Fishing Articles — Lake Ontario

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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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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