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Bois Brule River, Wisconsin By Dr. Wally Balcerzak

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Bois Brule River, Wisconsin By Dr. Wally Balcerzak

Introduction This spectacular river, located in extreme Northwestern Wisconsin, is among the best we have available in the Midwest. Certainly, the Brule (as is called by most) ranks in the top five quality trout streams of all flowing waters in the Midwest. Some would say the Brule ranks in the top three rivers for steelhead and salmon fishing. And for still others, particularly from the Western Great Lakes region, the Brule ranks as the best, the number one river in the entire Great Lakes Region. Obviously, that's a bold claim, sure to be challenged by many. Yet all would agree...

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Finding Brigadoon and Fall Steelhead in Rivers by Matt Straw

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Finding Brigadoon and Fall Steelhead in Rivers by Matt Straw

Aqua-marine wave shadow plays across missile-shaped phantoms as they hesitate between two worlds. Behind them, a vast expanse of water extends to the horizon. Ahead, a mere trickle by comparison. Genetics honed and refined by centuries of survival and selection draw them inexorably to this place, into that comparatively tiny world—a world of rushing water, noise and danger. The world that gave them birth. Steelhead were introduced into the Great Lakes about 130 years ago, and have persisted through natural reproduction ever since in many rivers, especially those that feed Lake Superior and northern Lake Michigan. Steelhead are anadromous rainbow...

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Hunting Steelhead in Low Clear Water by Roger Hinchcliff

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Hunting Steelhead in Low Clear Water by Roger Hinchcliff

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 the Great Lakes. When you have no rain in the forecast for long periods and with 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.  In this article we will discuss rigging...

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Shore Easy Steelhead by Paul M. Liikala

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Shore Easy Steelhead by Paul M. Liikala

I watched the sun rise, while fishing a tiny creek mouth. A warm southerly wind created gentle waves that lapped at my boots. It was a beautiful morning to be fishing. Creek mouths can produce some nice fall steelhead. Slowly I retrieved the silver and blue spoon. Suddenly, the morning’s tranquility was shattered by a surge of power that tried to pull the fishing rod from my hands. Before I could catch my breath, a silver streak came flying out of the water. Then the steelhead trout charged me, only to go airborne again. This time the hook did not...

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Salmon and Steel on Michigan’s Muskegon by W. H. “Chip” Gross

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Salmon and Steel on Michigan’s Muskegon by W. H. “Chip” Gross

Each autumn, as the leaves begin to tint and turn, Chinook salmon—also known as kings because of their great size—leave Lake Michigan by the tens of thousands in search of natal rivers all along Michigan’s west coast. Within weeks the fish will spawn and die, but until then they provide some of the best fishing of the year for inland Great Lakes anglers. And adding to the fishing bonanza in those same streams are steelhead, lake-run rainbow trout known as “steelies” or silver bullets. Guiding anglers to both salmon and steelhead on Michigan’s Muskegon River is a longtime fishing guide...

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