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Slip Bobber Walleyes during the Dog Days of Summer

Season 15, Episode 10: Host Jason Mitchell joins Doug Erickstad from Lakeview Lodge on North Dakota’s Devils Lake to explain some great tactics and locations for catching huge numbers of walleye through the summer. Read More »

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Red Lake Ice Walleyes

Season 15, Episode 10: Jason Mitchell highlights some of the ice fishing opportunities available for walleye with insights to locations and presentations to put fish on the ice. Read More »

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Texas Rigging Smallmouth Bass

Season 15, Episode 9: Host Jason Mitchell and guest Dennis Kassube target smallmouth bass in the Glacial Lakes Region of South Dakota after a cold front with Texas Rigs. Base camp was Hidden Hills Lodge near Roslyn, South Dakota, www.hiddenhilllodge.com Read More »

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Mille Lacs Smallmouth Bass

Season 15 Episode 8: Host Jason Mitchell joins Mille Lacs guide Brad Hawthorne for an early season smallmouth bass bite. Mille Lacs has developed into a world class smallmouth bass fishery. Mitchell and Hawthorne throw tube jigs up onto shallow Read More »

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Finesse Strategies for Winter Bluegills

Season 15 – Episode 7: Host Jason Mitchell tackles a tough bite in western North Dakota with finesse tactics. Early ice patterns and locations are discussed for dissecting structure on small to medium size dams and reservoirs on the high Read More »

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Sakakawea Pike at Late Ice

Season 15 Episode 6 Segment 2: Host Jason Mitchell joins astute Lake Sakakawea angler Jason Votova for late ice pike action. Top locations and strategies for this peaking pike fishery are discussed along with dead bait presentations that catch some Read More »

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The Soft Plastic Walleye Revolution on Ice

Season 15 Episode 6 – Segment 1: Tipping walleye lures with soft plastics has become one of the hottest trends across the ice belt. Host Jason Mitchell is joined by Eric Naig from Northland Fishing Tackle to share a few Read More »

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Late Ice Crappie

Season 15 Episode 5: Ice Team members Jason Mitchell and Tony Mariotti share some top locations and strategies for aggressive crappie stacked right under late ice. Slide and glide soft plastic presentations that trigger big crappies are discussed. Read More »

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Epic Perch Bite on Devils Lake

Season 15 Episode 4: Jason Mitchell joins Woodland Resort’s Tom Shields on his home water of Devils Lake, North Dakota for one of the most epic days of perch fishing. Top locations and presentations for Devils Lake perch and walleyes Read More »

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Ice Crappies – Quality over Quantity

Season 15 Episode 3: Top end crappies often roam water with a low population density of fish. Ice Team members Jason Mitchell and Jeff Andersen discuss some strategies for finding the top locations for slab crappies on deep water lakes Read More »

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Flutter Spoon Walleyes

Season 15 Episode 2 Segment 2: High percentage transition locations are discussed for finding walleyes on prairie pothole lakes in the Glacial Lakes Region of South Dakota at late ice. Flutter Spoons are used to trigger aggressive walleyes. Read More »

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Dead Stick Tactics for Jumbo Perch

Season 15 Episode 2 Segment 1:  Host Jason Mitchell shares a few strategies for hunkering down over key transitions with dead stick presentations to catch massive early ice perch on Devils Lake, North Dakota. Read More »

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Tungsten Tactics for Basin Panfish

Season 15 Episode 1: Classic basin panfish patterns at early ice. Ice Team members Jason Mitchell and Tony Mariotti share some nuances for breaking down these basin locations with tungsten jigs and soft plastics. Read More »

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Short Line Trolling Strategies for Walleye

Season 14 – Episode 19: Host Jason Mitchell and guide Corey Ewing share a deadly late summer walleye tactic for shallow natural lakes in the Glacial Lakes Region of South Dakota. Put a Salmo Bullhead 8SDR behind the prop, troll Read More »

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Giant Lake Superior Smallmouth Bass

Season 14 – Episode 18: Chequamegon Bay near Ashland Wisconsin is one of the most notorious smallmouth bass fisheries on the Great Lakes. Join host Jason Mitchell and guide Roger LaPenter as they share some tips and strategies for fishing Read More »

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Ontario Fly In Walleye Paradise

Season 14 – Episode 17: Eric Naig from Northland Fishing Tackle joins host Jason Mitchell on an Ontario Fly In fishing adventure with Knobby’s Fly In Camps located in Sioux Lookout. Read More »

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Deadly Half Crawler Rig for Walleye

Season 14 – Episode 16: Host Jason Mitchell demonstrates the effectiveness of a half crawler rig developed with Northland Fishing Tackle called the Crawler Hauler on Devils Lake, North Dakota. Read More »

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Pitching Jigs for Fall Walleye

Season 14 – Episode 15: Host Jason Mitchell and veteran guide Al Maas pitch jigs for walleye in mid October on Minnesota’s Leech Lake. Read More »

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Nonstop Ontario Walleye Action

Season 14 – Episode 14: Jason Mitchell Outdoors travels to Dinorwic Lake, Ontario to fish with Pine Sunset Lodge. A jig fisherman’s dream, this is a top drive to fishing destination for walleye on the Canadian Shield. Read More »

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Rigging for Walleye on Fort Peck

Season 14 – Episode 13: Live bait rigging on prominent classic structure for trophy walleye on Fort Peck Reservoir in eastern Montana. Read More »

Walleye On The Edge

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By Jason Mitchell

By midwinter on many bodies of water, walleye location can often trend towards off shore structure and in many cases, deep structure.  With the advent of map chips, more anglers are discovering and fishing these locations.  A mistake I have made in the past when fishing deep structure is relying too much on what the contour line on the map charts.  What is more important than any contour is the transition.  The transition between one type of bottom and another.  Could be an edge where gravel meets mud.  Could be where large boulders transition to smaller rock.  This edge is often where it is at for finding offshore walleye.  Sometimes the transition lines up with a contour but so often it does not.  When it does not, you end up focusing your attention on the wrong contours and miss the mark.

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When Panfish Behave Badly

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By Jason Mitchell

A common mistake some anglers make is thinking the world below the ice is static.  The mistaken belief that nothing changes.  We have all probably been lulled into a great bite where we set up on a location and the fish basically make us look good.  The fish accelerate towards your presentation, rise up and than greet you.  The reality is that you can use several different presentations and fish those presentations several different ways and get bit.  We go home with a bounce in our step and a grin.  We also go home with confidence.  

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Observations on the Ice Walleye Scene

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By Jason Mitchell

Many trends and mindsets that originate over the open water season eventually transform on to the ice scene.  There was a time when walleye anglers had a hard time putting anything on a jig besides a shiner.  Today, soft plastic and water soluble soft baits have traction with the walleye crowd.  The soft plastic replacing live bait trend has slowly gained a foothold on the ice walleye world.  Just like open water, soft plastics will never replace live bait but they are a great compliment and with certain situations and applications, work much better.  

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