Frabill Encourages Ice Fishermen To Look Out For Number One

Plano, IL (December 3, 2014) -Walking on ice to fish is nice. An unexpected plunge into the drink is not. In fact, it’s a serious situation.

Odds are you’re not “that” angler who takes life-threatening chances on lunchmeat thin or rotted end-of-season ice. But as with any extreme outdoor activity, there’s always the possibility of plans going awry and you find yourself in dire straits. And time is of the essence when frigid water and wintry temperatures suddenly encase you. There’s no waiting around for your buddies or emergency crews.

This one’s on you… You are your own best chance of getting out alive.

This Self-Rescue initiative is evident in Frabill’s new I-Series ice apparel. Every new I-Series jacket and bib sports a detailed Ice Safety Label sewn inside. You’ll be informed before embarking about how to avoid breaking through altogether. The Ice Safety Label also provides life-saving information, just in case that unforeseen circumstance should arise.

Need to know the ice thickness requirements for when on foot or motorized transport? It’s there. How about a listing of the four critical steps to self-rescue? You betcha. There’s even a reminder to always carry ice picks – the single most important piece of ice-safety equipment you can own.

Speaking of ice picks, Frabill’s so serious about your wearing them at all times that it has included a FREE set of Frabill ice picks with every I-Series jacket. And, those essential life-saving picks aren’t just slapped in the packaging, but already fitted in the garment’s custom ice pick holsters for immediate access and out-of-the-way positioning while fishing. Read more

Holiday Gifts Outdoors Enthusiasts will Fall for Hook, Line and Sinker

MINNETONKA, Minn. (Dec. 2, 2014) – With the holiday season fast approaching, the inevitable last-second rush to find gifts for friends and family isn’t far behind. This year, don’t panic. Instead, hook up your loved ones with the latest and greatest gear from Rapala®, the most trusted name in fishing.

According to a recent study from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and The Outdoor Foundation1, in 2013 alone, nearly 46 million Americans from all walks of life grabbed a tackle box, picked up a rod and made way to their local honey hole in search of a wall-worthy trophy fish. And, it’s not just the stereotypical angler looking to spending time on the water – 42 percent of all new fishing participants in 2013 were women. Read more

2015 Outdoor Life/Field & Stream Deer & Turkey Expos’ Schedule

PEWAUKEE WI- A host of new features and activities highlight the 2015 Outdoor Life/Field & Stream deer-and-turkey-hunting consumer expos. In addition, Louisville, Michigan and Illinois expos have been moved to more favorable dates, but otherwise it is steady-as-they-go for these popular events.

The 2015 schedule:

• Jan. 30-31 & Feb. 1 LOUISVILLE DEER & TURKEY EXPO (2nd), Kentucky Exposition Center (State Fairgrounds), Louisville, KY

• February 13-14-15 MICHIGAN DEER & TURKEY EXPO (29th), The SUMMIT Sports & Ice Complex, Dimondale, MI (SW side of Lansing).

• February 20-21-22 ILLINOIS DEER & TURKEY EXPO (25th), Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL.

• March 13-14-15 OHIO DEER & TURKEY EXPO (23rd), Bricker Bldg, Ohio Expo Center (State Fairgrounds), Columbus, OH

• April 10-11-12 WISCONSIN DEER & TURKEY EXPO (31st), Alliant Energy Center of Dane County, Madison, WI Read more

Michigan rears and stocks muskellunge to create fishing opportunities

The Department of Natural Resources recently finished stocking 36,228 muskellunge fingerlings into 21 water bodies located throughout the state in an effort to enhance Michigan’s fisheries.

Michigan is home to two strains of naturally producing muskellunge, Great Lakes and northern. The DNR has been rearing muskellunge in its hatcheries since the 1950s. While the hatchery program initially focused on the northern muskellunge strain, it has shifted focus in recent years to the Great Lakes strain as it is native to Michigan and widely distributed in water bodies throughout the Lower Peninsula and eastern region of the Upper Peninsula. Read more

State rears and stocks muskellunge to create fishing opportunities

The Department of Natural Resources recently finished stocking 36,228 muskellunge fingerlings into 21 water bodies located throughout the state in an effort to enhance Michigan’s fisheries.

Michigan is home to two strains of naturally producing muskellunge, Great Lakes and northern. The DNR has been rearing muskellunge in its hatcheries since the 1950s. While the hatchery program initially focused on the northern muskellunge strain, it has shifted focus in recent years to the Great Lakes strain as it is native to Michigan and widely distributed in water bodies throughout the Lower Peninsula and eastern region of the Upper Peninsula. Read more

Illinois Conservation Cops Nab Commercial Fisherman For Sale, Possession of Asian Carp

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Conservation Police have arrested a commercial fisherman for the unlawful possession and sale of 1,800 pounds of live Asian bighead and silver carp. Randall E. Watters of Hamburg, IL was arrested October 7, 2014. He was charged in Calhoun County for the Unlawful Sale of Live Injurious Species (Class 3 Felony) and Unlawful Possession of Live Injurious Species (Class ‘A’ Misdemeanor). Ronald D. Watters of Hamburg, IL was ticketed for possession of live Bighead Carp. Read more

Selecting An Underwater Camera System for Ice Fishing

Photo by Bill Lindner

Our ability as anglers to understand fish behavior and habitat is directly coupled to our use of modern technological tools. For example, while the first consumer sonar units of the late 1950s opened the door to structure fishing, modern innovations like Side Imaging, Down Imaging, and 360 Imaging provide contemporary anglers with an incredible abundance of information that could not be imagined by previous generations.

Likewise, while the first underwater cameras began to offer additional hints as to how fish relate to structure and respond to baits, today’s camera systems provide anglers with an unprecedented level of picture clarity and detail, portability, and ease of use. Here are some tips for selecting the best underwater camera system for two common ice fishing situations. Read more

Tips for targeting Michigan steelhead this fall

Weekly Fishing Tip: Tips for targeting steelhead this fall

If you decide to target steelhead on Michigan’s rivers while in a boat, there are two reel options you can turn to. Consider offering bait underneath a centerpin style reel, which are becoming popular with steelhead anglers. The line will come off smoothly allowing for float-suspended baits to work long distances downstream, plus it offers drag-free drifts.

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