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Honest Engel Cooler Review

Honest Engel Cooler Review

I fish...a lot.  And with that being said, I need a minnow cooler that’ll just keep my bait alive, PERIOD.  I’ve written about the best minnow bucket in the past and rated the Frabill Insulated Cooler with Aerator as the editor’s choice.  That was then, this is...

Creek Chubs Guide – How to Catch, Trap, & Keep Alive

Creek Chubs Guide – How to Catch, Trap, & Keep Alive

If you’ve never used a creek chub for fishing, you’re missing out.  There’s something about them that makes fish SNAP almost every time.  They’re a large, feisty bait that creates a lot of attention in the water.  And when properly rigged, the mixture just means FISH!...

Dakota Walleye Classic 2020 Recap

Dakota Walleye Classic 2020 Recap

Tournament fishing is something that’s in my blood.  If you’re a tournament angler, there’s always a few milestones that you pursue in your fishing career.  For me, one of those milestones was to win the Dakota Walleye Classic.   The Dakota Walleye Classic is a...

Best Snap Weights for Trolling

Best Snap Weights for Trolling

There's no doubt that trolling has come a long way, in the last decade especially.  It's not that some of the fishing methods used are new, but the number of people using them successfully is definitely changing. But if you want my opinion, there's no easier or...

Walleye Tacos Recipe

Walleye Tacos Recipe

It seems like every time we make these walleye tacos someone is asking for this quick and easy recipe, so I figured I'd share it with all of you. This walleye taco recipe has become a staple in our household and anytime we bring fresh fish home, we make them that...

Spring Walleye Trolling Tips for Serious Walleyes

Spring Walleye Trolling Tips for Serious Walleyes

I love finding efficient ways to catch walleye. And in the springtime, one of the most overlooked techniques is shallow water trolling where the big girls reside. It’s no surprise that an article such as this comes from me. I’ve been preaching about the effectiveness...

A Guide’s Life – Being a Fishing Guide in 2020

A Guide’s Life – Being a Fishing Guide in 2020

If you're a fisherman or fisherwoman, you have certainly heard the term “the guides life”. Or you hear people say all the time “oh it must be rough being a guide”. I get it, at first glance it seems glamorous to be able to fish every day.  For those of you who aspire...

Pre-Spawn River Walleye Fishing

Pre-Spawn River Walleye Fishing

My absolute favorite time of the year has finally arrived.  I know I’m not the only angler that intentionally drives over the bridges crossing the Missouri River just to see what the ice is doing.  I’m willing to bet my wife has heard countless reasons as to why it...

Top 10 Boat Accessories for Fishing You Really Need

Top 10 Boat Accessories for Fishing You Really Need

It is official; my mindset has switched from ice fishing to open water fishing.  Almost like clockwork, I attend one sports show and drool over new boats, open water tackle, fishing boat accessories, and a wide range of campers now on the market.  Upon leaving the...

The Ultimate Walleye Trolling Guide

The Ultimate Walleye Trolling Guide

Hi, my name is Chris, and I’m a crankaholic… Yes, I will admit it; I have a problem. I love to fish and when open water season warms up, I love walleye trolling.  And not just trolling for walleyes, I like to take an efficient approach to my fishing. Let me explain…...

Glide Baits – Which to Choose?

Glide Baits – Which to Choose?

The Rapala Jiggin’ Rap isn’t even close to being a new glide bait, but its’ popularity has skyrocketed in recent years.  The one-dimensional ice fishing bait has found a new home in the vast majority of boats. However, the competition has caught on.   We now have...

The Skinny on Fox River Rods (Review)

The Skinny on Fox River Rods (Review)

Google fishing rods and you will be overwhelmed with the number of options out there (about 98 million results). Well, I'm here to make your decision a little bit easier. Just like most anglers, I always had a hodgepodge of different brands in my boat. I couldn't find...

Lake Winnipeg Ice Fishing for Giant Walleyes

Lake Winnipeg Ice Fishing for Giant Walleyes

Lake Winnipeg is known for its walleye ice fishing.  In fact, it's home to the famous “Green Back Walleye,” on Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada.  It offers the best chance at landing a 10+ pound walleye through a hole in the ice.  For years, prior to social media...

Setting Up a Humminbird Helix for Ice Fishing

Setting Up a Humminbird Helix for Ice Fishing

You had your eye on it for a while, saved up some money and now its time. You got your new Humminbird Helix for ice fishing! Going through the settings can get a little confusing, so hopefully, after reading this you'll have a little better understanding and have your...

