Angler with Muskie

Good musky fishing is where you find it. And during the months of May and June throughout the prime musky waters of the Canadian provinces, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and other states, musky experts Steve Heiting, Cody Hahner and Barb Carey agree that you’ll find it in some very specific places. They say water temperatures and available food are the two guiding factors. Crack the code by using the mapping, side-imaging sonar and temperature features of…

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Angler Holding Spring Walleye

For anglers in the northern portions of the country where ice lingers and spring never seems to fully arrive, ironically enough, one surefire way to keep a line wet is to never put the boat away. As early as February and certainly by March and April there are ample river-fishing opportunities across the Northern U.S., even where most of the lakes are completely frozen. Many fisheries remain open year-round, but the spring spawn and 10-pound walleyes can get anyone fired…

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Gussy with Bass

Keewatin, Ontario-based Bagley Bass Elite Series pro Jeff Gustafson and Panama City, Florida-based Drew Benton Bagley Baits pro are well versed when it comes to early-season bass. Nowhere was this experience tested more than at the recent Academy Sports and Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk on Lake Hartwell in Greenville, South Carolina. With a three-day total of 54 pounds, Oklahoma pro Jason Christie took the honors at the event. Both Gustafson and Benton fished well on days 1 and…

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Bagley Pro With Lure

Recent tournaments in Florida have had the Bagley Baits pro staff busy dissecting changing weather conditions with fish moving up shallow in pre-spawn and spawning behavior. Known as legendary largemouth bass fisheries, both the St. Johns River and Harris Chain produced for competitors in both fish numbers and size. Familiar anglers know that February and March can be a tricky time on Florida’s reservoirs, lakes, rivers, and impoundments. Water temperatures are still fairly cool but warming trends signal movements of…

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St. Croix Rods

Any discussion of pre-spawn bass is bound to include the topic of crankbaits. Why? Put simply, of all the baits in the boat, cranks offer distinct advantages over most other lure types, especially in the springtime. “Bass feed up in the early season before they spawn,” says Addison, Alabama MLF tournament competitor and St. Croix pro, Jesse Wiggins. “As water temps start to rise and baitfish get livelier, bass get used to chasing them.” That makes active presentations like crankbaits…

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