California’s Biggest Crappie: Bass Angler Sets A New Record While Fishing On Clear Lake

David Burruss, owner of Clear Lake Outdoors in Lakeport, California, just broke the state record crappie when he reeled in 4.33-pound black crappie out of the Northern California’s fishing crown jewel, Clear Lake. The Lake Country Record-Bee reported that David was bass fishing with a 4-inch soft plastic swimbait when the record-setting crappie swiped his lure.  Clear lake receives an incredible amount of fishing pressure and …

7 Panfish Lures You Can Rely On All Year

Live bait is best for producing panfish year-round, but there are times throughout the year when artificial lures will outperform the real deal. The key to catching panfish on artificial lures is to “match the hatch” making sure the size of your lure is the same size as the forage panfish are munching on that day. Here are seven lures …

The 5 Best Soft Plastics For Catching Gigantic Crappie

Flies and Roadrunner jigs were my most productive lures during my early years of crappie fishing.  However, my selection of crappie lures has increased throughout the years as lure manufacturers continued to offer a variety of soft plastic baits for panfish. Some of the hottest soft plastic styles of crappie lures available today are double-tail grubs, minnow or shad imitators, …

Behind The Bait: An Underwater Look At The Karl’s Amazing Baits Martian

Karl’s Amazing Bait Martian Karl’s Amazing Baits little Martian has been was launched into the fishing galaxy because of its unique ability to fool fish. Measuring just under two inches, the Martian has a ribbed body beefy enough for natural hooking ability. Below the frame are two martian like antennas that dangle and quiver with gentle strokes of the rod. …

Fall Kayak Fishing for SLAB Crappies in Shallow Weeds!

Friend of the program and established YouTube anglers Minndak Outdoors has been on a tear lately shooting geese, jigging perch, and catching butterball crappies in their home state of South Dakota. In this blog, I’m going to give you a brief rundown on one extremely productive day of fall crappie fishing brought to you by Minndak Outdoors. Starting Things Off …

Fall Fishing For Bluegill: 10 Tips You Need To Know

During the summer you can find an abundance of small bluegill in hot shallow water, but big bluegill seek cooler temperatures in deep water. When the weather turns cooler in the fall and water temperatures start dropping the big bluegill move briefly to the shallows again to feed. As the days grow shorter and water temperatures start plummeting bigger bluegill return …

Fall Fishing For Crappie: 10 Tips You Need To Know

Leaves turning colors and air temperatures dropping signal the start of the crappie fall feeding festival.  When autumn arrives, crappie snap out of their summer doldrums and gorge on baitfish in preparation for a long, cold winter. The fish migrate from their deep summer haunts to the dining areas of the shallow flats.  Here are 10 tips you need to know …

How To Avoid Summer Fish Kills When The Lake Feels Like Bathwater

When the heat is on during summertime, many game fish are vulnerable to the bathwater temperatures of our fisheries throughout the country.Most game fish can tolerate and remain in shallow hot water for short periods of time but fish are cold-blooded and are unable to regulate their body temperature so they are influenced by the temperature of the water. The …

State Record Bluegill

The Record Bluegill Sunfish For Every State In America

Bluegill are the one of the most accessible, popular, and best tasting freshwater fish in North America. And pound for pound, they might be one of the hardest fighting. Part of the Sunfish family, bluegill prefer warm water lakes, rivers, creeks, and ponds. Bluegill are opportunists when it comes to feeding and will commonly eat things like plankton, insects, worms, …