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Wisconsin Game & Fish March 2019

Every month in Game & Fish, you'll discover the best hotspots throughout your region for hunting and fishing. We'll also bring you your state's latest outdoor news, plus plenty of how-to tactics and special strategies designed to make you a more successful hunter and angler.

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in the field

Helpful Tools For Spring Steelhead Run LOOKING FOR “steel” this spring? Wisconsin has online tools that can help anglers find spots to fish river-run rainbows, or steelhead. Thousands of steelies head up Lake Michigan tributaries in late winter and early spring, offering shore anglers a shot at gorgeous spawners averaging 5 to 10 pounds. The DNR’s weekly Lake Michigan fishing report fires up in March, and by April it’s in full swing. There’s also a tributary access web page showing public access spots along the shoreline, historic catch estimates, stocking reports, stream flow data, frequently asked questions and much more. For more, visit the DNR website and search “fishing Lake Michigan.” State Wolf Count To Be Out In Spring THE MINIMUM number of wolves estimated to be on the Wisconsin landscape this year…

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wisconsin calendar

MARCH 1-3 FISHIN’ SHOW The Sunnyview Expo Center in Oshkosh is the place to be for the Northeast Wisconsin Sport Fishin’ Show. MARCH 3 SEASONS CLOSE The general inland fishing season closes for many species on many waters March 3, reopening May 4. Check what’s open and what isn’t at the DNR website; search “fishing seasons.” MARCH 6-10 MILWAUKEE SHOW Since 1940, this fishing, boating, camping and hunting show has attracted crowds to the state’s largest metro area. All events happen at the Expo Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis. MARCH 15-17 WISCONSIN SPORT SHOW Eau Claire’s Chippewa Valley Expo Center hosts this 10th annual show, with more than 150 exhibitors, seminars, recreational vehicles and boats, a petting zoo and more. MARCH HUNTS COYOTE & CROW Looking for something to hunt? Coyotes are open year ’round, crows…

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baitcaster show down

BAITCASTING REELS are marvels of me chanical engineering. These diminutive machines manage a vast array of baits, from petite plastics to slammer swimbaits on a wide variety of lines. They do so while remaining nearly bulletproof, and capable of weathering harsh use under demanding conditions. Likewise, contemporary casting rods benefit from decades of material science advancements. Their blanks are engineered supramolecularly: resins and carbon fibers are amalgamated on a nanotechnology level. Their componentry is equally impressive, as it is virtually inde structible yet it remains unimaginably light. Together, these casting implements are capable of launching lures to impressive distances while delivering crisp sensitivity. Game & Fish sent our gear experts into the briny marshes of Louisiana where the crew tested the latest bass gear against the largest and hardest-fighting redfish in North…

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how we test and who tested

The GAME & FISH tackle test utilized a comprehensive 10-criterion matrix to evaluate each rod and reel. Our test team is comprised of salty veterans of the fishing industry, professional guides and editors. Scores were tallied after each day on the water; once we crunched the numbers (and after some heated debates), winners in each gear category were named. The Editor’s Choice award goes to the best all-around gear, and the Great Buy award goes to those products in each category that performed the best and provided the greatest value. THE TESTING TEAM CAPTAIN JAMIE HARRIS Considered a master of Florida’s Mosquito Lagoon and has been fishing for more than 40 years. CAPTAIN JOE DIMARCO Spends more than 220 days a year fishing and guiding fishermen to reds, bass and sea trout. CAPTAIN CODY OBIOL A fishing…

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the winners: reels and roads

ABU GARCIA REVO ROCKET The ROCKET , fueled by 10.1:1 gearing is fast, really fast. This hungry cranker gulps line at an absurd 41-inches per turn. Testers were enamored with this reel’s hustle. You can cover considerably more water while making substantially more casts per day than its more leisurely counterparts. The Revo’s blistering retrieve will not be a drawback for those who opt for slower reels: You can turn the handle slower for less pace. (While you can slow this reel down, you cannot comfortably speed up a slower reel.) The Revo turns as smoothly as the best in the business. The drag has plenty of gristle, enough to grind the hardest charging bass to a halt or haul buried fish from the thickest slop. At $299, some will find the retail hard…

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testing flexure

A FISHING ROD'S flexure, or load on the cast, is directly proportional to lure weight. Mismatch these and the rod will not perform optimally. Surprisingly, there are fishermen who are still puzzled by lure-weight ratings. Don't be that guy. Rods are rated by engineers who are intimately knowledgeable about the blank's performance parameters. Light-action rods perform best with light lures, while stiffer actions prefer heavier lures. Keep in mind, the lure’s weight is what loads the rod — and it's this loading that propels the lure. Most of us have tried throwing too light a lure and have found it just won’t cast well. This is because the rod isn’t being loaded, and you’re throwing the lure using the rod as a lever, that is, you're depending on the rod's length. By matching…