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JEFF KNAPP

Jeff Knapp is an outdoors writer for The Indiana Gazette. His columns appear Tuesday on the Outdoors page and in the Indiana County Area Sports section on The Indiana Gazette Online.

Articles by JEFF KNAPP

JEFF KNAPP: Region has good trout waters JEFF KNAPP: Region has good trout waters
11 weeks ago - - JEFF KNAPP
Area trout streams are running low, the flows more typical of midsummer. And we’ve just had a mid-April covering of snow. Not the conditions one would hope for just a few days prior to the statewide opening of trout season. [Read More]
JEFF KNAPP: 'Timing is everything' JEFF KNAPP: 'Timing is everything'
12 weeks ago - - JEFF KNAPP
According to a quick Internet search, apparently no single individual is credited with coining the phrase “timing is everything.” I’d offer, however, that the person might have been an angler, one that pursues trout in particular. [Read More]
JEFF KNAPP: Wild minnows are an effective bait JEFF KNAPP: Wild minnows are an effective bait
13 weeks ago - - JEFF KNAPP
Trapping and netting wild minnows from local creeks is almost as gratifying as actually fishing with them. Wild minnows are often a more effective bait than the store-bought variety. Collecting your own is also economical. [Read More]
JEFF KNAPP: Trout outing is a simple pleasure JEFF KNAPP: Trout outing is a simple pleasure
14 weeks ago - - JEFF KNAPP
The older I get, the more I appreciate keeping fishing tactics simple. Not that there aren’t times when more complicated riggings are appropriate. But why make things more elaborate when it’s not necessary? During this past weekend’s trout fishing this philosophy was reinforced. [Read More]
JEFF KNAPP: Plenty of fish remain in depths JEFF KNAPP: Plenty of fish remain in depths
15 weeks ago - - JEFF KNAPP
A heavy weight interrupted the upward phase of the jigging motion. A second later the pulse of a strong fish was felt. Taking a quick glance at the bow-mounted sonar unit, I noted the depth at 37 feet. [Read More]
JEFF KNAPP: Best pike fisheries are nearby JEFF KNAPP: Best pike fisheries are nearby
16 weeks ago - - JEFF KNAPP
Northern pike are often one of the first fish to become active when spring comes around, which appears to be happening early this year. Locally, we have some decent pike fishing. [Read More]
JEFF KNAPP: Smaller lakes can be great for big largemouths JEFF KNAPP: Smaller lakes can be great for big largemouths
17 weeks ago - - JEFF KNAPP
There’s a certain moral victory attained during those first outings after the ice has left the lakes. Great-to-be-back-on-open-water emotions aside, it’s also OK to catch some of the year’s biggest largemouths. And the state’s smaller lakes can be a great place to do so. [Read More]
JEFF KNAPP: Sauger is an enigma species JEFF KNAPP: Sauger is an enigma species
18 weeks ago - - JEFF KNAPP
The weekend’s unseasonably mild weather had unlocked the ice on the lower Allegheny. We had drifted about a hundred yards downriver of the mouth of Buffalo Creek, near Freeport, when my partner Dave Keith exclaimed, “There’s one!” [Read More]
JEFF KNAPP: Combos work on wide range of gamefish JEFF KNAPP: Combos work on wide range of gamefish
19 weeks ago - - JEFF KNAPP
I watched as Jeff Wasson roll-cast the weighted fly-worm combination into the pool. A moment later he set the hook and was hence attached to a nice rainbow, one that he skillfully led to a net a couple minutes later. [Read More]
JEFF KNAPP: Smallmouth bass is a fish for all seasons JEFF KNAPP: Smallmouth bass is a fish for all seasons
20 weeks ago - - JEFF KNAPP
The fish strike was surprisingly aggressive given the frigid water temperature. From 40 feet below the surface the fish put up a stubborn fight. Eventually its olive-bronze body showed through the clear water. [Read More]
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