For those resilient anglers who can tolerate the sweltering heat, mosquitoes and sunburn that often are part of summer fishing, this season provides excellent opportunities for hooking lots of big crappie. Unfortunately, many hot-weather crappie outings end in failure. Why? Mainly because anglers insist on using the same fishing methods they use during the crappie’s spring spawning season, and these methods rarely entice slabs when the water is as hot as a jacuzzi. Success comes only to those anglers who…

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Anglers Crappie Fishing at Night

by Keith Sutton As summer draws nigh, the weather gets more and more sultry. And the sultrier it gets, the more likely crappie are to shift the bulk of their feeding activities to the wee hours of the night. It’s important, therefore, for hot-weather anglers to understand the ins and outs of night-fishing. These tips can help. Choosing the Right Night Light Lights placed around dockside brushpiles attracted these crappie for Arkansas angler Josh Sutton. (Photo: Keith Sutton)  Lights are…

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St. Croix Fishing Rods

Summer is time for travel. It all starts Memorial Day with remembrance of those who have served—and are still serving this country—and then into the end of the calendar school year and kids’ summer vacation. A few weeks with the kids home from daily trips to school and we’re talking the Fourth of July and later, the dog days of August and some great swimming and tubing weather. The reality is summer isn’t necessarily full of planned fishing trips for…

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In mid-summer, water temps reach their yearly high temperatures post solstice. Anglers need to adapt their tactics to carry the success they had in the spring season forward. Here are a few ways to improvise and overcome what can sometimes be a slow time of year for getting bites. Hunt For Shade Fish utilize shade for a multitude of reasons.  Shade provides a respite for fish just looking to chill and get out of the sun, while setting them up…

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Angler with Walleye

Spring and early summer’s shallow water walleye bite has tapered, and we’re still several weeks away from the dog days of summer. It’s the ‘tweener period – the midsummer shift. But don’t let the term “migration” get you thinking about fish on the move and pattern-less fishing. Rather, it’s time to target specific and proven deeper digs to stay on fish. Northlander Will Pappenfus knows a thing or two about tracking midsummer walleyes. In fact, he’s mastered a four-prong process…

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