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Steelhead Social Distancing by Calvin McShane

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Steelhead Social Distancing by Calvin McShane

The other day my phone dinged on the kitchen table and text stretched across the screen that read, “You are highly allergic to hard work.” It was from my pal Jack and was in response to the pictures I had sent him earlier in the day. The pictures were of me and my girlfriend Miranda. Some were of us on an Upper Peninsula river, our fly rods bent to the cork, and a few more were of a couple of fine male steelhead resting in our hands. It’s reasonable Jack was a bit upset. With the recent dire developments he’s...

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3 "Must-Have" Spring Steelhead Rigs by Brian Kelly

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3 "Must-Have" Spring Steelhead Rigs by Brian Kelly

Spring has finally arrived and with it, a load of fish that are eager to run our rivers on their annual spawning migration. Spring steelhead fishing has its share of challenges; from weather patterns that change on a daily basis, to unyielding angling pressure, spring steelhead can be a moody lot, to say the least. The spring season is the time to open the bag of tricks and employ tactics that will entice the fish to bite after they have seen it all. These three rigs are must-have items in the vest this time of year; let’s get into the...

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Tricked Out Spoons by Tom Schultz

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Tricked Out Spoons by Tom Schultz

As we are reading this article and all enjoying Great Lakes Angler magazine, chances are pretty good we might all have a little problem in common.  Wait—what?  Well, this may be hard to swallow, but we “just maybe” have too many salmon spoons?  (And maybe more than fits in our boats!) LOL—this is me for sure! We can all agree there are some awesome tackle companies out there, that have earned our brand loyalty and all offer awesome new spoons each season, new colors, patterns, catchy names...  Some are our “Go-To” spoons, better at catching fish and earn the prime...

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Eastern Lake Ontario's Brown Trout by Chris Shaffer

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Eastern Lake Ontario's Brown Trout by Chris Shaffer

Coming from the West Coast catching a double-digit brown is a once in a lifetime experience, for most. Nevertheless, if you live in Oswego, New York, and troll Lake Ontario, catching a 10-pound brown matches the feat of landing a 3-pound stocked rainbow out West. “A 10-pound brown is a nice fish, but last year we caught one to two of those on almost every trip,” says guide Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sport Fishing. Similar to the Milwaukee Harbor experience on the western shore of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin, eastern Lake Ontario’s brown trout fishing is almost surreal to...

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Will Natural Selection Save Our Salmon? by Jim Bedford

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Will Natural Selection Save Our Salmon? by Jim Bedford

 (Published in Spring 2018) Or, in other words, can our coho and Chinook salmon in Lakes Michigan and Huron adapt to a new forage base? And, can they change from being pelagic predators, feeding in open water at mid-depth to foraging on the bottom? To review how we got to this point, the quagga mussels caused the plankton levels to decrease enough to cause the alewives to crash in Lake Huron a number of years ago. A similar crash in Lake Michigan is approaching but it has taken longer for that to happen. The reasons are likely the greater depth of...

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