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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

Indiana’s St. Joe Steelhead Run Continues to ImpressBrian Breidert is a happy biologist.

And if you’re an Indiana steelhead angler, you should be, too.

Briedert was gushing lastweek as he discussed the spring steelhead run, one that has delivered a steady stream of bulldogging fish into Indiana waters all the way to the Twin Branch Dam.

And it ain’t over.

By Louie Stout

Mild Winter May Deliver Good Summer Fishing

Most anglers know that the weather plays a huge role in fish activity and angler success. Cold fronts can shut down a hot bite while an imminent thunderstorm can turn it on.

But what about our mild and goofy winter? Could it affect fishing this spring and summer?

Indiana fisheries biologist Jed Pearson thinks there’s a good chance it could yield a good spring and summer fishing season.

Pearson is a fish researcher who has been studying winters’ impacts on northern Indiana lakes.

“When we look at what’s happened on a handful of lakes we’ve studied, we’ve found that more and better habitat is present when overall winter and spring conditions are warmer and drier than during those seasons that follow colder, wetter years,” he explained.

When he speaks of habitat, he’s talking about water temperature and oxygen levels that affect the space in which fish can live comfortably.

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