Fishing Articles — Michigan

The Smolt Bite by Jim Bedford

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The Smolt Bite by Jim Bedford

As featured in Great Lakes Angler—April/May 2013 Each spring hundreds of thousands of chinook, coho, and steelhead smolts migrate from the Great Lakes’ tributaries down to the big lakes.  In some streams they are joined by pink and Atlantic salmon smolts.  Most of the species smolt in early to mid-May but young chinook salmon usually wait until early June to move down to the Great Lakes.  On a smaller scale this migration also occurs in the tributaries of our large, deep, and cold inland lakes that support populations of rainbows.  Most of these streams also support good populations of resident...

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Lake Trout: Set Your Sights on the Rock by Mark Romanack

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Lake Trout: Set Your Sights on the Rock by Mark Romanack

The Great Lakes are full of iconic fishing destinations every angler should experience at least once. Stannard Rock located approximately in the middle of Lake Superior is at the tip of the spear for anglers who covet native lake trout and the quest for ultra-big fish. The Michigan state record for lake trout is a mega giant 61.5-pound specimen rumored to have been taken at Stannard Rock. Fishermen being the secretive sort, we may never know for sure what part of Lake Superior produced that goliath fish. However, it’s a safe bet that anyone looking to catch super tanker lake...

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The Right Lure (Visibility and Sizes) by Jim Bedford

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The Right Lure (Visibility and Sizes) by Jim Bedford

The anadromous trout and salmon that enter the tributaries of the Great Lakes or ocean to spawn seldom actively feed during their migration. Migrating steelhead, Atlantic salmon, and various trout species retain the ability to feed but rarely do so actively. Pacific salmon become unable to swallow or digest food once they enter the river. The instinct or memory of all these fish is still there and they will opportunistically pick up food items on their river migration. Another trait remains present and dates back to their early river life when they were growing to smolt size. Territorialism was important...

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Hunting Steelhead in Low Clear Water by Roger Hinchcliff

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Hunting Steelhead in Low Clear Water by Roger Hinchcliff

In the Great Lakes Region we have a lot of anglers who fish for steelhead, and with that comes a lot of fishing pressure. Not to mention the unpredictable weather patterns from the Great Lakes. When you have no rain in the forecast for long periods and with added fishing pressure, that can mean a tough day on the river.   With that being said, these conditions present challenges for the everyday steelhead angler and when faced with low, clear conditions we must make things happen to maximize our time on the water.  In this article we will discuss rigging...

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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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