper way to fill baitcasting, spinning, and spincasting reels with monofilament or braided line.

Lure Selection: Go Big or Go Small?
Here’s the rationale behind using big lures and using small lures.

Books Are Great Gifts for the Fishing Dad
Don’t risk getting dad the wrong fishing gear; get him a good fishing-themed book.

Spoons, Spinners, and Spinnerbaits for Pike
The time-tested lures for catching northern pike are spoons, spinners, and spinnerbaits.

What Color Is Your Lure, and Does It Matter?
Exploring the phenomenon of popular lure colors, especially red and firetiger

The Top 5 Ways to Catch a Fish By Trolling
Here are the different ways to accomplish the task of fishing shallow or deep behind a moving boat.

Rods, Reels, and Line for Big Fish
Tackle needs for brawny salmon, steelhead, stripers, catfish, pike, and muskie.

When and Why to Change Lures While Fishing
Certain times and situations dictate a change in lures; here’s what to do, and not do, to improve your success.

How Do Lures Visually Appeal to Fish?
Certain motions trigger strikes from predatory fish, and anglers can achieve this effect in their retrieves

Making Scientific Sense of Fish Scents
Some Scented Lures Are Attractants, But Most Are Just Masking Agents

Catching Bass on Points
Lures, Tactics, and Subtleties for Fishing Points for Bass

Catching Bass on Points
Lures, Tactics, and Subtleties for Fishing Points for Bass, by Ken Schultz, fishing.about.com. Page 2.

How to Catch Stripers in the Fall
Several fishing options exist when you know what stripers are eating and you find a concentration of fish.

Freshwater Drum Fish - Facts and Tips
Freshwater Drum are so widespread you are likely to catch one while fishing for some other kind of fish. Don't complain, just enjoy the fight.

Field Reports
Look here for reviews and field-test reports of products used in sportfishing.

Fish preparation, handling, storing, cleaning, dressing, filleting, and cooking.
How to properly handle fish from the time of capture to the time of eating.

Field Reports - Accessories
For many anglers, fishing is a gear-intensive sport. New equipment and accessories abound. This section provides information about noteworthy products – fishing tackle, boating gear, accessories, electronics, books, apps, etc. – that have the potential to improve your angling knowledge and experience. Check back often as we’re constantly adding and improving content.

Field Reports - Lures
Check here for reviews and field test reports about lures.

Book Reviews
Reviews of noteworthy books for anglers and boaters.

Fall Fishing
This section contains season-specific articles for catching various freshwater fish.

Ice & Winter Fishing
This section contains season-specific articles for catching various freshwater fish.

Summer Fishing
This section contains season-specific articles for catching various freshwater fish.

Fish Preparation – Care & Storage
Information about proper care of fish from the moment you catch it until you’re ready to consume it.

Culinary – Cooking What You Catch
Information about the different methods of cooking, or otherwise preparing, your catch, as well as recipes.

Fish Preparation – Cleaning & Dressing
Information about the best practices and different methods of cleaning or dressing fish that you catch.

Laws, Regulations & Management
Topics include fishing regulations, size and bag limits, fisheries science, fisheries management, conservation.

Benefits of Using Red Fishing Line
Use red fishing line when fishing Lake Michigan - here is why red fishing line is good.

Fishing tackle, equipment, accessories, boating gear for fishing
Rods and Reels, Fishing Line, Lures & Flies, Bait, Hooks, Terminal Tackle, Fishing Accessories, Boating Accessories, Electronics

Biology and life history info of freshwater fish, plus related content
Largemouth BassSmallmouth BassSpotted BassPeacock BassWhite BassWhite PerchStriped BassCrappieBluegillOther SunfishChain PickerelNorthern PikeMuskellungeYellow PerchSaugerWalleyeBullheadOther CatfishCarpArctic CharrDolly VardenBull TroutBrook TroutLake TroutCutthroat, Apache, Gila, & Golden TroutRainbow TroutSteelheadBrown TroutAtlantic SalmonChinook SalmonCoho SalmonChum SalmonSockeye SalmonPink SalmonArctic GraylingWhitefishAmerican ShadHickory ShadWhite SturgeonRed Drum

About Bowfin - An Occasional, and Strange, Catch
Information about bowfin, an aggressive, ugly, prehistoric-looking battler that anglers occasionally hook in lakes and rivers in the Southeast.

