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Salmon & Trout Population is Down

In general, 2014 has been a disaster for most Lake Michigan Salmon fisherman! Normally, I do quite well trolling out of Michigan City and Portage Indiana  for Skamanian. However, I did not even see anyone catch one this Summer including myself. Most charter boat captains agree that the fishing, spawning and feeding habits have been […] Read more

FALL LAKE TROUT (Burns Ditch, Indiana)

SPAWNING LAKERS (BURNS DITCH, PORTAGE INDIANA) Fishing this year out of Burns Ditch , Portage Indiana has been terrible! Although nothing has been normal this year, there still might be some hope for  some hardy anglers who remain active late into the fall! They might get in on some great lake trout fishing when the […] Read more

Lake Michigan Smoking Ban

  “IT’S A BREATH OF FRESH AIR,” said Joel Africk, president and CEO of the Respiratory Health Association. Lake Michigan fisherman don’t panic!  If you are a smoker, you will be able to destroy your lungs all you want if you are on your boat, as it is private property, park district spokeswoman Kiera Ellis […] Read more

MUSKY HUNTERS (mox-nix attitude)

There has been so much written about Musky fishing, you could fill a semi truck with it! Some is just hype or myth, some straight out lies and a whole lot of good publications written by some of your better know Musky guides and a few well versed and experienced Musky hunters. However, at times […] Read more

Catch More Walleye

There are some clear cut principles and trends that most experienced Walleye hunters know, or at least think they know. However, it doesn’t hurt to brush up on the subject now and then. Because there are never 100% clear cut situations but only relative specific circumstances, you can pick and choose from the following that […] Read more

Summer Walleye (weeds)

Over the years most fishing sport authors, fisherman or not, perpetuate the notion that all walleyes live in deep water on the rocks. Truth is, that’s not the case! Yes, some walleye groups do make seasonal use of deep water. However, it has been known for some time now that weeds play a far more […] Read more

A Fishy Story (giant smallmouth bass?)

  This article appeared in the Chicago Sun Times about a possible record Smallmouth Bass caught at a Chicago location beside Monroe Harbor south of Buckingham Fountain in Lake Michigan. This is what a die hard Smallmouth hunter  had to say, and I must agree! Dale shouldn’t have wasted his time and the Ink writing […] Read more

New Boating Regulations

Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Increase Boating Safety New Laws will Improve Safety and Education in Illinois’ Waterways Hopefully these new regulations will go a long way to keep the drunks off  Lake Michigan! Fishing is an ancient practice. It dates back nearly 10,000 years. A number of various techniques and traditions have been used Read more

Bored?Go Fishing!

  Some day when the fisher of men calls your number, consider yourself  fortunate if you’re granted your last wish to fish just one more time.  And if and when the opportunity presents itself, you just might want to make that last cast in the waters off the Door County Peninsula in northeastern Wisconsin. As […] Read more

Lake Michigan Kayak Fishing

Many times while fishing for salmon on Lake Michigan,  just outside the channel of Burns Ditch Indiana, I have seen Kayaks on the water. Some were fishing and others just enjoying being on the water paddling along as if they had someplace to go. Even on calm days, which is rare on the big pond, […] Read more

Hot Weather Smallmouth

Pound for pound the mighty Smallmouth bass is probably the best fighting fresh water fish on the Planet!  This time of year it gets a little tough finding and catching them! After sun-down is about your best bet. 1. Think cool water. Fish want to eat in a cool place. That means deeper water, regardless […] Read more

Skamania Coming Soon

During normal years, skamania will show up at Michigan City and Portage in early July and stage in front of the creek mouths for a couple of weeks before heading upstream. If the rains wait until the beginning of August, the trolling action will remain hot. If the rains come too early, the skamania may […] Read more

North Point Marina (Winthrop Harbor)Reports

Winthrop harbor is home to North Point Marina, the largest marina on the Great Lakes. With over 1,500 boat slips, plus public beaches recreation facilities and second-to-none charter fishing. North Point Marina is destination to over one million visitors every summer. After the water starts to warm up in May and June, this is where […] Read more

