Pike are strong fighters, usually making several powerful runs before coming to the net. They tend to fight deep but, on occasion, a hooked pike will make a spectacular jump.
Channel catfish in rivers could prowl the flats anywhere from the lip into the main channel all the way to the shoreline, and though they may hold in pods, those pods could be scattered.
On my summer guide trips on the Mississippi River near Davenport, Iowa, my clients boat an average of 10 flatheads per trip, and some of those are real trophies.
My surveys of more than 3,000 Mississippi anglers revealed that “knowing big fish are available to be caught” was very important in selecting a fishing site.
On a day-to-day basis, the best action usually takes place during the middle of a sunny day after the water warms and the increased light penetration makes baits easier for cats to see.
The rodtip twitched slightly. I had cast the bait cross-current less than two minutes earlier, so I suspected it was still rolling along the bottom, but I had to know for sure.
When it comes to catfish rigs, I’ve long been a proponent of the K.I.S.S. principle: Keep It Simple, Sutton! The best almost always are the simplest.
Some people would rather be lucky than good. I’m not one of them.
A forest of stubble shaded the angler’s sun-reddened face and his hip boots must have been fused to his jeans after three nonstop days of wear.
Using a long-handled baitcasting rod, make a sidearm lob-cast-to avoid tangling the leader. After the sinker hits bottom, begin a slow, steady retrieve.
The crappie is sportfishing’s undisputed King of Spring. Here's where to find 'em shallow in the spawning season, and when.
NAFC staff and members have caught some big walleyes over the years—some even on video—but this trophy walleye video courtesy of PK Lures—takes top honors. The quantity and quality of fish caught during this segment is astounding. You’ve got to see it for yourself!
Follow this water temperature roadmap to big crappies all year.
Sixty-seven lakes and reservoirs, in 19 states, hold specially tagged fish that could turn into cash or prizes for lucky anglers! Read on!