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Jerry Carlson/By fishing new lakes and exploring unfished locations on our favorite lakes, hotspots that hold quality fish like this smallmouth can often be discovered.
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Do Your Homework Before Exploring New Water

Every summer I make an effort to explore a few new lakes to see if there are bodies of water I am not familiar with that need some attention. I also make a concerted effort to spend time looking for new fishing spots on my list of regulars. Either way, there is some research that is done before I get to the landing.

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Wacky Rigs
Jerry Carlson/Wacky rigs can be utilized for the entire summer if modifications like weighted and weedless hooks are made.
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Wacky Options for All Summer

It was going to be an interesting day on the water. I had two enthusiastic anglers in my boat that had limited fishing experience. As we were casting weedless jigs and jigworms along the deep weedline, it became apparent to me that they had not developed the feel and finesse for this style of angling.

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Take A Kid Fishing This Weekend

Hey kids, listen up. You don't need a license to fish in Minnesota -- and this weekend, adults don't either as long as they take you along. It's 'Take A Kid Fishing' Weekend in Minnesota this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; and adults that take a child 15 & younger fishing don't need a license.

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Walleye-Fishing
Sometimes, adding speed to your presentation will turn negative fish into aggressive biters./A long rod, Vanish leader and a crawler on a slow death rig helped Charlie Simkins bring in this beauty. -- Jerry Carlson
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Walleye: Trolling For Speed Bumps

It was a hard thing to understand. According to my electronics, the large, rocky reef we were targeting was littered with scattered pods of fish. From previous experiences at this location, we were certain the arcs on the screen were walleye. We just couldn’t make them bite.

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Tackle
Jerry Carlson/ There are several options when it comes to targeting bass on the deep weedline. My favorite is the jigworm tipped with a PowerBait Shaky Worm.
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Worming the Deep Weedline

When it comes to targeting summertime bass, there are truly a multitude of methods and strategies that will catch fish. These strategies vary from angler to angler and will cater to the demands of working a particular type of bass holding structure.

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Smallmouth Bass
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Little Girl With Little Fishing Poll Catches Huge Fish [VIDEO]

This is just too cute!

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Minnesota Fishing Opener: Pete 6, Fish 0 (Walleye Did Not Participate)

I spent the 2015 Minnesota fishing opener today in my kayak on the Sauk River chain of lakes near Richmond, and ended the day with 4 Small Mouth Bass, 1 Northern, and a Channel Catfish. Apparently the Walleye were scratched from today's lineup.

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Something Fishy’s Going On In Minnesota: Walleye Opener Tomorrow

Few days in Minnesota are celebrated like the opening weekend of the fishing season. Tomorrow marks the start of the 2015 walleye season on our 11,842 lakes. (I know we say 10,000 -- but Minnesotans don't like to brag.) I'll be spending the day on the water up north. Here are some interesting Minnesota fishing facts.

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Silhouettes of father and son (13-14) standing in boat fishing
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Lack of Snow and Rain May Make Fishing a Struggle on Minnesota Lakes This Year

I don't know about you but I'm more than ready to hit the water this year.  Fishing opener is just a little over a week away, but the lack of snow and rain may have a negative impact on that and other water activities this year.

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Jerry Carlson
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Adapting to Conditions Is Part of the Game

As we drove into the lot at Island View Lodge on Rainy Lake in northern Minnesota, it only took a moment to realize this was going to be a different sort of walleye trip for our group. Instead of being greeted by the serenity of the landscape, we were greeted by sandbags and huge pumps spewing water from behind the makeshift dam.

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Jerry Carlson -- Cashing in on the spring panfish bonanza is an enjoyable time of the year for many anglers.
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The Spring Panfish Bonanza

Every spring, I look forward to the days when I can drop a boat into open water and fish the shallow water panfish bite. For me, this is an enjoyable time that frequently offers some of the best crappie and bluegill angling of the year.

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Your 2014 Fishing License Expires This Saturday

2014 Minnesota fishing licenses expire this Saturday, February 28th -- so if you plan on fishing Sunday, you'll need to get a fresh one. Get caught fishing without one, and it'll cost you $135. Good news, you can get a new one from the DNR online right here.

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