Urban Deer Zones

     Urban deer zones give archery hunters opportunities to harvest deer in defined urban deer zones, in addition to statewide bag limits. The urban deer zone season is Sept. 15, 2013 through Jan. 31, 2014. The bag limit for the urban zones is four antlerless deer, or three antlerless and one deer of either sex within an urban zone. Individuals hunting in a designated urban deer zone who are attempting to satisfy the urban deer zone bag limit must harvest an antlerless deer before harvesting an antlered deer (a.k.a. earn-a-buck). The earn-a-buck requirement only applies to the urban deer zone bag limit. The urban deer zone bag limit is in addition to all other bag limits.

     An urban deer zone license has been established to replace previous requirements to possess a regular archery, extra archery or bonus antlerless license. The urban deer zone license allows an individual to harvest one deer per license in a defined urban deer zone. Hunters attempting to satisfy the urban deer zone bag limits must have an urban deer zone, resident youth hunt/trap, lifetime comprehensive hunting, or lifetime comprehensive hunting/fishing license, or meet a license exemption.

     The provision does not override any local ordinances restricting shooting of firearms and bows. Hunters must obtain permission from landowners to hunt on their property. An urban deer zone license is needed for each deer taken. Urban deer zone licenses are already included in the resident youth hunt/trap, lifetime comprehensive hunting, and lifetime comprehensive hunting/fishing licenses. Urban deer zone licenses are not permitted on Division of Fish and Wildlife managed properties.

The urban deer zones are as follows:

  • Indianapolis – all of Marion County, Hendricks County east of State Road 267; southeast portion of Boone County bounded by State Road 267, Interstate 65, State Road 32; and the portion of Hamilton County south of State Road 32.
  • Fort Wayne – the portion of Allen County lying within the bounds of Interstate 69 and Interstate 469.
  • Vanderburgh County.
  • Lafayette – the portion of Tippecanoe County north of State Road 28
  • Lake County.
  • Porter County.
  • Michigan City – the portion of LaPorte County north of Interstate 94.
  • Warsaw – the portion of Kosciusko County within the corporate limits of Warsaw.

            Immediately upon killing a deer, the hunter must complete a temporary tag on paper that states the hunter’s name, address, sex of the deer, and the day and month of the kill. A hunter is not required to place the tag on the deer while dragging it out of the field as long as the hunter has filled out and is carrying the required information. A hunter must maintain immediate custody of and visual contact with the deer carcass unless the completed temporary transportation tag is attached. The tag must be attached to the deer before the hunter leaves the deer or loads the deer in a vehicle.

     The person who takes the deer is responsible for the delivery of the deer to an official deer check station within 48 hours of the kill, or use the CheckIN Game online system to obtain a confirmation number within 48 hours of the kill. The CheckIN Game confirmation number must be written down on the temporary transportation tag and kept with the deer until processing begins.

     The deer head must remain attached to the carcass until the tag is attached and locked at the deer check station. If the deer is taken to a check station, a permanent seal must be attached to the carcass. The permanent seal must remain attached until processing of the deer begins.

     Carcasses of deer and other wild animals that are lawfully taken should not be dumped in streams or other bodies of water or left out in the open for scavengers and others to see. Dumping dead deer and other wild animals in a waterway is considered littering and is a criminal offense punishable by a fine. Rotting carcasses in a waterway can also affect water quality for those downstream.


Reel Cleaning & Lubrication Guide


Reel Cleaning and Lubrication Guide

Alex Ferguson | Bass Pro Shops


THE END OF FALL is a great time for reel cleaning and tackle tune ups to ensure your gear is ready to go for next season. Here are 5 tips to get your reels in great condition for next spring:



Brightly lit area

Table or large surface

Digital Camera or Camera Phone (optional)


Small screwdriver set

Cotton Swab

Reel Cleaner

Reel Oil

Reel Grease



Most lines should be replaced at least once per year. Braided line can usually last longer and will not develop memory or get brittle. However, check the fibers of the braid for fraying or heavy wear. COST SAVING TIP: You can reverse used braid directly onto another spool. The back 50 yards or so will now be the front 50 yards. It saves you money, and feels like new line!



Using a toothbrush and some XPS Reel Saver Cleaner, spray the cleaner directly onto the reel and scrub gently with the toothbrush. The Reel Saver spray is excellent at removing dirt and buildup, and the toothbrush will get into crevasses and hard-to-reach areas. On spinning reels, be sure to remove the spool and scrub the rotor as well. Wipe up with a clean cloth or terry towel.



This step can get tricky. Using your digital camera or phone, take a picture of the reel with the side plate taken off. This way you know how it all goes back together if anything is removed. Use Reel Saver Cleaner a cotton swab to remove any areas of dirt and buildup on the reel housing and gears.



· XPS© Reel Saver Grease (shown on right) comes in a handy syringe for easy application.

· It is important to use reel grease because it will not thicken in cold weather.