CPR (catch-photo-release)

Let’s all do our part to help fish live to fight another day! Choose lines and equipment that will bring fish in quickly, so they don’t exhaust all their energy in a prolonged battle. Use artificial lures over live bait. Fish that hit artificial baits are less likely to be hooked deeply enough to damage […] Read more

Indiana DNR (over-baggers) Crackdown

Some Illinois Perch fishermen think they own Lake Michigan and don’t have to follow laws! Well, this is what happens: The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is cracking down on perch over-baggers. On Sunday, Michael Ratter, 65, of Calumet City, Ill., was cited after a conservation officer found him in possession of 50 yellow perch Read more

Salmon Location “The X Factor”

Those of us that troll on the Great Lakes for Salmon generally do not know where the Salmon are on a daily basis. It all depends on several conditions, like water temperature, wind direction and time of the year. Salmons do migrate and sometimes it is difficult to know exactly when. There is one sure […] Read more

Protect Your Waters

DON’T DUMP BAIT…..Bait and nonnative plants and animals hitchhiking in bait buckets can harm our lakes and rivers!  Protecting these resources is an important part of our overall enjoyment. A concern we must all address is the spreading of harmful plants, animals and other organisms. These aquatic nuisance species can hitch a ride on Read more

Fisherman To Boycott Walmart!

Several fishing clubs and groups are asking members to boycott Walmart based on the below: WALMART MAY SOON BEGIN TO FEEL ANGLER BACKLASH RFA Said Nationwide Protests Against Walton Family Are Expected WAL-MART GIVES $36 MILLION TO ANTI-FISHING GROUPS RFA Says Walton Family Foundation Supports MPA & Catch Share Efforts August 17, 2011 – Read more

Moon Phase Fishing

    Every fisherman dreams of a bigger catch! Is it possible to know beforehand when you should plan a trip to enjoy some fishing, catch more than usual, and come home feeling 100% satisfied? Based on my own personal research around the best fishing times, I think it is. When I first started fishing, […] Read more

SPRING ICE OUT THREAT (Hypothermia)

Boat Safety on the Great Lakes is critical! - Avoid Hypothermia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZzJ1IzX7_U Fall in the water this time of the year and you will be in deep shit!  See the chart below and take heed…..       A sudden unexpected wake or other “unbalancing event” can land you in the frigid water. Although the Read more

Pratice Clean Boating

With over 22 million registered recreational boaters and over 10,000 marinas in the United States, simple day-to-day changes in how we operate and maintain our boats will go a long way in protecting our valuable water resources. Take the first step, and learn more about easy things you can do today to be a “Clean Boater!” […] Read more

Take A Kid FISHING!

Kids love to go fishing! However, unless they catch wall to wall fish,  they get bored with it quite quickly.  I suggest that the first time you take them, make sure you bring them to a pond or lake that is loaded with pan fish! If they don’t catch anything, you run the risk that […] Read more

Indiana Ice Out Salmon Bonanza

THE FISH ARE BITING, and most of the ice is gone! It’s about time….. March 25th Report: Launched out of Burns Ditch this morning by 0830. First trip of the year.  We headed to the Gary Light in some three foot rollers leftover from the prior evening. On the way out, very little ice to speak of.  […] Read more

Little Green Lake, Wisconsin

     Most Musky hunters are aware of this great little Musky  lake located just about 180 miles north of Chicago. Little Green is a  467 acre lake, maximum depth 25 ft.  located just 2.1 miles from Markesan, in Green Lake County, Wisconsin. Don’t be fooled by the name “little”, as this lake has been […] Read more

ST.JOE RIVER WINTER WALLEYE

Winter Walleyes Why Winter is a Great Time to Walleye Fish Recent Update: 02/19/2014 Hi was there Wednesday the 19th, caught 5 eyes and lost 4 others, still a little ice down river from shamrock park but the dam is perfect fish are still pretty deep… 15-20 feet on the breaks…steelies are also active…. but […] Read more

