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A New Old USA Lure Back in Town by Mandy DeBuigne

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A New Old USA Lure Back in Town by Mandy DeBuigne

American-made Proven Versatility “There’s a new old lure back in town.”  At least that’s what we say to newer generations of anglers who haven’t heard of, much less used, the Al’s Goldfish lure.  For those of you who do remember the wide tail-wobble and lazy flutter of the Goldfish and are pleased to hear it’s making a comeback, we say “you’re welcome”.  Either way, whether you’re scratching your head on the funny name, or drifting back to sweet memories of another time with a pretty little gold spoon, perhaps introductions are in order.  I’m the owner of Al’s Goldfish Lure...

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The Rivers Of Autumn: Smallmouth Nirvana by Matt Straw

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The Rivers Of Autumn: Smallmouth Nirvana by Matt Straw

Muskegon. Niagara. Mississippi. Grand. Rocky. Tahquamenon. Wisconsin. St. Croix. Some of the best—if not the very best—smallmouth bass rivers in the world flow through the Great Lakes region. And no better time exists to chase smallmouths than fall. The specter of icy flows to come drives smallmouth behavior throughout autumn. They know it’s coming. The nights grow longer, the water continues to cool, and bass begin addressing the problem of surviving the approaching cold-water period. How smallmouths behave in fall alters according to the severity of winter they experience in their region of the world. In the North, where fall...

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Hot Weather Options on Michigan’s Steelhead Streams by Robert Gwizdz

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Hot Weather Options on Michigan’s Steelhead Streams by Robert Gwizdz

Michigan’s steelhead streams are as diverse as America itself with one exception: They are all crowded in the spring. From March through May (and even into June during those years when spring arrives late) it’s almost like you have to take a number to get a good hole. During the rest of the steelhead season, which typically begins around the third week of October, the crowds are more subdued, but by no means absent. Catch a warming trend in winter—when the only other angling option is drilling holes in the ice—and you’ll have plenty of company on the better-known rivers....

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Saginaw Bay Bass by Bob Gwizdz

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Saginaw Bay Bass by Bob Gwizdz

Thirty years ago, if you fished for bass on Saginaw Bay, you fished for largemouths. The fishery was great and, frankly, relatively easy. There were miles of shallow marsh and near-shore weed beds and because Saginaw Bay was better known for perch and walleye, only the hard-core bassers ever fooled with them. But everything changed over the next three decades. For one thing, the water level fell, leaving miles and miles of cattails and reeds in water way too shallow for an average bass boat. The arrival of zebra mussels significantly cleared up the water, too, so you could, under...

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