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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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Crankbaits, Snap Weights and the Fall Walleye Connection by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

Crankbaits, Snap Weights and the Fall Walleye Connection by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

Featured in Great Lakes Angler, October/November 2018 One of the things that makes walleye fishing challenging is the fact these fish can be found anywhere in the water column. Often these interesting fish are shallow today, deep tomorrow or perhaps somewhere in between as the mood strikes them. Unlike trout and salmon that routinely find desirable temperature zones to hang out in, walleye are a much more challenging species to pattern day in and day out. Seemingly always on the move, sometimes we can predict where walleye are going and why and sometimes it’s all a big mystery. THE ACTION...

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Lure Visibility by Jim Bedford

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Lure Visibility by Jim Bedford

The members of the trout and salmon family that we seek in the Great Lakes and their tributaries depend mainly on their sight for feeding.  Other Great Lakes predators like smallmouth bass, walleyes, and muskies are also mostly dependent on their vision for finding prey.  The sense of smell and the feeling of vibrations also come into play, but we are going to concentrate on the visuals in this article. Lots of factors affect how well fish see.  For sure, clarity of the water is key.  Turbidity in the form of suspended sediment particles or algae (plankton) can severely diminish the...

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Super Spread Shallow Corralling with Copper by Dave Mull

Lake Michigan Rivers & Lakes salmon fishing

Super Spread Shallow Corralling with Copper by Dave Mull

Pounding a small area meant first place for this “out-of-towner.”  Few things are more challenging than catching finicky fish in depths of 40 feet and less, but that’s the situation that faced Capt. Arnie Arredondo when he and his tournament crew aboard the charter boat Phoenix  won the Schu’s Summer Challenge on Lake Michigan out of St. Joseph, Michigan last May. To take first place, the captain, who was visiting from his home port of Kenosha, Wisconsin, used a spread of seven copper lines on Church Walleye Boards and two Cannon bottom-tracking downriggers for the nine lines the tournament allowed....

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Lake Huron Chinook by Josh Choronzey

Boats General Fishing News & Info Lake Huron salmon fishing

Lake Huron Chinook by Josh Choronzey

If I had to choose only one area of the Great Lakes on which to focus my late summer salmon angling attention, it would be a simple choice.  I was born and raised on Georgian Bay, I cut my teeth on Huron Chinooks when I was just a toddler, and no matter the current year, bait supply, or return rates, Huron Chinook get my nod come late August.  Caption: This Georgian Bay Chinook was taken along a bluff wall of the Bruce Peninsula in August.  The fish was caught on a GlowFrog pattern Hotfish spoon. Clean water, hard fighting salmon,...

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