Facts About the Life and Behavior of Alligator Gar
Facts about the life and behavior of alligator gar, one of North America’s largest-growing inland fish.

Five Dollar Bluegill
This bluegill is beside a $5 bill to show its size. Page 5.

Bluegill Feeding On Floating Fish Food
You can see the rings from bluegill feeding on the floating fish food by my dock. Page 6.

Facts About the Life and Behavior of Crappie
Facts about the life and behavior of crappie, which are among the most popularly sought sunfish species in North America.

Milestones in Angling: Catch-and-Release, Sonar, Electric Motors +
How the adoption of catch-and release, plus the creation of sportfishing sonar, electric motors, graphite rods, plastic lures, and other products have had significant impacts on angling. Page 3.

Milestones in Angling: Artificial Plugs and Massive Fish Stocking
How the creation of the first plug by James Heddon, and both good and bad introductions of fish species, have had significant impacts on angling. Page 2.

Milestones in Angling: Nylon Line, Damming Rivers, and Spinning Tackle
How the introduction of nylon line, the emergence of spinning tackle, and the damming of large rivers expanded angling opportunity after World War II.

How to Use a Jerking Retrieve to Trigger a Strike
There’s a time and method for making some lures look wounded, disoriented, or vulnerable, in order to trigger a strike.

When to Use Topwater Lures for Bass
Here are the prime times and conditions to use topwater lures and enjoy exciting surface bass action.

About the Size and Age of Bass in Georgia
Answering the question,

7 Features to Look for in Modern Fish-Finding Sonar
Advice about operation, startup, screen size, CHIRP, and more when buying the latest fish-finding sonar/GPS units.

FAQs About Fishing Gear Reviews at Fishing.About.com
How the fishing and boating items in Gear Review, Field Report, and What I’m Using articles are obtained, selected, and reported.

6 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Sportfishing Show
Sport shows are good venues for obtaining local information, finding equipment, learning techniques, or planning a vacation if you do them right.

Hooks For Bass Fishing With Plastic Worms
Learn how shape, size, wire thickness, and other selection factors determine what hook to use with plastic worms for bass fishing.

A Primer on Catching Crappie
Info on what cover and areas of a lake to fish as well as info on using minnows, small jigs, and other lures to catch crappie.

Thunder & Lightning - What To Do When You’re Outside
Anglers are often caught in the open when thunder and lightning occur; here’s what to do.

Catching Bass and Crappies in Muddy Water
Bass and crappie can be caught when the water is muddy. Here's advice on how to make fish-attracting noise, and what lure types and colors to employ.

Legendary Lure Maker and Fisherman Tom Mann
Tom Mann of Eufaula, Alabama, was one of America's foremost anglers, inventors, professional bass anglers, and fishing celebrities.

Elite Bass Angler Disqualified at Guntersville
An Elite series angler was disqualified at Lake Guntersville. Here is Boyd Duckett's take on what happened

Elite Series Disqualification At Lake Guntersville
An Elite Series angler was disqualified at the Guntersville tournament. Page 2.

What Separates Professional Bass Anglers From Others?
Explaining why knowledge, concentration, technique mastery, competitiveness, and innate ability are among the factors that make pro bass anglers consistenty successful.

Fishing Rod Info and Reviews
Information on fishing rods, from picking a rod to reviews of specific rods.

Top 10 Bass Lakes in Alabama
You won' go wrong fishing any of these lakes in Alabama for bass

Fishing Definition of Trash Fish
What are trash fish, how do you catch them and can you eat them?

Fishing Gear for Every Fisherman
What is fishing gear? Freshwater Fishing.

Reasons Why an Angler Fishes
The reasons why people go fishing are many and varied; for the author, outwitting the quarry and feeling the pull of a fish head the list.

Mental Focus When Fishing
Professional bass angler Boyd Duckett discusses the need to be mentally and physically prepared to fish in competitive events.

Using Light Tackle to Fish for Bass
Here’s what constitutes fishing light for bass, and how you can use appropriate tackle to be effective and have fun.

What to Do If You Fall Out of a Small Fishing Boat
How to be prepared in case you fall out of a fishing boat, and what to do if that happens.

