Hunting & Fishing

In-Fisherman March/April 2019

In-Fisherman is for the avid freshwater angler. Each issue provides detailed instructions and demonstrations on catching, cleaning, and eating your favorite species of fish, and reports on the latest scientific studies concerning fish and habitat conservation. This is the source for finding fishing hotspots, new tackle, effective equipment, and more!

United States
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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8 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

MARCH 4 Fundamentals for the Ages > Tungsten for Panfish on Ice > Soft Trailers for Largemouths > Longlining for Crappies MARCH 11 Terrific Times on Ice & Open Water > Lac La Martre, NW Territories > Drifting Soft Options for Steelhead > Mississippi Crappies, Coastal Redfish MARCH 18 Fast Times Fishin’ with In-Fisherman > Ice-Out River Channel Cats > The Biggest Pike of All Time > Giant Reservoir Crappies MARCH 25 Presentation Secrets to Share > Snapjigging Ice-Out Smallmouths > Big-Water Walleye Giants > Swimbait Hooks: Bass/Pike/Redfish APRIL 1 Language of the Predator > Wading for Smallmouths > Pike in the Shallows > Grinding Largemouths APRIL 8 Rock Solid Seasonal Strategies > Spring Run Redhorse > Longline Secrets for Crappies > Bed Time Bluegills APRIL 15 Dealing with Seasonal Transitions > Spinnerbaiting Pike & Walleyes > Grubbing Transition Smallmouths > Timing Summer Peak Largemouths APRIL 22 Sportfishing Magic & Mayhem > The Lake Sturgeon of Spring > Lake Trout Tactics in Overdrive > Cranking Cranked Up Largemouths COMING NEXT…

4 min.
fish that jump

It has long been the In-Fisherman view that all fish are sporting fish—that is, all fish bring a curious and intriguing package of characteristics to the mix of fishing for them. Therefore, all fish are worthy of pursuit. We love them all and want to be able to understand and catch them—from the crappie to the channel catfish, from the suckers to the king salmon. But, admittedly, some fish are more sporting than others. Crappies are way cool, but they don’t exactly crack any speed barriers on their way to the boat or bank. King salmon, on the other hand, can be just plain close to impossible to contain—drags squeal as line peels. They fight long and hard and jump high enough at times to take your heart and soul right…

5 min.
bits& pieces

Giving Gar Their Due Fish ConservationÑ For ages, anglers gave little regard to gar, even tossing them on the bank when caught and feeling that they’d eliminated a pest. In some states, it was illegal to release a gar until recent decades. Fortunately today, traditions are shifting and many anglers have come to appreciate the gar for its great longevity as well as its interesting lifestyle and ferocious battles when hooked. With interest in gar fishing on the rise, managers began to realize how little was known about these fish. Important life history aspects such as growth, mortality, and reproduction were shrouded in mystery. To bring together information and spur further studies, fishery biologists met at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Kansas City, Missouri. Biologists presented a…

3 min.

LAKE OF THE WOODS ONTARIO Pike » Shallow bays near Nestor Falls and Sioux Nar ows teem with big pike as March draws them shallow where they spawn just after ice-out Pack the tip-ups, deadbait, and quick-strike rigs. Contact Crawford’s Camp, 807/226-5646, crawfordscamp.com; Sunset Cove Resort, 888/484-2192, sunsetcoveresort.com. Jeff Gustafson LAC LA MARTRE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES Pike and Lake Trout » It’s a favorite fly-in destination for giant pike and lake s, w th fish g f om early June into early September, from a comfo table basecamp lodge on an island in the wilderness. Contact: Lac La Martre Adventures, 810/334-9381, nwtfishing.com. George Large LAKE HAVASU ARIZONA-CALIFORNIA Redear Sunfish » This large impoundment of the Colorado River supports a healthy population of 1- to 2.5 pound redears, with trophies in the 3 to 4 pound range caught weekly in spring typically…

3 min.
staff noteworthy & new

Foul Weather Fabulous For cold-weather rain gear with three-layer waterproof/windproof Vtech-H breathable fabric, fully taped seams, and many more unique design features, check the Hodgeman H5 Storm Shell Jacket and Bibs, each $299.95, hodgeman.com Half Heads A jigworm-style jighead, the Berkley Half Head is offered in four sizes, from 1/16- to 3/8-ounce, and in seven colors. The hook is an ultra-sharp needle point in size 1,1/0, 2/0, and 3/0 for each progressive increase in jig weight. The reverse baitholder barb is a Berkley exclusive—$3.99, for 8 jigheads in lighter weights and 5 in heavier weights, berkley-fishing.com Tiny Crank, Long Casts The Salmo Rattlin’ Hornet 3.5 has the same aggressive wobble as the original Hornet, but with an attracting rattle added as part of an internal long-cast system that allows this small crankbait to cast like…

10 min.
a wave of new boats

New developments in tackle and other things change boats. The advent of 300-hp outboards changed the way some boats are made. Blueprints changed for 8-foot rods. The size of new dual- and triple-purpose electronics changed the way cockpits and dash boards are designed. Angler demands also change with the way boats are made. Survey feedback reveals that more anglers want family-oriented boats that somehow remain exceptional for fishing. More emphasis is being placed on smaller, more fuel-efficient boats, designed for smaller waters. Yet tournament anglers of all kinds—even crappie pros—keep demanding bigger decks, more storage, and more room for gadgets. Here are some of the boats being introduced this year and some with design changes that reflect those angler demands. Smoker Craft Pro Mag 182 The Smoker Craft Pro Mag series has five…