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Freshwater Fishing: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
What Kinds of Fish Taste Best?
What is the best tasting fish? Freshwater Fishing.
Pros and Cons of Mono, Fluorocarbon, and...
Here are the things you need to know about the three main categories of fishing line, nylon monofilament, fluorocarbon, and braid or microfilament.
Crappie Fishing In The Winter
Crappie fishing at Christmas can be an excellent way to fill up your freezer. These tips I use in Georgia might help you where you fish.
Bass Fishing Spots on Lake Guntersville
Try these spots for Lake Guntersville Bass. Page 3.
How to Choose the Right Fishing Rod
Lee McClellan gives suggestions on picking the right fishing rod
Does Weather Affect Ice Fishing
Bob Jensen discusses the effects of weather on ice fishing
Freshwater Drum Fish Fact Sheet
Freshwater Drum are so widespread you are likely to catch one while fishing for some other kind of fish. Don't complain, just enjoy the fight.
Large-Lake Fishing for Crappie
Where to find, and how to catch, crappies in large lakes and impoundments, where bigger fish, and large schools, are more likely to exist.
How Are Hooks Sized?
How are hooks sized? Freshwater Fishing.
What Is Monofilament Fishing Line
What is monofilament fishing line? Learn more about our top 7 picks for best monofilament fishing lines.
Facts About Fishing Line Properties
What You Should Know About Breaking Strength, Diameter, Abrasion Resistance, Stretch, and Flexibility
A Fisherman's Guide to Crappie
Basic information about black and white crappie
8 Bass Lures Fishermen Should Have
Here are my picks of the best bass lures.
What to Know About Fishing At Night
Practical tips on tackle, lights, noise, safety, and other factors that make fishing in the dark more productive.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Using Braid...
What is braid fishing line and what are its good and bad points?
How To Catch Crappie by Trolling
How to catch crappie by trolling
There Are Many Different Kinds of Bream
There are many kinds of bream. Freshwater Fishing.
How To Set Up For Multi-Rig Crappie Trolling
How to set up your boat to troll for crappie with multiple rods and jigs (spider rigs).
Catching Big Bluegill Ice Fishing
How to catch big bluegill through the ice.
A Fisherman's Guide to Catching Catfish in Lakes
Catching catfish fishing in lakes, where to find them and what to use.
Fishing Tips: How to Maintain Your Spinning Reel
Lee McClellan tells how to clean and maintain your spinning reel.
How to Spool Line On A Spinning Reel for Fishing
What kind of line to use on a spinning reel, how to spool it and how to remove line twist.
How to Clean the Fish You Catch
How I clean fish, with step by step fish cleaning pictures
Learning To Cast A Bait Casting Reel
How to learn to cast a bait casting reel.
Bluegill Fish
Bluegill are fun to catch and bite most every bait you can use.
Muddy Water Fishing
Late winter and early spring rains often muddy up the lakes. Learn how to fish in muddy water, including tips, types of jigs to use, and more.
Finding Biting Fish Under the Ice
How To Find Biting Fish Under the Ice
Fishing A Lake
What is lake fishing? Freshwater Fishing.
Best Colors for Plastic Worms
What are the top colors for plastic worms?
End Of Season Ice Fishing
Bob Jensen gives some tips to take advantage of the good fishing near the end of ice fishing season.
What Is the Best Time to Go Northern Pike Fishing
Prime time for big pike is when the water temperatures are under 65 F, give or take. It is believed that once water temps reach these higher levels, big pike become somewhat stressed and the bite subsides.
9 Steps for Tying Perfect Fishing Knots
Perfect knots are necessary in fishing and can be achieved by following these nine steps.
So Many Choices
There are a lot of different kinds of fishing lines available - monofilament, co-filament, fused lines and braided lines. Here's a look at them. Page 2.
Crappie Fishing Information
Information to help you catch crappie
10 Newest and Most Notable Lures for 2016
Newly introduced lures from Strike King, Mann’s, Berkley, Rebel, Bandit, Yo-Zuri, Savage, VMC, Terminator, and Arashi.
Facts About the Life and Behavior of Walleye
Facts about the life and behavior of walleye.
Top 10 What are the best bass lakes in Georgia
Here is my list of the top ten big lakes in Georgia for bass.