Why Anglers Fall Out of Fishing Boats
Falling out of a boat while fishing is not uncommon; here’s a number of reasons why and some ideas on what to do about it.

Educational Programs Seek to Hook Youth on Fishing
Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs is an award-winning educational curriculum that helps youth make good life choices and appreciate nature.

Why and How to Change Tactics While Fishing
When you’re not having success or can’t wait the fish out, try a different tactic or retrieve; here’s some advice on doing this.

Electric (aka Trolling) Fishing Motors 101
Advice about bow and transom mounts, manual and remote operation, battery requirements, shaft length, and more for electric, or trolling, motors.

What I’m Using: Waterproof Tackle Storage
Waterproof storage is the surest way to keep the contents of a tackle box or tray protected from a dunking, which may ruin a lot of lures and hooks.

Species Profile: Brook Trout
Facts about the life and behavior of brook trout.

How to Be Safe On and In the Water While Fishing
Here's what you should know to avoid the greatest threat to anyone who spends time on or around the water, which is drowning.

The Mardi Gras of Lure-dom
Mardi Gras is also a color, or pattern, found on some hard-plastic and soft-plastic lures. Some of these are good fish-catchers.

What I’m Using: Vantage Articulated-Steering Electric Motor
The Minn Kota Vantage electric, or “trolling,” motor has many features, including articulated-steering, that make it a standout.

What You Should Know About Catching Walleyes
This primer details finding and catching walleyes in rivers and lakes by casting, trolling and fishing with bait.

Facts About Blueback Herring
Here are facts about blueback herring and how they affect fishing in freshwater.

Facts About the Life and Behavior of Flathead Catfish
Facts about the life and behavior of flathead catfish.

Milestones in Angling: The Invention of Spincasting
The story of the creation of America’s top-selling spincast reel, created to be easy to use by anyone and backlash-free.

Facts About the Life and Behavior of Nile Perch
Facts about the life and behavior of Nile perch, one of the largest of freshwater fish and most important commercially.

How Anglers Can Help Prevent the Spread of Exotic Species
Exotic species can be very harmful to aquatic environments; here’s how, and what anglers can do to help prevent the spread of exotics.

Lure Size Matters In Bass Fishing Success
When and how to match the size of lure to what the bass are feeding on, and when to use a larger lure to catch larger bass.

Large-Lake Fishing for Crappie
Where to find, and how to catch, crappies in large lakes and impoundments, where bigger fish, and large schools, are more likely to exist.

12 Ways to Avoid Line Twist, Snarls, and Tangles
These tips will help you catch more fish by preventing casting and retrieving problems when using spinning tackle.

How To Set Up For Multi-Rig Crappie Trolling
How to set up your boat to troll for crappie with multiple rods and jigs (spider rigs).

Late Fall Fishing Patterns in Georgia
Tactics for largemouth bass, crappie, and hybrid stripers in large lakes in the fall in Georgia.

Safe Boating Practices for Anglers
Be safe while boating and fishing; here’s how to recognize and deal with the dangers of dams, anchoring, current, navigation, and strong winds and waves.

Keep Fishing Trash Out of the Water
Soft-plastic lures and fishing line are special problems; here’s how anglers can do a good job of disposing of, or recycling, their discards.

Facts About the Life and Behavior of Sauger
Facts about the life and behavior of sauger, a less commonly encountered relative of walleye.

The Lowdown on Public Fish Stocking and Hatcheries
Your license fees and taxes help fund the stocking of fish into public waterways, but it’s not always a success, or inexpensive.

What I’m Using: Nylon-Fluoro Hybrid Line
A nylon-fluorocarbon blend, Yo-Zuri Hybrid is a castable line with low visibility, low stretch, and good abrasion resistance.

Crappie Fish - Species Characteristics
Basic information about black and white crappie

Gar - Jurassic Park Fish - Fishing For Gar
Gar look like they are holdovers from the time of dinosaurs. Gar are ugly but they fight good if you can hook them.

Having A Bass Replica Mount Made
I had a replica made of my biggest bass ever

Bass Tournament Trails in Georgia
Georgia bass fishermen have a variety of tournament trails they can compete in, ranging from big lakes to small ones.

