Fishing Articles — Rivers & Lakes

Ice-Pike Strategies by Matt Straw

Ice Fishing Pike Fishing Rivers & Lakes

Ice-Pike Strategies by Matt Straw

Walk, don’t run. When a tip-up flag pops up over early ice, running over a big pike can make them drop the bait. When a pike decides to takes a big sucker, it isn’t likely to let go unless alarmed. Eyes should be focused on the spindle atop the shaft. Spinning? Yes. A pike has the sucker and is taking it for a ride. The tip-up is lifted carefully, placed gently, line brought in slowly. Pressure. Stand up and pull. It pulls back, hooks on the homemade quick-strike rig worrying home. Another pike circles us under 5 inches of clear,...

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In Praise of the Tin Man - by Darryl Choronzey

Rivers & Lakes salmon fishing Steelhead Fishing Stories and Editorials

In Praise of the Tin Man - by Darryl Choronzey

THE CHIEF IS DEAD (1974-2014) At 40 years of age, a dedicated, reliable friend, suddenly left this world due to the careless results of drunk driving. Born on the banks of the Columbia River, at Hood River, Oregon, he was my constant companion over the decades. While he never actually fished, he was always there to be plugged in, smoked up and supplied me with the tastiest of rewards after a long day working the water. Thank you Chief for your long years of faithful loyalty. As for the thoughtless fool that crushed the life out of you, may his...

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Slippin', Chuckin' and Winding For Fall Steelhead by Mike Gnatkowksi

Rivers & Lakes steelhead Steelhead Fishing

Slippin', Chuckin' and Winding For Fall Steelhead by Mike Gnatkowksi

  Getting up with the chickens paid dividends. Running up the lower Big Manistee River in total darkness was dicey, but when we came to the run known as "Top-Of-The-Mile" no one was there. The run is a favorite of Manistee River anglers because it's long and clean; perfect for bouncing bottom with spawn. Fish that negotiate the shallow stretch below during the night tend to hang up once they reach the deeper run. Fish from above, tucked into the wood and logs during the day, relax under the cover of darkness and often slip down and collect in the...

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Finest Fall Steelheading On The Planet by Josh Choronzey

Rivers & Lakes Steelhead Fishing

Finest Fall Steelheading On The Planet by Josh Choronzey

Autumn in the Great Lakes region is prime-time for the steelheader. Whether you tromp around the creeks of Erie or the whitewater of Superior, the onset of cold nights, frost, and November rains bring steelhead within reach of the river angler. When it comes to pinpointing the Great Lake’s top steelhead destinations of fall, you would be hard pressed to beat the flows north of the border. Here is a secret…Ontario is home to the finest fall steelheading on the planet. Yes that is right…the PLANET. The sheer geographical size of Ontario sets the province up for some incredible fall...

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Super Spread Shallow Corralling with Copper by Dave Mull

Lake Michigan Rivers & Lakes salmon fishing

Super Spread Shallow Corralling with Copper by Dave Mull

Pounding a small area meant first place for this “out-of-towner.”  Few things are more challenging than catching finicky fish in depths of 40 feet and less, but that’s the situation that faced Capt. Arnie Arredondo when he and his tournament crew aboard the charter boat Phoenix  won the Schu’s Summer Challenge on Lake Michigan out of St. Joseph, Michigan last May. To take first place, the captain, who was visiting from his home port of Kenosha, Wisconsin, used a spread of seven copper lines on Church Walleye Boards and two Cannon bottom-tracking downriggers for the nine lines the tournament allowed....

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