All About Fishing

R. Karl shows you how to...

Knots. Knives. Cleaning fish. Weather. Woods. Waters. Fishing... I never had a clue as to just how much I needed to know -- let alone just how much there was to learn... But the fun part is that, after all these years, I'm still learning. And I am more than happy to share with you the tips, tricks and other information that I have learned over those years. My most important lesson? A good, sharp knife! rk
Removing the skin from a walleye fillet

Cleaning Fish

Learn how to clean and fillet walleye, northern pike, bass and bluegills...  Read more

The first cut in filleting a northern pike

Knives - The Right Tool...

My father had always told me that there was always "the right tool for the right job." A wrong or inappropriate tool always led to a poor result at best... and an unfortunate accident at worst... Read more

R. Karl with 36-inch, 16-pound pike caught on Lake Kabetogama, MN

The Life and Times of Mr. Pike

There are many who would select the Northern Pike as a tough and worthy adversary, occupying small boats in remote locations for days at a time, hoping to land a trophy ... Read more

Sunset at Lake Shabbona

Keeper of the Keys to the Loch...

Most people outside of a twenty-mile radius of Shabbona, Illinois have likely never even heard of the small lake -- of the same name -- and State Park there, let alone Denny Sands.  But anyone who has ever visited... Read more

I watch as John drills the first of many holes in the ice...

Ice Fishing

As I stated in my very first article on the topic: "Winter sports are surely not for the faint of heart.  But if the hustle-bustle rat race and other stresses have got you feeling that you want to scream, my suggestion... Read more

Adult with young loon

Loons on the Lake

There is a strong indication that loons mate for life, although evidence to the contrary exists -- mostly due to loon intruders that will chase... Read more

Big St. Germain Lake in St. Germain, WI

Lake Turnover

I am unaware of the requirements for other warm-blooded animal forms, but I do know that the cold-blooded species so cherished by sports enthusiasts -- fish like walleye, bass and... Read more

Adult Female Black-legged Tick (Ixodes scapularis) photo

Ticks - Never a Friendly Sight

I remember my first encounter with a tick.  I was about 9 years old and on one of the many family vacations to Bagley Minnesota.  Undressing and getting ready for bed one night, I noticed a small brown "bug" slowly... Read more

Fishing at Sunset...

An Open Letter

For all of the years I have fished and hunted, in all of the lakes, on all of the lands and in all of the states where I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to chase the game that I have ultimately invited to dinner, I have not once... Read more

An almost complete Trilene knot

Tying the Trilene Knot

The Trilene knot is a good one to know how to tie; it is definitely a strong and reliable knot used to join monofilament line to hooks, swivels and lures.  The knot is a stronger alternative ... Read more

Step 1 of How to Tie the Palomar knot

Tying the Palomar Knot

Often mistakenly called the Palmer Knot, the Palomar Knot is arguably one of the best knots to know how to tie – especially for the avid fisherman.  It’s also the only knot that will... Read more


Making Your Own Leaders

Save some money by making your own leaders with these easy to follow instructions... Read more

R. Karl - casting for Musky

On the Hunt for Muskellunge

I had heard about an event that was going to be sponsored by Berghoff Beer (The Huber Brewing Company in Monroe, Wisconsin).  It was the 15th Annual St. Germain, Greater Wisconsin Musky Tournament, and ... Read more

Adult mayfiles on the surface of the water

Mayflies… Who Needs ‘Em?

If by chance you are a walleye fisherman, the mayfly can, in fact, be a very big deal.  (They also go by various other names, including Mayflies, Mays, Upwings, Duns, Spinners, Dippers and Fish Flies.)  Since I have never... Read more

Common river algae


There are literally hundreds of species of the culprits in question – the ones found floating and suspended in the water.  Called phytoplankton, they definitely affect the clarity of the water.  Obviously, throughout the year, conditions change, favoring...  Read more

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