DIY Ice House Lights for Portable Shacks

DIY Ice House Lights for Portable Shacks

I’ve never been one to leave things stock.  There is just something about taking an idea and producing a finished product.  Some people end up making a good amount of money with their products, like Dave Genz, when he created the original “Fish Trap.”  Since its’...

5 Must Have FREE Apps on your Phone for Ice Fishing

5 Must Have FREE Apps on your Phone for Ice Fishing

It’s amazing how much technology has changed the fishing industry over the past 2 decades.  I can’t tell you how much it’s helped me become a better fisherman. While some may pull the cheating card, the fact is, that fishing will continue to evolve to the point where...

What Makes a Good Ice Fishing Lure for Walleyes?

What Makes a Good Ice Fishing Lure for Walleyes?

In my eyes, I feel walleyes are one of the most difficult freshwater fish to pattern. Why? Well, for starters, there hasn’t been a real long history on walleye fishing. When I was a kid in the 80s, everything was DEEP, DEEP, DEEP...we all know nowadays that that’s not...

That First Ice Feeling

That First Ice Feeling

I have the utmost respect for ice, and you have to if you spend a large amount of time on it fishing. I’ve already been walking on the ice for around a month and logged some pretty good outings so far on walleyes. But now as deep winter sets in, I’m getting tired of...

5 of the Hottest Jigging Spoons on the Ice Today

5 of the Hottest Jigging Spoons on the Ice Today

The ice fishing scene is changing fast, and the evolution of jigging spoons is no different.  Let me explain. Traditionally, you have a flat lead spoon that is molded into various shapes and sizes.  Add a ring and a hook, and you’ve got yourself a fishing lure. But...

Lipless Crankbaits are a Game Changer

Lipless Crankbaits are a Game Changer

Lipless crankbaits are a combination of old and new.  I say they’re old, as I used to throw rattle traps when I was a kid for pike and bass.  We’re talking 20 years ago, so a lipless crankbait isn’t new in that sense. But it’s new in the fact that they're being WIDELY...

3 Tips for Catching Walleyes on Early Ice

3 Tips for Catching Walleyes on Early Ice

Probably my favorite time of year to chase walleyes is on early ice.  While I know many guys who prefer the spring, that’s usually when I’m chasing snow geese so I spend most of my focus early in the winter.  The strong sun rays of the spring deteriorate the ice...

Top 10 Must-Have Ice Fishing Gear Ideas

Top 10 Must-Have Ice Fishing Gear Ideas

Ice fishing season is upon us, and it’s time to gear up for the season.  I’m not the kind of guy who has to replace or upgrade every year, but I am always looking to be more efficient on the ice.  When it comes to my ice fishing gear, I factor price and longevity with...

Jigging Raps – Simple Tricks for Walleyes

Jigging Raps – Simple Tricks for Walleyes

Oh no, another article on jigging raps right? Wrong. I’m not going to talk about how great they are, just how to use them effectively.  At this point, you're already interested and possibly convinced they work for catching walleyes (and they do)... I kind of fought...

Custom Painted Crankbaits – The Future or Fad?

Custom Painted Crankbaits – The Future or Fad?

One thing I’m guilty of and I see I’m not alone these days is my addiction to custom painted crankbaits. Fishing is all about confidence, no matter the presentation or species you’re targeting. I mean, if you don’t think you’re going to catch anything, are you going...

Best Walleye Crankbaits – CrankBait Color Review

Best Walleye Crankbaits – CrankBait Color Review

(Updated 6/24/19) I don't care where in the world you live, whether you're fishing a small river or lake to large reservoirs; there's a place in your arsenal for trolling or casting crankbaits for walleyes.  I personally LOVE trolling crankbaits for big walleyes.  In...

Muskie Trolling in a Nutshell

Muskie Trolling in a Nutshell

They say muskie fishing is about a fish per 10,000 casts right? Well the heck with it, we’re going muskie trolling. Musky trolling is something we’re still learning every time out. Myself, I consider myself a complete amateur. I make the trek to Minnesota about 2-3...

Soft Plastic Baits for Targeting BIG Walleyes

Soft Plastic Baits for Targeting BIG Walleyes

Over the years, soft plastic baits have changed a lot.  I mean, have you looked at the selection nowadays in the big box stores?  It’s crazy how many brands there are. Traditionally, plastic worms were the ticket when fishing for bass.  I used LONG worms that...

How to Tie a Rapala Knot

How to Tie a Rapala Knot

More often than not, I find that most anglers who cast crankbaits just tie the fishing lure straight to the line.  No matter the knot, the problem is it doesn’t allow the crankbait to have that erratic action. Especially when it comes to jerkbaits and crankbaits like...

