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Angler holding walleye

Walleye season is in full swing as late spring transitions to early summer. That means it’s time to hit it hard before the bite settles into a slower, hot-weather pattern. One way to score big right now is by triggering reaction strikes with rip jigging, a technique for which Northland Fishing Tackle’s Rippin’ Minnow was specifically designed. Combining the trademark dart-and-circle action of Northland’s popular Puppet Minnow hard-water bait with the allure of a baitfish-shaped soft-plastic body, the Rippin’ Minnow…

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Angler Holding Walleye Caught on Jig

It’s the desert island bait. Stranded, and only given one lure to survive on, the overwhelming choice is the simple jig. Coming inland to North America, more specifically central Minnesota, Brad Hawthorne breaks down surefire jigging techniques to put walleyes in the net. Hawthorne not only showcases his proven jigging method, but also parlays it with corresponding conditions, like water temperature, depth and structure. Further, he discusses jig weights and color selection. But perhaps the real eureka moment is when…

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Angler on Devils Lake with Walleye

With warmer weather, early ice-out and minimal run-off, the Devils Lake “bite” began in mid-April and has shown no let-up.  “The usual mid-May hot bite is right now,” said Devils Lake outdoor media coordinator Tanner Cherney. Because fishermen with their families return to Devils Lake annually and many first-timers are considering this walleye, northern pike and white bass mecca, a special seminar series will be offered free to all via Facebook. Noted fishing educator, Devils Lake guide and world walleye champion…

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Muskie splashing while angler reels in

So far this month, we’ve discussed how length, power, and action combine to define the basic performance characteristics of a fishing rod. Last week, we specifically asked our bass experts to share personal thoughts and insights on their favorite rods. This week we dive into the panfish, walleye, and musky categories. We asked our pros the same maddening question: If you could carry just one rod, what would it be? We’re hoping their answers will help the rest of us…

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Angler Catching Walleye

A WORD FROM OUR PRESIDENT  By Ron Schara                                                                              First of all, thanks for taking the time to read the MN-FISH newsletter and for your support of our primary mission. And that is? To give Minnesota anglers a voice in the legislative decisions made by our elected officials and to function as a watchdog over fish management decisions made by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). At the moment, only a few fishing-related bills have been introduced and/or discussed in legislative…

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