Great Lakes Angler Blog

Honey Creek Resort State Park: A fine trailer boat destination

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Looking for a fine, challenging fishing spot before the snow flies to take your trailerable Great Lakes boat? Consider Rathbun Lake in southern Iowa.  Read Full Story

GLAnger Feats: Good Lake O King Fishing!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Capt. James Piano, who runs Hammerhead Charters out of Rochester, New York, sent us pictures of a fine weekend of fishing last month.  Read Full Story

The Naked Brads: Part Two

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Well, since that initial test run, all I can say is that—in the interest of fairness and experimentation—we have tried most of these “alternative” theories, including, but not limited to, wholly empty ones and even the one that “accidentally” got doused in Milwaukee’s Best (we happened to have a can of the discount beer aboard). While they all work, and work well, the one we always came back to was the original. Naked. Cheap tuna. The ol’ KISS theory; Keep it Simple, Stupid, seemed to prove true once again.   Read Full Story

The Naked Brads: Part One

Monday, October 10, 2011

Any self-respecting and stereotypically frugal Norwegian worth his weight in lutefisk remembers when he sees a price tag he thinks is preposterous. And while this event was now years ago, I remember like it was yesterday the inner battle in my head as I held that shiny black and yellow “Brad’s Super Bait Cut Plug” packaging in my hand.  Read Full Story

Illinois' Burseth Brothers Win Muskie World Championship in Ohio

Monday, October 10, 2011

Alum Creek Lake, OH – Brothers Eric (Bartlett, IL.) and Chris Burseth (Crystal Lake, IL) won last month’s Professional Musky Tournament Trail (PMTT) Ranger Boats World Championship topping 49 other teams. Along with first place trophies, they won a new 2012, Ranger 619 Fisherman, RangerTrail Tailer with a Mercury outboard.   Read Full Story

GLAngler Feats: Hooked on Fishing!

Friday, October 07, 2011

Luke Olson, 7, from Ishpeming, Michigan caught this six-pound salmon without help from anyone, reports proud grandpa, Mike Paluda, maker of Mike’s Eye Flies. Luke and his “Pap”  were fishing on Lake Michigan out of Fairport, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The fish ate a Moonshine Silver Anchovy spoon.  Read Full Story

Michigan’s Surplus Salmon Now Available to the Public

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

The public is once again invited to purchase surplus salmon that has been harvested at Department of Natural Resources weirs around the state.  Read Full Story

Big Eyes of Bay of Quinte, PART 2

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Keiths Shoal is another bottleneck location. The top of the shoal is 6 feet deep, dropping off to 100. We like to fish along the sides of the shoal with the same setup as the Bat Cave, except we find the baits need to be a little higher. Early in the morning our lures are from the surface down to 30 feet and as the sun comes up we begin to drop our baits to lower depths. Our spread is much tighter and we prefer to have a Torpedo Diver with a 50-foot lead to the deep diving bait on the inside, tighter to the boat. We put a leadcore rod with a second deep diving bait on an inline board and on the outside a deep diving bait on braided line. This spread really breaks down the water column and if one particular setup gets hot we start changing more rods to duplicate the winning setup.

Thompsons Point is the third bottleneck staging area with a general depth of 35 feet. This area is a long stretch where the width of the waterways varies and at times can become tricky to navigate. We stay with the same setup as Keiths Shoal with the exception of using shallow runners on the inside two rods, letting the Torpedo Divers and leadcore take the baits to the appropriate depths and deep divers on the outside. If we have three people in the boat we will run all rods on one side and will keep the boat over the deepest water. This makes for easier fishing, especially in heavy boat traffic.

The Bay of Quinte ought to be on every serious troller’s bucket list. Walleyes weighing in the teens are actually common—there’s really not another place like it. GLA

  Read Full Story

Big Eyes of Bay of Quinte PART 1

Monday, October 03, 2011

It's mid-October and while children start thinking of Halloween costumes and candy, the surface temperature of eastern Lake Ontario has dropped below 60 degrees and trophy walleye begin their annual migration toward the Bay of Quinte. These walleye spend the summer spread across the eastern basin of Lake Ontario feeding primarily on shad and perch. In October, the shad begin to move towards Amherst Island, at the northeast corner of Lake Ontario and by mid-October the shad have made the turn into the opening of the Bay Of Quinte and into Adolphus Reach, which is just west of the Bay of Quinte. (For map, go to 

Of course the walleye are following their food supply and will stay in the beautiful and protected Adolphus Reach before moving to their next destination.  Read Full Story

