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Jerry Carlson/Rainy Lake is an excellent summer destination for those that like to catch walleyes. It's also a great place to catch a healthy northern.
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Rainy Lake Keeps on Giving

This was the eighth year for our group of anglers that make an annual trek to Island View Lodge on Rainy Lake. Although every year is a little different, the one common theme that runs through the entire eight year period is the successful walleye angling we encounter.

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Jerry Carlson/By fishing new lakes and exploring unfished locations on our favorite lakes, hotspots that hold quality fish like this smallmouth can often be discovered.
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Do Your Homework Before Exploring New Water

Every summer I make an effort to explore a few new lakes to see if there are bodies of water I am not familiar with that need some attention. I also make a concerted effort to spend time looking for new fishing spots on my list of regulars. Either way, there is some research that is done before I get to the landing.

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Wacky Rigs
Jerry Carlson/Wacky rigs can be utilized for the entire summer if modifications like weighted and weedless hooks are made.
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Wacky Options for All Summer

It was going to be an interesting day on the water. I had two enthusiastic anglers in my boat that had limited fishing experience. As we were casting weedless jigs and jigworms along the deep weedline, it became apparent to me that they had not developed the feel and finesse for this style of angling.

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Sometimes, adding speed to your presentation will turn negative fish into aggressive biters./A long rod, Vanish leader and a crawler on a slow death rig helped Charlie Simkins bring in this beauty. -- Jerry Carlson
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Walleye: Trolling For Speed Bumps

It was a hard thing to understand. According to my electronics, the large, rocky reef we were targeting was littered with scattered pods of fish. From previous experiences at this location, we were certain the arcs on the screen were walleye. We just couldn’t make them bite.

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Jerry Carlson/ There are several options when it comes to targeting bass on the deep weedline. My favorite is the jigworm tipped with a PowerBait Shaky Worm.
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Worming the Deep Weedline

When it comes to targeting summertime bass, there are truly a multitude of methods and strategies that will catch fish. These strategies vary from angler to angler and will cater to the demands of working a particular type of bass holding structure.

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Adapting to Conditions Is Part of the Game

As we drove into the lot at Island View Lodge on Rainy Lake in northern Minnesota, it only took a moment to realize this was going to be a different sort of walleye trip for our group. Instead of being greeted by the serenity of the landscape, we were greeted by sandbags and huge pumps spewing water from behind the makeshift dam.

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Jerry Carlson -- Cashing in on the spring panfish bonanza is an enjoyable time of the year for many anglers.
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The Spring Panfish Bonanza

Every spring, I look forward to the days when I can drop a boat into open water and fish the shallow water panfish bite. For me, this is an enjoyable time that frequently offers some of the best crappie and bluegill angling of the year.

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Jerry Carlson -- Geese that are directly above the spread can easily see all of the dangers that are lurking below. Excellent concealment is essential!
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Outsmarting the Wary Snow Goose

My very first snow goose hunt took place 30 years ago in New Mexico near the Elephant Butte impoundment on the Rio Grande River. My brother and I set up three hundred homemade decoys on a flyway thousands of birds used daily as they moved off of the water and flew out to feed.

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