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Anglers get in their last hurrah of 2021

For many anglers, the last hurrah of the 2021 fishing season has arrived – and it is shaping up as quite the celebration. Our lakes soon will be freezing, a fact that is not lost on the fish populations. Snow flurries may be flying, but the fish are eating big-time during these final days ...

Penguins end season with a bang

In like a lion and out with a roar. It was a frustrating 2021 football season at Youngstown State, no doubt, but also one bookended by major victories. All told, YSU finished 3-7, but each of the three victories came over teams that qualified for the FCS postseason. The Penguins opened ...

Grassy battle brewing at Mosquito Lake

Grassy lakes are generally considered healthy environments well suited as habitat for thriving populations of fish, amphibians, crustaceans and other animals. Aquatic vegetation provides shelter for small fish, crawfish, shrimp, tadpoles and emerging insects; hunting areas for predator ...

Bladed jig lures provided a solid year

Looking back on my 2021 fishing trips, it is clear that the category of lures known as bladed jigs accounted for a significant percentage of the bass that boarded the Bass Cat. Bladed jigs gained traction in the bass world 15 years ago after a South Carolina lure tinkerer told his fishing ...

Anglers learn something new every day

The adage “You learn something new every day” is not just a corny expression. It’s a fact in just about every aspect of our lives and holds equally true for the days we spend fishing. Looking back on 2021, I realize I did indeed learn something new pretty much every time I went to the ...

Winding down the trips and prepping for winter

Not so many years ago, I procrastinated every fall on making the inevitable decision to winterize the boat and park it under cover until spring brought a fresh new fishing season. The winds of autumn can blow cold and wet, but my experience taught me that November did deliver a few days with ...