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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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Custom Pluggin’ by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

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Custom Pluggin’ by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

I’m just old enough that wooden and plastic hard baits that wobble will forever be called “plugs” in my play book. The modern name of “crankbait” has become the mainstream lingo used among hardcore fishermen. No matter what an angler calls these lures—plugs or crankbaits—this class of fishing lure has become legendary for the ability to catch literally everything that swims. Pike, musky, bass, walleye, trout, salmon and even panfish slurp up these body baits with reckless abandon. Right out of the package plugs are “fishy” lures and for the most part don’t need a lot of special attention. The...

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Trolling Plastics and Hair for Walleye By Matt Straw

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Trolling Plastics and Hair for Walleye By Matt Straw

 The transom slaps into the waves with rhythmic percussion. The light rods load slightly, their soft arcs reaching out over the water. At the tip, the line takes a right angle, pointing back into the gentle chop behind the slowly progressing boat. Somewhere back there, a long, slender hair jig and a realistic, minnow-imitating plastic body progress slowly along, undulating with the rise-and-fall of the boat. Backtrolling allows each wave to slow or sometimes stop the boat, and the baits angle slowly toward bottom, tails fluttering. On each turn the outside baits rise and accelerate, while the inside baits parachute...

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