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Salmo

Meet the NEW SOFT side of SALMO!
NEW Salmo SOFT PLASTICS!

We're coming out with an extensive lineup of soft plastic lures geared towards a variety of techniques and situations.

NEW SALMO SOFT PLASTICS!

We're coming out with an extensive lineup of soft plastic lures geared towards a variety of techniques and situations.

The Salmo Walleye Shad has a large baitfish profile with a wide paddle tail that gives it an agressive swimming action. As the name implies, these baits excel for walleye, and come in the perfect sizes, 3 and 4 inch.

The Salmo Spikey Shad features an extremely unique spike design that gives off micro vibrations in the water. These spikes also allow you to add scents onto the lure that will hold on much longer than a traditional soft plastic.

The Salmo Slick Shad features a thin profile that allows you to cut currents much more efficiently when vertical jigging. It also features back and belly slots that allow it to be texas rigged for weedless presentations. With the extremely soft plastic design, the Slick Shad has an incredible swimming action with even the slightest movement.

The Salmo Dropshot Fry is unique hybrid between a hair jig and a soft plastic. It features a bouyant body and micorfiber tail that gives it an action unlike anything else. Ideal for dropshot tactics but it can also be jighead mounted.

All of these new Salmo Soft Plastics have been proven in Europe with countless trophy Zander and Perch caught on them. And now we're bringing them to the U.S. for the first time!

#salmolures #thesalmodifference #icast2019

Salmo

Introducing the NEW Salmo Replicant Swimbait lineup!

Our team set out to "match the hatch" and create a set of very lifelike swimbaits of popular predator forage species. The results are simply stunning! From the body profile, to the detailed patterns, and the swimming action, these lures are perfect!

Introducing the NEW Salmo Replicant swimbait lineup!

Our team set out to "match the hatch" and create a set of very lifelike swimbaits of popular predator forage species. The results are simply stunning! From the body profile, to the detailed patterns, and the swimming action, these lures are perfect!

The Salmo Replicants come rigged with Mustad KVD Triple Grip Hooks. And they feature a unique belly hook rotation system, that allows the treble to turn endlessy protecting hook holds.

Check them out at the beginning of 2020!

Sam George Fishing Hunter Freeman Fishing

#salmolures #thesalmodifference

Family Fishing Time
Scott Olson

As a newer dad on the scene, it has been a challenge to plan some family outings over the last year. Our daughter's health after her birth was a concern last summer, so we only did a few outdoors trips here and there when the weather was nice, and I wasn't working a weekend.

Over the 4th-5th last week, the one thing I wanted to do for my birthday was a family fishing trip. I'd been hoping for a trip to Sylvan to take advantage of the good bite from a couple of weeks earlier, but misjudged the time because of lunch and other plans I'd made for the evening so we took a trip to our local lake within city limits to try and catch something from shore.

It was a very pleasant afternoon to head to Canyon Lake and enjoy some time with my wife, daughter, and our two rambunctious pups. When we go there, the lake was busy with people enjoying an extra day off thanks to the 4th holiday, but we got lucky to get one of the fishing piers to ourselves.

Aurora had fallen asleep during the drive to the lake and proceeded to nap through most of the fishing while my wife wrangled Lando and Chewie to keep them from barking at passersby so that I could fish more, but it still good to have all of them with me to enjoy some sun.

I didn't hold out much hope of catching anything from shore since I'd always had better luck being on the water on Canyon Lake, but a small brown trout gave us some action to start to the afternoon, so I was hopeful. Nothing else wanted the lure, however.

But, as luck would have it a little while later, the bobber on the pole by Aurora and Melissa went down and we reeled in a very nice sized rainbow for Canyon Lake. Aurora was still sleeping so she got to have her picture taken with eyes closed much the same way as last summer when her pole had caught her first fish at barely 2 months old. One day, maybe she'll be awake to see a fish up close!

I can't wait to get out again with my girls and to a lifetime of fishing trips and other adventures with them and when Aurora is older and can start fishing for herself and reeling in her own fish, will indeed be a sweet time in my life. I'm very much looking forward to long life of fishing trips with my wife and our little girl! Now if I could only get her to stay awake for the fun part..........

https://www.hsmoutdoorsllc.com/single-post/2019/07/11/Family-Fishing-Time

Salmo

Day 2 unveiling from Salmo at Icast 2019

The NEW "Rail Shad"

A bait for the open and hard water as well, flashy and erratic action will be un-nerving to the fish.

Introducing the NEW Salmo Rail Shad!

When Jason Mitchell Outdoors Television says this is one of the most innovative lures he's seen in a long time, you better pay attention!

The Salmo Rail Shad is unlike any other lure. The unique rail design allows the lure to be vertically jigged or casted out and worked back. The unbreakable polycarbonate lip gives the lure an erratic darting action and the feathered tail draws fish in. Ideal for walleye and bass in open water or through the ice!

