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Erie’s Central Basin Lost Perch by Paul Liikala

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Erie’s Central Basin Lost Perch  by Paul Liikala

The Lost Perch of Erie's Central Basin “For the past three years, the perch fishing has been bad. I’ve been running half the perch trips that I ran four years ago,” said Vitas Kijauskas, Captain of the Cleveland head boat, the Linda Mae. “This past spring looked promising, and then the perch fishing from June through November was dismal.” This has been a common refrain from the perch fishermen in Lake Erie’s central basin. Ohio’s central basin runs from Cranberry Creek, in the west, to the Pennsylvania line, in the east. While the caught perch tend to be huge, their...

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Finding the HOTTEST Bites, When Species Collide... by Matt Straw

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Finding the HOTTEST Bites, When Species Collide... by Matt Straw

Lake Ontario was silky smooth as Captain Frank Campbell slipped the boat into position along a shoreline break. “Uncharacteristically flat for April,” he said. “Boat control won’t be the problem. Let’s see if the fish stayed home in this clear water.” We came to Niagara Falls to drift bait for steelhead in the Niagara River, and maybe drop some spoons on the Niagara Bar for lake trout. But Campbell said we had to spend at least one morning experiencing the pre-spawn smallmouths on the shallow shoals of Lake Ontario. The water temperature read 43°F. After a long, cold winter in...

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Michigan’s Least Appreciated Steelhead Stream by Robert Gwizdz

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Michigan’s Least Appreciated Steelhead Stream by Robert Gwizdz

Ask any Michigan angler to start naming Michigan’s best steelhead streams and there’s a good chance he’ll name a dozen—maybe two dozen—before he even thinks about the Huron River in southeast Michigan. He’ll start with Lake Michigan tribs, touch on a couple from Lake Huron, and even suggest a couple of Lake Superior streams before he gets around to Lake Erie. There are a couple of reasons for this. Lake Erie isn’t like the others; it’s basically a warm-water fishery (think bass and walleye), not a salmon/trout fishery. And truth is, despite a century of steelhead fishing in the Mitten...

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A Compass for Spring Crappies By Matt Straw

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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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