In a column earlier this year I explained about how many deep lakes and reservoirs stratify into distinct temperature layers in the warm months of the year with the coldest water in the depths…

None of the 180-plus invasive species found in or threatening the Great Lakes have more name recognition among average citizens than the Asian carp. Though people have heard of zebra mussels, …

Shooting guns is one of the safest recreational activities in which a person can participate. It’s far more dangerous to play golf, tennis, go bowling or ride a horse. Realistically, the bigge…

Fishermen caught plenty of fish before outboard motors were invented — but they caught many more after Ole Evinrude slapped a gasoline engine to the back of his rowboat. It gave guys unwilling…

It doesn’t matter what sport a person is pursuing, if it involves hitting a target, longer is more challenging. In basketball, arching the ball through the hoop at three-point range is more di…

To have a stable population of living creatures, the number of births has to equal the number of deaths. It doesn’t matter if that creature is a human or animal or if the animal is a bird, rep…

Every year eager duck hunters await the first cold fronts of late summer to start pushing ducks from their nesting areas to their wintering grounds. The first trickle of migrants are already u…

Ever hear someone advise you to stop talking or whisper when you are fishing because the noise would scare the fish? It can happen, though it isn’t talking or whistling noises angles need to e…

The International Game Fish Association and the Boy Scouts of America recently announced a new partnership focused on youth angling education. The details of this partnership outlines each org…

I probably buy more fishing licenses than most people. Fishing in only a half dozen different states each year is a “slow” year for me and though I’ve never kept track, I’m sure I’ve had a yea…

There’s nature to be had for all sorts of sleeping habits. For the early risers, there is bird watching. For the late sleepers, there is mid-day butterfly watching. And for the night owls, the…

The hottest months of the year are here and anglers must make adjustments if they want to continue catching fish during the challenging dog days of August and September. In most lakes locating…

Lake Michigan’s Good Harbor Reef, near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, was once a major spawning habitat for species like lake trout and whitefish. However, since the 1980s the reef ha…

One of my most exciting days of fishing last summer came late in the year when the weeds, pond scum and other, often off putting, seasonal growth was at it’s peak. My fishing partner and I wer…

No one wants the items they want to buy to cost more. No one wants the the items they want to sell to sell less. So an unusual thing happened back in 1950 with the passage of the Federal Aid i…

I’ll confess to being a recovering golfer. More like fully recovered. I haven’t owned a set of clubs since I got out of high school and my collection of Wilsons was hand-me-downed to my younge…

What’s the fastest growing college sport? It’s not women’s soccer, it’s not curling. It’s bass fishing. It’s not something that’s all that new. Competitive bass fishing at a national (now inte…

It seems as though no sport is free of some sort of controversy these days. Which horse really won the Kentucky Derby? Should the Saints really have gone on to play in the Super Bowl instead o…

In the past few weeks most states across the country offered people the chance to go fishing without having to purchase a fishing license — at least for a day, a weekend or in some states for …

When I was a kid, the only bad thing about sunbeams in the spring was getting a sunburn from being exposed too long on those first few warm days. There was no thought of staying out of the sun…

I helped Johnny Candle, noted walleye pro from North Dakota, load up his boat one rainy morning after fishing with him at Lake of the Woods. There were several stories I could tell about that …

No doubt about it, the “kayak craze” is firmly entrenched in the angling world. With the last recession nothing more than ugly history and consumer confidence high, all types of boat sales are…

I understand the concept of a jig — sometimes called a lead-head. It casts far, sinks as deep as the user wants it to go and basically looks similar to a minnow or perhaps a crawdad, depending…

Despite what is in the news almost daily about how the Democrats won’t support anything proposed by a Republican or the Senate won’t pass anything coming from the House of Representatives — an…