Fishing Articles — Lake Erie

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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Salmon Roads And Jigging Spoons by Matt Straw

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Salmon Roads And Jigging Spoons by Matt Straw

Water courses from a salmon river into pulsing Great Lakes currents. River-scented water flows this way then that, at the behest of wind, gravity, and a spinning world. Eventually, river sediments mix with deeper, twisting currents that always point eventually to the Atlantic. These are the salmon roads. “Mature kings out in the big lakes begin to split off from the feeding year classes at some point in July,” says Captain John Oravec of Troutman Charters on Lake Ontario. “They find their own feeding grounds and water temps as they’re drawn to inshore staging structure.  But kings don’t stage around piers...

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Adjusting the Trolling Spread by Capt. Dan Keating

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Adjusting the Trolling Spread by Capt. Dan Keating

  Enthusiasm was not in short supply as my six clients came down the dock for their morning charter. Whether it was the influx of caffeine coursing through their veins, or just the pre-dawn promise of a new day; these guys were just pumped! Or maybe, it was as simple as the fact that they didn’t have to follow the same-ole-same-ole routine of going to work. Today, they were going fishing on a vast inland sea and their imaginations were filled with visions of reel screaming drags and fresh fillets for the grill. OK, if I’m honest at this point,...

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