Fishing Articles — salmon fishing

Targeting Giant Kings by Matt Straw

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Targeting Giant Kings by Matt Straw

On the West Coast, it’s called a “tyee.” In the Great Lakes, a 30-pound king salmon has no special designation, but it’s probably destined to hang on a wall somewhere. A 30-pounder might look small on the Kenai, but it’s a big salmon almost anywhere else. With some species, it’s possible to target the biggest specimens. Trophy bass, walleyes, and pike can be selected for with bigger baits, or targeted in bodies of water where genetics produce titans. But, with some species, it’s next to impossible to target only the biggest specimens with traditional techniques. Most people feel king salmon...

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Fishing Behind the Crowds by Tony Ensalaco

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Fishing Behind the Crowds by Tony Ensalaco

When I began steelheading as a teenager, an old-timer of the sport told me that if I wanted to consistently catch fish, then it was imperative for me to be on the river well before other fishermen to secure the best hole. The definition of “first water” held a different meaning back then. Today, the phrase simply means to be the first angler to present his offering in the most likely holding water to rested fish. When I started, the drift boat phenomenon had not made its migration from the Westcoast to the Great Lakes, so most steelheaders resorted to...

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The Inside Edge on In-Line Planer Boards by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411)

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The Inside Edge on In-Line Planer Boards by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411)

Not so long ago fishing with an in-line planer board was considered a novelty among serious Great Lakes anglers. Back in the days when in-line boards were just starting to pop up on the Great Lakes scene, most open water anglers were already well versed in the art of board trolling. With the help of a mast and retrieval reel system, a pair of dual boards, tether lines, and a truckload of line releases, anglers could literally saturate the water column with fishing baits! The traditional planer board and mast set up is a fish harvesting system second to none in...

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The Baitcasting Float Rod by Darryl Choronzey

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The Baitcasting Float Rod by Darryl Choronzey

 Something New and Very Effective  My timing and location were almost perfect. It was the last weekend of April. The Saugeen had an attractive flow. The water around me was clear, deep, running fast and the river’s temperature was hovering just over 45 degrees Fahrenheit. It was also the first weekend of the steelhead season in the mid-section of Ontario’s most famous trout highway. The previous day’s scouting had revealed plenty of fish movement. The fishways downstream had been passing thousands of pre-spawners intent on reaching the mating grounds to propagate. Upstream, a few hundred yards above me at the...

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Salmon Roads And Jigging Spoons by Matt Straw

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Salmon Roads And Jigging Spoons by Matt Straw

Water courses from a salmon river into pulsing Great Lakes currents. River-scented water flows this way then that, at the behest of wind, gravity, and a spinning world. Eventually, river sediments mix with deeper, twisting currents that always point eventually to the Atlantic. These are the salmon roads. “Mature kings out in the big lakes begin to split off from the feeding year classes at some point in July,” says Captain John Oravec of Troutman Charters on Lake Ontario. “They find their own feeding grounds and water temps as they’re drawn to inshore staging structure.  But kings don’t stage around piers...

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