School of Fish kids learn that chasing panfish around structure is a great way to “get bit”! Small jigs baited with small leeches, minnows, and pieces of nightcrawlers are often preferred baits. These combinations are often lethal on panfish when presented below a slip-bobber.
Slip-bobbers are great fishing tools because fishing depths being targeted can easily be adjusted by simply sliding the bobber stop up or down the line. Not only that, but because the bobber stop can be reeled right up on the reel, casting and landing fish is pretty easy because kids don’t have long, cumbersome sections of line extending beyond rod tips.
Saturday, July 13, Jack Knaus of Kimball particapated in the Minnesota Trap Assocation 200-bird event in Alexandria. Jack shot 192 out of 200 birds to win the Novice Championship. Congratulations to Jack for taking the top spot! Submitted photo.
Kimball Rod and Gun Club first half Trap League winners
League 1: Petty Bros.
Bob Petty, Tom Petty, Mic Petty, Jeff Jacobs, Josh Gagner, Denny Steinhaus
League 2: Hendricks Sand & Gravel
Joe Hendricks, Eric Hendricks, Brian Konz, Pete Jonas Sr, Peter Jonas Jr, Dallas Norgren
League 3: Ripley Transportation
Roy Winkelman, Jay Winkelman, Norm Bodeker, Rodney Atkins, Bob Hausen, Mark Keskey
League 4: Fairhaven Electric
Willy Looman, Bill Liedman, Fred Kjorlein, Larry Byzenski, Scott Thompson, Luke Rogers
Adults and youth who want to learn the basics of deer hunting are invited to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) deer day on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., on the Wilkens farm near Mora in Kanabec County.
The free program, which is geared for adults who want to learn more about deer hunting, will be hosted by the DNR’s Becoming an Outdoors Family program. Youth, ages 10 and older, are welcome to attend if they are accompanied by a guardian.
Following presentations on deer and deer habit, participants will have hands-on opportunities to learn and practice field skills, including how to track deer; deer stand placement and safety; and shotgun, rifle, archery and muzzleloader shooting. Instructors will include DNR wildlife staff, DNR conservation officers, Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) volunteers and members of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.
“Deer day is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in learning the basics of deer hunting to get hands-on experience,” said Linda Bylander, BOW coordinator.
Register by printing off a registration form on the BOW website at www.mndnr.gov/bow, or by calling the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or toll-free (888)
646-6367 to request a registration form. Registration is limited. Lunch will be served.
More information about BOW programs is available at www.mndnr.gov/bow.
Panfish are great targets
School of Fish kids learn that panfish like sunfish/bluegills, crappies, and perch are great targets for them to try to catch. Panfish are present in most lakes and rivers. Not only that, they are often willing biters and put up a good “fight” when hooked. Finally, they are often easily accessible to kids as they are often found in shallow water near shore fishing spots that kids can easily get to.
Because panfish are some of the smaller fish on the food chain and need protection from bigger predators, they like to hold along structure where they can hide. As mentioned in the last tip, boat docks, fallen trees and logs, and swim rafts in the water are all good panfish holding spots. Savvy anglers who identify those spots and make casts to them will often find and catch panfish in good numbers.
Looking for structure that panfish can hide along is good fishing advice. Because panfish are relatively small and have small mouths, using small baits is also solid advice. A small “panfish” leech, portion of a nightcrawler, or “crappie” minnow are often good panfish baits. Fishing these baits on a tiny panfish jig like a Gypsi Jig or Fire-Fly Jig completes the lure package and, fishing them below a slip-bobber is a great way to present them. In a future tip we will review some secrets to make slip-bobber fishing for panfish even more successful. As always, good luck on the water!
School of Fish is a three-hour fishing education class that was hosted in your community this year. Four tips will be offered this summer as follow up to that offering for both the kids who attended School of Fish and others getting started in the great sport of fishing! School of Fish is supported by: Northland Fishing Tackle, KLN Family Brands, Larson Boats, Shakespeare Fishing, and Soderholm Insurance.
Check out the School of Fish website www.mnschooloffish.com. Also, follow School of Fish on Facebook: School-of-Fish for more fishing tips and the chance to win some great fishing prizes!