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Hot Weather Options on Michigan’s Steelhead Streams by Robert Gwizdz

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Hot Weather Options on Michigan’s Steelhead Streams by Robert Gwizdz

Michigan’s steelhead streams are as diverse as America itself with one exception: They are all crowded in the spring. From March through May (and even into June during those years when spring arrives late) it’s almost like you have to take a number to get a good hole. During the rest of the steelhead season, which typically begins around the third week of October, the crowds are more subdued, but by no means absent. Catch a warming trend in winter—when the only other angling option is drilling holes in the ice—and you’ll have plenty of company on the better-known rivers....

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Saginaw Bay Bass by Bob Gwizdz

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Saginaw Bay Bass by Bob Gwizdz

Thirty years ago, if you fished for bass on Saginaw Bay, you fished for largemouths. The fishery was great and, frankly, relatively easy. There were miles of shallow marsh and near-shore weed beds and because Saginaw Bay was better known for perch and walleye, only the hard-core bassers ever fooled with them. But everything changed over the next three decades. For one thing, the water level fell, leaving miles and miles of cattails and reeds in water way too shallow for an average bass boat. The arrival of zebra mussels significantly cleared up the water, too, so you could, under...

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Fishing Behind the Crowds by Tony Ensalaco

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Fishing Behind the Crowds by Tony Ensalaco

When I began steelheading as a teenager, an old-timer of the sport told me that if I wanted to consistently catch fish, then it was imperative for me to be on the river well before other fishermen to secure the best hole. The definition of “first water” held a different meaning back then. Today, the phrase simply means to be the first angler to present his offering in the most likely holding water to rested fish. When I started, the drift boat phenomenon had not made its migration from the Westcoast to the Great Lakes, so most steelheaders resorted to...

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The Baitcasting Float Rod by Darryl Choronzey

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The Baitcasting Float Rod by Darryl Choronzey

 Something New and Very Effective  My timing and location were almost perfect. It was the last weekend of April. The Saugeen had an attractive flow. The water around me was clear, deep, running fast and the river’s temperature was hovering just over 45 degrees Fahrenheit. It was also the first weekend of the steelhead season in the mid-section of Ontario’s most famous trout highway. The previous day’s scouting had revealed plenty of fish movement. The fishways downstream had been passing thousands of pre-spawners intent on reaching the mating grounds to propagate. Upstream, a few hundred yards above me at the...

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Salmon Roads And Jigging Spoons by Matt Straw

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Salmon Roads And Jigging Spoons by Matt Straw

Water courses from a salmon river into pulsing Great Lakes currents. River-scented water flows this way then that, at the behest of wind, gravity, and a spinning world. Eventually, river sediments mix with deeper, twisting currents that always point eventually to the Atlantic. These are the salmon roads. “Mature kings out in the big lakes begin to split off from the feeding year classes at some point in July,” says Captain John Oravec of Troutman Charters on Lake Ontario. “They find their own feeding grounds and water temps as they’re drawn to inshore staging structure.  But kings don’t stage around piers...

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