·With the reel still opened up, use a new cotton swab to lightly grease the gears and pinion.

·On a baitcaster, the worm gear that controls the line guide will also need to be lightly greased.

·You may want to touch the reel handle and bail with a light coating of grease also.




·XPS© Reel Saver Oil is designed specifically for fishing reels and will not thicken in cold weather.

·Before placing the spool back onto a spinning reel, put a drop of reel oil on the spool shaft and spin the handle several times to work the oil down the shaft.

· Place one drop on each bearing.

·If you are unfamiliar with bearing placement, remove the handle of a spinning reel and place a drop on the bearing on each side of the reel.

·On a baitcaster, there are bearings where both sides of the spool shaft fit inside the reel. By removing the spool you will find one of those bearings. The other is located on the side plate.

·Do not use too much or dirt will build up and cause unnecessary stiffness when reeling.

· Consult your owner’s manual or schematics list to locate each bearing individually.



Follow these tips and take advantage of a smoother, longer-lasting reel!






Ice Fishing 101

As the seasons change our minds turn to the next great outdoor adventure: ice fishing. To ensure that you make the most out of your adventure and experience the most enjoyment you will need the best equipment. Fortunately, Bass Pro Shop’s Marine Department is here to help.

No other piece of equipment will ensure your success like a good fish finder or underwater camera. I mean finding the fish is the name of the game, right? Here at BPS we carry a full line of the best fish finders designed to handle the demands of an ice fishing environment.

HumminBird offers their Ice 35, 45, & 55 series Flashers:


We also offer the Marcum VX1 Pro and the LX3TC units.


Or, how about a Showdown series unit?




Nothing will allow you to see the fish, terrain and even your bait, and how the fish react to it like an underwater camera system.

The Marcum VS 385 is an excellent choice.



Fish TV’s are available in 5” and 7” models.



We also offer several different models of Aqua-Vu systems.


Do you have questions about which unit would best meet your needs? Just ask one of our knowledgeable associates in the Marine Department. So come see us today and get “geared up” for your next great adventure.

Buddy Greer

Marine Team Lead 


Are you Prepared for Deer Hunting Season?


Just a few helpful tips and reminders for your deer hunting trip.


Deer Hunting Checklist



_____ Purchase deer hunting license/licenses

_____ Find hunting location & secure permission from landowner & surrounding landowners

_____ Read latest hunting and trapping guide for regulation changes

_____ Scout your hunting area

_____ Purchase ammunition & sight-in your firearm or other equipment

_____ Practice tree stand climbing & using your safety harness

_____ Ensure all equipment is in working order



_____ Check weather and layer clothing appropriately

_____ Put on hunter orange clothing and be sure it meets requirements

_____ Pack and sharpen knife for field dressing

_____ Bring headlamp/flashlight

_____ Hunting license and ID

_____ Drag rope

_____ Temporary transportation tag and pen/pencil (fill out most beforehand)

_____ GPS/map/compass

_____ Water bottle/thermos/snacks

_____ Hunting license and ID (it’s on here twice, it’s THAT important)

_____ Ammunition

_____ Small saw or clippers

_____ Cell phone

_____ Leave hunting details with family/friends

_____ String or zip tie to affix transportation tag

_____ Paper towels/gloves for field dressing

_____ Calls or scents

_____ Tree stand and full body harness

_____ Blind and hunter orange for blind

_____ First Aid Kit

_____ Binoculars



_____ Field dress the deer, drag out of woods, affix temporary transportation tag

_____ Check in deer at check station or online at checkingame.dnr.in.gov

_____ Process your deer or take to a processor



_____ Make taxidermy arrangements

_____ Clean your gear

_____ Thank private landowner for permission to hunt land (share your harvest)

_____ Organize and put away gear for next year.




A Piece of the Florida Keys Brought to Portage

A true destination in dining awaits you and your guests at Islamorada Fish Company.  Located inside Bass Pro Shops, it is the perfect place to bring friends, family, clients, employees or guests together for a one-of-a-kind event.  

Islamorada Fish Company offers private and open dining accommodations for your special events, business gatherings, birthday celebrations, rehearsal dinners, holiday parties and more…

Together, we can create a menu that will capture your culinary adventures in Islamorada style.  Plated luncheons, family and buffet service, or cocktail and appetizer hour…your event will be personalized to suit your needs.  Wow their taste buds with our Signature Alligator Appetizer, then treat them with a variety of entrees from the comfort of Rotisserie chicken to the exotic flavors of the islands with our Portofino sauce.  End the meal with authentic Key Lime Pie. 