Door County’s Baileys Harbor

Baileys  Harbor, is a premier fishing port on the Lake Michigan side of the Peninsula…. Some day when the fisher of men calls your number, consider yourself  fortunate if you’re granted your last wish to fish just one more time.  And if and when the opportunity presents itself, you just might want to make that […] Read more

SPAWNING LAKERS (Burns Ditch, Portage Indiana)

Lake Trout display a spawning pattern close to the Port of Indiana, with a run of Lake Trout that develops along the shoreline between mid-October and mid-november….. ATTN: Great Lakes fisherman! If the picture on the left don’t get your attention, nothing will!  The few hardy anglers who remain active late into the fall can Read more

WISCONSIN’S HOTTEST FALL FISHING LOCATIONS

Chicago area fishermen!  Go north for the best fishing you can find….. Some day when the fisher of men calls your number, consider yourself  fortunate if you’re granted your last wish to fish just one more time.  And if and when the opportunity presents itself, you just might want to make that last cast in […] Read more

What is a trophy Walleye & where to catch one…..

DREAM BIG!! Here is an article for those of you that DO NOT read In-Fisherman magizine….. How big is a trophy walleye, and which walleye states offer the best odds for catching one? Most states have trophy programs, and most have determined the 8-pound range is where walleyes first enter the “trophy zone.” The best […] Read more

MUSKY…..FOOD FOR THOUGHT!

DNR studies have found that introducing muskies into waters where they previously did not exist has had negligible impact on other fish species. There is a myth out there being spread by many novice and walleye fisherman that do not fish for Muskies. They complain that their favorite  fish are being depleted by Musky. This myth could not be Read more

SNAGGING…..LET THEM SPAWN!

“It is only the inexperienced and thoughtless who find pleasure in killing fish for the mere sake of killing them. No sportsman does this.”  - W.C. Prime, 1888 Here is an article I found written some time back….. I feel the same way about this goofy activity! “Every October, a strange and gruesome spectacle takes place […] Read more

LK. Michigan Fall Shore Fishing For Salmon

I do not fish from shore, as I do have a boat. For those of you that do not own one, here is an article I found written by a fisherman that certainly knows what he is talking about…..  Bring 2 rods, 1 for spoons & 1 for cranks. For spoons (mostly 3/4oz) & large crankbaits, I […] Read more

Ice-Out Coho Salmon Action

Southern Lake Michigan is the capital of the Coho Salmon fishery. Indiana’s shoreline begins  attracting crowds of boats as soon as the ice goes off, usually in March.  Small boat owners! This is the time to get out there and knock em’ dead….. Just after the ice is out in late Winter, and the waters […] Read more

Musky & The Media

This article is about something I know to be true based on over 46 years of fishing for, and reading about musky fishing. It’s something I feel must be said! As with subjects like politics, entertainment, health, weather and anything else you can think of, there is and always will be people that feel they must say and […] Read more

Musky Casting VS Trolling

Perhaps the title of this article should be “Deep vs Shallow”.  Indeed, that is what it pretty much amounts too. Just to make it clear again, there is no one method that is known to man that will allow anyone to catch muskies on a regular basis. I really think that ” time on the water”, is […] Read more

Little Things “Big Muskies”

Ever heard the expression “It’s the little things that count?” Because Muskies are at the very top of the fresh water predator-prey chain, there are fewer of them than there are of other species of fish, and fewer still of the the really big “wall hangers.” Many times, the difference between landing a trophy musky, Read more

Green Bay Wisconsin Walleye

  According to the first 2013 Walleye issue of In-Fisherman Magizine this is a list of the top 10 Walleye Destinations Stateside: Fort Peck Lake, Montana Pueblo Lake, Colorado Lake Oahe, South Dakota/North Dakota St.Louis River, Minnesota/Wisconsin Dale Hollow Lake, Tennessee/Kentucky Green Bay, Lake Michigan, Wisconsin Detroit River, Read more

