Fishing Articles

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

Rivers & Lakes steelhead Steelhead Fishing

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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Boss Bluegills by Roger Hinchcliff

Crappie Panfish perch

Boss Bluegills by Roger Hinchcliff

Ask most folks what’s the first fish you have ever caught? The bluegill will most likely be the answer. Many anglers first love affair and introduction to the sport of fishing were through fishing for panfish. The gill is native to North America and lives in streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds. It is commonly found east of the Rockies.  If I had to choose one of my favorite fish to eat you would hear me mention species like a perch and walleye, but at the top of the list; I would have to say the bluegill. Those tasty fish belong in a...

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Finest Fall Steelheading On The Planet by Josh Choronzey

Rivers & Lakes Steelhead Fishing

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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STICK It To Steelhead by Jim Bedford

STICK It To Steelhead by Jim Bedford

Crank baits, or diving plugs as steelhead lures have been around for a long time.  The most popular ones have been of the compact banana shape, with high action and the ability to dive fairly deep. The Hotshot, Wigglewort, Tadpolly, Hot-n-Tot, Flatfish, Steeliewort, Kwikfish, and Brad’s Wiggler are good examples of steelhead plugs.  Almost always they are held against the current and slowly backed down the river, usually from a boat. The term 'hot-shotting' has been used for a long time to describe fishing these plugs from a drift boat that is rowed against the flow - causing the plugs...

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

Steelhead Fishing

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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