Islamorada (pronounced eye-lah-mah-rah-dah), the very name conjures images of surf, sand and seafood! Named "purple isle" by early Spanish explorers, this legendary village of islands in the Florida Keys has drawn anglers from around the world intent on catching the trophy fish swimming its pristine waters.  The original Islamorada restaurant started as a marina snack bar in the late 1940s, capitalizing on the wide array of fresh seafood hauled in every day. Over the years, its reputation and its resources only served to increase its popularity among seafood lovers. Today, diners there watch the boats come into our docks, watch the fishermen unload their catches-and then feast upon the best in fresh fish, crabs and lobster that Florida has to offer.

We bid you welcome, and we trust that our decades of culinary expertise will create the kind of exquisite meal you'd travel to the Keys to eat. Escape to Islamorada, where an adventure in dining awaits.

Whether you’ll be hosting an event for as few as 10 or as many as 150 people, Islamorada is the perfect escape.    Visit www.bassproshop.com/restaurants to see our complete menu and reach out to the banquet coordinator.  Or stop in anytime for a meal and book your event with one of our managers.



HER Clothing in a Hunting World

For years women felt we had to make men’s camo “work” for us despite poor fit and masculine details. Women hunters look for clothing that achieves quietness, concealment, and toughness. We want flattering gear that withstands all demands of the sport.

Our name brand Redhead provides form fitting functional items for women. True fit long sleeve and short sleeve t-shirts offer the best fit and feel possible. They have the lowest shrink rate on the market with a tagless design. Redhead Silent Hide provides quiet performance, durability and breathability with a 60/40 cotton polyester blend. Redhead also provides multiple accessories and camo basics for women at a comparable price.

          SHE Safari is one brand Bass Pro carries for women hunters. They provide style and functionality in pants, bibs, jackets and shirts. SHE Safari has great fits made of quiet, soft cotton, good pattern and style options. SHE provides solid durability with good stitching and reinforced seams.

          Scent-Lok (odor eliminating technology) provides base layers, windproof fleece parkas and pants with accessories. These items provide combinations of scent containment, warmth and quietness. Clima-flex technology is made in these items as well. This technology keeps you cool in warmer weather and warm in cooler weather. It is very versatile and a good investment. Scent-lok for women fits well, contains your scent, cuts wind, keeps you comfortable, lightweight and quiet. As you can see providing several features and benefits!

          Under Armour provides many choices for women hunters. UA Evo Cold Gear/Scent Control pinpoints odors, traps them and holds on until they are washed out in regular wash cycle. All Evo Scent Control is lightweight, breathable and keeps you hidden. Under Armour Scent Control is fitted and streamlined style without compression. Under Armour Ayton Fleece has a combination of being water resistant, breathable, mobile and warm. It has a slimmer athletic cut that delivers better mobility by eliminating extra fabric. Under Armour also provides several styles of versatile t-shirts in long sleeve and short sleeve and accessories from gloves, hats and layering options.

          Remember we strive for women to be comfortable but yet functional in the field. Stop by to see our selection and do not hesitate to ask us questions or for us to place an order for something you may not see! Hope to see you all soon!








Fly Fishing Lake Michigan Streams for Steelhead in September

On Northwest Indiana’s Lake Michigan tributaries, the steelhead bite is on and the hot ticket for fly anglers has been casting and working Woolly Buggers.

Three favorable times and situations to fish a Woolly Bugger for steelhead are in high and dirty water, when fish are holding tightly along the banks, and in low-light conditions (such as cloudy days, and near sunrise and sunset).  A quiet approach and a good presentation are critical on these narrow waterways to entice these fish to strike, along with twitching the fly to supply movement.

I like to position myself upstream of the fish and out of sight, and cast downstream at a 45-degree angle.  As the Woolly Bugger swings toward my side of the creek, I will incorporate several twitches with the rod tip while applying tension to the line. This make the fly come to life within view of the fish, triggering a strike.


Woolly Bugger Pattern - Egg-Sucking Leech (size 8 shown)



Hook – Streamer, 3XL, 2XH

Sizes – 4 to 10
Beadhead – Fluorescent fire orange
Thread – Black
Tail – Black marabou fibers
Rib – Red wire, extra-fine (counter-wrapped to hold and protect hackle)
Body – Black chenille
Hackle – Black saddle (tie-in at the head and wrapped back)


Targeting Trophy Trout or Bass, Tie-on a Streamer
Big fish eat little fish.  Whether fly fishing a stream, river, pond or lake there will always be minnows and fish fry present (with the predominant season for fish fry being the spring).  In other words, the “hatch” is always on when you’re fishing streamers.

Besides availability, fish are indiscriminate feeders and will eat what is presented to them.  Also, they are masters of energy conservation and expenditure.  They will not pursue food if it costs them more energy to catch than they will receive from its consumption.  A minnow that they only have to lunge for, is an opportunity they won’t often resist. A lot of energy consumed without a lot of energy exerted.

A little action imparted by your rod tip, can help convince your targeted trophy that the minnow is injured, increasing the strike potential.  Vary the tempo of the retrieve, using short bursts followed by a count of two or three of idleness can draw their interest to strike your streamer.


