UP A CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE

UP A CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE BECAUSE A POLE IS EASIER.

Some of the best fishing and hunting locations in Western Wisconsin are on, or along, the rivers like the Red Cedar, the Chippewa or the Buffalo. My preferred watercraft for traveling these waterways is a canoe.  It seems like many of the best spots are just upstream from a landing, but many of these rivers are too shallow or too full of snags to make using a motor practical. A canoe is the answer to getting into remote spots.  Poling is one of several traditional methods for moving a canoe upstream. Lining, sailing, and dragging are other traditional techniques the modern canoeist can use to travel into places boats and canoeists, who only paddle, cannot go. Continue Reading

Wrapping it for Walleye

Wrapping it for Walleye

By Gary Parsons and Keith Kavajecz

 

Like clockwork, the phone at The Next Bite office rings with a call from Santa about this time every year looking for gift advice. After the usual pleasantries, Santa got right down to business. He said there was a guy who had been extra good this past year that had just bought a Mercury powered Nitro Z21. Santa wanted to help him rig it. Continue Reading

Drag For Bass

Dragging for Bass

Breaking down the Carolina Rig

By Glenn Walker

For bass fisherman, the Carolina Rig is a great technique to employ when targeting bass relating to off shore structure. Notice how I didn’t include the word “deep” water in that statement. The Carolina Rig when modified can be used to target shallow water structure off the bank as well. Continue Reading

DIY Musky Box

DIY Kayak Musky Box

 
 
 
 

Musky anglers know all about the expense that comes with the addictive sport and how quickly tackle boxes fill up. Bringing multiple boxes that are filled with lures is not an issue while in a boat. However, when it comes to fishing from a kayak there is an obvious decrease in space, which is why I decided to create my own customized box – (with a little help.) Building your own musky box will also save you a ton of money. To build your own musky tackle box, big or small, follow the steps below.

Spiritual Enlightenment

Opening Day Spiritual Enlightenment

By: Lawrence H. Balleine

It’s 5:30 a.m. The sun hasn’t yet risen. As I pack my fishing gear in the back of my small SUV for a couple of hours on the stream, I recall an assumption that is often made – human beings are of superior intelligence. But immediately a follow-up question comes to mind: “If that’s so, why are we still told to ‘think like a fish’ when we go fishing?” Continue Reading

Tips For A Musky Fisherman

Full blown, all out, head shaking, rod breaking musky power!

By: Jeff Frick

Let’s face it, it’s really what every musky fisherperson is seeking, right? Why else would we all spend so much time and money pursuing the king of freshwater? This article is going to cover TRANSITIONAL situations and hopefully help you get a little more M.P.H.—Muskies- Per- Hour– out on the water. Continue Reading

Springtime Brown Trout

SPRINGTIME IS BROWN TROUT TIME!

By Capt. Lee Haasch 

Got that itch for open water fishing? Late March and April is the time to scratch it with some brown trout action! Late March is that magical time of the year when you can launch your boat in the morning and troll the shallows of Lake Michigan for brown trout and then slide up to Green Bay and walk out on the ice and pop a couple of nice walleye in the evening. Every year it’s a waiting game for that magical day that the launching ramp is ice-free and we can back the Starcraft down the launch ramp and get after those “silver footballs!” Continue Reading

The Ice is Rotten…

THE ICE IS ROTTEN…

BUT THE FISHING’S NOT                                                                    

By: Kyle Sorensen 

Let’s face it, this winter has been a fierce one. Many days well below zero, various weather advisories, maybe a [few] back-breaking hours on the lake digging out your vehicle? It hasn’t been an easy one but I know one thing, we sure were given ice and a lot of it. Before you start the ever daunting task of first, finding all of your hard water equipment (Isn’t it amazing where some of it turns up?) and second, cleaning and storing it away for the season; WAIT! Continue Reading