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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

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...............6:00 a.m.................................................6:25 p.m.

Monday.............6:50 a.m...........................................Read more

Meet Kevin Kurz, lord of the (bass) flies

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Kevin Kurz used his fly rod to whip a streamer over his head several times, and then laid it perfectly in the shade of branches hanging over the water.

The fly started to sink, but it didn't get far.

A flash of green engulfed the black leech imitation, and the fight was on.

The fly rod bowed sharply, and the angry bass shot to the surface and...Read more

Kansas man has a deep allure of old lures

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EMPORIA, Kan. -- Noel Lyons roamed northwest Arkansas waters as a small boy. A rigged cane pole and a can of worms were his only equipment.

At 80 and with health issues, his roaming days are largely over. He's spent more time lately enjoying fishing inside than outside.

"I guess I got started collecting fishing equipment about 35 years ago," ...Read more

Tips for catching blackfin tunas

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Blackfin tunas are biting off South Florida, and catching one of the tasty fish isn't that difficult as long as you keep the following suggestions in mind when you head offshore in your boat or kayak.

"First of all, you want to find good water," Capt. Skip Dana said. "It doesn't have to be purple blue, which is the best. It can be green. I tell...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..............12:05 a.m...............................................12:25 p.m.

Monday.............12:55 a.m...........................................Read more

Fishing canals, lakes offer something for everyone

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One of the great things about fishing in South Florida's lakes and canals is you never know what you might catch.

Just like saltwater anglers who live-bait for kingfish and catch everything from dolphin and wahoo to sailfish and blue marlin, freshwater anglers who target largemouth bass often catch a number of other species.

An Everglades ...Read more

Bowfishing is fast-paced and exciting under city's night skyline

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Bright lights flood Pittsburgh's sports stadiums at night, but Jordan Miller of Washington, Pa., said the real action is on the rivers.

Bowfishing, he said, "is the most exciting sport on the water today. ... Last year I started going out around the stadiums. It's really good fishing."

Admittedly "addicted" to the nighttime hunts since middle ...Read more

Unlikely events make for chaotic turkey hunt

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Scott Staples gets up well before dawn on many mornings in his line of work. He's a conservation officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources based in Cloquet, Minn.

But on the morning of May 5, Staples was in the woods at 4:30 to see whether he could shoot a turkey.

It would be a hunt he'll never forget. Before it was over, it ...Read more

Lake of the Ozarks is still a 'bass factory'

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OSAGE BEACH, Mo. -- Sitting in his boat on the Lake of the Ozarks, Bob Renken pondered a question that every bass fisherman encounters at one time or another.

Where do the bass go when a big cold front moves through?

The big lake had enjoyed Chamber of Commerce weather recently -- 75 degrees and sunny. And that put the bass in the loving mood....Read more

Fishing on the go: Trolling helps one angler boat up to 100-plus fish a day

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MARION COUNTY, Kan. -- Andy Fanter is an angler on the move, keeping his boat in gear nearly non-stop, up to 12 to 13 hours at a time. Much of that time his net is pretty busy, too.

He caught 148 fish on his best day this year, including 60 wipers, 85 white bass and three walleyes. Last year he had a day with 220 fish, most of which were white ...Read more

After unlawful death, Bow Tie the buck's legend lives on

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Bow Tie has a final resting place.

Fittingly, it's in the Milwaukee County park system, where the white-tailed deer lived its 81/2 year life.

Also appropriately, Jim Bagley of Milwaukee, who led authorities to the man who illegally killed the buck in December, was part of the effort to provide a permanent home for the deer.

A shoulder mount ...Read more

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...............7:45 p.m................................................8:10 a.m.

Monday.............8:30 p.m............................................Read more

Lake trout unlimited for the first canoe group to hit southeast Quetico this year

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QUETICO PROVINCIAL PARK, Ontario -- A big-shouldered lake trout hooked by Carson Spohn pulled so hard, at such an angle, that the bow of his canoe swung swiftly toward the deep end of the lake.

Reeled back toward the boat, the fish appeared to be finished. An instant later, it splashed and plunged straight down, looping part of his pursuer's ...Read more

Optimism shines bright at start of inland fishing

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PEWAUKEE, Wis. -- Sunrise came like a warm embrace from an old friend at Pewaukee Lake.

The air was soft, the breeze was light.

The mood among the faithful was bright.

"I don't think I've ever been more ready," said Mark Krmpotich, 67. "I was getting withdrawal symptoms."

Last Saturday marked opening day of the 2016 Wisconsin inland fishing ...Read more

Washington Park Arboretum's new trail to reveal hidden treasures

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They're the unseen delights off in the distance: rare and threatened plant and tree species from around the world, and grand old Pacific Northwest favorites, beckoning but seldom visited.

That will soon change, as a new trail gets built in the Washington Park Arboretum, winding through parts of the 230-acre arboretum little used because the ...Read more

So you want to be a fishing guide? Three guides share some tips

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Maybe the thought has crossed your mind. You love fishing. You're good at catching fish. Why not do it all the time and become a guide? Think of it -- getting paid to go fishing.

We asked three established guides at various stages of their careers to offer some thoughts about making a living as a guide. Jeff Sundin, 60, is a Deer River guide ...Read more

Hunting, fishing where the bass and the buffalo play

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BOURBON COUNTY, Kan. -- Near the Missouri border, Joe Bisogno's Timber Hills Lake Ranch seems more like the Ozarks than most of Kansas. The land's rugged ridges, sided with towering hardwoods and carpeted in thick briars, are a perfect place for his big-game hunting operation.

Guests pay big money, sometimes well into five figures, to shoot ...Read more

Spring crappie fishing isn't always a shallow subject at Lake of the Ozarks

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CAMDENTON, Mo. -- Just guess how deep of water Darin Keim had his boat in when he caught a limit of crappies at Lake of the Ozarks the other day.

If you guessed three or four feet -- the shallows the popular panfish often crowd into to spawn at this time of the year -- you were way off.

He had his boat in 40 feet of water along the shade of a ...Read more

Nature lovers get new view of Orange County's 'mini Grand Canyon'

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SILVERADO, Calif. -- Deby Rice and Mary Gregrow stood looking down at the Agua Chinon creek as a cool ocean breeze whipped up through the surrounding canyon.

The South Orange County California residents and Irvine Ranch Conservancy employees were among the first group to take in a breathtaking view of Limestone Canyon, also known as Orange ...Read more