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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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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

An Indiana deer hunting group is organizing a county-by-county pilot program aimed at gathering more public input for future deer management decisions.

The group – Indiana White-tailed Deer Herd Management (IWDHM) – is putting together county deer advisory councils, or CDACs, throughout Indiana.

The pilot program is modeled after one that has been highly successful in Wisconsin. In fact, the Wisconsin DNR routinely builds its deer quotas around each county council’s recommendations.

Unfortunately, there are no meetings planned for St. Joseph or nearby counties, but IWDHM President Matt Barton says they’d like to get one in every county of northern Indiana.

“We’re just getting started but it’s taking off fast,” he said. “Our ultimate goal is to give counties’ hunters and stakeholders a voice in how the deer are managed in their county.”


By Louie Stout

You’ve heard my rants about how the Indiana DNR took away our district wildlife biologist position.

Well, the good news is the state has restructured its wildlife division to provide a little more help.

But does it really fill the void and serve sportsmen’s needs in St. Joseph and surrounding counties?

Here’s the deal:

The DNR will add a district wildlife biologist to cover north central Indiana counties, but none in our immediate area. Also added to northern Indiana are an “urban” biologist, a “landscape” biologist and two “farm bill” biologists.

The new district biologist, who hasn’t been named as yet, will cover central Indiana counties south of Starke and Marshall counties. That person will be located at the Kankakee Fish and Wildlife Area at North Judson, Ind.

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