Eight Species of Black Bass
There are 8 species of black bass in the United States.

A Primer on Catching White Bass
Info on finding white bass, as well as on using live shad plus a tailspinner, topwater plug, and jigging spoon.

Offseason Care of Your Boat, Motor, and Trailer
Follow this advice to get on the water and fishing without incident after a layoff.

Night Fishing For Bass - Lights, Safety and When To Go
Lights, Safety and When To Go - some more tips from Joe on night fishing for bass. Page 4.

Night Fishing For Bass
Joe Haubenreich with Secret Weapon Lures gives detailed info on catching bass at night.

Night Bass Fishing Tips and Techniques
Colors to use while night fishing for bass and other tips to help you catch fish. Page 2.

Night Bass Fishing - Choosing A Light
How to choose a light to use while fishing for bass at night. Page 3.

How to Make Sure You’re Using the Right Strength Fishing Line
Information on how to determine the wet breaking strength of a fishing line, and be able to fish with exactly the line strength you want.

Guide for Fishing in the Alabama Rig
How to fish the Alabama rig with Troy Morrow

A Primer on Catching Bluegills and Other Sunfish
Info on where to fish seasonally as well as on using crickets, worms, grubs, plastic spiders, flies, small jigs, and other lures to catch bluegills and other sunfish.

10 Ways to Care for, Repair, and Organize Your Lures
Here are practical suggestions to get your lures re-organized, repaired, and ready for the next outing.

A Guide to Fishing Licenses
Who needs a license, where to get it, when it’s valid, and other things to consider before getting a fishing license.

Finding and Catching Fish Through the Ice
How to find fish, adjust to conditions, and mix up lures, baits, and locations when ice fishing.

What Are Panfish?
Here’s the definition and the species included in this non-scientific term that collectively encompasses the most popularly sought fish in North America.

10 Ways to Take Good Care of Your Fishing Line
Here’s what you need to do to make sure that you’re always using fishing line that is in top shape.

Species Profile: Butterfly Peacock Bass
Facts about the life and behavior of butterfly peacock bass.

The Finer Points of Setting the Hook
How distance, line type, follow-through, sharp hooks, trolling, and other factors have an impact on effective hooksetting.

Basic Maintenance for a Fishing Reel
Here are the actions you need to take to keep a reel ready for use.

Basic Maintenance for a Fishing Rod
Here are the actions you need to take to keep a fishing rod ready for use.

Facts About 6 of the Most Common and Popular Sunfish Species
Facts about the life and behavior of green sunfish, longear sunfish, mud sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, and redear sunfish.

Facts About Freshwater Sunfish
Facts about sunfish, a scientifically defined group of species which includes many of the most popular angling targets in North America.

Review and Field Test Results of the Rapala Shadow Rap
This field-test report evaluates the Rapala Shadow Rap, a hard jerkbait that sinks slowly but realistically when paused during the retrieve.

What I’m Using: PFDs for Fishing
Information about large-vest, low-profile, and inflatable PFDs for general boat fishing and kayak fishing.

Circle Hooks and Their Use in Freshwater
Information about circle hooks and their applications in freshwater and saltwater fishing.

Angling Where You Can Catch Freshwater & Saltwater Fish
The author's experiences and advice on fishing in areas where saltwater and freshwater species overlap.

Matching Rods and Reels for Bass Fishing
Advice on matched rods and reels for use with assorted lures and bass fishing circumstances.

Where, When and How to Fish A Drop Shot Rig for Bass
Where, when and how to fish a drop shot rig for bass, plus what tackle the author prefers.

What To Use For Northern Pike Fishing
Where to find and what to use for northern pike in lakes during the open-water season.

Getting a Crappie Fishing Education on Lake Talquin
Fishing for crappie on Lake Talquin, Florida, where slow trolling with many lines and jigs produced large crappies.

Go Easy On Using Fish Attractants for Bass
Here is practical advice on whether, and how, to use fish attractants, also known as fish scents, for bass.

How to Fish a "Trick" Worm for Largemouth Bass
How to rig and retrieve a brightly colored slow-action soft plastic worm for largemouth bass.

Dress Properly for Cold Weather Fishing
Here's guidance on what will keep you warm for fishing during the winter.

