December/January/February 2021

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.
8 Issues

in this issue

7 min
inside angles

In-Fisherman has been, from the beginning, a Communications Network—the first in the outdoor industry to produce, in combination, magazines, radio, books, videos, and television. We celebrate more than 40 years on the air and the production of 500 television episodes and counting, starting the first week of January 2022. In-Fisherman TV is all about multispecies fishing, a reflection of what’s covered in this magazine, which continues to focus on teaching anglers how to catch more fish. We might take a quick trip through time. The first In-Fisherman Television Specials, as they are called at the time, play in early 1979, as four 1-hour Specials on select broadcast stations around North America. The primary fish species are North Country fish—walleyes, pike, largemouth bass, smallmouths, muskies, and panfish. These shows are shot on 16-millimeter tape,…

4 min
bits & pieces

Fishing Participation & Trends Survey results— The Outdoor Foundation and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation report that 54.7 million Americans fished at least once in either freshwater or saltwater during 2020, the highest number recorded since participation tracking began in 2007, based on annual online surveys.* Participation rose to 18 percent of the U.S. population, the highest rate in over a decade and a nearly 9-percent gain over 2019. Despite higher angler numbers and increased participation rate, the number of fishing trips per participant continued its long-term decline to an average 18 trips in 2020, down from 22 in 2008. According to the report, a “COVID bounce” brought total outings to 969 million, the highest number of outings since 2012 and a 10 percent increase from 2019. There was a net…

3 min

FORT PECK RESERVOIR FORT PECK, MONTANA Multispecies » New accommodations, a new tackle shop, and more guide-service options make a trip to fish this exceptional water for lake trout, walleyes, pike, and catfish, a superb and comfortable experience. Contact: Lake Ridge Motel and Tackle, 406/526-3597,; Howe’s Fishing, 406/257-5214, David Harrison LAKE OF THE WOODS KENORA, ONTARIO Multispecies » From Whitefish Bay at Sioux Narrows, north to portions of the lake near Kenora, and to the west, there’s fine fishing for walleyes, pike, and lake trout, along with an expanding population of big perch. Crawford’s Camp on Whitefish Bay is a great headquarters for lake trout. Contact: Guide Dave Bennett, 807/466-2140,; Crawford’s Camp, Jeff Gustafson CEDAR CREEK LAKE GUN BARREL CITY, TEXAS Crappies » This reservoir an hour southeast of Dallas offers some of the best…

4 min
staff noteworthy & new

Power on Ice An Amped lithium battery powers the 30-Ah Ice Hole Powerbox, convenient and long-lasting power for your ice-fishing accessories. Box features three rocker switches or latching-switch upgrade, USB-C and USB 3.0 ports, battery-condition voltmeter, 12-V socket, two 12-V lights, SAE port for charging or for powering two additional accessories, and a Glow Cup for charging glow-lures. Battery charger included—$334.97, check other models and pricing at Bajio Sunglasses The newest sunglasses company on the scene (Bajio is pronounced bah-HEE-oh, which translates “the shallows”) offers lenses with exceptional clarity, based on a proprietary technology that reduces blue light transmission, which means less eye strain. The lenses also reduce blur, glare, and haze, while enhancing color. Choose either glass or polycarbonate lenses, plus one of many frame styles, and lens colors—$249 (glass), $199…

13 min
a history of fishing for giant bass

In the early decades of bass fishing, emphasis was on catching fish wherever they could be found. The use of artificial lures gradually came to the fore, along with the development of tackle. Dr. James Henshall’s writings provide a good look at the rather small network of avid bass anglers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the ways they pursued black bass. Since those days, however, emphasis has leaned toward pursuit of large bass. In historical archives, we see images of gents in top hats and ties toting stringers of huge bass caught in Florida, once railroad lines reached the state in the 1890s, followed by the building of hotels and a tourism industry. The naive fish were easily enticed on jiggerpoles rigged with wooden plugs or flies,…

11 min
they condition smallmouths, don’t they?

For about a decade on the stretches of the Mississippi I haunt, Storm Wiggle Warts ruled. We had extraordinary days on the water—throwing Warts all day, never bothering to go back through with plastics or hair, never changing baits, covering water, and catching dozens of bulging bronzebacks. Something happened. The effectiveness of the Wart faded away. But a Bomber 6A became unbeatable. Catches were phenomenal. For 5 or 6 years, smallmouths inhaled the brown-back craw pattern like a kid eating french fries. Then, as if somebody threw a switch, bass wouldn’t touch the brown-back but readily crushed the green-back craw 6A. Changes in the forage base? Maybe. But that’s not the strange thing. Over a decade ago, Mississippi smallies stopped eating the 6A with any kind of consistency at all—for me…