Fishing Articles — Lake Erie

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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Those Special Spinning Lake Trout Baits by Darryl Choronzey

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Those Special Spinning Lake Trout Baits by Darryl Choronzey

“Around and around and around it goes and when it stops, you’re going to know!” Okay, so I was using a little fisherman’s poetic plagiarism as I held the rod tip a foot or two below the surface so that my fishing companion Johnny Campbell could witness the action of the Spin Doctor flasher and especially the trailing WhirlyGig in the clear water below. It was mid-May and the 7000 Garmin was sketching out plenty of big trout hanging out on bottom 30 feet below, on the edge of the Niagara Bar. I had stretched out approximately 20 feet of...

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Targeting Giant Kings by Matt Straw

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Targeting Giant Kings by Matt Straw

On the West Coast, it’s called a “tyee.” In the Great Lakes, a 30-pound king salmon has no special designation, but it’s probably destined to hang on a wall somewhere. A 30-pounder might look small on the Kenai, but it’s a big salmon almost anywhere else. With some species, it’s possible to target the biggest specimens. Trophy bass, walleyes, and pike can be selected for with bigger baits, or targeted in bodies of water where genetics produce titans. But, with some species, it’s next to impossible to target only the biggest specimens with traditional techniques. Most people feel king salmon...

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"Pop" Goes the Walleye by Dave Mass

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"Pop" Goes the Walleye by Dave Mass

  While it’s true that local knowledge of a fishery is usually tough to beat for filling your live well, at times a fresh set of eyes can see opportunities to improve upon tried-and-true angling techniques. Case in point: Downriggers have been used to target deep-water walleyes on Lake Erie for decades, and while modifications to standard downrigger methods have certainly surfaced over time, anglers are still often frustrated by walleyes that simply won’t strike. When Great Lakes walleyes are aggressive, seemingly everyone on the lake is catching them using a wide variety of techniques. When walleyes are negative, it’s...

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Catfishing Lake Erie’s Sandusky Bay by W.H. Chip Gross

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Catfishing Lake Erie’s Sandusky Bay by W.H. Chip Gross

In one of Hank Williams, Jr.’s more famous songs, titled A Country Boy Can Survive, he claims, “I can plow a field all day long; I can catfish fish from dusk ‘til dawn.” Applying that same logic, Captain Scott Heston must be a country boy, too, because he can definitely catch catfish from dusk ‘til dawn—all day long for that matter. Of course, he is fishing Lake Erie’s Sandusky Bay. Located at the south edge of the Western Basin just west of the town of Sandusky, Ohio, Sandusky Bay is catfish heaven. Shallow, muddy, and full of natural fish food,...

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