Bass Fishing On Lake Aliceville - Aliceville Bass Fishing
Fishing on Aliceville Lake in Alabama, with GPS coordinates for spots to fish in April

Spots To Bass Fish On Aliceville Lake
Aliceville Lake is a great spot for bass fishing. Here are some great spots with their GPS coordinates. Page 3.

Fishing On Aliceville Lake In Alabama, with GPS Coordinates - Spots To Bass Fish On Aliceville Lake
Spots To Bass Fish On Aliceville Lake. Page 2.

Clip, Split Ring or Swivel for Fishing - Expert Experiences
There are many different ways to attach bait to your line. Learn more about which is best for you.

Clip, Split Ring or Swivel for Fishing?
What do you use to attach your bait to your line? Choose the right one for action and security. Page 2.

Fishing Rods 101
This instructional primer details the basic components and categories of freshwater fishing rods.

How to Use Jigs and Spoons for Vertical Fishing
Info on vertical jigging techniques, how to determine the depth of your lure, using sonar while jigging, and what lures to use.

How To Catch Bass After a Cold Front
Advice on how to go deeper, go slower, and fish in cover to catch reluctant bass after a cold front.

Tackle That Helps You Detect Bass Strikes
What rod, line, and sinker weight you should use to help detect strikes when using soft-plastic lures

Cold Water Can Make for Tough Winter Bass Fishing
Bass are hard to catch when the water is very cold in winter. Here are the reasons why, and some tactics that work to catch bass.

How To Sharpen Fishing Hooks
Here are the steps and tools used to create a triangled point on a single or treble fish hook.

Get A File Or Battery Powered Stone
Use a file or battery powered sharpening stone to put a point on your hooks

File The Point Of The Hook Flat On The Outside
Start sharpening a hook by filing the back side flat

File One Side At A 45 Degree Angle
File one side of the hook point at a 45 degree angle to the flat back.

File The Other Side Of The Hook At An Angle
File the opposite side of the hook at the same angle to finish the cutting point.

Touch Up A Point To Make It Needle Sharp
You can use a variety of tools to touch up the point on a hook.

Midsummer Southern Fishing Tactics
Baits and lures to use for major species at night during the hottest part of the Southern summer.

3 Devices for Retrieving Lures
There are three types of lure retriever that you can buy or make, and which will help get snagged lures back and save you money.

The Five Species of Pacific Salmon in Alaska
Five species of Pacific salmon travel in Alaskan waters and migrate Alaskan rivers to spawn; this photo-essay shows and discusses each.

Alaska Coho Salmon - Silver Salmon
Alaska coho salmon are also called silver salmon and are the most popular food fish.

Catching All Five Species of Pacific Salmon in Alaska
Five species of Pacific salmon travel in Alaskan waters and migrate Alaskan rivers to spawn; this photo-essay shows and discusses each from a trip the author made.

Alaska Pink or Humpback Salmon
Pink salmon are very plentiful in Alaska and fill up rivers when they come in to spawn

Alaska Sockeye Salmon - Red Salmon
Alaska Sockeye salmon are also called red salmon and are valued for their meat.

Carolina Rig Basics
How to rig and use this popular bottom-probing bass rig.

Review and Field Test of SoftScience Boating Shoes
This field report evaluates the author’s use of light and comfortable SoftScience boating shoes, which offer excellent support for your feet and knees.

Tie a Hook on the Main Line
The next step is to tie a hook on the main line

How To Tie A Double Fluke (Soft Jerkbait) Rig
Sometimes a double soft jerkbait (also called fluke) rig will draw strikes when a single jerkbait will not. Here are the steps and photos that illustrate how to tie it with a sliding barrel swivel.

Double Fluke Rig
This shows a double Fluke rig. Freshwater Fishing.

What You Need
These are the materials you need

Put A Swivel on the Main Line
First step, slide a barrel swivel on the main line.

Add a Dropper Line and Second Hook
Add your dropper line and tie on the second hook

Thread Flukes on Both Hooks
Put Flukes on both hooks. Freshwater Fishing.

How to Find Fish by “Reading” the Water & Observing Habitat
How to find fish by learning about a given body of water, observing land and water features, and studying paper and electronic charts.

