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Jerry Carlson/ Jig worms are a deadly lure for bass fishing, especially after the fish migrate to the deeper weeds.
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Advantage: Jig Worm

The early bass season is a very entertaining time of the year. I enjoy chasing the shallow water fish and watching their acrobatics as they try desperately to spit the hook with no place to go but airborne. However, my favorite time of the year to target bass is in July and August when the fish are congregated on the deep weed line.

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Jerry Carlson / By changing our strategy to a live bait presentation, we were able to successfully target big northern on Rainy Lake reefs.
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Adopting A New Strategy Led To Success

My friend, Charlie Simkins and I, have been making an annual trek to Island View Lodge on Rainy Lake with a group of anglers for a number of years. Although Rainy is noted as a quality northern fishery, by the time we get there in mid July, the northern are out of the bays and on the reefs where the walleye are located.

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Photos submitted by Jerry Carlson
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Refine Your Live Bait Presentation

There are a lot of different ways to catch walleye and I have tried most of them. Some of these techniques have worked well under certain conditions, others have not impressed me very much.

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Tom Pennington, Getty Images
Tom Pennington, Getty Images
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April is Safe Digging Month in Minnesota

As homeowners are getting ready to enjoy the spring weather and tackle their yard projects, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety is reminding Minnesotans to call 811 before they dig.

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Panfish
Submitted by Jerry Carlson / Catching spring panfish is a favorite activity of many anglers. It is not that hard to do when you follow some basic rules.
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Follow the Basics for Spring Panfish

Over the years, I have read a kajillion articles on how to catch spring panfish. Some of them have been excellent and some have been a little far fetched in my opinion. I believe catching spring panfish is not that difficult if one sticks to the basics.

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Photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
Photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
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Snow Drifts Preventing Snowmobile Trail Grooming on Lake Wobegon Trail

Portions of the Lake Wobegon Trail between Albany and Holdingford have been unable to be groomed for snowmobiling due to recent snow drifts.

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Deep basin crappie towns can be a great location strategy for midday crappie. By using two-pound-test Berkley Micro Ice and maggots on a Hexi Fly, these fish can be coaxed into a daytime bite. -- Jerry Carlson
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Deep Basin Crappie Towns: A Reliable Strategy

The public access was almost empty when I pulled in. As I unloaded my four wheeler, I could see a few vehicles still on the ice, but for the most part, the lake was quieting down for the mid day lull.

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Food Plots and Pheasants

It was four years ago that I planted a small acre and a half food plot on some CRP land I own. At that time, the pheasant numbers were still fairly strong. However, I knew it was only a matter of time before Mother Nature would send an old fashioned winter our way and the bird population would crash.

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Lodge/Jerry Carlson
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Hunting Camp Equally as Important as Hunting Season

Everyone looks forward to the hunting season for different reasons. For some, it is all about the quest of game. Whether it is geese, ducks, roosters or big game, hunting season is focused on getting afield and participating in the hunt.

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Minnesota DNR, photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
Minnesota DNR, photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
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Five Years Later, New Minnesota Park Comes Along – Slowly

Lake Vermilion State Park's thick forest of towering pines, sweeping views from overlooks and alluring islands make it an appealing getaway destination. What's lacking are many visitors.

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