EARLY SEASON TRICKS AND TACTICS By Ken Poor When people put human characteristics on fish or other types of animals – Mother Nature must smile at the concept. That had to be the case recently when record setting warm weather lasted just long enough to trigger a serious case of spring fever in many northern…

SPRING PANFISH

February 8, 2017 0

SPRING PANFISH By Ken Poor All across America early spring has always been the favorite season for catching bluegills or crappie. Early spring is an exciting time to be outdoors and an even better time to be on the water catching shallow water panfish. It’s time to put away the icefishing gear and get the…

KIDS AND FISHING

January 27, 2017 0

KIDS AND FISHING By Ken Poor Children love to fish, but a successful fishing trip with a child requires plenty of thought and preparation plus an abundance of patience. Children have a short attention span, typically about fifteen minutes per task, and they need action to hold their interest. Given the choice of catching one…

MUSKIE BY THE SEASON

January 27, 2017 0

MUSKIE BY THE SEASON By Ken Poor SPRING Spring is finally here after a long cold winter and everything gets a new start including muskie hunters. Reels have been stripped cleaned and oiled and refilled. A few new lures have been added, and muskie hunters are ready to get out on their preferred lake and…

SLIP FLOAT SET-UP

January 27, 2017 0

SLIP FLOAT SET-UP By Ken Poor Most of us got our introduction to fishing sitting on a rock or riverbank with an old bamboo pole and a red and white fixed plastic bobber. The fixed bobbers is easy to use and a good way to introduce a child to fishing. But the fixed floats have…

SPINNER BAIT BASICS FOR LARGEMOUTH BASS By Ken Poor Spinnerbaits can be bulged just below the surface, worked slowly on the bottom or slow-rolled down a deep weed edge to cover the in-between depths. They are a great lure for flipping or pitching into tight cover and they can be used to make long cast…

LATE ICE PANFISH

September 9, 2016 0

LATE ICE PANFISH By Ken Poor      The normal pattern for icefishing is fast action at early ice, slower action during January and February, then back to the fast action until ice-out. Late season ice fishing always provides good numbers and larger than average fish. As this year’s icefishing season winds down – whether you…

ICE FISHING CAN BE A GREAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE By Ken Poor      Icefishing season provides a great opportunity to study our local lakes and rivers. Every winter I spend a lot of time on the ice with my lake maps and a fish locator collecting lake data for my personal use. What started out as…

ICE FISHING BASICS

September 4, 2016 0

ICE FISHING BASICS By Ken Poor      Ice fishing season is just around the corner. First ice normally provides some of the best action of the ice fishing season. By mid-December ice begins to form on the lakes in Northern Illinois and Southeast Wisconsin and by the end of the month most of our area…