Black Nose Dace (size 6 shown)


Hook – Streamer, 3XL, 2XH
Sizes – 6 to 10
Thread – Black
Tail – Red hen hackle fibers
Rib – Silver oval tinsel
Body – Silver flat tinsel
Wing – Brown bucktail over black bucktail over white bucktail
Head – Tying thread


Mickey Finn (size 8 shown)


Hook – Streamer, 3XL, 2XH
Sizes – 4 to 12
Thread – Black
Tail – Yellow bucktail
Body – Silver Holo Tinsel
Lower wing – Red bucktail
Upper wing – Yellow bucktail
Head – Tying thread



Good Luck and Tight Lines,



Power Pros Keep You on the Water



Protect your investment with Professionals you can trust.

Let the Power Pros keep you on the water and help keep repair costs down.  Proper Maintenance on your motor can save you a sum of cash over the years and extend the life of your engine. It is never a bad idea to be safe than sorry when it comes to something as important as a motor!

With summer coming to an end it is time to winterize. Take advantage of these value packages while they are available.





Local Stream Closings; Umbrella Rig Ruling Update

StreamNorthwest Indiana Stream Closings (Now - June 15)

The East Branch of Little Calumet River (Porter County) from U.S. 12 upstream to U.S. 20 and Trail Creek (LaPorte County) from the Franklin Street Bridge in Michigan City upstream to U.S. 35 are closed to all fishing till June 15; DNR annual stocking of trout and salmon. For details contact the Michigan City Division of Fish and Wildlife at (219) 874-6824.






Indiana Umbrella Rig Update: 2 Baits Max

Umbrella Rigs, rigs that hold more than one individual bait, may not have more than two artificial baits on them when used in the state of Indiana. This has been updated from the prior ruling that all 5 baits were allowed.

The answer? This little guy below. The Yum ® Yumbrella™ Double Up™ Rig fits the bill for the new Indiana ruling. Twice the baits means twice the chances of catching fish! Check it out at Bass Pro here.





Big Bass Bash Charity Tournament Expected to Pay $10,000 First Place Prize

Lake MIchigan Big Bass Bash


For more info visit www.LakeMichiganBigBassBash.com or call (219) 787-6800


Bass Pro Shops Portage, IN: March Fishing Report & 2013 Indiana Free Fishing Days

Fishing Report: Lake Michigan Tributaries


A few steelhead continue to mitigate into Salt Creek, Trail Creek and Calumet River, with the lower sections providing the best numbers and hook-ups. Browns and Cohos have also ventured into the lower stretches of Burns Ditch to the Lake Michigan ice pack. Pier fishing at Washington Park has been difficult with the ice pack around the mouth of Trail Creek.


The hot ticket for the bait fishermen has been drifting spawn through deep holes for steelhead and for the fly anglers was working Woolly Buggers  through resting lies that offer the fish relief from the current. In Burns Ditch, anglers are catching Coho and Browns by trolling/casting crankbaits, lipless crankbaits, and various spoons. Flicker Shads, Rat-L-Traps are working well.


There hasn’t been a big push of fish yet, but there's definitely enough fish for some action and a good day on the water.



Free Fishing Days!

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wlwGFePFDYY/ToMvQpN8OvI/AAAAAAAAB18/Zvsq03wj1v4/s1600/fishing.gifFor 2013, Indiana has extended the Free Fishing Days from 2 days to 4.  Indiana residents can fish their public waters without purchasing a fishing license or a trout / salmon stamp.


April 20

May 18

June 1

June 2


Also, there are fishing education events and fishing derbies that are scheduled at several Indiana recreational areas.  Click here for more information and locations hosting events.



Try This!

Line & Lure is the reel deal for more than just conventional tackle.  For over a year, I have been using Line & Lure on my fly lines, leaders, tippets, dry flies and bass bugs, and its performance has been two thumbs-up! Cleaning and coating my fly line with this conditioner reduces line-to-guide friction and repels debris which increases line control (improved casting accuracy, line speed and distance) and better line floatability (easier line mending and pick-up, improved fly presentation).  On leaders and tippets, they float higher and cleaner.  Dressing my dry flies and bass bugs with Line & Lure has proven to be a major plus. They ride higher and longer than other dressings that I have used in the past.  Therefore, I have spent less time drying / re-dressing my fly and more time fishing. Also, using Line & Lure on your sunglasses adds a dust-repellant coating, along with, reduce glare and minimizes water spotting.




Tight Lines,


Bass Pro Shops 


FREE Fly Tying Classes Come to Portage Now thru March 12!

Free Fly Tying Classes

Tuesdays | 6:30PM

White River Fly Shop Logo

Located at Bass Pro Shops in Portage, IN

 Join your friends here at White River Fly Shop for free coffee and fly tying every Tuesday year-round from 6:00-8:30 PM. Now through March 12, join our experienced and friendly staff for FREE tying classes each Tuesday at 6:30 PM. Each week learn a new fly and expand your tying knowledge! Just bring your vise and materials. New tyers are always welcome!