Find the NEW Salmo Rail Shad at your favorite retailer this fall!

#salmolures #thesalmodifference #icast2019

Salmo

With #Icast happening this week, NEW products galore are coming out.

First out from Salmo this week is the Rattlin' Stick, "walk the dog" action lure geared towards bass, but will be a big fish magnet for all predator species.

Meet the NEW Salmo Rattlin' Stick!

This "walk the dog" style topwater lure features a deep rattle, and an incredible action that triggers fish to strike.

The Salmo team is down in Florida at ICAST and we're announcing new products every day this week! Stay tuned for more!

Sam George Fishing Hunter Freeman Fishing

#salmolures #thesalmodifference

Alexandria Area Report:
Shallow Walleyes

This past week has been beautiful weather wise but the fishing has been unbelievable. Normally I tell you all about the panfish,but I thought I would give you some information on the walleye bite. Walleyes are and still are going extremely well on most lakes in the Alexandria area. Lakes that have produced the best are Reno, Andrew, and Osakis, to name a few. When fishing for walleyes, I have the same principles fishing for them as I do for panfish………shallow. I love shallow because I can release them if I choose too, or if I want a meal, great! Regardless, its just fun finding shallow fish of any species and you can usually find quality fish too.

So, the two types of techniques I like are trolling and pitching a 1/4oz. or 1/2oz. tipped with a fathead. I will also this time of year use a jig and leech and slowly retrieve after pitching in the shallow weeds. But this week I’ve been trolling for walleyes and it has been very good. Finding shallow flats that hold some vegetation and those deeper pencil weeds that are in 6-7FOW. I like to setup my trolling patterns there first to see what the bite is going be like. The starting depth for trolling will range from 7-9FOW and the trolling speed is very similar to when I troll for crappies, 0.7-1.2 MPH. Of course, I really don’t watch the wind direction when and where I troll. Just as long as I’m shallow, that’s good for me, but I know that you should fish those areas where the wind is coming in. I do, but I will hit all the shallow flats I can to get a pattern and once I do, game on!

The presentation is the Salmo Hornets, and the sizes that I will usually use are #4,#5 and even as big as #6, but I wanted to try the new 3.5” Rattl’n Hornet and they didn’t disappoint either. The size of lure really determines what the fish are telling you. On the days I was fishing, the walleyes wanted something a little smaller and that’s why I chose to go with the #3.5” and #4 Hornets and the color was the other factor as well. With stained or dirtier type water, I’ll use the brighter colors like the Green-Tiger, Gold Fluo Perch, and Ultraviolet Orange. These colors really stand out and trigger the bite. Even caught a few on the #4 Sexy Shad before getting bit off by those tackle thieves….lol. Northerns are another species that you’ll catch while trolling for walleyes. Crappies can also be caught on these lures as well, so for an all around lure, it catches them all.

The bite will continue through the next couple of weeks until we reach the dog days of summer which is August. But not too worry, the patterns change and we’ll let you know what the bite is as we fish into the month. Until next time, be safe and we will see you in the outdoors.

Black Hills Area Fishing Report
Scott Olson

The weather has given reason to want to get out and wet a line over the last week, but the constant storms moving through the area lately, have made the proposition a bit more of a guessing game as to where inclement weather may be headed when one heads out.

But with the warming waters in the area, the bite has improved substantially on many lakes. If you're willing to risk going out with the unpredictable weather we've been having, here's some locations to check out:

The walleye lakes of Angostura and Belle Fourche Reservoirs are seeing different patterns from each other. The bite is still a bit slow on Angostura, with short fish being caught most often. The water is clearing up though from the chocolate milk stain it has been over the last month, which should improve the walleye bite.

In the meantime, there is a good smallmouth bite happening with worms, either real or plastic, being the preferred bait of choice. Belle Fourche is seeing a good walleye bite with limits occurring regularly. Night crawlers are working best on Lindy rigs or bouncers, but a minnow and jig is also finding success in the Fruitdale and Gaden's Point areas.

On Pactola, the boat launches have finally reopened after being submerged for the better part of the last month due to all the rain that the area was hit in May. New reports should start coming in, but while the lake was over-filled, shore fishermen reported catches of rainbow trout on the southern shorelines on silver or gold spoons while there was some pike activity in the Jenny Gulch area.

Stockade Lake has been a bit on the slow side, but there have been catches of bass and pike reported on spinnerbaits along drops and weed lines as well as some bluegill and crappie action on the east and south sides of the lake. Deerfield is seeing an uptick in perch activity using jigs and worms worked over in 15-20 feet of water and some rainbow activity as well on spinners and spoons.

On the trout lakes (Sylvan, Center, Lakota, Roubaix, Horsethief), recent stockings over the last couple of months have led to large numbers of fish being caught from the shores on worms, salmon eggs, and spoons as the tourist season has picked up.