Invisible and colors of fishing lines
Should you choose an invisible fishing line or a line that has a color you can see? Page 3.
7 Ways to Keep Boat Gas from Ruining Your Fishing
What to know about ethanol and non-ethanol fuel use in boats, and how to take care of your fuel to avoid breakdowns.
How To Fish A Jig and Pig
A jig and pig is a great bait for big bass, especially in the winter
A Fisherman's Guide to Alligator Gar
Fact sheet on alligator gar. Freshwater Fishing.
A Fisherman's Guide to Flathead Catfish
Learn about the Flathead Catfish (Pylodictis olivaris), one of the biggest catfish species and a great sport fish that can put up a great fight.
World Record Bass From Georgia
The world record bass was caught near Jacksonville, GA. Here are some pictures of the signs there and info about the catch
Matching Rods and Reels for Bass Fishing
Advice on matched rods and reels for use with assorted lures and bass fishing circumstances.
Fishing Small Rivers for Walleye
You can catch small river walleyes in many places. Wherever walleyes live, there are small rivers that are home to these walleyes.
Facts About the Life and Behavior of Yellow Perch
Facts about the life and behavior of yellow perch, one of the most popular of all North American freshwater species.
Fishing Line Confusion
What fishing line to buy? Freshwater Fishing.
Are Freshwater Drum Good To Eat?
Donna says freshwater drum are underrated and are good to eat.
Bedding Time for Bream
When bream are bedding you can catch several kinds.
Elite Bass Angler Disqualified At Guntersville
An Elite series angler was disqualified at Lake Guntersville. Here is Boyd Duckett's take on what happened
Red Fishing Line
Use red fishing line when fishing Lake Michigan - here is why red fishing line is good.
How to Make Sure You’re Using the Right...
Information on how to determine the wet breaking strength of a fishing line, and be able to fish with exactly the line strength you want.
Facts About the Life and Behavior of Bluegill...
Facts about the life and behavior of bluegill (bream) sunfish, one of the most popular small species in North America.
What Are the Best Periods of Fish Activity?
Using sun and moon positions to predict periods of fish activity
Why to Give Cold Water Bass Fishing a Try
Try these tips for catching bass in cold water.
Alabama's Best Bass Lakes
You won' go wrong fishing any of these lakes in Alabama for bass
What Are the Best Hooks for Bass Fishing?
What are the best hooks for bass fishing?
Snakehead Fish
Snakehead fish are not native to the US but are being found in some states. What problems can they cause and what can you do?
Night Bass Fishing - Choosing A Light
How to choose a light to use while fishing for bass at night. Page 3.
Live Bait For Walleye
Ted Pilgrim says live bait is the way to go for walleye
Walleye Tips
Bob Jensen says it is time to catch walleye and here are some tips to help.
Reels: Gear Ratio and Speed Don’t Tell...
How gear ratio, spool size, and line levels affect the amount of line retrieved when you turn the handle on a fishing reel.
Bassmasters Classic Tournament
The Bassmasters Classic is still the most important tournament out there.
Trophy Lake Trout Fishing Lures
Lures to use to catch trophy lake trout on Lake Michigan
Winter Fishing Memories
These ways I have caught fish in the winter may help you.
How to Spool Line On a Spin Cast Fishing Reel
How to put line on a spin cast reel
Cane Pole Fishing
Fishing with a cane pole. Freshwater Fishing.
Fishing Line: Facts About Abrasion Resistance
Equipment, fishing line, abrasion
Yellow Perch Fact Sheet
Information about yellow perch. Freshwater Fishing.
How To Catch Bass In Early Spring
How To Catch Bass In Early Spring
The Proper Way to Fill a Fishing Reel with Line
Here’s the proper way to fill baitcasting, spinning, and spincasting reels with monofilament or braided line.
Four Ways To Cook Bass Filets
Here are four of my favorite ways to cook bass filets.
How To Use Fishing Spoons
Captain Jim Hirt tells how to choose speed, color and size of your fishing spoon on Lake Michigan
What I’m Using: Nylon-Fluoro Hybrid Line
A nylon-fluorocarbon blend, Yo-Zuri Hybrid is a castable line with low visibility, low stretch, and good abrasion resistance.
Spinnerbait Tactics
Joe H with Secret Weapon Lures shares 14 different ways to fish a spinnerbait
Big Catfish Pictures
Robbie Robinson with some of the big catfish he catches.
