Fishing Articles — Rivers & Lakes

Witchin' Hour Kings by Captain Mike Schoonveld

Rivers & Lakes salmon fishing

Witchin' Hour Kings by Captain Mike Schoonveld

I don’t know if there were any witches around but there was certainly something eery about the sonar screen when I stopped on my waypoint seven miles from the mouth of the Sturgeon Bay ship canal. There could have been witches in the dark, but soon my crew and I were too busy to notice. We’d finally gotten there for the “Witchin’”Hour bite. Our first morning at Sturgeon Bay we left at a “reasonable” hour, around 4 AM, to head for the Bank Reef, the place which gathers Sturgeon Bay kings more than any other spot. It’s easy to find...

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Lake Ontario’s Fantastic Blue Zone Steelhead Madness by Darryl Choronzey

Boats Rivers & Lakes Steelhead Fishing

Lake Ontario’s Fantastic Blue Zone Steelhead Madness by Darryl Choronzey

  Can an old dog teach a young dog new tricks? You bet your last fishing rod he can. I’ve known Randy Scott for more than 40 years and it seems that every time I get out on the water with him I learn something new. We’d only settled into a trolling pattern, the cannonball and lure had just been lowered to the desired depth and a big, brawling steelhead was already tail-walking a few yards behind our boat. Randy was just finishing up cocking the second rod into the holder as I jumped to grab the pulsating graphite with...

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Speed Traps by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

Rivers & Lakes salmon fishing Stories and Editorials

Speed Traps by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

No one wants to hear fishing stories that are almost 40 years old, but this one has a point to it. I’d yet to own my own boat for Great Lakes fishing, but I was enamored of the sport and quick to jump on board with anyone willing to take me along. That’s how I found myself on board a rickety old aluminum side console, with a hard-to-start outboard. It was late in the nearshore season. Most of the fish had scooted offshore where even us “kids” knew better than going in that old wave-whacker.  Caption: Seasoned trollers learn to monitor...

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When Lake Erie Perch Are on, They Are on Fire! by Bill Hilts Jr.

Crappie Panfish Rivers & Lakes

When Lake Erie Perch Are on, They Are on Fire! by Bill Hilts Jr.

Great Lakes Angler – August-September 2016   Lake Erie perch fishing was on fire! (2016). After a productive spring fishing season off New York’s large chunk of shoreline, anglers will be looking for a repeat performance in the fall. In fact, perch action can be good all year long if you know where to look and how to fish for them. Seeing 150 to 200 empty boat trailers at the parking area of Sturgeon Point Marina in Derby was not an uncommon sight in the spring … when the perch are “on.” Finding the fleet of boats to mark the...

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Double Duty Diver Reels by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

Boats Rivers & Lakes salmon fishing Walleye Fishing

Double Duty Diver Reels by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

 Fishing tackle is expensive and I’m a cheapskate. Anytime I can multi-purpose the gear I use on my boat, I’m happy. One of the easiest things I double-duty is spooling the reels I use for running Dipsey Divers or other brands of diving planers. I spool them once then keep them in the game almost all season long. In the spring, I want monofilament on my diver reels. During the first weeks of the season, I may only be deploying 15 or 20 feet of line between rod tip and diver with the directional weight adjusted to make diver and...

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