Fishing Articles

Giant Winter Strategies on Giant Walleye Water by Matt Straw

Walleye Fishing

Giant Winter Strategies on Giant Walleye Water by Matt Straw

A fellow from Missouri called me recently to ask about fishing in Northwest Ontario. I began to describe the waters he wanted to visit during the fall period and suggested he might not be able to get out on the water every day in a bass boat. He sounded perplexed. “These lakes you’re describing can’t be that big,” he said. “I fish Table Rock most of the time. Now that’s a big lake.” “Do you have an atlas?” I asked. He said yes, so I asked him to find it. “You see Lake of the Woods, there? That’s about 6...

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Egg Sac Secrets - Color Your Eggs for Greater Success by Brian Kelly

steelhead Steelhead Fishing

Egg Sac Secrets - Color Your Eggs for Greater Success by Brian Kelly

Matching the color of egg sacs to the water conditions is a vital part of float fishing for steelhead here in the Great Lakes. The old adage of bright colors in dirty water and pale colors for clear water holds true year after year. But with the amount of egg cures and dies currently available, adding egg color to the mix can provide some unique color variations that fish have never seen but react quite favorably to under right conditions. Natural colored eggs have been a mainstay for egg junkies across the region since the early days of this fishery....

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River Currents: The Super Highway by Roger Hinchcliff

Steelhead Fishing

River Currents: The Super Highway by Roger Hinchcliff

  Although steelhead is the primary species I fish for, this article could apply to many different species in any river. A steelhead is a migrating fish that will start running as early as the third week of September. They will start running the shoreline when temps reach 68 degrees or cooler, waiting for the river to call them up. The run will continue through the winter and spring here in the Great Lakes until spawning is completed. Now depending on what part of the state you live in, you may even get a limited summer run as well here...

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Saginaw Walleye Ice Fishing by Bob Gwizdz

Michigan Walleye Fishing

Saginaw Walleye Ice Fishing by Bob Gwizdz

(Originally printed in Great Lakes Angler magazine 2015.) I remember the first time I fished the Saginaw River through the ice, as clearly as if it were yesterday, even though it was 25 years ago. It was a warm(ish) afternoon, up in the high 30s, as I recall, so when my buddy and I got on the river, right in downtown Saginaw, we didn’t even bother to bring an auger with us. We figured we’d either fish the same holes that the other anglers had fished that morning, or kick open any skimmed-over holes that had been used the previous...

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Floating Fundamentals by Dan Robson

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Floating Fundamentals by Dan Robson

  As peaceful as the morning was, there was a degree of intensity that is hard to explain. There was no one else around and the breeze pushing through the trees was the only sound. Birds, aware of the impending storm, were silent. There were no distractions, just me, alone with my float. My heart wasn’t quite to the point of racing, but beating faster than normal. As intently as I watched my brain failed to register the exact moment the float went down: there one second, gone the next. It’s a sight that keeps me coming back for more....

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