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  • 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
  • Lots of outdoor choices
  • Kabele’s Trading Post Presents “Shop with the Pros 2014”
  • Time to throw away the spring bobbers?
  • Time to Enjoy the Fall Songbird Migration
  • The FP-45 Liberator Pistol
  • Proper positioning of arrow rests
  • Northwest Iowa Fur Exchange to hold open house on Oct. 11
  • Teal opener good
  • New Southern Archery location offers more security, expansion opportunity
  • Water Brains? In our lakes?
  • Proposed fishing regulations topic of four public meetings
  • Fingerling perch stocked in Trumbull Lake and Virgin Lake
  • Get set for hunting seasons
  • Sportsmen need a better sense of smell

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Recent NWIO Articles

  • 13 Fishing’s Ticklestick Tested!
    13 Fishing’s Ticklestick Tested!

    by Shane Christiansen Thanks to mother nature bringing us an early cold snap to the midwest in November, I was able to take my new 23″ UltraLite Ticklestick, made by 13 Fishing, to a notorious crappie slough in South Dakota for some pleasure testing. The crappie there always seem to bite every day, however their bite ranges from extreme aggressive to neutral to negative, varying from fish to fish. So to ensure limits of 15″ plus size crappie, one has to be ready for the ever changing bite and capitalize on every opportunity. Using trigger-x mustache worms on a 5mm Read more →

  • Team Extreme coming to West Lake Okoboji
    Team Extreme coming to West Lake Okoboji

    By Steve Weisman The Iowa Team Extreme Ice Fishing Circuit Series kicks off its second year with its opening tournament on northwest Iowa’s West Lake Okoboji on Sunday, January 11. Rod Woten, the Iowa Team Extreme Tournament Director, is excited to bring this opportunity to anglers across the state. “This is a great opportunity for ice anglers. Since Team Extreme is a regional tournament circuit, anglers can fish an entire circuit without the need to put in all of the windshield time that a larger circuit requires. It’s a chance for anglers just wanting to test out the tournament waters.” Read more →

  • Fishing for Taneycomo’s rainbow trout
    Fishing for Taneycomo’s rainbow trout

    By Steve Weisman Vacations are fun. Plain and simple, they give us a time to relax, get away and explore new areas. One of the favorite trip destinations for my wife and me is 10 hours south: Branson, MO. We meet two couples, Bill and Diane Elling from Estherville and John and Joanne Amick from Oelwein, and spend several days enjoying a “dichotomy of trips,” so to speak. First there is all of the action of the Branson Strip bustling with its fine music (over 100 shows), dining, shopping and sight-seeing. At the same time, go just a few blocks Read more →

  • Out on the ice
    Out on the ice

    By Steve Weisman Hasn’t our weather been crazy the past few weeks. From bone-chilling cold, to snowy to well above freezing temperatures, I think we’ve seen it all. In many places, especially on our smaller lakes, the ice is good enough for ice fishing. In other places, especially on Big Spirit, East and West Okoboji, there are definitely some suspect areas…patches of open water across West Lake. So, I have ventured on two different lakes so far with mixed results. The first was Lake Minnewashta last week. I fished in front of the south boat ramp and found 8-10 inches Read more →

  • Ice fishing continues to evolve
    Ice fishing continues to evolve

    By Steve Weisman Wow! Have there been a lot of fishing changes over the last 60 years or so. However, I don’t think anything has changed more than ice fishing. With all of the changes since the 1950s, we have gone from what I would call the “dark ages” into the “new age!” Let’s take a look.   Growing up I have been ice fishing since the late 1950s, when I was a kid growing up in north central South Dakota. It was pretty rudimentary in those days, and we pretty much stood around a chiseled ice hole watching a Read more →

  • Decoy Dilemma
    Decoy Dilemma

    by Clark Schmitz Over many years of bow hunting whitetails, one thing I can count on, certain- things will change. Good or bad, no two hunting seasons will be the same. Ever changing deer patterns, weather conditions, neighbor’s livestock / pets, and food sources result in the need to be flexible in your hunting tactics. I‘ve enjoyed using deer decoys off and on for a long time and find it fascinating how differently each deer may react to the decoy. The use of a life sized deer decoy is definitely a two edged sword. It may put a deer right Read more →

  • Lots of outdoor choices
    Lots of outdoor choices

    By Steve Weisman This is one of those times of the year when the outdoor activity action seems to go crazy, After all, with the fall weather, we still have anglers wading for walleyes in the evening, boat fishermen chasing perch during the day, pheasant season underway, archery deer hunting going on, waterfowl hunting and as of last Saturday, the furharvester season is now open. Hard to do it all, isn’t it! As with a lot of our seasons, the furharvesters take the most fur in the first two weeks of the season. According to the Iowa DNR, the number Read more →

  • Kabele’s Trading Post Presents “Shop with the Pros 2014”
    Kabele’s Trading Post Presents “Shop with the Pros 2014”

    By Steve Weisman By mid-November, ice fishermen are chomping at the bit hoping for that first real cold snap to put enough ice on the lakes to begin the ice fishing season. That’s why Thane and Tanya Johnson, owners of Kabele’s Trading Post in Spirit Lake have put their annual “Shop with the Pros 2014” event on Saturday, November 15. What better way to kick off the ice fishing season than with a day set aside just for ice fishing, a day to meet the pros, to listen to five different seminars, to browse and look at all the latest Read more →

  • Time to throw away the spring bobbers?
    Time to throw away the spring bobbers?

    Over the years of ice fishing, many anglers can attest to problems with spring bobbers in cold environments. From icing up to losing sensitivity, ice fishermen had to go back to their shanty to warm up their spring bobbers to get the desired action back. Many companies have tried to combat this issue with different materials and tensile strengths, only to satisfy ice anglers partly. This issue with spring bobbers opened the door to many companies designing “noodle rods”, to take place of the spring bobber due to a more flexible tip. The drawbacks to that idea is you still Read more →

  • Time to Enjoy the Fall Songbird Migration
    Time to Enjoy the Fall Songbird Migration

     Darial Weisman Fall is a time of anticipation and a desire to get our outdoor “things” done before winter decides to arrive. Fall is also a great time to attract a wide range of songbirds, both migrating and those that stick around. Bird feeding and bird watching continues to gain popularity. According to an outdoor recreation survey conducted by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Americans spend about $300 million each year to view wildlife. Most of that comes with bird feeding and bird watching! With just a few feeders, you can draw some of the most beautiful songbirds Read more →


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