Fall Smallmouth Bass Strategies: No Shame with the Live Bait Game

By Andrew Ragas

Bass fishing purists and elitists revile it. The professionals consider it cheating. Tournament organizers and circuits ban it, and its competitor jersey-clad fishermen laugh at it in haste. At the turn of the coldwater period, what’s an angler to do when nothing else in the tackle box works and the day is seemingly lost? It’s acceptable to lower your fishing standards and have no shame with the live bait game.

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Bass in the Grass

By Andrew Ragas

Clustered throughout northern Wisconsin’s wilderness landscape is the upper Midwest’s most extensive collection of inland freshwater lakes. From infertile rocky oligotrophic cold water lakes, to fertile habitat mesotrophic lakes, and heavily vegetated and nutrient-rich eutrophic waters, the northwoods has a lake type for all bass fishermen and their preferred styles of angling. (more…)

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Becoming a Smallmouth Cartographer

Since youth, I’ve had a unique interest and fascination for mapping and cartography. Whether I publish articles, present a seminar, or host my guests for a day on the water, one of the many subjects I will touch upon is how smallmouth bass (and largemouths too!) relate to underwater structure and cover, and why they are doing what they’re doing. I will then say something along the lines of utilizing your electronics and lake maps in order to find them. (more…)

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Spring Bass Fishing on Waters that Warm Fastest

By Andrew Ragas

Spring bass fishing has always been personally challenging, engaging, and exciting for myself and guests throughout the years. More heavyweight largemouth and smallmouth bass tipping the scales between 4 and 8 lbs. are caught and released in May and early June than most months combined. Catching them consistently however, isn’t easy. While their movements from ice out to pre-spawn are generally predictable, it’s usually the unpredictable weather and water temperatures that’s throwing curveballs our way.

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Northwoods Bass Fishing Report – October & End of Year 2017

The fall fishing season has concluded, and winter is now making its arrival. Anglers could be ice fishing any week now. Bass season has ended, and I have been delayed in sending my October/ end of year newsletter. I apologize for writing everything in the past tense, and reporting on old news and events that […]

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