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Those Special Spinning Lake Trout Baits by Darryl Choronzey

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Those Special Spinning Lake Trout Baits by Darryl Choronzey

“Around and around and around it goes and when it stops, you’re going to know!” Okay, so I was using a little fisherman’s poetic plagiarism as I held the rod tip a foot or two below the surface so that my fishing companion Johnny Campbell could witness the action of the Spin Doctor flasher and especially the trailing WhirlyGig in the clear water below. It was mid-May and the 7000 Garmin was sketching out plenty of big trout hanging out on bottom 30 feet below, on the edge of the Niagara Bar. I had stretched out approximately 20 feet of...

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Hunting Steelhead in Low Clear Water by Roger Hinchcliff

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Hunting Steelhead in Low Clear Water by Roger Hinchcliff

In the Great Lakes Region we have a lot of anglers who fish for steelhead, and with that comes a lot of fishing pressure. Not to mention the unpredictable weather patterns from the Great Lakes. When you have no rain in the forecast for long periods and with added fishing pressure, that can mean a tough day on the river.   With that being said, these conditions present challenges for the everyday steelhead angler and when faced with low, clear conditions we must make things happen to maximize our time on the water.  In this article we will discuss rigging...

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Slip-Float Lakers (Lake Trout) by Matt Straw

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Slip-Float Lakers (Lake Trout) by Matt Straw

The long wait. Somewhere beneath your feet a live bait is traveling straight down 40, 50, even 150 feet. Finally the slip float stands up. And immediately disappears. Another basin dweller feels the hook slam home and begins to sound for bottom. In recent years, jigging vertically with soft-plastic tubes has been the most popular method for taking summer and fall lakers from inland lakes around the Great Lakes region. Not that the traditional arsenal of jigging spoons and bucktail jigs no longer works. Quite the contrary. But tubes are more subtle, can be fished on lighter line with spinning...

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Shore Easy Steelhead by Paul M. Liikala

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Shore Easy Steelhead by Paul M. Liikala

I watched the sun rise, while fishing a tiny creek mouth. A warm southerly wind created gentle waves that lapped at my boots. It was a beautiful morning to be fishing. Creek mouths can produce some nice fall steelhead. Slowly I retrieved the silver and blue spoon. Suddenly, the morning’s tranquility was shattered by a surge of power that tried to pull the fishing rod from my hands. Before I could catch my breath, a silver streak came flying out of the water. Then the steelhead trout charged me, only to go airborne again. This time the hook did not...

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Cranking for Kings by Tony Ensalaco

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Cranking for Kings by Tony Ensalaco

“Hey Tony, why don’t you take a couple of these and give them a try,” said long time Michigan river guide Steelie Dan Manyan. Our drift boats were anchored next to one another on the lower Pere Marquette River. It was late August and the fish were just starting to make their return to the lower PM. If judging by how bright the salmon were in the system, the actual ritual of spawning won’t be taking place any time soon, I thought to myself. “What are they?” I inquired, hoping not to seem like I wasn’t up to date on...

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