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Tricked Out Trolling Flies (Tips for Trophy Trout & Salmon) by Tom Schultz

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Tricked Out Trolling Flies (Tips for Trophy Trout & Salmon) by Tom Schultz

Note this is a follow-up article from GLA June/July 2019, “Tricked Out Salmon Spoons.” Thank you for the feedback! Some of your shared setup tips, strategies and pics have made it to this article too! We’ve found sharing tips and info very rewarding, helping the Great Lakes Fishery a bit and for sure helping our fellow sportsmen, trout and salmon anglers in putting a few more trophies in the box! Nice Steelhead on a “Tricked Out” trolling fly. Have you ever noticed a steelhead with blue eyes? Tip #1: Stinger Hooks—From YouTube underwater trolling video footage, we notice more often...

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Road Tripping for Summer Kings by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

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Road Tripping for Summer Kings by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

For almost as long as I can remember, I’ve looked forward to the dog days of summer and salmon fishing on the Great Lakes. It pains me to report that I only live about 50 miles from Lake Michigan, but these days most of my summer salmon fishing takes place six hours to the East on the New York waters of Lake Ontario. Admittedly, the last two summers have produced some of the biggest Chinook salmon on record for Lake Michigan, but a big fish here or there does a poor job of making up for what overall has been...

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How to Hot-Wire a King Salmon by Matt Straw

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How to Hot-Wire a King Salmon by Matt Straw

In recent years we learned king salmon range deeper in the water column than ever before believed.  Spooky kings commonly descend right to the bottom in depths of 700 feet or more in the clearing waters of the Great Lakes, according to a tracking study conducted by US Geological Survey biologists. Such extreme depths are difficult to access without specialized equipment. In the more commonly targeted depths of 60 to 160 feet, wire line helps you catch more kings than ever before—even with no downriggers on board. But technological advances in wire line and gear allow anglers to get down...

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The New Deep for King Salmon by Matt Straw

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The New Deep for King Salmon by Matt Straw

  Author with a brace of "sublime to ridiculous" steelhead taken on top while working other lines deep. Deep currents get the water moving just under the surface, too—and steelhead like it. Great Lakes salmon use the entire water column all year. All of it—right to the bottom. Until a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study proved that salmon swim around in the deepest areas of Lake Huron, nobody was aware salmon not only go deeper than 700 feet, they split time between ultimate benthic depths and shallow water every day. Nobody, that is, except Captain Mark Chmura. When we broke...

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Getting the Most from Sinking Lines by Mark Romanack

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Getting the Most from Sinking Lines by Mark Romanack

Sinking trolling lines have been around a very long time. Designed to help anglers fish deep without having to employ expensive downriggers or hard pulling diving planers, lead core has been around the longest and continues to be the most popular. The author is fighting a fish on a sinking line set up. Note that the board is tripped allowing it to be reeled in without having to fight both the board and fish. Great Lakes anglers who understand sinking lines are using them to supplement traditional set ups such as diving planers and downriggers. Lead core became popular soon...

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