Fishing Articles

BOATS, BEARS AND INSURANCE CLAIMS - by Captain Mike Schoonveld

BOATS, BEARS AND INSURANCE CLAIMS - by Captain Mike Schoonveld

The best remedy to on the water or along the road problems with your boat and trailer is a good preventative maintenance program. That includes regular inspection of the trailer, suspension and periodic wheel bearing service.   TowBoatUS operates the largest franchised fleet of tow and rescue boats on the Great Lakes.    I was driving home from a great day on Lake Michigan one day. Boat in tow, traffic was normal, skies were blue, the toughest decision ahead of me was whether to have asparagus or a spinach salad along with the fresh salmon I’d be grilling out on...

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Board with Salmon - Mike Gnatkowski

Board with Salmon - Mike Gnatkowski

  Specialized in-line planer boards make it possible to pull long length of copper wire to target salmon when they go deep in the summer.    The first in-line planer board I saw was after a group of Ludington, MI charter captains made a trip across Lake Michigan to fish a tournament in Wisconsin. They returned with a device called a Yellow Bird. It was the first commercially made planer that I could ever recall seeing. It was made by a couple of Sheboygan, WI entrepreneurs Ken Stegemeyer and Eddie Vasselos. Yellow Birds are still manufactured today although the company...

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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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