Fishing Articles

TRACKING ICE-BOUND BROWNS — Matt Straw

TRACKING ICE-BOUND BROWNS  —  Matt Straw

Big Fish Guide Service owner Eric Haataja’s son Cal with a 28-pound monster brown from Milwaukee Harbor.   Browns cruise in-and-out during winter, but usually not much deeper than 60 feet. They can be caught even shallower than 10 feet at times, especially around wood cover (funny how browns gravitate to wood in both streams and lakes).   Thunderous cracks rolled underfoot as icebreakers busted trails leading into distant harbors. I reached for my breast pocket, reassured by the rounded Picks of Life my fingers found resting there.   Sitting on my Clam shelter with the top down in a...

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The Yarnies are Coming, the Yarnies are Coming! - Chuck Closterman

The Yarnies are Coming, the Yarnies are Coming! - Chuck Closterman

Assorted yarnies for a variety of water conditions.   Although relatively new to the Great Lakes, yarnies or yarn balls were developed in British Columbia and on Vancouver Island Canada over 40 years ago and their use has since migrated throughout the northwest from California to Alaska becoming a “go to” angling technique due to their affordability, versatility, ease of use and effectiveness. Whether you call them yarnies, yarn balls, woolies or fuzz, there is no question that one of the best techniques to use when fishing for steelhead in Great Lakes rivers and streams are yarnies. Anglers from, the...

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GOOD WEED: BAD WEED - Mike Gnatkowski

GOOD WEED: BAD WEED - Mike Gnatkowski

  Walleye relate heavily to weeds during much of the year. Typically there’s a population that never leaves the weeds.   Weed is a topic of discussion across the United States these days as more and more states legalize or decriminalize the use of marijuana. Dispensaries are popping up on corners like convenience stores and you can drive though and pick up a bag of weed almost as easy as getting a Big Mac.  Weeds, not the kind the country is now using for medicinal purposes, are a topic of discussion among serious anglers these days, too. Aquatic weeds are...

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The Best Coho Salmon River in the World | A Destination Fishery

Locations & Destinations Rivers & Lakes salmon salmon fishing

The Best Coho Salmon River in the World | A Destination Fishery

World-class Coho Salmon fishing on the Egegik River. This amazing watershed includes the 2nd largest lake in Alaska - Becharof Lake, and then flows into the incredible Bristol Bay. With a massive run of Sockeye and Coho, this river is the place to go to experience silver salmon fishing, fresh from the Ocean, with incredible food and cozy experience. Read Scott's Article about the Egegik River When you book at the Becharof Lodge, they'll take you to the most incredible holes and riffles for catching loads of sockeye, chum and coho. Depending on when you arrive, you'll have a chance...

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Power Jigging Walleyes by Matt Straw

Tackle Walleye Walleye Fishing

Power Jigging Walleyes by Matt Straw

In wavy seas a side-finding sonar screen circles your face. Somebody has to stare at it. No lines out. Just watching. The boat path forms sine waves over a basin flat in a search pattern taking us off structure. Way off. No man’s land. “There’s one,” says walleye guide Tony Roach as he seems to throw the boat into reverse and pitch back in the general direction of the mark at the same time. Fire drill. For me, standing and pitching at the same time—in waves—is hard enough. Roach is working a Northland Puppet Minnow. I have on a Rapala...

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