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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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Gummy Bears For Steelhead: Soft Beads And Hybrids by Matt Straw

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Gummy Bears For Steelhead: Soft Beads And Hybrids by Matt Straw

The river rushes out of the mist-enshrouded forest as if emerging from a portal in time. The muted orange, yellow, and red of the trees merge into an impressionist painting. Wisps of fog drift over the water like ghosts. Beneath the spectral parade, king salmon jockey for position on spawning riffles. But kings are not what we’re after. A short walk below those rowdy kings, steelhead vie for feeding stations. The food being conveyed by the current is supplied by the salmon. The eggs—millions of free-drifting protein pills that fail to lodge in nests, all translucent at times, opaque at...

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Niagara River’s Simple Yet Deadly Rig by Paul Liikala

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Niagara River’s Simple Yet Deadly Rig by Paul Liikala

I was fighting something that was whipping my butt. It surged downstream, went skyward, and then raced upstream. It appeared to tire as it neared the boat. Wrong! It turned tail and ripped 50 feet of line from the reel’s spool. Finally, the exhausted salmon came to the boat where John DeLorenzo expertly netted it. She tipped the scales at 30 pounds, the biggest of the nine that I caught that day. What a day for my first trip on the Niagara River! A couple of months later, I returned to the Niagara. We fished the bar at the river’s...

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