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Lure Visibility by Jim Bedford

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Lure Visibility by Jim Bedford

The members of the trout and salmon family that we seek in the Great Lakes and their tributaries depend mainly on their sight for feeding.  Other Great Lakes predators like smallmouth bass, walleyes, and muskies are also mostly dependent on their vision for finding prey.  The sense of smell and the feeling of vibrations also come into play, but we are going to concentrate on the visuals in this article. Lots of factors affect how well fish see.  For sure, clarity of the water is key.  Turbidity in the form of suspended sediment particles or algae (plankton) can severely diminish the...

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Super Spread Shallow Corralling with Copper by Dave Mull

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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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Lake Huron Chinook by Josh Choronzey

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Lake Huron Chinook by Josh Choronzey

If I had to choose only one area of the Great Lakes on which to focus my late summer salmon angling attention, it would be a simple choice.  I was born and raised on Georgian Bay, I cut my teeth on Huron Chinooks when I was just a toddler, and no matter the current year, bait supply, or return rates, Huron Chinook get my nod come late August.  Caption: This Georgian Bay Chinook was taken along a bluff wall of the Bruce Peninsula in August.  The fish was caught on a GlowFrog pattern Hotfish spoon. Clean water, hard fighting salmon,...

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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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Jigging on the Great Lakes - the Alternative to Trolling by Cory Yarmuth

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Jigging on the Great Lakes - the Alternative to Trolling by Cory Yarmuth

When most anglers think of fishing for salmon and trout on the Great Lakes, the vision of large capacity line counter reels, downriggers, and a myriad of spoons and flies come to mind. Most anglers resort to trolling the depths in search of the inhabitants of these lakes. However, there are other ways to target these fish that are often overlooked. As with any particular presentation there is always a place and a time that they are all effective, and the same holds true for jigging for big salmon and trout. This technique will often work throughout the year, but...

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