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  • Enough with the delays — here are my favorite spots Dec 4, 2013 5:53 PM
    There are dozens of great places to fish, and picking one over another usually amounts to personal preference. With that in mind, here are Mike Jackson's favorite places to wet a line.

  • Time passes, but fatherly pride is forever Nov 28, 2013 11:04 AM
    Surprises are part of the allure of fishing. Life, in general, brings its own fair share of unexpected news, and the Jackson family will relish some of the good variety on this Thanksgiving.

  • The secret’s out — sort of — with Lake Michigan smallmouth Nov 20, 2013 11:05 PM
    No one dares talking about the big smallmouth that wait around daily for a fresh piece of Chicago-style meat (chub) on the big lake’s shore. Sure, the old-timers know, and even some of the newer, egomaniacal expert angling wannabees will share a secret or two about locations. Some of the younger element take pride in telling others they have the “keys to the smallie kingdom.” And if I told you jumbo smallmouth are there along the lakefront in droves, responding with violent strikes when an angler’s guard is relaxed for a microsecond, you’d probably scoff and move on to the column describing the new Cubs manager and the wonderful dreams, false promises, and follies yet to come. There are cliques of fishermen who hold the secrets to their bosoms, and God help us if one of us infidels stumbles upon sections of the forbidden territories. Like the muskie columns I have written pertaining to Lake Catherine and Channel Lake, those tomes have evoked threats and scads of nasties from various readers. The same pattern emerges when I mention Lake Michigan smallmouth bass. There are 5- and 6-pound fish, and maybe some heavier, along the shoreline of our immediate territory. Yet because of slovenly behavior of some of the big lake anglers, the fishery itself is in constant danger of being crippled. Even on my Sunday morning outdoors radio talk show (6-7 a.m. at 1240-AM) I am constantly getting emails from listeners and some readers as well, asking me where they can find smallmouth bass “everyone” talks about. I would be a very wealthy person if I got a buck for every inquiry I receive. To tell you the truth, there are a number of super-large guys who act like enforcers regarding this issue. So I must be careful. Smallmouth bass fishing for many in this area is nothing more than a novelty, a lark, if you will. For most, Lake Michigan angling means yellow perch, coho salmon and its jumbo cousin, the mighty Chinook. But if you should stumble upon some good smallmouth fishing, state regs require that you release them so they may grow to even larger sizes to fight another day. Again, if you happen to locate a school of smallmouth, say near the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, you may, and I am explicit by saying may, first encounter a gunboat or inflatable, high-speed rubber watercraft loaded with big-time weaponry and a sailor equipped with a government-issue loudspeaker demanding you immediately leave the area. I advise that you hit the throttle and skedaddle. It’s a Homeland Security thing. And during your stumbling about, please keep in mind Lake Michigan smallmouth bass have a royal-like lineage, based on ancient writings found in a pocket of clay, unearthed by workers digging out the never-ending big tunnel project in the city and burbs. And because of fragments in those parchments, you do not need formal wear while on the water — just a fishing license. źContact Mike Jackson at angler88@comcast.net. Catch his radio show 6-7 a.m. Sundays on WSBC 1240-AM and live-streamed at www.mikejacksonoutdoors.com.

  • Even strong angling opinions can change over the years Nov 13, 2013 12:24 PM
    Evinrude's E-Tec outboard motor is making a believer of one very brand-loyal angler. Mike Jackson explains in his weekly outdoors column.

  • Smallmouth and bluegills? What’s not to like? Nov 6, 2013 6:55 PM
    Smallmouth bass and bluegills are pound-for-pound the most sporting fish around and deserve a place of reverence for midwestern anglers.

  • The familiar North Country spots are still well worth a visit Oct 23, 2013 10:49 PM
    Places like Popp's and Shaffer's in Wisconsin's North Country have changed over the years, but they remain a central part of the allure of this great slice of the state.

  • Outdoors notes: Diamonds are forever Oct 23, 2013 10:49 PM
    News from Mike Jackson's notebook, plus his weekly fishing report.

  • It’s a fall spectacular on the Menomonee Oct 16, 2013 11:04 AM
    Guide Bob Dekker and I couldn’t believe our eyes. Without exaggeration, the water in front of us exploded. I’d flipped a 6-inch chub minnow to a formation of shallow, underwater rocks. The very second the chub landed a huge smallmouth bass grabbed the bait and tried making off with a quick meal. It was close to 15 minutes before this jumbo prize called a truce. Some 22 inches of powerful, football-like smallmouth tested the limits of the my scale as the Menomonee River yielded its fall bounty.

  • Petzal logic: Respect is central to a successful hunt Oct 9, 2013 9:33 PM
    A healthy respect for the prey doesn't make for good TV, which may be one reason it's missing all too often from most of the hunting shows these days.

  • When it comes to fishing, ‘old’ often means ‘good’ Oct 2, 2013 6:03 PM
    Rods, reels, lures and neighborhood bait shops shouldn't be passed over simply because they're old. Because in fishing, 'old' often means 'good.'

  • Low water creates fishing opportunities on Fox Sep 25, 2013 11:19 AM
    Cool, dry weather leads to a valuable fall opportunity on a great area fishery, the Fox River. Mike Jackson explains the advantages of wading into the water with the right safety and fishing equipment.

  • One big reason to visit Rawah Lodge Sep 18, 2013 5:54 PM
    A visit to Rawah Lodge, about 65 miles west of Fort Collins, Colo., led Mike Jackson to an encounter with a mythically large wild rainbow trout.

  • Nothing like an early rise on a secret stream Sep 11, 2013 8:53 PM
    One stream I discovered that allowed me to don my waders and explore its depths and hiding places. This jewel was still partially hidden by the darkness of the dawn, and yet its magnificence was already showing as the sun slowly rose to the challenge.

  • Finally, a remedy for buggin’ out Aug 28, 2013 6:21 PM
    We've all had our share of biting insects, but there are new weapons in the war against summertime mosquitoes.

  • Fish wish: Guided trip lands legal Chain muskie Aug 21, 2013 2:24 PM
    It's sometimes hard for a guide to produce fish for his client, but it sure worked out well for Robby Binder as Chris Taurisano put him on a Fox Chain muskie that taped out at nearly 50 inches.

  • A tactic for bringing out the best in your fish Aug 14, 2013 6:07 PM
    Far too many outdoor enthusiasts and anglers believe the only way to cook fish is to prepare it in a beer batter until it’s unrecognizable, and then fry it until whatever natural flavor that was once there has become lost.

  • There’s no debate: the key’s the bait Aug 7, 2013 12:03 PM
    In the heat of summer, there's just no fishing substitute for lively fresh bait. Give it a try before declaring local waters devoid of good fishing.

  • A retro fishing tourney? Dream on Jul 31, 2013 9:05 PM
    How about a return to the days when fishing tournaments measured an angler's skill, instead of the ability to master technology?

  • Occasionally, fishing is simply for the birds Jul 18, 2013 12:06 AM
    Sure, fishing is mainly about the fish. But bird encounters tend to make for a most memorable fish story.

  • A delicious dinner meets with conversational indigestion Jul 10, 2013 9:50 PM
    Mike Jackson's outdoors reputation sometimes precedes him, which made for an awkward encounter recently while the columnist was dining out.

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