January 22, 2013

Bead Head Midge

with Andy Satanek


January 29, 2013

Clouser Minnow

with Morris Eddy


February 5, 2013

Baitfish Imitations

with Matt Kobylinski and Stefan Hess


February 12, 2013


with Vern Engel


February 19, 2013

Green-Butted Skunk

with Eric Graham


February 26, 2013

Bead Head Nymph

with Andy Satanek


March 5, 2013

Bunny Leech

with Morris Eddy


March 12, 2013

Baitfish Imitations

with Matt Kobylinski and Stefan Hess


Late Season Whitetail Deer Hunting

Late Season Whitetails


Late season hunting can be quite challenging, but it also offers certain distinct advantages.  One of the main challenges faced by late season hunters is the winter weather conditions.  This is not very comfortable for a lot of hunters.  The extremely cold temperatures and possibility for lots of snow, especially  in the north east, often keep many hunters indoors. If you are able to brave the tempsdeer are usually in herds running together, which makes seeing large numbers of deer more common. With the deer being herded together they are most commonly found wherever the food sources are located.  Most common places to find deer are in the woods eating on acorns that have fallen, as well as left over corn and bean fields that have not yet been picked or forgotten about.  Another key advantage is that during late season hunting pressure is very minimal in most places and deer are typically able to resume their usual patterns.

Extreme cold weather can play a big part in being able to bag a deer or having one walk right passed your stand. With the cold weather it requires the hunter to dress with a lot of layers, so pulling a bow back is a very difficult task to say the least. Having the proper hunting gear is critical at this time of the season and what I found works great for me is the Under Armour line of camo which can be found at www.basspro.com. The camo is very warm, so you will not need to layer yourself with bulky clothes which will let you pull your bow back just like during October months.

Along with bowhuning, this year in Indiana hunters can take full advantage of the late season firearms for antlerless deer from December 26, 2012 to January 6, 2013.Remember that you must still follow the rules and regulations for legal firearms which are Shotguns, handguns, rifles with legal cartridges, muzzleloading long guns and muzzleloading handguns are legal during the firearms and special antlerless seasons. Only muzzleloading firearms are legal during the muzzleloader season. Hunters may carry more than one type of legal firearm when hunting during the firearms and special antlerless seasons only. Shotguns must be 10-, 12-, 16- or 20-gauge or .410 bore loaded with slugs or saboted bullets. Rifled slug barrels are permitted. Combination rifle-shotguns are not allowed.

Muzzleloading firearms must be .44 caliber or larger, loaded with a single bullet of at least .357 caliber. Saboted bullets are allowed, provided the bullet is .357 caliber or larger. A muzzleloading firearm must be capable of being loaded from only the muzzle. Multiple-barrel muzzleloading long guns are allowed. Rifles with cartridges that fire a bullet of .357-inch diameter or larger; have a minimum case length of 1.16 inches; and have a maximum case length of 1.8 inches are legal to use only during the deer firearms and special antlerless seasons. Some cartridges legal for deer hunting include the .357 Magnum, .38- .40 Winchester, .41 Magnum, .41 Special, .44 Magnum, .44 Special, .44-.40 Winchester, .45 Colt, .454 Casull, .458 SOCOM, .475 Linebaugh, .480 Ruger, .50 Action Express, .500 S&W, .460 Smith & Wesson, .450 Bushmaster, and .50 Beowulf. Handguns, other than muzzleloading, must have a barrel at least 4 inches long and must 21fire a bullet of .243-inch diameter or larger. The handgun cartridge case, without the bullet, must be at least 1.16 inches long.


Ice Fishing Weekend Event & SALE at Bass Pro Shops!!!

Ice Fishing Weekend!

Join us December 8-9 for our annual ice fishing event and sale! With seminars, pros, and giveaways, there’s something for everyone here at Bass Pro Shops Portage!


Introducing the Snap Rap from Rapala

Friday, December 7, 2012

Seminar Room

7:00 PM

 “Introducing the Snap Rap from Rapala” with Rapala Pro Staff member Tim Jones Sr. Learn tips, tricks, and techniques about Rapala’s hottest new ice lures that are sure to catch you more fish!

Tips from Clam’s Ice Team

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Seminar Room

1:00 PM and 3:00 PM

Join us at 1pm and 3pm for "Tips from Clams Ice Team".   Interactive seminar to bring out the ice fisherman in you!

Tips from the Rapala Ice Force Team

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Seminar Room

1:00 PM and 3:00 PM

Join us at 1pm and 3pm for a free seminar, "Tips from the Rapala Ice Force Team".  Pro staff member Tim Jones Sr will put you at the top of your game for the upcoming ice season.

