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  • Hopkins & Allen Falling Block Rifle
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  • Factors that influence fishing success
  • 13 Fishing’s Ticklestick Tested!
  • Team Extreme coming to West Lake Okoboji
  • Fishing for Taneycomo’s rainbow trout
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  • 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 →

  • Factors that influence fishing success
    Factors that influence fishing success

    By Bob Jensen Fishing the Midwest Fishing Team Whether you’re fishing in open water or through the ice, the color of your lure can affect how many fish you catch. That is especially obvious when an angler is fishing through the ice and is watching a depth-finder. You see everything that goes on directly below that hole. If a fish comes in and looks at your bait but doesn’t eat it, you know about it. If that happens too often, and three or four times is too often, something needs to be changed. One of the things that should be Read more →

  • 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 →


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