Fishing Articles — Steelhead Fishing

Slippin', Chuckin' and Winding For Fall Steelhead by Mike Gnatkowksi

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Slippin', Chuckin' and Winding For Fall Steelhead by Mike Gnatkowksi

  Getting up with the chickens paid dividends. Running up the lower Big Manistee River in total darkness was dicey, but when we came to the run known as "Top-Of-The-Mile" no one was there. The run is a favorite of Manistee River anglers because it's long and clean; perfect for bouncing bottom with spawn. Fish that negotiate the shallow stretch below during the night tend to hang up once they reach the deeper run. Fish from above, tucked into the wood and logs during the day, relax under the cover of darkness and often slip down and collect in the...

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Finest Fall Steelheading On The Planet by Josh Choronzey

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Finest Fall Steelheading On The Planet by Josh Choronzey

Autumn in the Great Lakes region is prime-time for the steelheader. Whether you tromp around the creeks of Erie or the whitewater of Superior, the onset of cold nights, frost, and November rains bring steelhead within reach of the river angler. When it comes to pinpointing the Great Lake’s top steelhead destinations of fall, you would be hard pressed to beat the flows north of the border. Here is a secret…Ontario is home to the finest fall steelheading on the planet. Yes that is right…the PLANET. The sheer geographical size of Ontario sets the province up for some incredible fall...

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Why a small hook WINS for Great Lakes Steelhead by Roger Hinchcliff

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Why a small hook WINS for Great Lakes Steelhead by Roger Hinchcliff

The sport of fishing is a lifelong journey of learning... ...as we pursue our favorite fish species be it in rivers or lakes. No matter what you're fishing for we all have one thing in common, the fishing hook. Whether fishing mono, fluorocarbon, braid, fly line, spinning reel or bait casting reel—we all differ on what hooks we like to use.  Man invented fishhooks 20,000 years ago, and as years passed man kept perfecting the hook. Today, the avid angler enjoys the best fishing hooks of all time. The manufacturing process kept improving over time and we now have hundreds of...

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Lure Visibility by Jim Bedford

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Lure Visibility by Jim Bedford

The members of the trout and salmon family that we seek in the Great Lakes and their tributaries depend mainly on their sight for feeding.  Other Great Lakes predators like smallmouth bass, walleyes, and muskies are also mostly dependent on their vision for finding prey.  The sense of smell and the feeling of vibrations also come into play, but we are going to concentrate on the visuals in this article. Lots of factors affect how well fish see.  For sure, clarity of the water is key.  Turbidity in the form of suspended sediment particles or algae (plankton) can severely diminish the...

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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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