Fishing Articles — Steelhead Fishing

Jigging on the Great Lakes - the Alternative to Trolling by Cory Yarmuth

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Jigging on the Great Lakes - the Alternative to Trolling by Cory Yarmuth

When most anglers think of fishing for salmon and trout on the Great Lakes, the vision of large capacity line counter reels, downriggers, and a myriad of spoons and flies come to mind. Most anglers resort to trolling the depths in search of the inhabitants of these lakes. However, there are other ways to target these fish that are often overlooked. As with any particular presentation there is always a place and a time that they are all effective, and the same holds true for jigging for big salmon and trout. This technique will often work throughout the year, but...

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A Great Lakes Fly Fishing Primer by Jerry Darkes

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A Great Lakes Fly Fishing Primer by Jerry Darkes

 Most knowledgeable anglers are well-tuned to the various types of fishing found across the Great Lakes. Few areas can provide both the quality and variety of opportunities that exist here. What very few anglers realize is that the Great Lakes are also world-class fly fishing destinations. With a bit of research, proper timing, and the right equipment for the job, most Great Lakes gamefish are catchable on flies. With 11,000 miles of shoreline, hundreds of square miles of shallow flats, countless piers and breakwalls, and hundreds of tributary mouths, ample opportunity exists to find fish in locations where they are...

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Lake Ontario’s Fantastic Blue Zone Steelhead Madness by Darryl Choronzey

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Lake Ontario’s Fantastic Blue Zone Steelhead Madness by Darryl Choronzey

  Can an old dog teach a young dog new tricks? You bet your last fishing rod he can. I’ve known Randy Scott for more than 40 years and it seems that every time I get out on the water with him I learn something new. We’d only settled into a trolling pattern, the cannonball and lure had just been lowered to the desired depth and a big, brawling steelhead was already tail-walking a few yards behind our boat. Randy was just finishing up cocking the second rod into the holder as I jumped to grab the pulsating graphite with...

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Michigan’s Summer Run by Robert Gwizdz

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Michigan’s Summer Run by Robert Gwizdz

The sun was still attempting to rise on a warm July morning, as my buddy Jim Lyon and I made our way down a steep hill to the Rogue River. When we got there, we found Paul Barrett, an oft-times fishing partner of Lyon’s, knee-deep in the river fishing.  “I hate to tell you, but I’m zero for two already,” he said.  I took that as good news; it meant the fish were there and were biting.  We rigged up with bobbers and small jigs that we tipped with wax worms. Lyon, who prefers wax worms over spawn bags pretty...

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Finding the HOTTEST Bites, When Species Collide... by Matt Straw

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Finding the HOTTEST Bites, When Species Collide... by Matt Straw

Lake Ontario was silky smooth as Captain Frank Campbell slipped the boat into position along a shoreline break. “Uncharacteristically flat for April,” he said. “Boat control won’t be the problem. Let’s see if the fish stayed home in this clear water.” We came to Niagara Falls to drift bait for steelhead in the Niagara River, and maybe drop some spoons on the Niagara Bar for lake trout. But Campbell said we had to spend at least one morning experiencing the pre-spawn smallmouths on the shallow shoals of Lake Ontario. The water temperature read 43°F. After a long, cold winter in...

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