Fishing Articles

Tip Ups Tactics for Pike by Mike Gnatkowski

Ice Fishing Pike Fishing

Tip Ups Tactics for Pike by Mike Gnatkowski

Like all forms of fishing these days, technological advancements has changed the way anglers fish with tip-ups for pike. In its simplest form, tip-up fishing for pike meant using rudimentary tip-ups with wooden cross members and spools filled with thick, black Dacron line. Anglers used a spud to chop holes and once the tip-ups were set, waited for a pike to hopefully cruise by. Tip-ups could be found at garage sales for a buck or two and were unceremoniously tossed in a five-gallon bucket at the end of the season. Today, tip-ups are made from high-tech materials that make them...

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Grand River Steelhead by Bob Gwizdz

Lake Michigan Michigan Steelhead Fishing

Grand River Steelhead by Bob Gwizdz

It was cold on that early December day, in the 20s, and the water temperature couldn’t have been much warmer. But the advantage to fishing in nasty weather below the dam on the Grand River in Grand Rapids is that you don’t have the competition that you get on a nice day. I was fishing with Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Tom Goniea at what I believe to be one of the premier urban fisheries anywhere in America. We waded, carefully, across the river to the edge of a hole and started casting crankbaits across the current and retrieving...

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In Praise of the Tin Man - by Darryl Choronzey

Rivers & Lakes salmon fishing Steelhead Fishing Stories and Editorials

In Praise of the Tin Man - by Darryl Choronzey

THE CHIEF IS DEAD (1974-2014) At 40 years of age, a dedicated, reliable friend, suddenly left this world due to the careless results of drunk driving. Born on the banks of the Columbia River, at Hood River, Oregon, he was my constant companion over the decades. While he never actually fished, he was always there to be plugged in, smoked up and supplied me with the tastiest of rewards after a long day working the water. Thank you Chief for your long years of faithful loyalty. As for the thoughtless fool that crushed the life out of you, may his...

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Perch the Bay Way by Robert Gwizdz

Lake Michigan perch

Perch the Bay Way by Robert Gwizdz

Jake Stanton did not mince any words as we met for the first time in anticipation of ice fishing for perch on Saginaw Bay. “We’re going to fish like barbarians,” he said. He handed me a pole. It was a simple jigging stick, made of a short length of cane, with a couple of pegs to serve as line holders. No reel, just a stick with a small eye on the end, outfitted with a six-pound test, high-visibility monofilament line and a small single-hook spoon with a plastic bead covering the bend in the shank. “I was told that once...

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Transition Steelhead by Brian Kelly

Steelhead Fishing

Transition Steelhead by Brian Kelly

What to do when Fall turns to Winter When the fall run is in the rear view mirror, it is tough to come to grips with after a season of mild weather and blue back chromers dancing on the lake front. Plenty of good opportunities present themselves across the Great Lakes scene during the fall run, which means there are plenty of fish in our river systems that will be going into winter mode. Time to change tactics a bit and focus on the areas that will hold these hard charging brutes until the urge to spawn takes over. It comes...

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