Recent Posts


Wildlife Forever Dan Egan ShowSpan WileyX Lake Michigan Jack Links Swanson-Russell Audio Kevin VanDam Glacier Glove Humminbird Brite Wash St. Croix spoon spreader light Ravenswood Media Volvo Penta Trout Unlimited Lead Rushton Gregory NAIFC Championship Orca Fin System Oculus Size limits Forage Minnow Triton Boats Walleye Lake of the Woods Footwear Z-Man Evolve Boat Covers BASSMASTER Accon Marine Boat US Brian Brosdahl Ditch Lighting Airmar Electronics Mike Seymour Shelter Steve Wood Frigibar Cliff Pace Uncle Norm's Kevin Van Dam Aqualuma Reese Shoes FLW Free Fishing Weekend On board Aqua-Vu Cannon TRAC Ecological Fishing Ascend Mark Chmura Interlux PRADCO Technology Rain suit Yamaha ATV Dave Mull Prosepec Electronics Gary Giudice BASSMASTER CLASSIC Honda Mack's Lure Tournament Grade Circle Hooks Ranger Boats BoatUS Angler Muskie Lure ChartSelect MATE USA Mack's Lures Mystery Tackle Box Mag Light Dave Genz GPS for Lightning Connector WFN Tracker Marine Boats Husky Jerk Blue Collar Outdoors Headgear Earth Day Ice Features Wake Fishing NMEA Sheldon's Minn Kota Lip-Stix Pop-Up LED Bowlights Quantum Ethanol Aluminum Deep V Series Ultimate Flannel Shirts binoculars Boating F-Series Storm Gear Scott Martin Navigation Grab Rail Hobie Pro Angler Turning Point Props Insurance Masters Walleye Circuit Owners tournament Ned Rig Brian "Bro" Brosdahl Innovative Outdoors Ranger Aluminum Deep V Series Soo Locks USCG Bethel University Wind Power Grand Rapids Ultimate Outdoors Show Ranger Sharpeners Deck Plate Extreme Baitcast Reel Rain gear Vick sunglass Glorvigen Tournaments New Zealand Extended Warranty Alabama Rig Monel Metal Invasive species Bass Pro treestand injury Black Earth Creek Personal Flotation Device Magnum Flow-Troll Power Dogs Marsh Madness splice The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls Skarlis Izaak Walton League Todd Sokolow KVD Lake Erie Niagara Falls Bro Brosdahl Pro Polish Barry Brown Marine DSC iPad Martin-Flory Bass Pro Shops Four-Person Dome Tent with Screen Porch Records Kayaks Jeff Gustafson Raritan Tackle Bag Smart Guide Publications Serious Shine Marine Lighting Batteries Clam Full Throttle Scholarship Hamlin Beckson Fort Wayne, Indiana Bait head Larson Electronics iPhone Alaska Chatterbait Personal Flotation Devices Salmon inReach Lake trout Skamania Mania Custom Jigs & Spins Bug repellent Mary Snyder Smart Guide to Freshwater Fishing Soul5 Tackle Labs CUSTOM JIGS 'N' SPINS Plano Synergy Thermacell One-Handle-Does-It-All System Lakemaster MUSHING Iaconelli Knives Boat lifts PLB Slide Moor Silver Horde South Haven, Michigan LOTSA Fiberglass boat SeaEra QC Minnesota Green Bay, Wisconsin Aquatic AV Safe boating ice fishing, Bro Show, Traditions Media Air show MULL BLOG theft Traditions Media Boat names Costa Del Mar ASA Storage Line Recycle Bin Accessories CMP Global Multi-species LCWCC BoatUS Titan Chain Fuel fitness OHIO Homeport Marine Marketing Tip-Up Kindle book great lakes Streams Wedding Ring Slender Spoon Blue Heron Communications Games Legend Gold Sunstream Boat Lifts Pharmaceuticals Marine Speakers toilet Big Bear Products hardbaits blue marlin YUMphibian Wisconsin Catfish Seakeeper gyro Berkley dock lines Chronglobal Chicago barrier Indiana DNR Brandon Newby ABT Coast Guard Cabela's Coleman USO Asian carp Mosquito repellent Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo Future Fisherman Foundation Brown trout METS Lake Ontario Swim Whizz Tyee Plano Tackle Boxes Clay Dyer YUM Dinger Optima Flat Slider 75 Smartfind S20 Personal AIS Beacon Hunting Beckson Marine Stowaway Bag Plates and Kits Snow-Shoe Tip-Up 580P lenses Soft Jigwobbler SeaLife Cameras