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  • In Search of Redfish
  • A look at tungsten
  • Big Buck Contest Feb. 6th!
  • IGLFC to Host Fishing Seminar Thursday, February 11
  • Fourth Annual Yellow Bass Bonanza Set for February 14 on Clear Lake
  • Don’t give up! Don’t ever give up!
  • Snow poses problems on the ice
  • Northwest Iowa Outdoors is now on the radio!
  • Winter Panfish Preview on the Iowa Great Lakes
  • Experiencing Branson’s Lake Taneycomo Trout Fishing
  • Reflecting on pheasant hunt at Hole N the Wall Farm
  • Reminder – Stub Gray Shooting Range is Now Open
  • Where Do We Go Now?
  • Kabele’s Trading Post Prepares for “Shop with the Pros 2015”
  • Halloween at Hillview Park
  • Early Season Urban Bow Hunt
  • Pheasant hunters excited about improved pheasant numbers

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  • In Search of Redfish
    In Search of Redfish

    By Steve Weisman Remember last Tuesday’s blizzard? You know, the foot of snow and 50 mph winds? I have a confession to make to you. I don’t because, well, my wife and I chose to be in St. Augustine during that time. Good timing, huh? As a matter of fact, we joined friends from Estherville, and on Tuesday Bill and I happened to be sightfishing for redfish in one of the many low tide creeks along the intercoastal waterway with Captain James Dumas, owner of Drum Man Charters (www.drummancharters.com). Using a 17’ Dragonfly Grand Slam with a seven-inch draft, Captain Read more →

  • A look at tungsten
    A look at tungsten

    By Steve Weisman When you think jigging and ice fishing for panfish, the key has always been “think small.” The trouble is traditionally small has meant a jig that seemed to take forever to move its way through the water column to reach the fish. It didn’t matter as much when the water was only 4-5 feet deep, but deeper than that and it was a real pain. Plus, being able to get a jigging cadence going was also difficult because the jig was so light. Enter tungsten. Tungsten jigs have been the rage for perhaps the last three years Read more →

  • Big Buck Contest Feb. 6th!

    Big Buck Contest! Malm Fishing Service, Doosky’s & Outdoors With John are teaming to present a big buck contest Saturday February 6th, 2016. Registration for entrants start at noon at the Doosky’s East location. Doosky’s resturant is located at the golf course along State Highway 140 on the south side of Kingsley Iowa. The public is welcome! You do not need an entry to attend. Judging will start at 1:00 PM. An official Pope & Young scorer will be present to score the racks. All racks must have the harvest tag still attached. Prize payout are as follows: $300 for the Read more →

  • IGLFC to Host Fishing Seminar Thursday, February 11
    IGLFC to Host Fishing Seminar Thursday, February 11

    By Steve Weisman Each February the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club (IGLFC) hosts a fishing seminar opportunity for both IGLFC members and non-members alike. This year’s seminar will take place on Thursday, February 11 at the Hap Ketelsen Community Center in Everly and will features Iowa native and accomplished tournament angler Tommy Skarlis as guest speaker. According to IGLFC Vice President, Terry Thomsen, “The seminar is free for iGLFC members, while the cost for non-members will be $10. We will have IGLFC family memberships to the club for sale at the door that night for $20.” Doors will open at Read more →

  • Fourth Annual Yellow Bass Bonanza Set for February 14 on Clear Lake
    Fourth Annual Yellow Bass Bonanza Set for February 14 on Clear Lake

    By Steve Weisman The fourth annual Yellow Bass Bonanza presented by Mason City Power Sports is scheduled for Sunday, February 14 on Clear Lake, and it promises to be bigger than ever. Clear Lake-area guides and organizers of the event, Kevan Paul and Chris Scholl have already reached the 250-team cutoff in 2016 just as they did in 2015. “Our first year went great with 195 anglers,” says Paul. “The next year we hit 236 teams and last year 250. Last year 5,429 yellow bass were brought to the scales, and this year’s slots filled faster than ever!” The Yellow Read more →

  • Don’t give up! Don’t ever give up!
    Don’t give up! Don’t ever give up!

    By Steve Weisman As a former teacher and coach, I’ve always liked motivational speakers and quotes that challenge us to do better and to “reach for the stars.” There are a lot of great ones out there, but there is one that still gives me goose bumps. I know I have mentioned this one before, but the one that gets me the most is one from the late Jim Valvano. The year was 1993 and the evening of the annual Espy Awards. The words came from Valvano, the former North Carolina State men’s basketball coach. Terminally ill with bone cancer, Read more →

  • Snow poses problems on the ice
    Snow poses problems on the ice

    By Steve Weisman Finally some cold weather! The extended 15-day forecast shows daytime temperatures between the teens and mid-20s, while the lows range from single digits to mid-teens. That is good news. However, there is still some concern for the lakes where ice formed before the last snowfall. That blanket of snow will slow down the ice-making process and cause inconsistent ice thickness. It might be two inches in one spot; a few yards away it could be six inches…that makes caution really important. Plus, you really can’t tell where there might be a bad spot or a seam. The Read more →

  • Northwest Iowa Outdoors is now on the radio!
    Northwest Iowa Outdoors is now on the radio!

    Northwest Iowa Outdoors is excited to announce our new radio show. Tune to KSCJ 1360AM every Saturday morning from 7:00-7:30 for the Outdoors with John Show, brought to you by Northwest Iowa Outdoors. John Hackett and Paul Malm team to provide coverage and commentary on topics pertaining to our corner of the state. We look forward to your continued support that has made our publication and website a great success. The show is also streamed live at kscj.com. Past episodes will be available on this website. Read more →

  • Winter Panfish Preview on the Iowa Great Lakes
    Winter Panfish Preview on the Iowa Great Lakes

    By Steve Weisman With the entire open water panfishing so outstanding on the Iowa Great Lakes, ice fishermen can hardly wait to see what the hard water season will bring. Big Spirit, East Okoboji, Upper Gar, Minnewashta and West Okoboji consistently produced excellent panfishing action all summer. From perch, to yellow bass to crappies and bluegills…it was awesome. Let’s take a look at each lake for an ice fishing preview. Before we start, however, a word of caution…be careful of the ice conditions. Not all ice is “created equal,” and it is always wise to use common sense and caution. Read more →

  • Experiencing Branson’s Lake Taneycomo Trout Fishing
    Experiencing Branson’s Lake Taneycomo Trout Fishing

    By Steve Weisman For the past several years, my wife and I have joined two other couples for a week trip to Branson, MO. We’ve been going there for so long that it is actually kind of like coming home when we reach the crest of the hill that announces Branson city limits. For one thing, there is so much for us to do as couples, ranging from seeing a variety of shows to day-tripping to just kicking back and relaxing and enjoying the milder weather. In the case this year, that meant missing the big snowstorm that rolled across Read more →


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