Fishing Articles — Michigan

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

Michigan Steelhead Fishing

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

Lake Michigan Michigan Steelhead Fishing

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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Capitalizing on the Fall Run (Salmon) by Russell Gahagan

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Capitalizing on the Fall Run (Salmon) by Russell Gahagan

Every season, mature salmon start making their way toward harbor mouths... ...to stage for their fall run. Depending on the conditions this can start as early as mid to late August and go as long as late September.   Written By: Russell Gahagan The fish come to the harbor in batches and they are at different points in their maturation when they arrive.  One batch of fish will come in and may be mostly males which are turning colors already and are further along in the staging process while the next batch that arrives may be females bright silver in...

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A Great Lakes Fly Fishing Primer by Jerry Darkes

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A Great Lakes Fly Fishing Primer by Jerry Darkes

 Most knowledgeable anglers are well-tuned to the various types of fishing found across the Great Lakes. Few areas can provide both the quality and variety of opportunities that exist here. What very few anglers realize is that the Great Lakes are also world-class fly fishing destinations. With a bit of research, proper timing, and the right equipment for the job, most Great Lakes gamefish are catchable on flies. With 11,000 miles of shoreline, hundreds of square miles of shallow flats, countless piers and breakwalls, and hundreds of tributary mouths, ample opportunity exists to find fish in locations where they are...

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