Lake Michigan Ice-Out Action

Pastricks East Chicago Marina For Fantastic Ice-out Action!         This is the time of year to get those planer boards  and flat lines ready for action! In spring, salmon are coming off a winter fast and begin to increase their feeding range and activity. Once the ice breaks up trolling is superb! Often […] Read more

Release Me! Musky National Anthem

 RELEASE ME! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZLqZ_H_nZc&list=ALBTKoXRg38BD7UByjj-Uj_dNjPkL-9k9y Please “Release Me” let me go I don’t love you anymore To waste our lives would be a sin Release me and let me love again   Advise  From A seasoned Pro The Midwestern lakes are now encased in a layer of ice and covered with Read more

A Bucktail Of Another Color

DO BUCKTAIL COLORS REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE? As the noted TEA PARTY ASS HOLE Sarah Palin would say, “You Betcha!” This bucktail accounts for more Musky trophies caught than any others! Many of your noted Musky Hunters, including myself, say any color is ok, as long as it is BLACK! Indeed a black Musky Giant Killer bucktail is what Read more

Musky Killers!

CATCH… PHOTO…RELEASE! Catch, Photo, Release (CPR) is the common practice of musky anglers. The results of CPR have become obvious, more and bigger musky! CPR sounds easy, but even the most experienced musky hunter will tell you it can be difficult at times. Poor handling of a musky can defeat your best intentions of a […] Read more

Muskies Hate A Deeper Eight

There is nothing more exciting in fishing than to see a giant Musky attack your lure right next to your boat! Unfortunately, most of the time a big trophy just follows the lure and slowly swims away. However, a properly executed ‘figure 8″ can trigger many muskies that have previously ignored your offering. Most good musky […] Read more

Troll For Bigger Muskies

 Trolling open waters for the big girls! Let’s face it…..it’s not getting any easier to catch a Musky over thirty pounds. Now days , I think the myth of 10,000 casts is getting closer to being true for a fish that size!  Every year thousands of  fisherman beat the waters on our northern Musky waters […] Read more

Walleyes! Do The Jig

“There are two types of fisherman-those who fish for sport and those who fish for fish” Walleye fisherman do both! There are probably more  articles written about walleye fishing than there are walleyes!!  This article will be nothing new to most walleye fisherman, but for some it might help a little….. Walleye, walleyed pike, Read more

Think Like A Musky!

                                                                                    WOW!  I Love This Spot! THINK LIKE A MUSKY?? BETTER YET: IF A MUSKY COULD THINK? I wonder who really has the advantage, you or the Musky? To hear some want-to-be Musky Read more

Port Clinton-Walleye Capital War

How many Walleye capitals can there be? You be the judge!     IS PORT CLINTON OHIO…..The Walleye Capital  of The World?  Most Walleye fisherman living near Chicago would rather fish Port Clinton on Lake Erie than any other lake in the Mid-West. For my money, it is truly the hottest of all Walleye fisheries. The […] Read more

Musky Mystique

 Since the 1800′s there has been enough written about Musky fishing, you could fill a semi truck with it! Some is just hype or myth,  some straight out lies and a whole lot of good publications written by some of your better know Musky guides.  It’s  sometimes difficult to separate the truth from the B.S. Indeed […] Read more

Great Lakes Trolling Flies

These (4) Great Lakes Trolling TyFlys are built using #4 2X strong treble hooks, 30 lb. high impact mono leaders. A Dodger, flasher or Spin Doctor gives action to the fly, causing the fly to flutter and weave thru the water. This action gives the fly the appearance that a salmon or trout (the doger, […] Read more

Musky vs Chinook Salmon

 There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process!  Question: What would you rather catch, a 32 lb musky, or a 28 lb King Salmon? NOTHING MAKES A FISH BIGGER THAN ALMOST BEING CAUGHT […] Read more

Michigan City (Skamania)

Their overwhelming size and unmatched fighting power draw Great Lakes fisherman from near and far to sample the incredible action! What’s faster than a speeding bullet,  more powerful than a locomotive and  able to leap tall buildings  in a single bound? Is it a “Super fish”? No, it’s a skamania steelhead Trout, at least if you Read more