These are good locations to bring the kids to as they should be able to get into some fighting action on these lakes. And recent catches of catfish on New Underwood Dam, including some nice 5-8 pounders, on stink baits have been reported as well as some surprising walleye and pike action coming out of Bear Butte Dam.

If you're willing to chance the frequent storms, there's a good chance of seeing some fishing action right now in the area. Just bring your raincoat!

https://www.hsmoutdoorsllc.com/single-post/2019/07/08/Black-Hills-Area-Fishing-Report

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Intoxicated boaters are target of increased patrols during holiday week: News Releases: Minnesota DNR

Intoxicated boaters are target of increased patrols during holiday week

Law enforcement working to keep waterways safe as part of Operation Dry Water

In Minnesota and across the nation, BWI is the leading contributing factor in boating accidents and fatalities. In the past two years, half of the fatal boating incidents in Minnesota involved alcohol, which is higher than the five-year average. Operation Dry Water coincides with the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend, when BWI-related injuries and deaths tend to spike.

“We have zero tolerance for boaters who endanger the lives of other boaters – or their own lives – by choosing to operate while under the influence,” said Lt. Adam Block, DNR Enforcement boating law administrator. “The penalties for doing so have never been higher, but they pale in comparison to losing your life or ending someone else’s life because of a choice you made.”

Minnesota’s BWI laws are among the strongest in the country, and new aspects of the law mean people convicted of drinking and driving – whether they’re driving a boat, motor vehicle or recreational vehicle – lose their privilege to operate any of them.

http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/07/02/intoxicated-boaters-are-target-of-increased-patrols-during-holiday-week/

news.dnr.state.mn.us In Minnesota and across the nation, BWI is the leading contributing factor in boating accidents and fatalities. In the past two years, half of the fatal boating incidents in Minnesota involved alcohol, which is higher than the five-year average. Operation Dry Water coincides with the busy Fourth of....

Trying for Stripers

Living near the coast, we have options for our fishing, between the freshwater and saltwater. When summer is in full swing, makes the decision of which to do that much tougher.

Now that we have a boat dedicated to saltwater, we can get out and do more searching instead of surf casting. Even though we have lived here for several years, still find it very challenging trying to figure out the salt life.

The areas that we have been targeting are deeper channels that are in between the shallower flats. Using the tides current, allows you to drift through these deep channels in hopes of catching some striped bass.

Lures haven’t been productive for us yet, while long lining clams and mackerel chunks have produced a few short fish. To be able to keep a fish they must be 28 inches long and so far, we have only gotten up to 22 inches long.

Even these shorter fish put up quite a fight and makes you want to get into one of those big fish. Time spent on the water is the best education that you can get and the more that we can get out there, allows us to learn at a quicker pace.

https://www.hsmoutdoorsllc.com/single-post/2019/07/02/Trying-for-Stripers

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4 invasive carp confirmed in Minnesota waters: News Releases: Minnesota DNR

4 invasive carp confirmed in Minnesota waters

Latest fish captures do not indicate reproduction

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the capture of a bighead carp and two silver carp, and detection of a third, tagged silver carp, within the past several weeks. The bighead carp was captured at the Xcel Energy King Power Plant in Oak Park Heights. All of the silver carp were in Pool 4 of the Mississippi River between Red Wing and Wabasha in southeastern Minnesota.

“The DNR has confirmed between two and seven individual invasive carp captures each spring since 2013,” said DNR invasive fish coordinator Nick Frohnauer. “It is unusual that several of a single species would be captured in a short span of time. But, given the persistent high water this spring, this is not a surprise.”

Frohnauer noted that while the DNR continues to be very concerned about the potential impacts of invasive carp in Minnesota waters, individual adult fish captures do not indicate reproduction or an established population of invasive carp in the Mississippi River or elsewhere in the state.

http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/2019/06/21/4-invasive-carp-confirmed-in-minnesota-waters/

news.dnr.state.mn.us The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the capture of a bighead carp and two silver carp, and detection of a third, tagged silver carp, within the past several weeks. The bighead carp was captured at the Xcel Energy King Power Plant in Oak Park Heights. All of the silver carp we...

Back at It
Scott Olson

After a 3-week absence from fishing, due to hiking events and basement issues, it felt great to hit the shores again for some action. I invited my friend Beau with me since it's always more to fish with friends and he doesn't open water fish too much and thought that Sylvan Lake would be fun to fish at and enjoy the views.

It was a very nice morning for the trip and the fishing wasn't half bad either, with numerous rainbows caught on Northland Tackle Buckshot Rattle spoons. Sunny conditions have always seemed the best time for catching rainbows around the various lakes in the Hills. The more flash, the better in our crystal-clear waters. The Buckshot does this quite nicely. While there wasn't much size to them, it was just nice to wet a line again and enjoy some good company.

https://www.hsmoutdoorsllc.com/single-post/2019/06/25/Back-at-It

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