Jobs Making Money In the Outdoors
Jobs in the outdoor world to make money, like game warden and fishing guide.
What Does “Pound-Test” Mean on a...
The strength of most fishing lines is not exactly what their labels say. Here’s why.
Bass Tournament Trails in Georgia
Georgia bass fishermen have a variety of tournament trails they can compete in, ranging from big lakes to small ones.
Facts About the Life and Behavior of Crappie
Facts about the life and behavior of Crappie
Fishing Line Knots
Learn to tie a good knot and don't lose fish.
Crankbaits - How To Choose A Crankbait -...
How do you choose which crankbait to buy and which one to fish with? What shape should you fish today? Why fish a crankbait instead of a worm or spinnerbait?
Tying a Drop Shot Rig
How to tie a drop shot rig. Freshwater Fishing.
Crappie Fishing Patterns at Clarks Hill
Picking crappie jigs. Freshwater Fishing. Page 5.
Fishing Line: The Truth About Breaking Strength
Most labels don’t tell the truth about the basic strength of the manufacturer’s line; it’s stronger than advertised, which is not necessarily a good thing.
Getting a Crappie Fishing Education on Lake...
Fishing for crappie on Lake Talquin, Florida, where slow trolling with many lines and jigs produced large crappies.
Great Snakehead Fish Fact Sheet
Fact sheet on the Great Snakehead
How To Choose A Bass Fishing Lure Color
How to choose a good color for bass fishing lures.
What Is Fishing
What is fishing? Freshwater Fishing.
Fishing In Lakes To Catch Walleye
Catching walleye in lakes, where and how.
Reasons You Are Not Catching Fish
There seems to be more reasons for not catching than for catching
What You Should Know About Public Fish Stocking...
Your license fees and taxes help fund the stocking of fish into public waterways, but it’s not always a success, or inexpensive.
Fishing for Sunfish In Lakes
You can catch a lot of sunfish in lakes
12 Ways to Avoid Line Twist, Snarls, and Tangles
These tips will help you catch more fish by preventing casting and retrieving problems when using spinning tackle.
How To Catch Muskie In All Seasons
Victor Beacham shares his tips on catching muskie in all seasons of the year.
Go Natural With Bucktail Jigs
Jim Pope tells how to rig and fish a bucktail jig
Does Color of Fishing Lures Matter
Does the color of your fishing lure really matter?
Eight Species of Black Bass
There are 8 species of black bass in the United States.
Ice Trolling
Can you troll under ice? Freshwater Fishing. Page 2.
How To Choose the Right Fishing Line
How to choose the right fishing line.
What Are the Parts Of A Fishing Hook?
Here are the parts of fishing hooks.
Get Your Rods and Reels Ready for the Season
How to inspect and maintain rod guides, reel seats, drag mechanisms, and more.
Fishing for White Bass In Lakes
Details on the best way to go fishing in lakes for white bass, including what part of a lake you'll likely find them, recommended bait and suggested tackle.
What To Do About A Hook In A Fish Stomach
Should you try to remove the hook from a fish that has swallowed it if you are going to release it?
Five Critical Things to Know About Replacing...
Tips for setting the proper line level, partial spool refilling, removing old line, labeling, and knowing when to replace old line.
Cold Water Can Make for Tough Winter Bass Fishing
Bass are hard to catch when the water is very cold in winter. Here are the reasons why, and some tactics that work to catch bass.
Shellcracker Fishing
Catching shellcracker bream is a lot of fun and they are good to eat, too.
Facts About Blueback Herring
Here are facts about blueback herring and how they affect fishing in freshwater.
June Catfish
Catfish are fun to catch and good to eat, and I fish for them with trotlnes, bankhooks and jugs
Making A Fly Tying Bench
Fritz made his own fly tying bench for a whole lot less than buying one would have cost, and he got the satisfaction of making it himself.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Baitcasting...
Baitcasting reels have good, bad and ugly characteristics.
What to Do If You Fall Out of a Small Fishing...
How to be prepared in case you fall out of a fishing boat, and what to do if that happens.
Sunfish Pictures - Bluegill, Shellcracker,...
These sunfish were caught by readers of fishing.about.com - send in your pictures of sunfish including bluegill, shellcracker, redbreast and others.
