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Steelhead and Suffering by Calvin McShane

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Steelhead and Suffering by Calvin McShane

Anglers go fishing for an assortment of reasons. Some fish to relax. Other’s fish for the excitement. Some of us fish for food and I’ll bet even more of us fish just because we ought to—according to my significant other I can really be a jerk sometimes. But when I think about my life as a fisherman, the moments I relish the most are the trips that involve the most suffering. Sometimes it feels good to get a little uncomfortable, disheveled and pissed off. Don’t other people savor the times when things aren’t working out? You know, the times when...

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Give Yourself an Edge by Captain Mike Schoonveld

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Give Yourself an Edge by Captain Mike Schoonveld

I was a hunter first and a fisherman only when there were no hunting seasons open when I was young. I was mostly a self-taught hunter and there’s no lesson plan for the “school of hard knocks.” Only with time and experience did I learned the best places go as I traipsed over field and forest in quest of whatever was my quarry that day. I learned the lessons, I just didn’t know what to call them.  A few years later, as I was studying to become a wildlife biologist, some of the lessons I learned at Purdue reinforced what...

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Panfish In The Doldrums by Mike Gnatkowski

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Panfish In The Doldrums by Mike Gnatkowski

Catching panfish on first ice is not rocket science. Bluegills, sunfish, crappies, and perch are still relatively active when ice first forms. It’s basically an extension of the hot fall fishery for a while. Weeds are still green and producing oxygen, waters are not super chilled yet and panfish are still actively feeding. On first ice, you can get away with heavier line, larger floats and jumbo wax worms and still catch panfish. Things change though as winter deepens. As weeds die they become less hospitable to panfish. Oxygen levels plummet and oxygen-starved panfish become increasingly dormant. Forced out of...

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Handling Walleyes by Robert Gwizdz

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Handling Walleyes by Robert Gwizdz

 Detroit is the kind of place where people work with their hands. Back in the day, when most folks worked in the auto industry, everyone knew how to make things. And that experience served sportsmen well; they could take old machines and turn them into fishing gear. And a unique fishery grew up around Detroit, where guys learned that you didn’t even need a fishing rod to catch walleyes. You could do it with a hand line. Hand-liners hold on to a line (usually of wire) that’s dragging a lure or two (or in some cases three) near the bottom...

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Winter Steelhead Destinations by Josh Choronzey

Winter Steelhead Destinations by Josh Choronzey

To be totally honest, I hate the cold. It doesn’t matter if I am ice fishing, deer hunting, or waterfowling, I flat out dislike freezing my backside off. I do it to chase my passions, to be an outdoorsman 12 months a year. No matter how long I shiver, or how cold my hands and feet get, I still do it, because eventually, the sacrifice is worth the payoff. When it comes down to overall reward for effort during the winter months, nothing tops the hours I spend freezing my body to an ice cube chasing winter steelhead. For me,...

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