Salmon – A Game of Trolling

Salmon – A Game of Trolling

Summer is coming and this signals the time of year when we search for kings amongst our favorite waters. These kings I speak of are the Chinook Salmon.   And here, it’s salmon trolling season. I spend a lot of time pursuing salmon in my favorite waters and...

Slow Death Hooks & Rigs for Fishing Walleye

Slow Death Hooks & Rigs for Fishing Walleye

One of my love-hate relationships I have in walleye fishing is slow death fishing. While I love what a proper slow death rig can do, it’s using crawlers that is my least favorite part of fishing late spring and summer. Crawlers are messy, they get everywhere in your...

Lake Sakakawea Fishing – As Good As It Gets

Lake Sakakawea Fishing – As Good As It Gets

One of North America’s largest man-made reservoirs, Lake Sakakawea, can be found in the heart of North Dakota. This lake has countless miles of shoreline, it’s an adventurer’s paradise. In fact, it has more shoreline than the state of California.  You can fish the...

Best Polarized Sunglasses for Fishing on the Market Today

Best Polarized Sunglasses for Fishing on the Market Today

Wearing sunglasses is important, by now we should all know that. While as a kid growing up, I thought wearing sunglasses was more about fashion than being smart. Nowadays, I don’t go anywhere without them. While I’m writing this about the best polarized sunglasses for...

Jig Fishing When It Matters

Jig Fishing When It Matters

I have been fishing jigs my entire life since I could pick up a rod.  Jigs have been the number one lure in my boats and on my rods since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. My father, Jim Peluso, moved to Bismarck, ND back in 1974 chasing work with hockey. One of the...

Why You Should Be Casting Crankbaits for Walleyes

Why You Should Be Casting Crankbaits for Walleyes

There are times during the year when walleyes can be found shallow...real shallow. Normally, you expect it during the spawn. That’s a given in the spring. But outside of that, there are times where the big girls like to stay there too. And when walleyes are shallow,...

How to Make Fishing Leaders The Easy Way

How to Make Fishing Leaders The Easy Way

Making fishing leaders is easy, and it’s really something I had to do more of because of the types of fishing I do. It saves money and I find it to be enjoyable. There are really 2 ways to make a fishing leader. Leaders with a GOOD knot. Leaders made with crimps. Now...

Slip Bobber Fishing Tips for Walleyes

Slip Bobber Fishing Tips for Walleyes

I caught my first walleye slip bobber fishing when I was a kid.  That was many moons ago, but I can still remember it well. My dad tossed out a slip bobber for me and I stared at that thing for what felt like forever (for a 5-year-old it was probably 10 minutes).  It...

Best Fishing Line for Walleye Fishing

Best Fishing Line for Walleye Fishing

A common question I see is... what is the best fishing line for walleye? The reality is there is no one fishing line for every walleye fishing application. Each type of line shines in its own way, depending on how it’s used. For example, what line you use for...

Spring River Walleye Fishing Tips for Monster Fish

Spring River Walleye Fishing Tips for Monster Fish

Bismarck, ND is known for being the state capital of North Dakota. Did you also know it's home of the new North Dakota state walleye record? Yes, the elusive walleye record that stood tall for over 5 decades finally came crashing down right in the city limits of...

Bottom Bouncer Fishing 101 for Walleyes

Bottom Bouncer Fishing 101 for Walleyes

A fisherman from South Dakota invented the bottom bouncer a few decades ago, and it was arguably one of the most notable changes in walleye fishing we’ve ever seen.  There are so many ways to fish bottom bouncers, making it one of the most versatile tactics for...

Best Underwater Fishing Camera for ALL Situations

Best Underwater Fishing Camera for ALL Situations

Do you remember the first time you used an underwater fishing camera? I do, clearly. I was at a bait shop in Detroit Lakes, MN and they were renting one out. My dad rented it and we ventured out to our favorite, family lake. I was in awe with what I saw...

Best Fishing Knot Tool for Everyone

Best Fishing Knot Tool for Everyone

I was introduced recently to a fishing knot tool that I thought was pretty darn cool.  Now I'm pretty confident with my fishing knots, especially for Mono and Braid.  But I always am looking for new ideas when it comes to fishing knots for leaders.  I've used...

Best Ice Cleats on Hardwater

Best Ice Cleats on Hardwater

Have you ever ended up on your back, looking up, after slipping on the ice?  Well, I’ve been there, more than once. And each time, as I look up the first thing on my mind is, why aren’t I wearing ice cleats???The reality is, if you’re going to be spending...

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