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Watch Larry Ladowski and friends catch monster smallmouths on Lake Michigan

Video of the Week: Monster Smallies!

This will get you wishin’ for some summertime fishin’ for sure… Larry Ladowski heads onto Sturgeon Bay with Bret Alexander and Mike Welsh. Drop-shotting with Gulp! and it’s yours for just one click!

Google Map showing layout of dove hunting lands

An Early Hunt on the Wings of a Spreading Tradition

Midwestern dove hunting kicks off the season in style As featured in the September, 2015 issue of MidWest Outdoors magazine, Field Editor Ray Eye takes to the dove fields near Greenfield, Illinois for opening day of dove season. He is hosted by dove management guru Mike Weller, at the beautiful grounds of Shudwell Outdoors. This video tells the story of dove management and hunting at Shudwell, something that all dove …

Images of Pat Smith, for Podcast episode #7

MWO Podcast #7: Pat Smith, In his own Words

Scour the annals of fishing history and you will be hard-pressed to find anybody as quietly influential and pure of motivation as Pat Smith. He made his mark primarily during a long stay at Thorne Brothers tackle shop in the Minneapolis area, but his influence extends deep into the fishing industry in other capacities. These days, he sells gear to the stores you buy it from, working for Big Rock …

Author Jason Mitchell with a big walleye

One Man’s Opinion: Midwest’s Best Walleye Waters

by Jason Mitchell The Midwest is ground zero for walleye fishing popularity. Midwesterners love their fish with the white-tipped tails and luckily, there are several great walleye fishing destinations across the northern tier of the United States. Of course we couldn’t put every great walleye fishery on this list and the list is in no particular order. This list is nothing more than some top-notch fisheries that are fishing extremely …

Northern Lights display in Canada

Northern Lights: Enjoy the Show, but go Fishing Early

A showstopper it is, but the Northern Lights, or ‘Aurora borealis’ as it’s known, almost always has a big impact on fishing the next day. The phenomenon is well understood in most respects, but is being researched continuously, so we don’t know everything about it. The dancing nighttime lights, which sometimes flow across the sky in awe-inspiring movement and colors, are caused by collisions between electrically-charged particles from the sun …

Huge catch of walleyes that helped sell Lindy Rigs

Behind the Scenes: Marv Koep on a famous fish photo

Talk about things coming together nicely. On a memorable morning in the late 1960s, fishing legends Al and Ron Lindner, Ron’s young sons Bill and Jim, several other of the famous Nisswa Guides, Marv Koep, owner of Nisswa Bait & Tackle, and some guide clients hit the water around the Brainerd Lakes Area. The catch they made was historic: more than 100 big walleyes fell victim to a newfangled fishing …

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Dan Gapen as a youngster and as he looks now, at 83

MWO Podcast #6: Dan Gapen In his own Words

Lots of us know at least something about the life and fishing accomplishments of Dan Gapen, Sr. Known for his prowess fishing rivers, and for inventing the Ugly Bug, Bait Walker, and other tackle items. But there is so much more to his story, and it begins in the June, 2015 edition of MidWest Outdoors magazine. Listen in as the conversation continues for nearly an hour, here on the podcast, with Dan …

Andrew Ragas with big summer smallmouth bass

Scoring Summer Smallmouths

by Andrew Ragas Editor’s note: we asked Andrew Ragas to offer up some great places to fish smallmouth bass in his northern Wisconsin stomping grounds, which he is doing in a two-part series in MidWest Outdoors magazine. The where-to tips start with spring and summer, in the June, 2015 issue. Then, Ragas gives up some great fall smallmouth lakes in the August, 2015 issue. Meanwhile, we asked him: “after we …

Vast scene of Missouri Ozarks

Learn ‘Power Scouting’ for Turkeys

In April, Ray Eye, MidWest Outdoors hunting instructor, and brother Marty had just a few days to nail down the locations of roosted turkeys for 16 members of the outdoor media. If you’ve ever been to the southern Ozark mountains of Missouri, you know they had their work cut out… it’s a vast land of rugged ravines, winding streams and almost endless turkey habitat. Ray and Marty use their own …