Facts About the Life and Behavior of White Bass
Facts about the life and behavior of white bass, a popular species in many impoundments and larger river systems.

Watching and Working the Birds to Catch Bass and Stripers
Watching for and following flocks of birds in open water can lead you to baitfish and fast fishing for striped bass and largemouth bass.

Watching and Working the Birds to Catch Bass and Stripers
Watching for and following flocks of birds in open water can lead you to baitfish and fast fishing for striped bass and largemouth bass. Page 2.

What I’m Using: Shimano’s Curado Baitcasting Reel
The Shimano Curado baitcasting reel has been improved continuously since being introduced in 1991, and is reliable for demanding situations.

Fishing Line: The Truth About Breaking Strength
Most labels don’t tell the truth about the basic strength of the manufacturer’s line; it’s stronger than advertised, which is not necessarily a good thing.

Many More People Fish Than Was Known, But Not Every Year
A recent report finds that more people fish over time than was previously known, but many are casual or less frequent participants, which has implications for resource managers.

Why Lures Work and How to Use Them
Here are important facts about lures and how to use them, because appearance is secondary to knowing your quarry and using lures properly.

What Does “Pound-Test” Mean on a Fishing Line Label?
The strength of most fishing lines is not exactly what their labels say. Here’s why.

Facts About the Life and Behavior of Rainbow Trout
Facts about the life and behavior of rainbow trout, one of the most widely spread species in North America and a favorite of both river and lake anglers.

Best Bass Fishing Spots on Lake Guntersville
Randy Tharp marks ten spots to catch bass on Lake Guntersville

Patterns for Lake Guntersville Bass Fishing
These patterns will catch Lake Guntersville bass. Page 2.

Spots To Catch Lake Guntersville Bass
Try these spots for Lake Guntersville Bass. Page 3.

GPS Coordinates to Catch Lake Guntersville Bass
Spots With GPS Coordinates To Catch Lake Guntersville Bass. Page 4.

A System for Fishing Swimbaits for Bass
A practical approach to tackle, locations, and presentation when using large swimsuits for largemouth bass.

A Primer on Lead-Core Trolling Line
Basic facts about what lead-core line is, how and why it is used, and the pros and cons of use.

Crappie Fishing Patterns at Clarks Hill
Catching Clark Hill Crappie - Crappie fishing patterns that should work for you, too.

Crappie Fishing - Hotspots in Clark Hill
Where to crappie fish at Clark Hill. Page 3.

Crappie Fishing - Crappie Fishing Tackle
Tackle for crappie fishing. Freshwater Fishing. Page 2.

Crappie Fishing - Find Your Own Hotspots
Finding your own crappie fishing spots. Page 4.

Crappie Fishing Patters and Jigs
Picking crappie jigs. Freshwater Fishing. Page 5.

How To Keep Bass Alive In the Heat
Cool the water down and lower the bass's metabolism to help it survive when confined in a livewell during a fishing tournament.

10 Newest and Most Notable Lures for 2016
Newly introduced lures from Strike King, Mann’s, Berkley, Rebel, Bandit, Yo-Zuri, Savage, VMC, Terminator, and Arashi.

Catch Mid-day Salmon With Lead-Core Line and In-Line Planer Boards
Here's how to set up a rod, reel, and in-line planer board with lead-core line to successfully troll for clear-water salmon at mid-day.

A Guide's Tips for Catching Catfish in the Spring
Where to fish, what to use, when to move, and other tips for catching channel and blue catfish in fickle spring weather.

Book Review: Baits, Rigs & Tackle by Vic Dunaway and Rick Ryals
Book Review of Baits, Rigs & Tackle by Vic Dunaway and Rick Ryals, an updated modern version of a classic.

Fishing Success Is Often About Working an Edge
Prominent edges that attract fish include bottom structure, tributaries, deep-shallow interfaces, temperature changes and current.

Bass Fishing's No. 1 Question: Where Are The Bass?
You have to find them before you can catch them and here are the top places to look.

Facts About the Life and Behavior of Northern Pike
Facts about the life and behavior of northern pike, one of the most aggressive of all North American freshwater species.

An Introduction to Fishing for Catfish
How to catch catfish on rod and reel, as well as with to lines, limb lines, and other non rod-and-reel devices.

