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  • Upper Great Plains Muskie Club offers seminar Saturday, March 21
  • Ted Takasaki headlines IGLFC’s spring fishing seminar
  • Love That Northwest Angle
  • Winter Bird Feeding Tips
  • Using your eyes to see beneath the ice
  • It’s all about the kids
  • Bluegill Bite Turns on for Iowa Team Extreme
  • Hopkins & Allen Falling Block Rifle
  • Third Annual Yellow Bass Bonanza Set for February 8 on Clear Lake
  • Factors that influence fishing success
  • 13 Fishing’s Ticklestick Tested!
  • Team Extreme coming to West Lake Okoboji
  • Fishing for Taneycomo’s rainbow trout
  • Out on the ice
  • Ice fishing continues to evolve
  • Decoy Dilemma

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Recent NWIO Articles

  • Ice going, going…gone?
    Ice going, going…gone?

    By Steve Weisman Things are changing. The first week of March we were still ice fishing, and as I write this column, Big Spirit, East Okoboji, Minnewashta, Upper Gar and Lower Gar are completely ice free. West Okoboji, as it normally does, is taking longer. What is amazing is that this all happened without a spring rain. However, we had several sunny 60+ degree days. The power of the spring sun is truly amazing. I stopped in at the Hatchery, and the northern pike spawn will be over and done quickly. They bring them in, take the eggs needed and Read more →

  • Upper Great Plains Muskie Club offers seminar Saturday, March 21
    Upper Great Plains Muskie Club offers seminar Saturday, March 21

    By Steve Weisman If you are like me, I spend at least some of my weekends watching outdoor shows on television. One that I run across quite often is “Keyes Outdoors.” Mike Keyes is host to this show, which is the largest nationally televised musky show in the country. Guess what! Outdoors enthusiasts in this area will have the chance to see Keyes in person! The Upper Great Plains (Chapter 29) muskie club is hosting a Mike Keyes seminar on Saturday, March 21 at the Pelican Ridge Club House on the east side of Lower Gar. Doors open at 6:30 Read more →

  • Ted Takasaki headlines IGLFC’s spring fishing seminar
    Ted Takasaki headlines IGLFC’s spring fishing seminar

    By Steve Weisman Each year the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club (IGLFC) holds an early spring fishing seminar at the Hap Ketelsen Center in Everly. This year’s seminar, which will be held on Friday, March 13, will feature Ted Takasaki, Hall of Fame professional angler and a widely renowned speaker. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a meal followed by the seminar at 7 p.m. The evening is free to all IGFC members and $10 for non-club members. According to Terry Thomsen, vice president of the IGLFC, “We are excited to have Ted Takasaki give a presentation for the IGLFC. Read more →

  • Love That Northwest Angle
    Love That Northwest Angle

    By Steve Weisman Last week my son, Curt and I spent three 8-hour days in a permanent ice shack way up at Lake of the Woods’ Northwest Angle. Crazy? Well, maybe to some people, but for us they were three days of “ice angler heaven!” We headquartered out of Jake’s Northwest Angle resort (www.jakesnorthwestangle.com) and utilized the guiding expertise of Big Mike Jenison. In his 14th year of ice fishing the Angle, Curt has struck up a strong friendship with three anglers from Kansas City, MO: Bob Switzer, Michael Burris and Doug Sutton. Their reason for coming up each year Read more →

  • Winter Bird Feeding Tips
    Winter Bird Feeding Tips

    By Darial Weisman As we move into winter months, bird feeding enthusiasts (my husband and I are two of them) get the opportunity to watch a wide range of birds. Because we have several things that wintering birds like, they are attracted to our yard. First off, our neighborhood is secluded with lots of mature oak trees and pine trees. These provide protection from the incredible northwest winds that come so often and also the potential winter storms. At the same time, the trees offer protection from predators. The pine trees, especially, afford protection during a snowstorm. At the same Read more →

  • Using your eyes to see beneath the ice
    Using your eyes to see beneath the ice

    By Steve Weisman My favorite ice fishing occurs when I can sight fish, actually watch the action below the ice with my own eyes. To me, it’s the ultimate. To be able to watch the fish approach the lure, to see its response to the presentation and then (hopefully) the resulting strike – or if not, the resulting refusal. That is the total package as far as I am concerned. Yes, I know that flashers will show us fish approaching, fish moving up and down with the lure and when the fish is in the hot zone. Most of the Read more →

  • It’s all about the kids
    It’s all about the kids

    By Steve Weisman Kids catching fish. It doesn’t get any better than that. Last Saturday I had the opportunity to be part of the Scheels Ice Demo at Bacon Park in Sioux City. Several Clam pro staffers, along with Scheels pro staffers, were on hand to help ice anglers young and old alike learn more about ice fishing products and fishing techniques. Penni Heitmann, events coordinator for Scheels, organized the event to coincide with the Iowa DNR’s early afternoon stocking of catchable rainbow trout into Bacon Creek Park waters. It took only a few minutes, and as they say when Read more →

  • Bluegill Bite Turns on for Iowa Team Extreme
    Bluegill Bite Turns on for Iowa Team Extreme

    By Steve Weisman “I’m tickled with the size and numbers of the bluegills brought to the scales,” said Iowa Team Extreme Ice Fishing tournament director Rod Woten, as he reflected on the results of Sunday’s tournament held on West Okoboji’s Emerson Bay. “It never ceases to amaze me.” With 22 teams competing, 17 teams brought 12-fish limits to the scales, while four teams caught a bluegill that weighed over a pound. The team of Jade and Jon Furman from Milford took the title with a 12-fish weight of 8.17 pounds. Their largest bluegill was a 1.11 pounder. For their efforts, Read more →

  • Hopkins & Allen Falling Block Rifle
    Hopkins & Allen Falling Block Rifle

    By: John Hackett The Hopkins & Allen Manufacturing Company of Norwich CT was founded in 1866.  The name was changed to Hopkins & Allen Arms Company in 1896.  The company was taken over by Marlin-Rockwell Corp. in 1914.  Hopkins & Allen was known mainly for their revolvers, but the firm did start manufacturing single shot rifles about 1888.  The first of these were of a rolling block style.  Later production saw true falling block actions used.  The company also produced a number of both single shot and side-by-side shotguns. This month’s old gun is one of the latter production Hopkins Read more →

  • Third Annual Yellow Bass Bonanza Set for February 8 on Clear Lake
    Third Annual Yellow Bass Bonanza Set for February 8 on Clear Lake

    By Steve Weisman The third annual Yellow Bass Bonanza scheduled for Saturday, February 8 on Clear Lake it promises to be bigger than ever. Clear Lake-area guides and organizers of the event Kevan Paul and Chris Scholl expect to reach the 250-team cutoff in 2015. “Our first year went great with 195 anglers,” said Paul. “Last year we hit 236 teams, and this year slots are filling faster than ever!” According to Paul and Scholl, the Yellow Bass Bonanza is truly an ice fishing tournament that gives everybody a chance to “reel in” some really great cash and prizes. Based Read more →


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