Pastrick Marina (Jerose Park)

  Pastricks East Chicago Marina   Seems to be the best all-around location in the south end. The first 30 boats to launch each morning are free. Then, it’s $15 to launch. Located off Cline Avenue near Inland Steel. West: West is best. You will be protected by the shoreline and have calm waters. South: […] Read more

Skamania Madness

Skamania Steelhead often fight so hard that by netting time they have exhausted themselves! Their overwhelming size and unmatched fighting power draw Great Lakes fisherman from near and far to sample the incredible action! For those of you that don’t know, a skamania steelhead is actually a strain of Rainbow Trout, also known as steelhead Read more

Trolling??

 This article is meant to be both humorous and educational depending on the reader! In some cases it might even clear up the thinking that some have about “TROLLING!”  Trolling is the practice of dragging a lure through water to attract your target fish   Most people know what trolling is when used in terms of fishing, […] Read more

Great Lakes Salmon & Trout

YES! Enjoy the fight…..These are the fish that make it happen! IMAGES & DESCRIPTIONS OF FIVE GREAT LAKES SPORT SPECIES Coho salmon, also know as the silver salmon can be distinguished by the fine dark spots on the back and upper lobe of the tail fin, the long anal fin and gray gums. Coho feed […] Read more

Lake Michigan Boating Myth

A Great Man Once Said: “There is nothing to fear, but fear itself!” One day I noticed my neighbor was getting his new 16′  deep “v”  fishing  rig ready for a fishing trip.  I asked him,“Are you going to Lake Michigan?”  He looked at me and replied, “Hell no, Lake Michigan is too rough for […] Read more

Solunar Tables (Best Time To Fish)

THE MOON & FISHING SOLUNAR TABLES…..Best fishing Times On the good days there are always times when the fish seem more ravenous and more plentiful than at other times of that same day. These periods, as a rule, last about two hours. All of us try to plan to take advantage of those feeding periods […] Read more

Sister Bay (Close Encounter Of A Thirty Kind)

CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF A THIRTY KIND    SISTER BAY MARINA…..DOOR COUNTY PENINSULA WISCONSIN Some day when the fisher of men calls your number, consider yourself  fortunate if you’re granted your last wish to fish just one more time.  And if and when the opportunity presents itself, you just might want to make that last cast […] Read more

Leadcore …..The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

(LEADCORE  FISHING LINE) The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Some novice  fisherman don’t even know what lead core fishing line is, let alone how, when and where to use it. Well, it is simply a braided nylon line that has lead in the center.  It’s most commonly available in #18, #27, #36 pound tests, […] Read more

Lake Trout (Portage Indiana)

Belonging to the char group, the lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) is known as togue (in the Northeast), mackinaw (in the West), and as gray trout in much of Canada. Native throughout Canada and across the northern United States, lake trout require cold, well-oxygenated waters from 43°F to 56°F. V  Bread & Butter Lake Trout Within Read more

Coho Salmon (The Wild One)

Coho Salmon…..why the wild One? Just after the ice is out in late Winter, and the waters of southern Lake Michigan warm up,  thousands of  Salmon fisherman swarm to the ports of Indiana to troll the shore lines for the “Wild One!, ”  too experience  more fun, excitement and confusion than a power outage at a […] Read more

Planer Boards (Salmons Worst Nightmare)

    Planer board trolling….. The public enemy of Salmon, Trout and even Walleye! Just after ice out in late Winter, when the waters of southern Lake Michigan warm up,  thousands of  Salmon fisherman swarm to the ports of Indiana and Illinois to troll the shore lines for wild Coho and fighting steelhead. The use of […] Read more

Brown Trout (Longlining)

 Here’s a twelve pound Brown I caught long lining with one of my Great Lakes Trolling Flies…..  It was early Spring at one of  Illinois/Indiana Lake Michigans warm water discharges  at the southern end.  Notice the small spinner and the (glow in the dark) bead above the body…..This is a deadly lure/flasher combination I Read more

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