Winter Fishing Information
Links to information about fishing in cold weather, from ice fishing to what to use for bass in the south.
Catching Fish In Cold Water
Catching fish in cold water can be tough, but fishing in cold water can be great! Here are some tips that should work for you.
Field Testing Raymarine’s Wi-Fish...
A field report on Raymarine’s affordable Wi-Fish sonar unit, which wirelessly sends depth, temp, and fish-locating info to a smartphone or tablet.
Spring Walleye Fishing Tips
Some tips to help you catch spring walleye, like softbait jerking.
How to Control and Cure Line Twist on Fishing...
Faulty Lures, Loose Drag, and Poor Landing Technique Cause the Problem, but You Can Cure It
6 Basics for Catching Big Largemouth Bass
Essential considerations for catching big bass include attitude, location, seasonal and daily timing, lures and baits, and landing savvy.
Tips for Catching Bass in Fall
Roger Lee Brown gives tips on catching fall bass
A System for Fishing Swimbaits for Bass
A practical approach to tackle, locations, and presentation when using large swimsuits for largemouth bass.
How to Get Better Use Out of Spinning Tackle
How to cast accurately and improve distance with spinning tackle, plus info on spool size and diameter, drag washers, and continuous anti-reverse features.
Late Ice Panfishing
Bob Jensen explains how to target late ice panfish
Fall Bass Fishing with A Jig and Pig
What colors, size and trailers work best in the fall for a jig and pig
How To Sharpen Fishing Hooks
Here are the steps and tools used to create a triangled point on a single or treble fish hook.
Carolina Rig Basics
How to rig and use this popular bottom-probing bass rig.
Bass Fishing's No. 1 Question: Where Are The...
You have to find them before you can catch them and here are the top places to look.
Fishing Rods
Information on fishing rods, from picking a rod to reviews of specific rods.
Fishing in Brackish Water
The author's experiences and advice on fishing in areas where saltwater and freshwater species overlap.
Tips for Fishermen: How to Catch Salmon and Trout
Captain Jim Hirt has a lot of experience catching salmon and trout on Lake Michigan. These articles will help you catch salmon and trout.
Taking Proper Care of Your Boat, Motor, and...
Follow this advice to get on the water and fishing without incident after a layoff.
Finding and Catching Fish Through the Ice
How to find fish, adjust to conditions, and mix up lures, baits, and locations when ice fishing.
How to Maintain a Fishing Reel
Here are the actions you need to take to keep a reel ready for use.
What To Use For Northern Pike Fishing
Where to find and what to use for northern pike in lakes during the open-water season.
When to Set the Hook on Crappie with Sam Heaton
Information on when to set the hook when crappie fishing.
Information On Alabama Crappie
Information on Alabama crappie. Freshwater Fishing.
What You Should Know About Reels and Casting...
Features, functions, and factors that affect spinning, spincasting, and baitcasting reels and their use.
Will I Catch Walleye by Trolling Crankbaits?
How to catch walleye by trolling crankbaits
How to Use Jigs and Spoons for Vertical Fishing
Info on vertical jigging techniques, how to determine the depth of your lure, using sonar while jigging, and what lures to use.
Boat Maker Genmar Files For Bankruptcy
Boat manufacturer Genmar files for bankruptcy
5 Keys to Trolling Success
Why depth control, speed, lure action, side and back placement, and boat control make a difference in trolling.
How Top Tell the Age Of Bass
How to tell the age of bass. Freshwater Fishing.
Lure Size Matters In Bass Fishing Success
When and how to match the size of lure to what the bass are feeding on, and when to use a larger lure to catch larger bass.
Facts About the Life and Behavior of Common Carp
Facts about the life and behavior of common carp.
Build A Better Minnow Trap - Freshwater Fishing
Make a minnow trap to catch small fish for bait
Robert Fisher tells of his experience catching and eating bowfin
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Spinning...
Spinning reels are very popular and work better than other kinds of fishing reels for some kinds of fishing.
What Are College Bass Fishing Teams?
What are college bass fishing teams?
Guide for Fishing in the Alabama Rig
How to fish the Alabama rig with Troy Morrow
Using A Depthinder Ice Fishing
A depthfinder is important. Freshwater Fishing. Page 2.

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