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Best times for anglers

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This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday...............4:45 a.m..................................................5:10 p.m.

Monday.............5:35 a.m..........................................Read more

Women are increasingly getting hooked on fishing

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It's a quiet morning on the lake at North Park Boathouse in Allison Park, Pa. Not a soul is awake except the fish and, well, the people who'd like to catch them. Leah Eggers and Ken Crawford dressed from head to toe in fly fishing gear, cast confidently into the lake.

"Think of it like answering a phone," Crawford said. "Don't let the rod go ...Read more

Study explores how men, women fish

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A decade of consumer research shows differences in some aspects of male and female fishing habits, so much so that each year companies release new lines of fishing gear made in female sizes and shapes.

In its annual "Women in the Outdoors" survey, Florida-based polling group Southwick Associates reinforces past claims that American men and ...Read more

Five great Kansas canoe, kayak trips

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Kansas is blessed to have more recreational water than many prairie states, and much of it is open to kayaking and canoeing. That includes about 300 miles of floating on two nationally-recognized rivers, plus hundreds of public lakes.

Here's a look at five of the best float opportunities in the state.

Arkansas River: Burley Bend to Oxford

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A step toward fly-fishing simplicity

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COON VALLEY, Wis. -- A crowd gathered along a stretch of Coon Creek to watch a fly angler demonstrate his skill with a long rod.

From a distance, it didn't seem unusual.

But on closer inspection, it was clear this was no ordinary fishing exhibition.

The fisherman used a fixed line attached to the tip of the rod. The rod had no reel.

"It's ...Read more

Best times for anglers

Sports / Outdoors /

This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday...............11:40 p.m..............................................11:50 a.m.

Monday.............Midnight...........................................Read more

Research group seeks more information about one type of angler-induced fish mortality

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Off Gull Point, at the tip of Presque Isle, the bottom drops to 42-60 feet and the yellow perch follow the forage fish along the thermocline. Jerry Skrypzak and Ed Kissell, president and vice president, respectively, of the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie, were enjoying a good day of perch fishing.

But instead of tossing the catch into a bucket for home ...Read more

Versatility, hard work help a guide service survive

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GLEN ELDER RESERVOIR, Kan. -- It was well past midnight and Jeff Rader was still working hard.

For three hours, he'd kept his boat over schools of fish that should have been feeding on the baitfish attracted to lights hung over the side. But bites were few.

"We can stay here as long as you like, or we can give it a few more minutes and head in...Read more

Looking to get started in fishing? Here are a few tips

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So you want to give fishing a try but you don't know where to start?

Here are some tips to get the family started.

--Don't start out with the most expensive equipment in the store. A simple push-button rod with a light-action reel will do.

--The goal on your first trip is to get some action, not go after the biggest fish in the pond. You need...Read more

Ten great spots in the Ozarks to canoe or kayak

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Towering bluffs, gurgling riffles, timbered hillsides, pools where schools of fish scatter at the sight of an advancing canoe -- that's the Ozarks at its best.

Each year, thousands of people launch their canoes and paddle into the most beautiful scenery southern Missouri offers. If you're looking for a peaceful, get-back-to-nature experience, ...Read more

Best times for anglers

Sports / Outdoors /

This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday...............6:25 p.m.................................................6:50 a.m.

Monday.............7:10 p.m...........................................Read more

Outdoor-type Father's Day gifts that dads will love

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If your dad likes to spend time on the water or in the woods or on the golf course, do him a favor this Father's Day and give him something he'll actually like and use.

There are plenty of new items in a range of prices that are sure to make fathers happy, and several of them can be used whether he's fishing, camping, boating or golfing.

A ...Read more

Superior Hiking Trail celebrates 30 years on Minnesota's North Shore

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Before the Superior Hiking Trail was a 300-mile path along Minnesota's North Shore, before it was a well-worn trail with bright blue logos marking the way, it was just a gleam in the collective imaginations of Tom Peterson and Mark Wester.

Armed only with topographic maps and compasses, the two young employees of the Department of Natural ...Read more

White River guide revels in the chase for trophy brown trout

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LAKEVIEW, Ark. -- When Steve Lopez talks about the trophy brown trout that live in the White River, he often relates a colorful story about a dream fish that escaped the hook years ago.

"For two or three years, I would spot this massive brown," said Lopez, who guides out of Gaston's White River Resort. "I would see her from a distance, but she ...Read more

Since retiring, Kansas man has been photographing wildlife all over the world

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Bob Gress retired after about 33 years as a professional naturalist for Wichita, Kan., spending much of the time as the Great Plains Nature Center's director. So, what's he been doing since he retired in 2012?

"I guess I'm still a naturalist. I was a naturalist before I got that job and still am after I left that job," Gress said. "Now it seems...Read more

Club offers skeet clinic to beginning and novice shooters

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SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. -- Twenty-five beginning and novice skeet shooters have assembled at Sheboygan Falls Conservation Club on a Sunday morning.

They range in age from 10 to 55 and bring a variety of firearm experience. But most have never raised a scatter gun to their shoulder.

They know within the hour they'll be not just shooting a shotgun...Read more

Best times for anglers

Sports / Outdoors /

This table lists top fishing times and days for the coming weeks. For best results, begin fishing one hour before and continue one hour after the times given. Times apply to all time zones.

Sunday...............12:25 p.m..............................................12:55 a.m.

Monday.............1:25 p.m............................................Read more

Fishing trip offers lake trout rendezvous

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ELY, Minn. -- It took all of about 15 seconds for things to get exciting one morning last week.

"Someone want to get that?" Steve Foss asked as the fishing rod bounced to the beat of a lake trout twisting and turning -- in the way lake trout always do -- just a few feet behind the boat.

He'd been trying to set the first of three lines on a ...Read more

Mille Lacs Lake guide finds lake's trophy smallmouth bass this time of year

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ISLE, Minn. -- Mike Verdeja whips his Shadow Rap crankbait to the edge of a submerged rock pile on Mille Lacs Lake. Another smallmouth bass slams it.

"Little guy," says Verdeja, a Mille Lacs fishing guide.

He cranks the fish in and gives it a good look. A plump 15-incher. It may not be long by bass standards, but it's thick, like most Mille ...Read more

State of boating: Minnesota has powered up

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Minnesota boat dealer Frankie Dusenka remembers when a 16-foot aluminum fishing boat was considered "big." Not on this past weekend.

The days when 14- and 15-foot motor boats dominated the lake scene are long gone, surpassed by a bigger-better mentality that includes a fascination with luxury pontoon boats, a brisk business in $80,000 wake-...Read more