Fishing Articles — Michigan

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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Finding New-Water Walleyes Fast by Matt Straw

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Finding New-Water Walleyes Fast by Matt Straw

When looking for walleyes on new water, where do you begin? Walleye guide and renaissance angler Tony Roach simply clears his mind, opens his eyes, and adds up the usual variables. “Never go anywhere thinking you know where the fish will be,” he says. “Preconceived notions get you into trouble,” Roach added. “If you believe you know where walleyes are on new water, you spend too much time trying to prove yourself right. Check every theory quickly, efficiently, and move on. When you’re beating a dead horse, the quicker you admit it the better off you’ll be.” Roach refuses to...

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Chilling Out: Steelheading on the Pere Marquette River by Steven J. Masello

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Chilling Out: Steelheading on the Pere Marquette River by Steven J. Masello

  “Ah, bitter chill it was!” (to borrow a line from John Keats). But that’s to be expected during this prime time for steelheading on Michigan’s Pere Marquette River (PM) in late March and early April. And yet that’s when I most enjoy fishing this lovely, tranquil Blue Ribbon trout, salmon and steelhead stream. ‘Tis the season for quiet river time, sans the boisterous recreational inner-tubers, canoeists and cell phone addicts of summer. The early spring months allow one to savor the tranquil black timbered and frost banked beauty of the prime steelhead run. And there are few, if any,...

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Grand River Steelhead by Bob Gwizdz

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Grand River Steelhead by Bob Gwizdz

It was cold on that early December day, in the 20s, and the water temperature couldn’t have been much warmer. But the advantage to fishing in nasty weather below the dam on the Grand River in Grand Rapids is that you don’t have the competition that you get on a nice day. I was fishing with Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Tom Goniea at what I believe to be one of the premier urban fisheries anywhere in America. We waded, carefully, across the river to the edge of a hole and started casting crankbaits across the current and retrieving...

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Saginaw Walleye Ice Fishing by Bob Gwizdz

Michigan Walleye Fishing

Saginaw Walleye Ice Fishing by Bob Gwizdz

(Originally printed in Great Lakes Angler magazine 2015.) I remember the first time I fished the Saginaw River through the ice, as clearly as if it were yesterday, even though it was 25 years ago. It was a warm(ish) afternoon, up in the high 30s, as I recall, so when my buddy and I got on the river, right in downtown Saginaw, we didn’t even bother to bring an auger with us. We figured we’d either fish the same holes that the other anglers had fished that morning, or kick open any skimmed-over holes that had been used the previous...

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