Fishing Articles

Legendary Ice Fishing at Lake of the Woods by Mike Yurk

Legendary Ice Fishing at Lake of the Woods by Mike Yurk

You know they take their walleye fishing seriously here as you drive into Baudette, Minnesota. There sits a huge statue of a walleye. A layer of snow covers the top of the walleye because it is winter. Behind it, blanketed in ice, is the Rainy River which flows into Lake of the Woods where ice fishing is legendary. Lake of the Woods is renown for having some of the best ice fishing in the Midwest. It is late January and four of us are sitting in an ice house on Lake of the Woods. It is a gray day with...

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Ice-Pike Strategies by Matt Straw

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Ice-Pike Strategies by Matt Straw

Walk, don’t run. When a tip-up flag pops up over early ice, running over a big pike can make them drop the bait. When a pike decides to takes a big sucker, it isn’t likely to let go unless alarmed. Eyes should be focused on the spindle atop the shaft. Spinning? Yes. A pike has the sucker and is taking it for a ride. The tip-up is lifted carefully, placed gently, line brought in slowly. Pressure. Stand up and pull. It pulls back, hooks on the homemade quick-strike rig worrying home. Another pike circles us under 5 inches of clear,...

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Chilling Out: Steelheading on the Pere Marquette River by Steven J. Masello

Michigan Steelhead Fishing

Chilling Out: Steelheading on the Pere Marquette River by Steven J. Masello

  “Ah, bitter chill it was!” (to borrow a line from John Keats). But that’s to be expected during this prime time for steelheading on Michigan’s Pere Marquette River (PM) in late March and early April. And yet that’s when I most enjoy fishing this lovely, tranquil Blue Ribbon trout, salmon and steelhead stream. ‘Tis the season for quiet river time, sans the boisterous recreational inner-tubers, canoeists and cell phone addicts of summer. The early spring months allow one to savor the tranquil black timbered and frost banked beauty of the prime steelhead run. And there are few, if any,...

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Are You Ready for a Breakdown? by Mike Schoonveld

Boats General Fishing News & Info Stories and Editorials

Are You Ready for a Breakdown? by Mike Schoonveld

Launching a boat from a trailer isn’t supposed to be an exciting task. Getting in the boat, heading out to the lake, catching some fish, now that’s fun and exciting. But just backing down the ramp and floating ol’ Wave-Whacker off the bunks is a rather mundane chore. Unless the brakes on the tow vehicle decide it’s time to malfunction! All of a sudden the slow descent down the ramp, the boat floating free and the rest of the procedure turns into a power launch. That’s what happened to me. I suppose I was lucky. A few minutes earlier I’d...

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Niagara River Steelhead by Chris Shaffer

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Niagara River Steelhead by Chris Shaffer

Where: Upstate New York’s Niagara River Why: Good, consistent steelhead runs  When: Run begins in October and can persist into early June, but the best time spans from mid November through early May How To Get Here: Buffalo is the nearest major city, roughly a 30-minute drive from the Lower Niagara River. Direct flights from the West Coast aren’t common, but one-stop itineraries are easy to come by. All major airlines fly into Buffalo. For those looking to fly in through Toronto, that’s an option. Toronto is roughly 1:30 minute drive to the river.   Pautzke Bait owner Casey Kelley...

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