Tips & Techniques with Ted Takasaki

http://mnoutdoorsman.com/forums/tp-images/Image/MNO%20Takasaki%20ice%20fishing%20pix.jpgSunday, December 9, 2012

Seminar Room

2:00 PM

Professional Angler Ted Takasaki will give us an inside look at ice angling from his own techniques. This interactive seminar will include the use of an aquarium to show differences in jigging techniques, lure preferences, and methods to attract the species you target. Ted will head down to the ice fishing department afterwards to help you choose the right equipment for your next hard water adventure!


Perch Fishing Hot on Lake Michigan's Southern Shoreline


Lake Michigan Report: Lake Perch


FOR THE PAST TWO MONTHS, the $100,000 question has been, “Where’s the perch?”  Erratic weather conditions such as rapid temperature swings and heavy winds resulted in Lake Michigan’s Northwest Indiana waters to become unusually stained, throwing the perch off their normal pattern.



Hole in the wall Inland Steel

With several consecutive days of warming temperatures, moderate south winds and clearing water clarity, anglers are finally having success with perch fishing.  Two highly productive areas for perching are the “Hole in the Wall” at (East Chicago) and the submerged reef outside the “Donut” at Portage/Port of Indiana.


port of indiana reef

Jacob Perch

(Jacob, grandson of fishing department associate Andy, with pair of Jumbo Perch!)


The presentation and hot setup for catching a limit of perch is slowly dead drifting a tandem perch/crappie rig with each hook tipped with a minnow. Perch Flies are working especially well (white, orange and chartreuse have been the hot colors). When you’re on the fish, it is not uncommon to be battling two perch at once with this setup.

amflyfishing perch rig


       Hold-on, there’s a bonus!  Anglers have been hooking-up on lake trout jigging Bass Pro Shops® Jigging Spoons (both silver and gold are producing) while dead drifting.  These lake trout are primed and when you hook-up, hang-on! they’re definitely going to put a bend in your rod!

BPS Jigging Spoon


Good Luck and Tight Lines!


Pheasant Hunting

A Great Day Pheasant Hunting Here are some interesting facts about the wonderful pheasant. The average weight of male ring-necked pheasants is 2 to 3 pounds while their female (hen) counterparts average 2 pounds.  Roosters measure 24 to 35 inches long with their tail often accounting for more than 20 inches of that length. Hens are smaller with a much shorter tail. The flight speed is 38-48 mph (but can reach up to 60 mph when chased) some of thier favorite foods are corn, seeds and insects. The preferred habitat is  undisturbed grass areas.  They nest in this type of terrain and the pheasants lay about 12 eggs on average.  Overall only about 40-60% make it. Some of the major predators of the pheasant are the fox, raccoon, skunk, man and hawk.

Pheasant hunting is a great time to spend out in the fields with family and friends. I really enjoy the nice fresh air and the sounds of flushing out the roosters.  Nothing gets my heart racing like jumping a pheasant when I am least expecting it! My dad, brothers, and myself usually take a day and go to our family friends farm who has great fields for pheasants.  He even holds a youth pheasant hunt there, put on by pheasants forever. It is an amazing sight to see young hunters get excited when a rooster flushes out and the young hunter gets to shoot his first bird.

Pheasant hunting is a great time and I encourage you to give it a try this season!





Fall Salmon! Inline Spinners & More!






Fall Salmon!

Andy Satanek | Bass Pro Shops




george powell salmon

DURING THE FALL MONTHS as the air and water temperature cools, our attention turns to fishing Northwest Indiana Lake Michigan tributaries and Saint Joseph River.  Our goal is to hook-up and land that trophy fish.  Two productive ways of catching your trophy are dead drifting nymph patterns for the fly angler and working inline spinners for the conventional angler.  Whether with a fly rod or spinning rod, the key is the same: look for any fish holding areas that offer relief from the current such as rock piles, fallen timber, and deep depressions on the bottom. These areas allow the fish to rest and re-energize for that next push upstream.


(photo) George Powell of Bass Pro Shops hooks-up and lands another fall trophy.


Bass Pro Shops – Portage, Indiana has you covered for your fall fishing needs ~ rods, reels, line, flies / lures, terminal tackle, waders, and clothing … along with a seasoned angling sales staff to help with product selection and advice.



On the Vise … Beadhead Steelhead Caddis Nymph


Hook – Scud

Sizes – 8 to 12

Beadhead – Gold (1/8 inch diameter)

Thread – Dark brown (8/0)

Shellback – Clear Scud Back (1/8 inch width)

Rib – Gold wire

Abdomen – Fluorescent chartreuse Super Bright Dubbing

Thorax – Peacock herls


* Additional abdomen colors -

   Highlander Green

   Light Olive

Beadhead Caddis

size 10 shown


The Inline Spinner


When retrieving an inline spinner the blade must spin; creating flash and vibration that mimics a minnow.  Fish see the flash of the revolving blade and their lateral line feels the vibrations from the revolving blade … these triggers (sight and vibration) make the inline spinner a productive lure whether fishing clear, stained or murky water.


