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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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Bead Perspectives (Steehead Fishing) by Jim Bedford

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Bead Perspectives (Steehead Fishing) by Jim Bedford

Even though I remain a very confirmed lure tosser when it comes to river fishing for steelhead, brown trout, and salmon I have become very interested in the tremendous increase in the practice of bead fishing in Great Lakes tributaries. Several very successful anglers have related to me how this technique is even more effective than drifting actual eggs and spawn bags. Since I have always had an aversion to messing with eggs (in 48 years of hardcore fishing for steelhead, my life time catch of these special fish on spawn remains at two), the idea of successfully drifting beads...

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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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Recruiting New River Anglers by Jim Bedford

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Recruiting New River Anglers by Jim Bedford

It is no secret today that young people are really into electronic devices for use and recreation these days. In fact, I like to say that we are in our second generation of indoor kids. To get people back outdoors we will need to attract the parents as well as their children. I am biased but I think river fishing is a great way to expose people to the wonders of the natural world. And if they discover that they like fish, even better.  When I retired from my day job almost 20 years ago I gave thought to guiding...

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