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Feel the Jig—Know the Bites  
By Mark Strand

Dave Genz Teaches Bite Detection  As readers of IceBreakers have come to know, we like to tap into the mind of the man most responsible for the modern ice fishing revolution. He’s a fascinating guy to talk fishing with, and he spends almost every day of the entire winter on the ice. His life centers on testing an endless list of creative and common sense ideas for improving ice fishing success.     At the heart of the ...
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First Ice, Are You Ready?  
By Mike Cyze

It’s inevitable; one day very soon here in the Midwest we are going to wake up and find our favorite fishing water has turned to ice. I don’t know about you, but I look forward to this happening as it signals that another season of drilling holes in the ice and catching fish has arrived. Over the years, the first safe ice season of the year has proven to be one of the best times to be out on the hard water in search of your favorite f...
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Ice Fishing River Backwaters  
By Tom Berg

 Ice anglers routinely chase fish on small farm ponds, deep natural lakes and large reservoirs. One place that they tend to neglect during the winter is rivers. One good reason is that some rivers never freeze solidly during the average Midwestern winter. But, many do freeze and provide safe ice, especially in the quiet backwater areas. Those waters can be dynamite!     Since rivers have varying degrees of current and moving ...
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There Can Still be Good Fishing in November  
By Darrell Taylor

Fortunately, the fall fishing period comes at different times depending on the latitude of a lake. For instance, in Illinois the bass in Lake of Egypt should be in their fall pattern now, but you can also cheat on the calendar period by fishing warm-water discharge lakes farther north in the state. Lakes like Heidecke, Clinton and Newton offer fall fishing until December or January.     My good friend, Ray, of more than 50 years a...
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Blitzing Weed Bass  By Dan Galusha
Heavy surface and subsurface weeds can often be a nightmare for anglers, but they can also be a bass fishing gold mine, if fished properly. While there are several lures and methods used, my favorite is to “blitz the bass.”   &...
October Crappie on the Mississippi River  By Mike Cyze
 Here we are once again in the month of October. Changes in the weather patterns are becoming more obvious day by day as another fall season is knocking on our door. When these changes are occurring, there is a great bite going on all up and dow...
The Rise of Fall’s ‘Eyes  By Mitch Eeagan
Pulling Crawler Harnesses and Snap Jigging Take Top Honors This Time of Year When artists depict walleye in their natural environment, their brushstrokes often reveal an image of these sensational fish practically bellied to bottom while feasting on...
As Midwest Temps Drop, Action Heats Up  By Colby Simms
Autumn Action Heats Up Soon As the air temperatures drop and the leaves change, some of the most consistent fishing action of the entire year heats up in the cooling waters of autumn. Fall brings with it one of the very best times of the year to cha...
How to Catch Transition Time Bass  By Glenn Walker
As bass begin to transition from their deeper summer haunts on the lakes, to shallow water cover in the fall, they’ll be cruising the scattered vegetation or inside weedline that is still remaining. I go about locating these fish in two ways. O...
Small But Mighty Rock Bass  By John Bennett
At least two decades ago, the late, great Jim “Moose” Carden, a longtime writer for MidWest Outdoors, penned an article entitled “Gosh, Oh Gee, Oh Goggle-Eye!” in which he extolled the virtues of the diminutive rock bass. I re...



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