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Whether targeted for fun or for the table, panfish please most anglers– especially lunker crappies and hand-sized bull bluegills. Fall is a great time to catch them, but with variables like changing vegetation, cooling weather, turnover, and fall bait migrations, how do you crack the code for consistent success?

We asked four of the nation’s top panfish specialists five questions about fall crappie and bluegill fishing. Their answers will help anyone become a more successful fall panfish angler.

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The swimbait is a lure type that has gone from trophy hunting bass anglers to something used for many different species, including walleye. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be fished all year long, making them some of the most versatile lures used today.

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New Tackle for 2022

Everyone is throwing bladed jigs these days so sometimes you need to give the fish a different look and sound.

The downsized Chatterbait MiniMax has a downscaled hex-blade and other componentry, but it has the punch to handle big, tough smallmouth, spotted and largemouth bass.

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By Louie Stout

Cabin fever getting you down? There are plenty of cures this weekend.

In addition to ice fishing opportunities improving daily, there are fun things to do indoors as well.

You’ve got the Michiana Boats and Sports Show at the South Bend Century Center all weekend, the Dowagiac Conservation Club (DCC) Hunter’s Rendezvous on Saturday and the DCC’s annual squirrel hunting contest Sunday.


By Louie Stout

Conflicts between lake residents and anglers have been a problem for decades.

Lake residents claim ownership of a lake and you can’t blame them. They bought property and live along its shore. They have a vested interest.

On the other hand, lakes with public access are public lakes. A resident’s ownership includes the lake bottom while the water is a public entity. We have to share and try to respect each other’s space.

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