Two productive presentations …

1) Casting down-stream at a 15 to 25 degree angle, then slowly retrieving the inline spinner along the seams and through the soft water behind current breaks.  The current will assist with the rotation of the blade to attract the fish’s attention.

2) Casting up-stream at a 15 to 25 degree angle, then quickly retrieving the spinner along the seams and through the soft water behind current breaks keeping the blade rotating.



blue fox spinner

Blue Fox Super Vibrax Spinner


Bass Pro Shops inline spinner

Bass Pro Shops Tournament Series




Dove Hunting




On The Fly - August 2012: Carp Edition!!

On The Fly...

with Andy Satanek


Photo Contest | Flyfishing for Carp | Tying Carp Flies



Bring in a photo of your best catch for your chance to be featured on the Bass Pro Shops Blog and win this set of 46 beautiful hand-tied flies (using White River Fly Shop’s best materials!) from Amflyfishing® and valued at over $250! Submit a hard copy to the White River Fly Shop in Portage, IN of you holding your trophy fish to qualify for a chance to win!*

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*Contest is only valid at the Portage, IN location. Employees of Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Marine or affiliates are not eligible for entry. Winner must pick up prize in-store. Email submissions and mail-ins not accepted. Photo must be submitted by 7 pm on September 30, 2012. Winner will be chosen on 10/1/12.



(x) Scot Hinkel a Matt Carp south shore lake michigan

HEY, FLY ANGLERS it’s definitely time to be out on the water and wetting a fly.  The steelhead have started entering the tributaries of Lake Michigan (Trail Creek, Salt Creek and Little Calumet River), the largemouth bass in the ponds and lakes have settled into their summer patterns and are hammering streamers and surface flies, the Saint Joseph River and Kankakee River anglers are hooking-up on smallmouth bass off submerged rock islands and along fallen timber, and “the bite is on” for both Lake Michigan and Little Calumet River carp.






Cyprinus Carpio a.k.a. Common Carp

Mike Mis Carp Calumet River 120608-01Targeting, hooking-up and battling this rough fish is relativity new on the fly fishing scene.  Fishing for carp requires several elements that the majority of fly anglers craves and tests their angling skills: sight fishing, accurate casting, natural presentation, and the battle.  Sight fishing is the most effective way to locate actively feeding fish.  An accurate cast and a soft delivery of the fly into the water is a must not to spook the fish.  Working the fly into their strike zone (inches in front of them) with a natural presentation is essential to coax them into inhaling your fly.  The fight will definitely test your equipment and angling nerves … a carp weighing in double digits will has enough agility and power to take you into backing.








dogwood canyon white river combo

 For river carp, I favor a down-and-across stream cast, letting the fly dead swing into and hang in the fish’s strike zone with an occasional twitch to imitate an emerging insect.  For lake carp, working and moving the fly an inch or two along the bottom with a very slow “stop-n-go” retrieve has been very productive.


You don’t need any highly specialized or costly equipment to fly fish for carp! Bass Pro Shops / White River Fly Shop in Portage, Indiana has you covered to do battle with a trophy carp from the Dogwood Canyon Pre-assembled Fly Outfit at $99.99 to flies such as the Carp Hex, Carp Sculpin, Carp Tease, and Wooly Bugger.





Andy on the Vise: Carp Patterns


AMS Flies Beckster's Carp Marshmallow 6

Beckster’s Carp Marshmallow (size 6 shown)

Hook – Curved shank, 3X long (White Water #WR-002)

Sizes – 6 to 10

Thread – Olive

Eyes – Yellow lead eyes

Tail – Olive marabou with 2 strands of gold Krystal Flash

Rib – Fine gold wire (countered-wrap)

Body – Olive marabou barbs

Hackle – Brown Indian hen

Head – Olive dubbing


AMS Flies Soft Hackle Carp Fly 12

Beckster’s Soft Hackle Carp Fly (size 12 shown)

Hook – Curved shank, 3X long (White Water #WR-002)

Sizes – 12 and 14

Thread – Olive

Eyes – Black bead chain

Tail – Brown Indian hen barbs

Rib – Small gold oval tinsel

Body – Light olive Antron dubbing

Hackle – Brown Indian hen

Head – Light olive Antron dubbing


AMS Flies Carp Craw 8

Carp Craw (size 8 shown)

Hook – Curved shank, 3X long (White Water #WR-002)

Sizes – 6 to 10

Thread – Olive

Eyes – Black lead eyes

Tail – 2 strands of gold Krystal Flash with 4 strands barred pumpkin-green and orange Sili Legs

Body – Black barred olive rabbit strip (palmered)

Head – Olive rabbit dubbing



Andy Satanek, local fishing expert and owner of amflyfishing, is a proud member of our BPS fishing & fly fishing department. Andy gives free casting lessons at Bass Pro Shops upon request, and free tying lessons on Tuesdays from 6-8:30pm. To call and set up a free lesson, call Bass Pro Shops at (219) 787-6800.