Sources of Info for Preparing and Cooking Fish
Information about preparing and cooking fish from many sources.

How to Stay Warm While Fishing
How to be prepared for open-water fishing in cold weather.

Facts About the Life and Behavior of Blue Catfish
Facts about the life and behavior of blue catfish.

How to Take Care of Fish After You Catch Them
Here’s what to do to keep fish protected and as fresh as possible once you have landed them.

Facts About Piranhas and Angling for Them
Facts about the life and behavior of piranhas, which are aggressive but not quite the fearsome fish they are sometimes made out to be.

Facts About Piranhas and Angling for Them
Facts about the life and behavior of piranhas, which are aggressive but not quite the fearsome fish they are sometimes made out to be. Page 2.

The Best Ways to Prepare Fish for Cooking
Here are the best storage, freezing, and thawing practices to prepare fish that you catch and process.

Facts About Gizzard and Threadfin Shad in Alabama
Gizzard and threadfin shad in Alabama are prominent forage fish that are important to gamefish species, but also a problem due to overcrowding. Page 2.

Facts About Gizzard and Threadfin Shad in Alabama
Gizzard and threadfin shad in Alabama are prominent forage fish that are important to gamefish species, but also a problem due to overcrowding.

Basic Facts About Spinnerbaits
Here’s a primer on spinnerbait sizes, weights, and blade styles, plus retrieval actions.

What Is Monofilament Fishing Line? Use the Best
What is monofilament fishing line? Learn more about our top 7 picks for best monofilament fishing lines.

Southern Fishing for Bass, Crappie, and Catfish in September
Tips for catching bass, crappies, and catfish in southern waters during September.

Power Fishing for Bass (and Other Species)
Speed, area coverage, thoroughness, lure type, and lure size are all factors in power fishing for bass and other species.

Boating Anglers: Know The Rules of the Road
Here are some of the most important legally required rules for safe boat operation, plus thoughts on courteous driving.

Facts About the Life and Behavior of Atlantic Sturgeon
Facts about the life and behavior of Atlantic sturgeon, which are federally listed as threatened or endangered throughout their range.

Large Plastic Worms for Big Summer Bass
How, where, and why to fish large plastic worms for big largemouth bass in the summer.

What Is a (Fixed or Slip) Fishing Bobber or Float?
Information about the features, uses, and history of a very common bait-fishing accessory known as a bobber, cork, or float, which can be used as fixed or slip devices.

Field Testing Raymarine’s Wi-Fish Smartphone Sonar
A field report on Raymarine’s affordable Wi-Fish sonar unit, which wirelessly sends depth, temp, and fish-locating info to a smartphone or tablet.

Field Testing Raymarine’s Wi-Fish Smartphone Sonar
A field report on Raymarine’s affordable Wi-Fish sonar unit, which wirelessly sends depth, temp, and fish-locating info to a smartphone or tablet. Page 4.

Field Testing Raymarine’s Wi-Fish Smartphone Sonar
A field report on Raymarine’s affordable Wi-Fish sonar unit, which wirelessly sends depth, temp, and fish-locating info to a smartphone or tablet. Page 2.

Field Testing Raymarine’s Wi-Fish Smartphone Sonar
A field report on Raymarine’s affordable Wi-Fish sonar unit, which wirelessly sends depth, temp, and fish-locating info to a smartphone or tablet. Page 3.

10 Tactics to Catch Deep Summer Bass with Crankbaits
How to find and catch bass in lakes and reservoirs when the water is warm by using deep-diving crankbaits.

How Often Should I Change My Fishing Line?
Here are the factors that influence your decision on how frequently you should change fishing line on your reels.

Walking the Dog - How to Fish Walking Surface Plugs
How to accomplish the rhythmic retrieval known as walking the dog, one of the most tantalizing ways to draw surface strikes.

Do Old Lures Still Catch Fish?
Older lures are still effective if used in the right places, and if they were good products to start with.

How to Set Up Portable Sonar Transducers
How to find and make removable brackets for sonar transducers that will fit various fishing boats. Page 5.

How to Set Up Portable Sonar Transducers
How to find and make removable brackets for sonar transducers that will fit various fishing boats. Page 4.

