Fishing Articles — Tackle

Power Jigging Walleyes by Matt Straw

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Power Jigging Walleyes by Matt Straw

In wavy seas a side-finding sonar screen circles your face. Somebody has to stare at it. No lines out. Just watching. The boat path forms sine waves over a basin flat in a search pattern taking us off structure. Way off. No man’s land. “There’s one,” says walleye guide Tony Roach as he seems to throw the boat into reverse and pitch back in the general direction of the mark at the same time. Fire drill. For me, standing and pitching at the same time—in waves—is hard enough. Roach is working a Northland Puppet Minnow. I have on a Rapala...

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Sponge Balls (for Steelhead) by Tony Ensalaco

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Sponge Balls (for Steelhead) by Tony Ensalaco

While walking to retrieve my vehicle at the take out’s parking lot, I was unexpectantly approached by an older gentleman. “Mind if I ask you a few questions partner?” the man said with a detectable southern drawl. My initial thought was, “Yeah, not a good time.” I had just completed a grueling, ten-hour, semi productive shift on the river, so I wasn’t really interested in starting a conversation. Also, I was more concerned about making it back to the Chicagoland area in time to put my kids, and then myself to bed. “What can I do for you sir?” using...

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Tricked Out Trolling Flies (Tips for Trophy Trout & Salmon) by Tom Schultz

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Tricked Out Trolling Flies (Tips for Trophy Trout & Salmon) by Tom Schultz

Note this is a follow-up article from GLA June/July 2019, “Tricked Out Salmon Spoons.” Thank you for the feedback! Some of your shared setup tips, strategies and pics have made it to this article too! We’ve found sharing tips and info very rewarding, helping the Great Lakes Fishery a bit and for sure helping our fellow sportsmen, trout and salmon anglers in putting a few more trophies in the box! Nice Steelhead on a “Tricked Out” trolling fly. Have you ever noticed a steelhead with blue eyes? Tip #1: Stinger Hooks—From YouTube underwater trolling video footage, we notice more often...

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Road Tripping for Summer Kings by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

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Road Tripping for Summer Kings by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

For almost as long as I can remember, I’ve looked forward to the dog days of summer and salmon fishing on the Great Lakes. It pains me to report that I only live about 50 miles from Lake Michigan, but these days most of my summer salmon fishing takes place six hours to the East on the New York waters of Lake Ontario. Admittedly, the last two summers have produced some of the biggest Chinook salmon on record for Lake Michigan, but a big fish here or there does a poor job of making up for what overall has been...

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The Smolt Bite by Jim Bedford

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The Smolt Bite by Jim Bedford

As featured in Great Lakes Angler—April/May 2013 Each spring hundreds of thousands of chinook, coho, and steelhead smolts migrate from the Great Lakes’ tributaries down to the big lakes.  In some streams they are joined by pink and Atlantic salmon smolts.  Most of the species smolt in early to mid-May but young chinook salmon usually wait until early June to move down to the Great Lakes.  On a smaller scale this migration also occurs in the tributaries of our large, deep, and cold inland lakes that support populations of rainbows.  Most of these streams also support good populations of resident...

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