Fishing Articles — Steelhead Fishing

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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Michigan’s Least Appreciated Steelhead Stream by Robert Gwizdz

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Michigan’s Least Appreciated Steelhead Stream by Robert Gwizdz

Ask any Michigan angler to start naming Michigan’s best steelhead streams and there’s a good chance he’ll name a dozen—maybe two dozen—before he even thinks about the Huron River in southeast Michigan. He’ll start with Lake Michigan tribs, touch on a couple from Lake Huron, and even suggest a couple of Lake Superior streams before he gets around to Lake Erie. There are a couple of reasons for this. Lake Erie isn’t like the others; it’s basically a warm-water fishery (think bass and walleye), not a salmon/trout fishery. And truth is, despite a century of steelhead fishing in the Mitten...

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Hunting Steelhead in Low and Clear Water by Roger Hinchcliff

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Hunting Steelhead in Low and Clear Water by Roger Hinchcliff

Here in the Great Lakes Region we have a lot of anglers who fish for Steelhead and with that comes a lot of fishing pressure. Not to mention the unpredictable weather patterns from our Great Lakes. When you have no rain in the forecast for long periods and with the added fishing pressure that can mean a tough day on the river.  With that being said, these conditions present challenges for the everyday Steelhead angler and when faced with low, clear conditions we must make things happen to maximize our time on the water.  Whether you believe in climate change...

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High and Dirty Steelhead by Roger Hinchcliff

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High and Dirty Steelhead by Roger Hinchcliff

Seasons change and they come and go every year. With spring and fall means rain. Even a warm up in the dead of winter with melting snow can blow a river out. So with that rain or melting snow our creeks and smaller rivers will start to rise, carrying muddy water, and that dumps into the main rivers. When the river starts to clear you will find Steelhead anglers everywhere in the Great Lakes region chasing their beloved Steelhead. This is a very common problem that every river angler must deal with. Many anglers will stay home if the water...

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