Fishing Articles — Lake Erie

Putting It All Together — The Art of Trolling by Capt. Dan Keating

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Putting It All Together — The Art of Trolling by Capt. Dan Keating

Over the course of the day, salmon and trout make vertical and horizontal movements in the water column. Horizontally they move between shallow and deep water. They also frequently make daily vertical movements in the water column. Their daily movements are governed by season and environmental factors such as weather, water temperature, structure, light penetration and forage availability. Are these movements random, or can we, the ever-inquisitive fishermen that we are, anticipate these movements? Kings and Steelies will often school in the same water. To catch both, you will have to run deep lines for the kings. When you fish your...

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Spinner (Crawler Harness) Preparation for Walleye by Rob Barnes

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Spinner (Crawler Harness) Preparation for Walleye by Rob Barnes

One of the most effective live bait rigs of all time are spinners.  Also known as “crawler harnesses”, spinners are brutally simple but possess the utmost flexibility in terms of customization.  Therefore, they are extremely adaptable to a variety of conditions found throughout the Midwest and Great Lakes regions.  Whether drifted in river currents behind bottom bouncers or trolled with inline weights paired with Off Shore Tackle planer boards, spinners have proven themselves time and time again to walleye anglers.  The purpose of this article is to provide readers with an overview for tying their own spinner rigs. FOUNDATIONS In...

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Will Natural Selection Save Our Salmon? by Jim Bedford

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Will Natural Selection Save Our Salmon? by Jim Bedford

 (Published in Spring 2018) Or, in other words, can our coho and Chinook salmon in Lakes Michigan and Huron adapt to a new forage base? And, can they change from being pelagic predators, feeding in open water at mid-depth to foraging on the bottom? To review how we got to this point, the quagga mussels caused the plankton levels to decrease enough to cause the alewives to crash in Lake Huron a number of years ago. A similar crash in Lake Michigan is approaching but it has taken longer for that to happen. The reasons are likely the greater depth of...

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Finding New-Water Walleyes Fast by Matt Straw

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Finding New-Water Walleyes Fast by Matt Straw

When looking for walleyes on new water, where do you begin? Walleye guide and renaissance angler Tony Roach simply clears his mind, opens his eyes, and adds up the usual variables. “Never go anywhere thinking you know where the fish will be,” he says. “Preconceived notions get you into trouble,” Roach added. “If you believe you know where walleyes are on new water, you spend too much time trying to prove yourself right. Check every theory quickly, efficiently, and move on. When you’re beating a dead horse, the quicker you admit it the better off you’ll be.” Roach refuses to...

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Dig for Gold with Copper by Capt. Scott Kuvshinikov

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Dig for Gold with Copper by Capt. Scott Kuvshinikov

The water temperature climbs quickly during mid-summer on Lake Erie. Along with that, the walleye will drop in the water column, sometimes significantly, looking for their ideal water temperature. Out of the central basin of Lake Erie in Conneaut, Ohio, my home port for Offshore Obsession Sportfishing Charters, most fishermen will use wireline or lead-core to get down deep into the zone where the walleye are lurking. I also use lead-core and wire, but I decided that there had to be other effective ways to get my board lines deeper without the 400 plus feet of line out with wire,...

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