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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: Plenty of fish remain in depths JEFF KNAPP: Plenty of fish remain in depths
11 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
12 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
13 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
14 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
15 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
16 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]
JEFF KNAPP: For muskie, go up the creek JEFF KNAPP: For muskie, go up the creek
17 weeks ago - - JEFF KNAPP
The term “up the creek” has a lot of applications in life, and it is typically used in combination with some sort of unpleasant situation. But for the muskie angler, as winter grudgingly gives way to spring, being up a creek just might be the best place to be. [Read More]
JEFF KNAPP: Keep your boat trailer in working order JEFF KNAPP: Keep your boat trailer in working order
18 weeks ago - - JEFF KNAPP
With fishing seasons nearing, now’s the time to give some thought to the most common boat trailer related problems: lights and wheel bearings. [Read More]
JEFF KNAPP: Wild trout bounce back in devastated areas JEFF KNAPP: Wild trout bounce back in devastated areas
19 weeks ago - - JEFF KNAPP
Like a child of riches born into a life of plenty — and lacking in certain basic responsibilities — Pennsylvania has been a victim of its own wealth, in this case an abundance of natural resources such as coal, crude oil and natural gas. [Read More]
JEFF KNAPP: Figuring out subleties leads to success JEFF KNAPP: Figuring out subleties leads to success
20 weeks ago - - JEFF KNAPP
In winter’s frigid waters, refining your approach often makes a big difference. Whether fishing through a hole in a lake’s frozen surface or the open water of a flowing river, paying attention to subtleties can pay dividends. [Read More]
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