Fishing Articles — Michigan

Salmon and Steel on Michigan’s Muskegon by W. H. “Chip” Gross

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Salmon and Steel on Michigan’s Muskegon by W. H. “Chip” Gross

Each autumn, as the leaves begin to tint and turn, Chinook salmon—also known as kings because of their great size—leave Lake Michigan by the tens of thousands in search of natal rivers all along Michigan’s west coast. Within weeks the fish will spawn and die, but until then they provide some of the best fishing of the year for inland Great Lakes anglers. And adding to the fishing bonanza in those same streams are steelhead, lake-run rainbow trout known as “steelies” or silver bullets. Guiding anglers to both salmon and steelhead on Michigan’s Muskegon River is a longtime fishing guide...

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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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Fishing is Mathematics by Roger Hinchcliff

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Fishing is Mathematics by Roger Hinchcliff

  A long time ago I attended school like everyone else. I must admit Math was not my best subject. Especially when all I could think about was getting back on the river and fishing. But through the years I’ve often said fishing is mathematics and it’s all about the angles—no matter what fish species you fish for or target. Fishing is just a series of math problems. Let’s discuss and point out a few math problems you calculate every time you’re out fishing. Depth The most important thing great fishermen pay attention to is the depth to fish your...

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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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The Baitcasting Float Rod by Darryl Choronzey

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The Baitcasting Float Rod by Darryl Choronzey

 Something New and Very Effective  My timing and location were almost perfect. It was the last weekend of April. The Saugeen had an attractive flow. The water around me was clear, deep, running fast and the river’s temperature was hovering just over 45 degrees Fahrenheit. It was also the first weekend of the steelhead season in the mid-section of Ontario’s most famous trout highway. The previous day’s scouting had revealed plenty of fish movement. The fishways downstream had been passing thousands of pre-spawners intent on reaching the mating grounds to propagate. Upstream, a few hundred yards above me at the...

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