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  1. Spring crappie fishing is prime for excitement

    Spring crappie fishing is prime for excitement

    Spring crappie fishing is prime for excitement
    Long and slender they are not, not when you get a big one. Reel in a crappie at least 10 inches long, and better yet 12 to 15, and you’ve got yourself a football-shaped fish. They put that slab body to work, too, fighting hard, something that makes them especially enjoyable on light tackle. And they taste great on the...
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  2. Tips for finding, catching spring trout

    Tips for finding, catching spring trout

    Tips for finding, catching spring trout
    To the angler, spring commonly means trout, brooks, browns, rainbows and even goldens, widely known as palominos. They’re all great fun to catch. They’re associated so closely with this time of year, of course, because that’s when many state fish agencies stock them into streams and lakes by the tens and even hundreds of thousands. Fishermen and women flock to...
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  3. Use a wading staff to battle deceptive water, currents

    Use a wading staff to battle deceptive water, currents

    Use a wading staff to battle deceptive water, currents
    Boating safety instructors, those who teach newbies how to get in and out of canoes in particular, repeat it all the time. Maintain three points of contact. Meaning, you have two hands and two feet. At least three of those should be on the boat or on solid ground at all times. That keeps you from falling. Anglers, those who...
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  4. Properly dispose of old fishing line

    Properly dispose of old fishing line

    Properly dispose of old fishing line
    It is, by design, supposed to be rugged and long lasting. And it certainly is. That’s what makes it so dangerous, in a sense. Monofilament fishing lasts a long, long, long time in the environment. Unfortunately, animals – from birds to turtles and more – sometimes get caught in discarded line. And the results can be deadly. An example comes...
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  5. Tips on choosing the right fishing rod

    Tips on choosing the right fishing rod

    Tips on choosing the right fishing rod
    The choices can be bewildering. Walk into any tackle shop and say something as seemingly direct as “I want to buy a fishing rod” and be prepared to get peppered with questions. What kind do you want? What will you be fishing for? How will you use it? What baits or lures do you plan to cast with it, in...
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  6. Steelhead fishing throughout the seasons

    Steelhead fishing throughout the seasons

    Steelhead fishing throughout the seasons
    The onset of fall brings with it the beginning of steelhead fishing. But just the beginning. Crowds of anglers flock to the water early on, when fresh fish first start showing up and the weather is still warm and, at least sometimes, cooperative. The action lasts a lot longer than some think, though. In the Great Lakes states in particular...
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  7. Think location, appetites for fall smallmouth bass

    Think location, appetites for fall smallmouth bass

    Think location, appetites for fall smallmouth bass
    There are certain times of year when fishing is really, really tough. Fall is not necessarily one of them, especially when it comes to smallmouth bass in rivers. In fact, autumn offers some of the best river bass action of the year. You just have to go where the fish are and give them what they want. That’s easier than...
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  8. Variety the spice of life, and of trout fishing, too

    Variety the spice of life, and of trout fishing, too

    Variety the spice of life, and of trout fishing, too
    Rare – like Bigfoot rare -- is the angler who has just one type of lure or one size hook in his tackle box. They probably don’t exist. Variety, that’s what every fisherman or woman wants. So why not with our trout, too? The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocks four types of trout each spring. They’re browns, rainbows, brooks...
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  9. Taxidermy an art form, but do your homework

    Taxidermy an art form, but do your homework

    Taxidermy an art form, but do your homework
    The days of taxidermy being little more than ratty-looking stuffed heads on grandpa’s wall are over. Or at least it can be. Taxidermy has evolved into an art form. If you doubt that, visit the annual exhibitions put on by groups like the Pennsylvania Taxidermist Association or their counterparts in other states. The mounts you’ll encounter are lifelike, yet also...
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  10. Think northern pike for early spring action

    Think northern pike for early spring action

    Think northern pike for early spring action
    Some pretty amazing trout fishing is on the horizon. The crappie and walleye bites pick up shortly after that. Then there’s bass. But for now? Northern pike — learn more about them here — are the king of early, early spring. Among the first fish to spawn each year, they’ll be in the shallows and as accessible as they’re going...
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