How to Set Up Portable Sonar Transducers
How to find and make removable brackets for sonar transducers that will fit various fishing boats. Page 2.

How to Set Up Portable Sonar Transducers
How to find and make removable brackets for sonar transducers that will fit various fishing boats. Page 3.

How to Set Up Portable Sonar Transducers
How to find and make removable brackets for sonar transducers that will fit various fishing boats.

How to Apply with the IGFA for a Record Fish
Here are the most important things to know about eligibility, measuring, weighing, and documenting a potential record fish.

Creating Your Own Hotspot With Fish Attractors
Where and how to place wood, brush, and plastic attractors to enhance fishing for bass, crappie, and bluegill.

The Best Way to Prepare Your Gear for a Fishing Outing
How to give all of your gear some TLC at the end of each fishing trip, to be fully prepped for the next one.

Keep the Gas In Your Boat Motor From Ruining Your Fishing
What to know about ethanol and non-ethanol fuel use in boats, and how to take care of your fuel to avoid breakdowns.

Fishing for Trout and Other Tailwater Species
Here are pointers on fishing for the most prominent species in the flowing waters below impoundments.

What to Know About Fishing At Night
Practical tips on tackle, lights, noise, safety, and other factors that make fishing in the dark more productive.

Catch & Release: How to Unhook Fish Properly
How to unhook a fish is one of the most important facets of proper releasing practices; here’s how, plus guidance on when to leave the hook in.

Slow Down Your Retrieve - Try Patience and a Twitch
How and where to tempt a bass with minnow-like plugs and a slow-twitch retrieve.

Facts About the Life and Behavior of Coho Salmon
Facts about the life and behavior of coho salmon.

Summer Is a Good Time to Fish Tailwaters
Striped Bass, Trout, Catfish, and Other Species Gather Below Dams, and summer is a good time to fish these tailwaters.

It’s Time to Recycle Soft Plastic Lures
Proper disposal of used or discarded soft plastic lures, and especially recycling them, should become standard procedure for anglers, and be supported by the industry. Page 2.

It’s Time to Recycle Soft Plastic Lures
Proper disposal of used or discarded soft plastic lures, and especially recycling them, should become standard procedure for anglers, and be supported by the industry.

ICAST ’15: 5 Notable New Fishing Kayaks
Details on the newest fishing kayaks from Old Town, Jackson, Eddyline, Pelican, and NuCanoe. Page 3.

ICAST ’15: 5 Notable New Fishing Kayaks
Details on the newest fishing kayaks from Old Town, Jackson, Eddyline, Pelican, and NuCanoe. Page 4.

5 Notable New Fishing Kayaks
Details on the newest fishing kayaks from Old Town, Jackson, Eddyline, Pelican, and NuCanoe.

ICAST ’15: 5 Notable New Fishing Kayaks
Details on the newest fishing kayaks from Old Town, Jackson, Eddyline, Pelican, and NuCanoe. Page 5.

ICAST ’15: 5 Notable New Fishing Kayaks
Details on the newest fishing kayaks from Old Town, Jackson, Eddyline, Pelican, and NuCanoe. Page 2.

Is The Price Tag for Going Fishing Too High?
Do you need to empty the bank account to go fishing? Maybe if you want to do it professionally. But high costs may actually turn off prospective anglers.

Trends in Fishing Gear for Late 2015, Early 2016
An overview of what’s trending in rods and reels, lures, electronics, and accessories for the last of 2015 and first of 2016.

Boating, Fishing, and Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Use
Most of the time wearing a PFD is a personal choice, and here are some of the things that inform your decision about whether or not to wear one.

What Kind of Kayak Do I Need?
Here are the most important things to consider before getting a kayak for fishing.

The Greatest Smallmouth Bass of All Time
How David L. Hayes caught the 11-pound 15-ounce smallmouth record from Dale Hollow Lake in July 1955.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

Fishing questions answered.
Answers to questions about species, equipment, skills, techniques, and miscellaneous fishing topics.

The First Thing Any Lure Has to Catch Is You
Looking at red and firetiger colors, and how the first thing any lure has to catch is you.

6 Basics for Catching Big Largemouth Bass
Essential considerations for catching big bass include attitude, location, seasonal and daily timing, lures and baits, and landing savvy.