Smallmouth Bass Guru Touts Sugar Creek as Top Fishing Destination

If you don’t recognize the name Tim Holschlag, he is a professional smallmouth bass fisherman. I know that may sound like an oxymoron, “professional smallmouth bass fisherman,” but he makes his living fishing for and communicating about smallmouth bass. After fishing one of my favorite smallmouth waters with Holschlag, it was easy to see why […]

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Congress Passes Great American Outdoors Act

Our United States Congress has passed a landmark piece of conservation legislation. Called The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), this bill pays huge dividends for public lands and waters across the country. Now that it has passed the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, the final step for the GAOA to become law […]

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Don’t Overlook North Dakota as a Premiere Outdoors State

Over the course of two trips to North Dakota for different conferences, I covered most of the state. What I found was an answer to the question of why Theodore Roosevelt chose this somewhat unheralded land to serve as his wilderness reprieve from life in New York City. Vast expanses of prairie, rugged badlands, thousands […]

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Topwater Bass Fishing is Hot During the Summer

The temperature was pushing 80 degrees. Not bad for a July afternoon, but this was at 6 a.m. It was going to be a hot one, and I wanted to get my time in on the water before the direct sun drove the bass to the deepest, darkest holes on the creek.

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Grandfather’s Boat Still Building Memories Long After he’s Gone

It’s just an old 1988, 17-foot, semi-v Starcraft with a 48-horse 2-stroke Evinrude. For sale, the boat wouldn’t fetch $3500. But to me, it’s a prized possession beyond monetary value. It’s home to many of my greatest childhood memories. The vessel that carried me to a lifelong love affair with fishing. 

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Common Carp offer exciting fishing opportunities

Standing on a bluff above a clear creek starring down into a large, deep pool, I wipe sweat from my brow while observing cruising shadows below. The carp are schooled up and actively feeding just below a small rifle. They are prime targets.

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U.S. Senate Passes Monumental Conservation Legislation

In a rare show of bipartisanship, the United States Senate passed The Great American Outdoors Act last week. This legislation is huge for public lands and waters, and has far reaching support from sportsmen and non-consumptive outdoor enthusiasts across the country. Any of us alive today, would be lucky to ever see another moment as […]

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