Fishing Articles — salmon fishing

Kings on Crank by Matt Straw

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Kings on Crank by Matt Straw

“The best time to hook kings on cranks is just as it’s getting light and just as it’s getting dark,” Chmura said. “Get on the water early and stay until dark. They go crazy on wobbling, thumping baits during low-light periods. The best days are dark, windy, or both—especially in low water conditions. Sometimes when the water’s high, midday can be exceptional.

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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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Speed Traps by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

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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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Double Duty Diver Reels by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

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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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Belly up to the Niagara Bar by Mark Romanack of Fishing 411 TV

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Belly up to the Niagara Bar by Mark Romanack of Fishing 411 TV

Great Lakes Angler, originally featured June/July 2018  The Great Lakes have no shortage of classic fish holding structure. While trout and salmon are pelagic or open water creatures, it’s the terra firma of the lake bottom that provides the foundation for some of the best fishing the Great Lakes have to offer.   When dramatic bottom structure combines with prevailing currents and consistently occurring schools of bait fish, the stage is set for epic fishing. This is exactly the situation found on the iconic Niagara Bar, located on the west end of Lake Ontario near the mouth of the Niagara...

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