Fishing Articles — salmon fishing

Leader of the Flies by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

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Leader of the Flies by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

  I catch dozens and dozens of fish each year on trolling flies, sized from little “tied on the hook” coho flies to big ol’ laker takers. All of these are pulled behind some sort of dodger or flasher made of metal or plastic. Myself and other fishermen I know spend hours contemplating and hundreds of dollars acquiring various sizes, models and colors of dodgers and flashers. Should I use an eight-inch or ten-inch? Should I use a silver and blue one or a blue and silver one? Do the fish really give a hoot? Maybe the green and silver...

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Putting It All Together — The Art of Trolling by Capt. Dan Keating

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Putting It All Together — The Art of Trolling by Capt. Dan Keating

Over the course of the day, salmon and trout make vertical and horizontal movements in the water column. Horizontally they move between shallow and deep water. They also frequently make daily vertical movements in the water column. Their daily movements are governed by season and environmental factors such as weather, water temperature, structure, light penetration and forage availability. Are these movements random, or can we, the ever-inquisitive fishermen that we are, anticipate these movements? Kings and Steelies will often school in the same water. To catch both, you will have to run deep lines for the kings. When you fish your...

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The Stability Zone "Shangri-La for Kings" by Matt Straw

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The Stability Zone "Shangri-La for Kings" by Matt Straw

 There is another dimension, between time and space, between the swells and the lake’s floor. It’s the middle ground between emptiness and bait. It’s a place called…the Stability Zone. An average August day on Lake Superior. We trolled in flat-calm conditions through surface temperatures of 64°F into a huge bay. Behind walls of rock hundreds of feet high, we didn’t notice the wind came up. After deciding to head home, we picked up lines and rounded the point outside the bay to find 10-foot waves and surface readings of 40°F. Instability is common on the Great Lakes. Wind, waves, and...

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Tricked Out Spoons by Tom Schultz

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Tricked Out Spoons by Tom Schultz

As we are reading this article and all enjoying Great Lakes Angler magazine, chances are pretty good we might all have a little problem in common.  Wait—what?  Well, this may be hard to swallow, but we “just maybe” have too many salmon spoons?  (And maybe more than fits in our boats!) LOL—this is me for sure! We can all agree there are some awesome tackle companies out there, that have earned our brand loyalty and all offer awesome new spoons each season, new colors, patterns, catchy names...  Some are our “Go-To” spoons, better at catching fish and earn the prime...

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Will Natural Selection Save Our Salmon? by Jim Bedford

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Will Natural Selection Save Our Salmon? by Jim Bedford

 (Published in Spring 2018) Or, in other words, can our coho and Chinook salmon in Lakes Michigan and Huron adapt to a new forage base? And, can they change from being pelagic predators, feeding in open water at mid-depth to foraging on the bottom? To review how we got to this point, the quagga mussels caused the plankton levels to decrease enough to cause the alewives to crash in Lake Huron a number of years ago. A similar crash in Lake Michigan is approaching but it has taken longer for that to happen. The reasons are likely the greater depth of...

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