On the Fly- August: Dial in your cast with these these tips!

On The Fly...

with Andy Satanek



How to Cast More Accurately | Wet Flies 101 | Wet Fly Recipes



fishing09-3Fishing a wet fly, as the name would imply, involves a sub-surface presentation.  The wet fly represents a swimming or emerging aquatic insect and can be presented throughout the water column from just below the surface film all the way to the bottom of the stream.



An effective wet fly presentation is using floating fly line and casting the fly down-and-across the current.  As the fly line starts to drift downstream incorporate an upstream mend.  The mend will straighten the alignment of the “fly line + leader + fly” (placing the fly line upstream of the slower drifting fly). This provides a drift free presentation of the fly, a better opportunity to detect the strike, and greatly increases the odds of hooking a striking fish.  Allow the fly to drift in the current until it swings straight downstream from you and let the fly hang there momentarily, then slowly rise your rod tip and incorporate 2 or 3 twitches to simulate an emerging fly – this slight movement will usually entice a reluctant fish to strike.


A simple and effective variation of this technique is to impart small twitches (using a three count pause) though the entire drift of the fly – Twitch, Pause, Pause, Pause, Twitch.


My favorite wet flies are the Payette Special, Royal Coachman and Beadhead Partridge-Hare’s Ear – in size 12 and 14.  I’m usually using a 9 to 10 foot leader with a 4X fluorocarbon tippet.  When I need to get the fly deeper, I will attach a split shot about 8 inches above the fly.


quote.bmpMaterials for wet fly patterns are available from Bass Pro Shops / White River Fly Shop – Portage, Indiana. We will be glad to show you which materials you need and how to use them! Fly tying sessions are held at every Tuesday evening from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (CST) and all skill levels are invited to join in!






Photo 1 - Payette Special 12

Payette Special


Hook – Standard nymph (1X long, 2X heavy)

Sizes – 8 to 14

Thread – Black, 8/0

Tag – Copper wire, small

Rib – Copper wire, small

Body – Peacock herls

Hackle – Black, tied wet-style collar

Wing – Pheasant tail fibers







Photo 2 - Wet Royal Coachman 12Royal Coachman


Hook – Standard wet fly

Thread – Black, 8/0

Tail – Golden pheasant tippet fibers

Body – Peacock herl, red floss, peacock herl

Hackle – Brown hen, tied wet-style collar

Wing – White mallard







Photo 3 - Beadhead Partridge Hares Ear 14

Beadhead Partridge- Hare’s Ear


Hook – Curved shank (3X long)

Sizes – 8 to 16

Beadhead – Gold

Thread – Tan, 8/0

Tail – Natural Hungarian partridge fibers

Rib – Gold oval tinsel, fine

Body – Hare’s ear dubbing

Hackle – Natural Hungarian partridge, tied wet-style collar (two wraps)

Collar – Hare’s ear dubbing






How to cast more Accurately


http://www.fieldandstream.com/files/imagecache/photo-single/photo/18/FlyRodGrip.jpgLet’s talk a little about casting accuracy.  We all go through a spell where our fly is landing off the target (to the right or the left) – when this happens, look at two elements of the cast:


  • Your thumb location on the rod handle.


  •  The path of your rod tip during the casting stroke.  


Focusing on those two elements will get you back on target.


The thumb is on top of the rod handle and pointed at the target through-out the entire casting stroke.  The path of the rod tip moving backward and forward through the cast stroke will determine the accuracy.  Focus on the rod tip taking a straight path on the back cast and then the forward towards the target (this applies for any plane – whether an overhead or a sidearm cast).  Also, a positive mind set and confidence play a major role – this is achieved through practicing accuracy before you hit the water.


Place a bucket on the lawn and practice casting at different distances and planes (overhead cast and sidearm cast) trying to place the practice fly in the bucket. 


Focus on the 4 key components of the cast:


·       The pause at the end of the stroke allows the line to straighten-out (the length of the pause is determined by the amount of line being worked).

·       The rod tip on the stroke follows a straight-line path (crucial for accuracy).

·        The applied power peaks at the end of the stroke – allowing the fly rod to properly load.

·        The crisp stop at the end of the stroke – allowing the fly rod to unload and deliver the line.


When you are on the water, once you have identify your target and started your cast – don’t take your eyes off the target.


There’s a saying, “aim small, miss small.” If you are focused on hitting your target, you may miss. But if you focus on hitting your bullseye, you will at least hit your target.

Good angling and tight lines!



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Andy Satanek, local fishing expert and owner of amflyfishing, is a proud member of our BPS fishing & fly fishing department. Andy gives free casting lessons at Bass Pro Shops upon request, and free tying lessons on Tuesdays from 6-8:30pm. To call and set up a free lesson, call Bass Pro Shops at (219) 787-6800.