River Magic

River Magic 

Who doesn’t love a good magic show? The music, the lights, and the awe of wondering how the magician made the trick happen. A great magician knows how to plan for a spectacular show. A good river angler knows where to be and what to use to get a bite. Both are masters of creating illusions.  Continue Reading

Summer Muskies

Sundown Summer Muskies

By: Kyle Sorensen

As the opener has come and gone and the temperatures begin to climb, the steady muskie action we have been accustomed to over the last month or so begins to slowly dissipate (for arguments sake).  While casting away at shorelines and structure throughout the day can surely produce, I hold out and save the effort and time for the magic of the evening bite.  If you are a muskie fisherman, you know of the magic I speak of.  The setting sun, the calling of the loons, the feeling of being the only one on the lake; the word “supernatural” doesn’t even do it justice. Continue Reading

Cane Pole Success

Cane Pole Success

By: Kyle Sorensen

We can all look back and remember that time we landed that big fish or that time we were out on the water and something unique transpired. Growing up, I was able to be a part of many fun and exciting fishing moments. One of these memories had recently been flashing into my mind more and more so I decided to relive it the best I could: cane pole fishing with gramps. Even though gramps passed away last year, I know he’s always out fishing with me. Continue Reading

Winter Food Plots In Summer

This Summer Think About Winter Plots!

By: Steve Jordan

The more I have worked with food plots through the years, the more I have geared up to planting food plots for winter feeding. Some of the varieties I like to plant are winter rye, winter wheat, earlier planted turnip mixes, sugar beets, corn, mature soybeans, annual wheat, and sorghum. These plants, as long as they are accessible, are nutritious and high energy.  Continue Reading

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

SUMMERTIME KINGS

GOING DEEP FOR SUMMERTIME KINGS

By: Capt. Lee Haasch 

In my 40 years fishing Lake Michigan I’ve learned that weather plays big part in fishing. Not really a news flash now is it? I’ve also come to accept that there is nothing we can do about the weather, and grumbling really never made a difference in boxing more salmon. Watching trends and weather patterns, well let’s say only makes you ALMOST like a TV weatherman, only it doesn’t pay as well and really doesn’t help in filling the fish cooler either. Continue Reading