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Tips from the Pros (and amateurs) for Catching a Derby Winning Fish - by Bill Hilts Jr.

Tips from the Pros (and amateurs) for Catching a Derby Winning Fish - by Bill Hilts Jr.

Time on the water is a huge factor for success. Knowing what to do under the conditions you are facing is always a plus. Tim Anderson of Columbus, OH with Capt. Vince Pierleoni (right) and a 31 lb. 5 oz. leading LOC fish.   It has been a strange year and a half dealing with COVID-19 and fishing con-tests, especially with derbies on Lake Ontario. After the Spring 2020 Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Derby was canceled due to the virus, derby organizer Dave Chilson with Empire State/Lake Ontario Promotions was apprehensive about having summer and fall derbies. There were so...

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Covering Water for Steelhead - Jim Bedford

 

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  Author with colored spring buck.   As I write this in mid-December, the steelhead run so far could be sized up as one that is quite light in numbers. My fishing has been concentrated on Lake Michigan tributaries as usual and the Quagga mussels seem to be continuing to affect the food chain. Surprisingly the size and condition of the individual steelhead does not seem to have been affected.   There has been a substantial call from both anglers and guides for reducing the limit for steelhead. Some progress has been made in this vein. Check out the sidebar...

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Lake Ontario River Mouth Smack Down - Mark Romanack

Lake Ontario River Mouth Smack Down - Mark Romanack

  Jake and Mark Romanack of Fishing 411 TV have fished Lake Ontario often, but primarily at the Niagara Bar located many miles off shore. In 2020 the Fishing 411 crew was treated to world class fishing right at the mouth of the Niagara River for Chinook salmon with some lake trout and coho tossed in for good measure.   Avid readers of Great Lakes Angler will be very familiar with a piece of Great Lakes structure known as the Niagara Bar. Every year in April and May countless Chinook salmon converge on this iconic piece of off shore structure....

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Walleye Fishing Through 40” of Minnesota Ice - Todd Corayer

Walleye Fishing Through 40” of Minnesota Ice - Todd Corayer

Todd Corayer (the Fish Wrap Writer) with Savannah Stenlund of St. Croix Rods in front of a River Bend Resort fish house showing off a nice sauger caught on a St. Croix Custom Ice C132 MLF rod and an Al's Goldfish Ice Jig in copper-GLOW.    At daybreak, it was -32°. A rude northwest wind pushed that to -42°. Gathered at Lake of the Woods, one of the most storied freshwater lakes in the world, with the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers for Ice Camp 2022, we were fishing through 40” of ice for walleye, sauger and Northern pike....

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TRACKING ICE-BOUND BROWNS — Matt Straw

TRACKING ICE-BOUND BROWNS  —  Matt Straw

Big Fish Guide Service owner Eric Haataja’s son Cal with a 28-pound monster brown from Milwaukee Harbor.   Browns cruise in-and-out during winter, but usually not much deeper than 60 feet. They can be caught even shallower than 10 feet at times, especially around wood cover (funny how browns gravitate to wood in both streams and lakes).   Thunderous cracks rolled underfoot as icebreakers busted trails leading into distant harbors. I reached for my breast pocket, reassured by the rounded Picks of Life my fingers found resting there.   Sitting on my Clam shelter with the top down in a...

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