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A Compass for Spring Crappies By Matt Straw

Crappie Panfish

A Compass for Spring Crappies By Matt Straw

The boat rounds a corner and the vista of a huge bay opens before us. Crappie world in spring. Here we’ve seen hundreds packed into the spaces between branches of one fallen tree. And we’ve seen thousands in a spot one day only to return the next and find them gone. Happens to anybody who knows crappies for any length of time. Where did they go? The answer is on the screen of the nearest depth finder. Not the structure revealed by sonar. Not the depth, the GPS icons—not even the sidefinder function. The temperature readout. It points directly to...

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Motown HAWG 'Eyes by Kenny Darwin

Walleye Fishing

Motown HAWG 'Eyes by Kenny Darwin

If you're eager for trophy walleye... Don't Ignore this 32-Mile Stretch of Great Walleye Fishing Water... Looking for a perfect spot for big walleyes?   I’m talkin’ big ‘ole monster Great Lakes walleyes that slam your lure bend your rod double and push the scales over 10-pounds.  Come to the Detroit River and ply this system with baited jig and you will be amazed at the results.  Big fish and plenty of them await your hook. So, what you are waiting for?    “There is no question the Detroit River is one of the premier trophy walleye destinations in the Great...

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Hunting Steelhead in Low and Clear Water by Roger Hinchcliff

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Hunting Steelhead in Low and Clear Water by Roger Hinchcliff

Here 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 our Great Lakes. When you have no rain in the forecast for long periods and with the 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.  Whether you believe in climate change...

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Small Boat Rigging for Big Water by Cory Yarmuth

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Small Boat Rigging for Big Water by Cory Yarmuth

Lake Michigan, or any Great Lake for that matter, can be an intimidating body of water.  Many fishermen tend to think that you need at least a 28-foot boat all decked out with the latest gear to even attempt to fish its waters and be successful. This statement couldn’t be further from the truth. The big water is certainly something that you should not take lightly. However, given the opportunity there are many chances for those of us who run smaller boats to get out and be successful at catching our limits of trout, salmon, or walleye that inhabit these...

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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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