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Stealth Downrigger Tactics by Dan Keating

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Stealth Downrigger Tactics by Dan Keating

Over the past few years, stealth riggers have been some of the most productive rods on the Blue Horizon. Spring, summer, and fall, they produce fish. Anytime I encounter clear water, negative fish, or strong currents, adjusting riggers to stealth mode will produce fish. One other note: clean spoons run on stealth riggers catch huge fish during the middle of the day. If you don’t currently incorporate stealth riggers into your spread, you will want to pay close attention. Secret Weapon Rigs (SWR) Ever been skunked? It is painful! From one fisherman to another, there is a greater distance between...

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Lake Erie: Summer Walleye Capital of the World by Paul Liikala

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Lake Erie: Summer Walleye Capital of the World by Paul Liikala

Imagine, fishing a lake where limits of walleye are just waiting to grab your lure. Hold on it even gets better. How would you like to catch walleye that average around six to seven pounds, with a number of ‘eyes exceeding 9 and 10 pounds? Does it sound like a dream come true? Well, Lake Erie has these dream fish. I know what you are thinking. Lake Erie is a Great Lake, a great big lake. Its large size gives fish miles and miles of water to hide in. Well, in the summer their hideout is easy to find because...

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Season’s Close: End-Game Steelhead by Matt Straw

Season’s Close: End-Game Steelhead  by Matt Straw

Season’s Close: End-Game Steelhead by Matt Straw The river was an impressionistic painting—more Monet than real. A thick cloak of fog removed all detail and filtered bright color from the world, leaving dull pastels. Snow melt trickled from needles on overhanging pines. “Plop.” Rings rolled away in the current, distorting the window-pane clarity of the water. Soft, diffused light streamed through the snow-laden trees. A late-March snow storm had passed. The wet, heavy kind that turns a walk through the forest into a slapstick comedy. Steelhead were spawning heavily a few days ago in water reading 45°F. But a constant, 48-hour...

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High and Dirty Steelhead by Roger Hinchcliff

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High and Dirty Steelhead by Roger Hinchcliff

Seasons change and they come and go every year. With spring and fall means rain. Even a warm up in the dead of winter with melting snow can blow a river out. So with that rain or melting snow our creeks and smaller rivers will start to rise, carrying muddy water, and that dumps into the main rivers. When the river starts to clear you will find Steelhead anglers everywhere in the Great Lakes region chasing their beloved Steelhead. This is a very common problem that every river angler must deal with. Many anglers will stay home if the water...

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Tips for Early Spring Steelhead Fishing by Paul Liikala

Steelhead Fishing

Tips for Early Spring Steelhead Fishing by Paul Liikala

Let’s face it, after a hard winter, steelhead anglers can’t wait to start fishing. However, the key ingredient for your first outing is where can you catch early spring steelhead? This is especially true if sections of your favorite streams were or are iced over. However, there are a few early spring spots that usually get little to no fishing pressure. These are small creeks that flow into the Great Lakes. The mouths of these small tributaries often have slightly warmer waters and currents. Where they enter the lake’s water, creates open areas for early season anglers willing to brave...

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