Line Scott Glorvigen Dunkirk, NY USSA KVD Speedbag Bait Holder High school bass fishing Ultracoat Lake Assault Wild River series Walleyes spinning rod Swedish FireKnife Moisture Muncher Northwest Indiana Steelheaders Matt Straw Odd'ball Fin Spin GPS Speedometer Legend Extreme RedHead Gill NA Tim Popfinger Fish Hawk XD4 Fishouflage Bheestie Bag Endura YUM Jerky Betsy JBL Ryan Kleckner Jeff Wenzel Macho Minnow Insect repellent Michigan DNR Normark Tom Neustrom FRIDAY FUNNIES Shoremaster Buff Safety Ryan Wilson Strike King Yamaha Tommy Skarlis Tides Sport Shows Marine General Launch ramp Telescoping JIggler Long Rod RAT FINKEE exotic invader Topwater thieves trailer tongue Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Up Stream Hydration Back Pack Manistee Boat maintenance University of Buffalo Alaskan Army Corp of Engineers Practical Sailor Promise Keeper Grunden's Delorme Micro-Mobile Pro Viewing Case Muscle Squared 65 STRATTEC Balog Milennia MIL-iDock JVD Synergy Outdoors Lake Superior Bass Pro Shops Gift Card Tight Lines Jewelry eZSplice Chargers Bait Rigs marlin Black Velvet Angler Dave Mull Blog Rippin Lips Goby Angler 175T Evinrude Bristol Bay Salmon Faria trailer tongue South Haven Shurhold Wounded Warriors AmVets Hevi-Beads Whistler Spoon Tools 1675 Pro Guide Michigan ONIX VMC Apps Bob Schmidt exotic species Conservation Marathon Lund IGFA Shock Wave Bass lure Boga Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs weather bimini top Lowrance 360 Costa Sunglasses Corey Schmidt Rescue Mercury Marine Rovermax LR 100 McMurdo Whale U.S.S.A. Traditions Oakley Sunglasses ATV Knife sharpening Camera mount Jeff's Tackle Shop Gravity Onyx Ranger VS1780 Church Tackle National Guard Salmon Unlimited of Illinois Bad Elf award Davis Instruments Beckson Marine Stowaway Bag Plate Rapala Bass fishing Jonathon VanDam Autotether Frabill boat rental thieves Rough Weather Lures Downriggers EVOLVE FISHING CO mudsnail Holland Video New York Marcum AKOYA Stabenow MWC Venice, Louisiana Global Spectrum HELLA LakeMaster Western States Version Port of Indiana Foul weather gear Michigan City, Indiana KVD Speedbag Wormfile John E. Phillips iPilot Link Hobie Costa Okuma EZ BoatPort Spreads Beckson Marine iPilot Shipping News/Social Catch & Cook Contaminants Sportsman's rights Gary Dollahon Gunnison, CO PulseTech tackle storage Rig'N Tails Mr. Twister Sphaera Fiberglass tiller New Lures The Harry Lure Side Imaging Gull Lake Marine Absolute Outdoor, Inc. Kayak Ice Fishing Water Buddies Lake Huron Trade Shows DuraSafe Bibs TRAC EZ Dock Patrick Hurst Acme Andrew Dordek Bass Sunglasses Northland Spencer Yachts Lund Boats Marine NewsWire Oshkosh Aqua Vu Dollohan Nautical Gear River Fishing Torpedo Divers CLASSIC Reef Runner Conservation Rippin' Lips Brad's Fish America Foundation Youth clubs Multitools News Contest Whale Pumps Lights Coleman cooler Speakers Bass Pro Shops Kill switch EZ Splice Fasteners Crankbait Net Andrew Semprevivo Bristol Bay cruzin Plano PFDs Dollahon Beckson Marine Deck Plate Ditty bag Keep Kool B.A.S.S. Marine Radio ABT X-2 Countdown Great Lakes Troller Rods BOLT Padlock Louie Stout Home Port Marine Marketing Swim bait ODNR St. Croix Rods Deep Sea Diver InvisaSnap USCGA WeatherStation Green Bay La Mar Mazurek Bug bite relief Mark Zona Kurt Mazurek Lock Rubrail Radio LineGrabber Chaco Simrad Boating safety Radial Sun protection jigs Traxstech Baitcast Fishing Pole BBQ Lighter Mustad radar Matt Serbenski DuraSafe Electronics Lock Grady-White Walleye tournament Team Aqua-Vu Tournament redfish tree stand injury Rugged Shark SOG Side Thruster Weather Buoy Fishing Clubs Gene Larew LineSnubber Olcott, NY Princecraft