Fishing Articles

A Great Lakes Fly Fishing Primer by Jerry Darkes

A Great Lakes Fly Fishing Primer by Jerry Darkes

 Most knowledgeable anglers are well-tuned to the various types of fishing found across the Great Lakes. Few areas can provide both the quality and variety of opportunities that exist here. What very few anglers realize is that the Great Lakes are also world-class fly fishing destinations. With a bit of research, proper timing, and the right equipment for the job, most Great Lakes gamefish are catchable on flies. With 11,000 miles of shoreline, hundreds of square miles of shallow flats, countless piers and breakwalls, and hundreds of tributary mouths, ample opportunity exists to find fish in locations where they are...

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Kings on Crank by Matt Straw

salmon fishing

Kings on Crank by Matt Straw

“The best time to hook kings on cranks is just as it’s getting light and just as it’s getting dark,” Chmura said. “Get on the water early and stay until dark. They go crazy on wobbling, thumping baits during low-light periods. The best days are dark, windy, or both—especially in low water conditions. Sometimes when the water’s high, midday can be exceptional.

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Witchin' Hour Kings by Captain Mike Schoonveld

Rivers & Lakes salmon fishing

Witchin' Hour Kings by Captain Mike Schoonveld

I don’t know if there were any witches around but there was certainly something eery about the sonar screen when I stopped on my waypoint seven miles from the mouth of the Sturgeon Bay ship canal. There could have been witches in the dark, but soon my crew and I were too busy to notice. We’d finally gotten there for the “Witchin’”Hour bite. Our first morning at Sturgeon Bay we left at a “reasonable” hour, around 4 AM, to head for the Bank Reef, the place which gathers Sturgeon Bay kings more than any other spot. It’s easy to find...

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Lake Ontario’s Fantastic Blue Zone Steelhead Madness by Darryl Choronzey

Boats Rivers & Lakes Steelhead Fishing

Lake Ontario’s Fantastic Blue Zone Steelhead Madness by Darryl Choronzey

  Can an old dog teach a young dog new tricks? You bet your last fishing rod he can. I’ve known Randy Scott for more than 40 years and it seems that every time I get out on the water with him I learn something new. We’d only settled into a trolling pattern, the cannonball and lure had just been lowered to the desired depth and a big, brawling steelhead was already tail-walking a few yards behind our boat. Randy was just finishing up cocking the second rod into the holder as I jumped to grab the pulsating graphite with...

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Speed Traps by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

Rivers & Lakes salmon fishing Stories and Editorials

Speed Traps by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

No one wants to hear fishing stories that are almost 40 years old, but this one has a point to it. I’d yet to own my own boat for Great Lakes fishing, but I was enamored of the sport and quick to jump on board with anyone willing to take me along. That’s how I found myself on board a rickety old aluminum side console, with a hard-to-start outboard. It was late in the nearshore season. Most of the fish had scooted offshore where even us “kids” knew better than going in that old wave-whacker.  Caption: Seasoned trollers learn to monitor...

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