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Michigan Fishing Report – Jan. 25, 2020
Ice conditions varied last week from one region of the state to another. There was no safe ice yet in southern Michigan. Conditions improved as you move north, but many of the larger, deeper lakes and bays in the northern Lower were still not safe for foot travel.
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Pennsylvania Fishing Report – Jan. 24, 2020
Unseasonably warm weather in early January thawed ice on all Pennsylvania lakes, and these reports are all about open-water fishing, mostly for panfish and bass. However, a recent spate of frigid days and nights seemed poised to put safe ice on northern lakes at least.
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Minnesota Fishing Report – Jan. 22, 2020
Mother Nature delivered exactly what wasn’t needed across most of the state last Friday – more snow and wind. This just added to the poor lake conditions across much of northern Minnesota where angling activity continues to be limited due to deep snow and an amazing amount of slush on many lakes.
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Illinois Fishing Report – Jan. 17, 2020
Fishing with ice jigs under a slip-float can produce some exceptional catches this time of year. Live bait for most species is key. Floating minnows off the bottom on three-way rigs or suspended from a slip float can mean some fair catches of walleyes.
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LAKE PROFILES


Illinois Woods & Waters – Pistakee Lake, McHenry/Lake counties
One of the largest bodies of water on the Fox Chain, encompassing 1,700 acres, Pistakee has historically been a wintertime favorite for anglers. Pistakee Bay is one of the few deep spots on the south end of the collection of lakes. The depth here provides a huge wintering pool for multiple species of fish.
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Reviews, Blogs & Tips


New Fishing Watercraft for 2020
Boats for 2020 are not what Dad used to consider fishing rigs, because they are more like luxury fishing cruisers with more room, horsepower, and speakers that rival those of a Mercedes Benz.
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