Fishing Articles — Michigan

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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The Stability Zone "Shangri-La for Kings" by Matt Straw

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The Stability Zone "Shangri-La for Kings" by Matt Straw

 There is another dimension, between time and space, between the swells and the lake’s floor. It’s the middle ground between emptiness and bait. It’s a place called…the Stability Zone. An average August day on Lake Superior. We trolled in flat-calm conditions through surface temperatures of 64°F into a huge bay. Behind walls of rock hundreds of feet high, we didn’t notice the wind came up. After deciding to head home, we picked up lines and rounded the point outside the bay to find 10-foot waves and surface readings of 40°F. Instability is common on the Great Lakes. Wind, waves, and...

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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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Steelhead Social Distancing by Calvin McShane

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Steelhead Social Distancing by Calvin McShane

The other day my phone dinged on the kitchen table and text stretched across the screen that read, “You are highly allergic to hard work.” It was from my pal Jack and was in response to the pictures I had sent him earlier in the day. The pictures were of me and my girlfriend Miranda. Some were of us on an Upper Peninsula river, our fly rods bent to the cork, and a few more were of a couple of fine male steelhead resting in our hands. It’s reasonable Jack was a bit upset. With the recent dire developments he’s...

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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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