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Lake Michigan's Perch Man by Bob Gwizdz

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Lake Michigan's Perch Man by Bob Gwizdz

Depending on the season, Griffin fishes anywhere from shallow water (“five, six, seven feet,” he said.) to more than 100 feet deep. “Last year I think 20 to 25 feet was as shallow as I got, but most of my time was spent at 50 to 70."

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Jigging on the Great Lakes - the Alternative to Trolling by Cory Yarmuth

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Jigging on the Great Lakes - the Alternative to Trolling by Cory Yarmuth

When most anglers think of fishing for salmon and trout on the Great Lakes, the vision of large capacity line counter reels, downriggers, and a myriad of spoons and flies come to mind. Most anglers resort to trolling the depths in search of the inhabitants of these lakes. However, there are other ways to target these fish that are often overlooked. As with any particular presentation there is always a place and a time that they are all effective, and the same holds true for jigging for big salmon and trout. This technique will often work throughout the year, but...

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A Great Lakes Fly Fishing Primer by Jerry Darkes

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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

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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

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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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