Tactics for Opening Day Toms

A veteran turkey hunter once said, “The very first time you hunt a gobbler is the best time to kill ’em. Your chances go down accordingly every time you hunt him after that.” A smart old gobbler wises up quickly. He’ll figure out where you’re coming into the woods...

Scout Now for Spring Turkeys!

Scouting for spring turkeys should begin way in advance of the spring season. Late winter or early spring is not too early to begin your scouting. Locating clusters of flocked up wintering birds can give you an idea of how many birds are in the area, how they survived...

Mid-Winter Panfish

Catching panfish on first ice is not rocket science. Bluegills, sunfish, crappies and perch are still relatively active when ice first forms. It’s basically an extension of the hot fall fishery for a while. Weeds are still green and producing oxygen, waters are not...

Grandeur Grand Haven

Rivers are a huge draw for trout and salmon anywhere they enter the Great Lakes. The Grand River is Lake Michigan’s largest tributary and, for that reason, attracts a hodgepodge of salmonids. Whether pumping tepid spring run-off into an icy cold lake or delivering a...

Concentrate on summer smallies

Steam was rising from the warm river into the cool morning air when we launched. Trout were actively rising in the cooler morning flows. Grant manned the oars on the johnboat, and Leon and I cast from our perches on the bow and stern. Grant instructed us to cast at a...