The July 2023 edition of the JPT member-only update
 ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
Visit the JPT website to view the prior newsletters here
Visit the Outdoor News Junior Pro Team site at
Summertime means a lot of time outdoors. We want to see your pictures of the summer fun you've been having with your friends and family. Share your pics here
Share pictures of the wildlife you've spotted while you've been out exploring this summer
So that Loon doesn't have to worry about their line breaking, but for the rest of us, nobody wants to hook that monster slab, only to lose it due to a faulty knot. Coach Brody Boese shares the HOW TO on 3 key fishing knots you should know. He uses an over sized hook and paracord to demonstrate the process - something you should try until you really master the knots!
JPT Head Coach Jason Revermann shares some hot tips for changing up your angling game when summer heat warms up the water. Fish head deep to get into cooler water, but he shares some hints on where to cast a line in the shallows. Learn more
Oscar Butler, from Minnesota caught and released that dandy largemouth bass. Experienced bass fishermen can tell almost immediately if the fish they have hooked is a largemouth or smallmouth bass because of the way they fight. If the fish at the end of the line is gamey and giving you a great fight all the way to the net, then it is most likely a smallmouth. If the fish seems to give up without much of a struggle, then it’s a safe bet the fish is a largemouth.

Smallmouth bass prefer a different habitat than largemouth and are rarely found in lakes less than 25 feet deep. Look for smallmouths in shallow, rocky areas of lakes and in the clear and gravel bottom runs and flowing pools of rivers. Look for where streams run into lakes, as that moving water creates oxygen-rich water.

A good bass habitat is near obvious cover such as lily pads, weedbeds, stumps or fallen trees. A lot of big fish, like largemouth bass and northern pike, prefer these areas because it’s easier for them to ambush their prey. Locate some weedbeds in the lake you’re fishing and try using a weedless lure like a Scum Frog or other such type of floating, weedless lure in that area.

Popping a weedless lure in thick cover is one way to fool a big largemouth, but another good technique when fishing from a boat in thick weeds is to use a jig tipped with a rubber worm. Just be sure to use a jig heavy enough to penetrate the thick cover.

Or simply drop the jig and worm straight down in open areas of the weedbed and move it vertically to attract attention. Although this move targets bass, you may also catch northern pike with this technique. The problem with pike is how their sharp teeth will quickly slice your line and you may end up without your jig when you reel the line in.

Don't have access to a boat? No problem - the shade areas around docks are a popular hangout for bass who are hoping to feed on bluegills or small baitfish.
Every JPT member is automatically entered into a weekly drawing. The winners during the month of May each won an awesome prize pack from Al's Goldfish Lure Co that included over $200 of gear for their tackle box and some Al’s swag!

Make sure you tell your friends to join JPT, and remind them to list YOUR name when they complete their registration as the person who told them to join. When they do that, you'll get a bonus entry into the weekly drawing.


Now is a great time to put out some trail cameras to see what is moving around the area you plan to hunt in fall. You might even get some surprise shots, like that fox on a hunting trip. JPT Coach and Virtual Mentor, Brody Boese takes us along as he sets up some trail cameras in this video.
Summer is also an excellent time to start locating good waterfowl hunting spots. Hunting expert Tony Peterson recommends you find public land with difficult access, then use aerial photos to zoom in and see if there is any surface water. Those small patch bodies of water are popular for early season ducks. Learn more

Another tip for you to prepare for the waterfowl season is to up your game when it comes to learning to identify that various types of waterfowl.
More than 90 percent of wildfires are caused by humans
No doubt you're encountering hazy air due to all the smoke filtering down from the massive fires burning in Canada, and with many parts of the country suffering some very dry conditions, its a good reminder that you need to be smart about any campfires or bonfires you have planned to celebrate the 4th of July. The Department of Public Safety offers a few tips
  • Use a fire ring and build your fire at least five feet from any combustible material.
  • Always have a bucket of water handy to put it out if necessary.
  • Never leave your campfire unattended. When you're ready to leave, make sure it is completely out and cold. Drown and stir the ashes until they are no longer hot.
  • If something goes wrong, report wildfires immediately by calling 911 from a safe location. Do not attempt to stop the fire yourself, allow professional firefighters to respond. Wildfires are unpredictable and dangerous.

No matter what you're doing this summer, make sure you've got an evacuation plan in place, keep an eye on the weather, and know your location in case you need to call 911. Learn more at

Email Marketing by ActiveCampaign