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In-Fisherman October/November 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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6 min.
consolidated fish spur great fishing

The saying that 10 percent of the water holds 90 percent of the fish likely emerged during the heyday of Fishing Facts magazine and Buck Perry’s teachings about fish behavior and movements—so the late 1960s into the early to mid-1970s. Bill Binkelman probably had his fingers in that mix, too; I’d have to spend a bit more time researching to know for sure. The point remains solid today, although we’ve much refined that thinking to include trying to fish key spots on spots—thus, we start by understanding the nature of the fish species we’re targeting, factoring in seasonal information (water temperature, for sure), and considering the type of water (body of water classification), in order to form a plan to start fishing in general areas that should hold fish. Then the…

1 min.
generations passing

As we note in the walleye article in this issue, Dan Spengler is a Senior Project Manager in charge of developing hardbaits at the Berkley Lab, in Spirit Lake, Iowa. When he was a boy, growing up near Sibley, Iowa, which is near Spirit Lake, his father Ron was friends with Otis “Toad” Smith, also a catfishing and hunting friendof In-Fisherman EditorInChiefDougStange. As many readers will remember, Stange and Smith shared many fishing adventures with In-Fisherman readers in those years. Onephoto(right)thatranin In-Fisherman was of Dan at age-3, fishing for bullheads with Smith and his father. The photo, shot by his father, shows two happy anglers that have just put a bullhead in the boat. That’s Toad Smith’s almost-always-present mischievous grin. And Dan seems mighty proud of his trophy bullhead. Both Smith and…

2 min.
bits& pieces

Spawning of Eastern Brook Trout Fish Life History— Native eastern brook trout range from eastern Canada through northeastern Georgia. They are found in 20 additional states with sustaining populations in 14 states outside their original range. Their beautiful coloration is distinct. The back, dorsal, and caudal fins have vermiculations—wavy, wormy lines. The sides have iridescent blue spots, large yellow spots, and some small red spots circled by blue. A white bar sets off the front edge of each of the lower fins with a black stripe edging into the reddish colored fin. Trout in the Northeast spend their adult life in cold headwater streams, large rivers, ponds, and large lakes in inland and coastal areas. Typically, they prepare to spawn in October or November. Spawning males are bright red on the stomach…

1 min.
trophycatch catches on

From the Field— In 2012, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission initiated a TrophyCatch program, providing awards to anglers and documenting the catch and release of bass weighing at least 8 pounds. With conservation partners from the fishing industry, including Bass Pro Shops, the biggest fish of the year are awarded prizes, including a new Phoenix bass boat. It quickly gained momentum and in 2020 the program verified its 10,000th catch. Because bass must be photographed or filmed to document weight, biologists have used the results for biological assessments and conducted associated tagging and radio-telemetry projects. Data suggest there are 18,000 to 33,000 trophy bass (8-plus pounds) in Florida’s public waters, of which anglers annually catch from 3,000 to 6,000. Over the 12-year period, release rates have ranged from 77…

2 min.

NORTH-CENTRAL MINNESOTA BRAINERD LAKES AREA Multispecies » Dozens of lakes that have quieted to a whisper in October and November produce the biggest bass, walleyes, and muskies of the season. Contact: S&W Bait, 218/829-7010; Nisswa Guides League, 218/963-2547. Cory Schmidt ST. LAWRENCE RIVER MONTREAL, QUEBEC Lake Sturgeon » A great shot at fish surpassing 60 inches. Guide Patrick Therrien has had 75 fish over that length in his boat in recent seasons. The season closes October 31. Contact: Patrick Therrien, 450/515-6371, guidepatricktherrien.com. Lonnie King LAKE ROOSEVELT ARIZONA Largemouths » Wet winters have filled Lake Roosevelt to the brim, boosting bluegill and shad production, creating a bass boom in this 18,000-acre reservoir on the Salt River. Florida bass stocking has boosted lunker production, with 10-pounders in the mix. Black crappies have flourished, too, with lots from 1 to 2 pounds. Contact:…

3 min.
staff noteworthy & new

Zenon It’s the lightest spinning reel in the world, weighing in at 4.9 ounces (20 size). Abu Garcia Zenon offers a magnesium body (contours to fit the hand perfectly) and an ultralight hybrid spool, for weight reduction and durability, plus a silky-smooth drag across all settings, making ultralight line presentations a sure success. Also offered in 30 size (5.3 ounces)—$499.95, abugarcia.com Fluoroshield A marriage of fluorocarbon and copolymer, Berkley Fluoroshield offers the manageability of monofilament with the abrasion resistance and near invisibility of fluorocarbon. Superior knot strength. It’s offered in break strengths from 4 to 30 pounds—$9.99, berkley-fishing.com Storm Shad Body The Storm Largo Shad rolls, swims, and thumps along on a straight retrieve or in free-fall rigged on a weighted swimbait hook or a jighead. Cut the tail tendon to create a wider wobble.…