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In-Fisherman July 2020

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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!

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KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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8 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
inside angles

It was my search for an explanation for why so many fish—walleyes, pike, muskies, bass, stripers, hybrid stripers—so often take boottail swimbaits so deeply that lead me to fishery scientist Stephen Spotte and his book, Bluegills—Biology and Behavior . In-depth and enlightened writing about the biology of the bluegill might seem an unlikely place to find answers about fishing with swimbaits, but in no other scientific discussion have I seen such detailed analysis of swimming movements and how such movements are sensed by fish with their lateral line. Spotte talks about the hydrodynamic vortices generated by fish as they swim. He says: “The wake left by a swimming fish or other aquatic animal slowly attenuates (dies), but not without alerting intercepting predators or prey of its owner’s location and distance. These hydrodynamic…

2 min.

INDIAN LAKE CHAIN NORTHWEST ONTARIO Walleyes & Muskies » This is a great location on a chain of 10 lakes. Spend the morning catching walleyes, break for shore lunch, then throw big baits for muskies in the afternoon. Plenty of smallmouths, lake trout, and pike, too. Contact: Sunset Country Adventures, 807/728-3167, sunsetcountryadventures.com. Jeff Gustafson BIGHORN RIVER FORT SMITH, MONTANA Trout » Year-round flows stabilized last year, leaving a large population of trout in the 18- to 24-inch range. Float trips have a combination of boat and wade casting. Fort Smith offers multiple fly shops, guides, and accommodations without the Yellowstone-area crowds. Contact: Guide Matt Clawson 406/670-6866; bighornfish.com David Harrison CLINTON RESERVOIR LAWRENCE, KANSAS Walleyes and More » Fishing for walleyes, wipers, and white bass heats up in June and July. 2019 flooding reduced fishing pressure so all species…

5 min.
bits & pieces

Fish Detection by eDNA Emerging Science— If you have heard of eDNA (environmental DNA), I am betting it was in conjunction with detecting Asian carps entering the Great Lakes. If you have not heard of eDNA, it is a procedure for detecting the presence of an organism from a water, soil, or air sample. DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is the genetic material present in all living organisms. Within the DNA strands are sequences of nucleic acid (genes or DNA fragments), some of which are unique to that species. The eDNA in the environment may come from scales, mucus, feces, gametes, or decomposition of the dead organism. Detection of a DNA fragment unique to a species is proof that the organism is somewhere in the system. Although technically complex, the process is largely…

3 min.
staff noteworthy & new

GPS Super Smartwatches Garmin quatix 6 Marine Smartwatches have dozens of features for anglers, including comprehensive connectivity with compatible chartplotters and other marine electronics for autopilot control and data streaming to include speed, depth, temperature, wind, and more. Two versions, including the quatix 6 ($699.99) and quatix 6 Titanium ($999.99), garmin.com Balsa Wake From Bagley, a crankbait design by Jarmo Rapala, the Balsa Wake 1, measuring 2 inches and weighing in at 5/16 ounce, is a cross between a topwater and a squarebill crankbait. Grind it along barely subsurface. Available in eight color patterns—$9.99, bagleybait.com The Salmon Sisters Reading this cookbook, The Salmon Sisters: Fishing, Feasting, and Living in Alaska, and tinkering with the recipes is to share in the remarkable lifestyle of these two sisters who grew up remotely, on a homestead in the…

11 min.
carolina rig revival

Given the innovative minds of anglers, novel ways to fool fish continue to arise, even after all these years. And we also see many minor tweaks that can enhance the effectiveness of older systems. In recent years, we’ve been blown away by umbrella rigs, Neko rigs, Ned rigs, Tokyo rigs, and more. Each represents a new way to put lures in front of bass in enticing ways. Some are versatile—opening an array of locational and seasonal situations. Others are dialed into particular times or ways bass relate to specific cover, structure, or baitfish. Rod companies have made specialized sticks designed for the characteristics of each new rig. But in our fascination with all that’s new, old ways can be forgotten. Old-timers like myself reflect on the cyclical nature of fishing for bass.…

11 min.
them ol’ bronze fish

Dappled light penetrated the canopy, tossing patches here and there across the forest floor. Some reached the little stream we followed, occasionally illuminating a small brook trout. We fished all the way to the mouth on Michigan’s Muskegon River, and pitched spinners into the comparably massive flow there. And I caught my first smallmouth bass. It wasn’t a giant—probably less than 2 pounds. But river bass pump iron. They battle current every day. It fought so much harder than the largemouths I chased in area lakes that I figured it must be one of the river’s larger brown trout. Laying at my feet on the sandy bank, I was disappointed by its size but intrigued by its spirit. So, about half a century ago, my hunt for bronze bass began. It took…