Freshwater Fishing

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Freshwater fishing for Smallmouth Bass on the Snake River, Idaho. Photo: Chase Fly

Millions of Americans enjoy freshwater fishing for bass, bluegill, trout, and more. At Outdoor Empire, we strive to offer hands-on advice and gear reviews that will help you catch more fish. From sturgeon to largemouth bass, you’ll find well-researched tips and gear guides written by passionate anglers who aren’t coy about their best baits. Though they may or may not reveal their favorite fishing holes.

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Freshwater Fishing Tips, Stories, and Gear Guides

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How to Fish for Sturgeon: A Complete Guide to a Huge Catch

Covered in armor-plating and spiked scales to deter predators, it’s surprising to me that sturgeon do not have teeth. Sturgeon are bottom ...
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What Makes a Good Tube Fishing Rod (3 Best Tube Rods)

Anyone hoping to catch bass can get the most out of fishing tubes. Tubes typically imitate small baitfish or crawfish, and bass ...
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Best Bait for Sturgeon: A Pro Fishing Guide Weighs In

Sturgeon fishing is seeing a spike in popularity. New management techniques and an awareness of sturgeon conservation have helped their numbers rise. ...
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The Best Colors and Baits for Winter Bass Fishing

The days are colder, the nights longer and the fishing is at its yearly low. Bass anglers around the country are left ...
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Early Fall Bass Patterns (Behavior, Baits and Colors)

The most overlooked and under appreciated season for bass angling is early fall. Aside from the beautiful change in the leaves, cooler ...
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Where to Catch Sturgeon: Rivers, Lakes & Oceans by US Region

Sturgeon are popular fish to go after because of their massive size and because they produce caviar, which is a delicacy around ...
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World Record Largemouth Bass (Official and Unofficial)

With about 40 million sport anglers in the United States, fishing is the nation’s fourth most popular sport. Approximately one-third of all ...
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7 Best Spinning Reels for Bass Fishing Reviewed (Hands-on Guide)

Are you thinking of adding a spinning reel to your bass fishing arsenal? Are you having a difficult time navigating the hundreds ...
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Best Baitworms For Fishing: Selection, Storage and Presentation 

Few baits are as iconic as worms. They grace the hooks of a wide variety of anglers, including cane-pole-wielding kids trying to ...