Articles filed under Jackson, Mike
With fishing delayed, the planning season continues Mar 7, 2012 12:00 AM
Another big late-season snow means the fishing season goes on hold for a bit longer. And that means the planning-about-fishing season has received an extension.
In a weird winter, one big reason to keep fishing Mar 7, 2012 12:00 AM
Though solid ice wasn't always easy to find this winter, Lake in the Hills' Joe Saftig found some at Castle Rock Lake in Wisconsin. Good thing, too, as he needed a solid platorm to support his 46-inch, 26-pound northern pike. For more, check out the online link to Castle Rock Lake, and a link to Mike Jackson's outdoors website.
Choice is nice, but it’s time to draw the lineFeb 29, 2012 12:00 AM
A dizzying array of line choices for anglers has Mike Jackson wondering if all those options really amount to anything that's going to make a difference for fishermen.
A local tournament with bluegill in mindFeb 22, 2012 12:00 AM
Bass and walleye fishing tournaments are all the rage these days, but many would love a local tournament devoted to panfishing on area lakes and ponds.
Get real, and don’t bite on all the fishing tackle hype Feb 15, 2012 12:00 AM
By all means, find and purchase fishing gear you like. But try not to be overly influenced by the heavy load of hype that seems to be everywhere in the fishing tackle industry these days.
Warm winter causes spike in cabin fever up NorthFeb 8, 2012 12:00 AM
A warm winter is keeping many fishermen off the ice in northern Wisconsin, forcing an oddly strong strain of cabin fever.
Quit carping and go for some big lake carpFeb 1, 2012 12:00 AM
There was a period in my life when I couldn’t even look at a carp, let alone fish for them. But along came noted angler and writer Jason Lucas, a master of the fly and written word. It may have been 40 or 50 years ago when he opened my eyes to the joys of finding and catching Lake Michigan carp on super-light tackle, on a fly rod.
Visit the Show, and take your friends with youJan 25, 2012 12:00 AM
Planning a fishing trip is the central appeal of visiting this weekend's outdoors show at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Don't forget to include those closest to you in your plans.
Do yourself a favor, let Petros educate youJan 18, 2012 12:00 AM
Spence Petros begins his annual classroom angling sessions in early February in Palatine. Do yourself a favor and check out his weekly 2-hour sessions.
A heartfelt rebuttal in defense of flyfishingJan 12, 2012 12:00 AM
The do-it-yourself aspect of tying flies is a central appeal to one of the most poorly understood and least appreciated kinds of angling. But it also happens to be a fun way to fish, no matter your personal preferences.
Mike Jackson on the outdoors and gimmicks Jan 4, 2012 12:00 AM
Fads and fashion trends come and go in the angling word, but it's worthwhile to pay attention to the fundamental techniques proven to be successful over generations.
Mike Jackson on the outdoors: A dog's tale Dec 29, 2011 12:00 AM
The loss of a beloved family dog isn't easy, even if it's a generation removed.
Getting a healthy start on a little holiday dreamingDec 21, 2011 12:00 AM
There's nothing like a little fly-casting practice to remind Mike Jackson that he has much to be thankful for. And much to look forward to in the years ahead.
Mike Jackson on the outdoors: Lindner's tales Dec 14, 2011 12:00 AM
Ron Lindner's effort at chronicling the early days of a revolution in North American angling is expected to be a fascinating read. Mike Jackson reports on the story that Lindner is preparing to publish.
Mike Jackson book review on “Paddle North” Dec 7, 2011 12:00 AM
A new book, "Paddle North", visits some of the most beautiful canoeing spots in North America. If you've ever been to Quetico or the Boundary Waters, the writing and the photography will take you back there, says outdoors columnist Mike Jackson.
It's time to convince you to try ice fishingNov 30, 2011 12:00 AM
Ice fishing isn't for everybody, but too many people dismiss it without giving it a fair try. Mike Jackson recommends it as one of the truly wonderful way to experience the outdoors.
A wild, traditional Thanksgiving remembrance Nov 23, 2011 12:00 AM
Wild fare helped make this Thanksgiving one to remember.
Good luck charms and the international language of anglingNov 16, 2011 12:00 AM
Everyone has their own good-luck rituals when it comes to fishing. Here are a couple odd ones that made a difference for their practitioners.
Here's one angler way ahead of the learning curveNov 9, 2011 12:00 AM
Experience is helpful in successful fishing, but there's no substitute for enthusiasm. And 15-year-old Connor Mackey is demonstrating he has plenty of it.
When it comes to smallmouth bass, this year makes the grade Oct 19, 2011 12:00 AM
I recently found myself with a few hours of free time, so I dug out my fishing journal so I could take stock of the good and bad moments on the water.
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