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Boat & Trailer Maintenance

YEARLY BOAT & TRAILER INSPECTION & MAINTENANCE Check the coupler on the trailer. Make sure all parts move freely and are rust and crack free. Lube if necessary. Inspect trailer jack and wheel. Lube pivot shaft and wheel if necessary. Check all running lights. Inspect either bunks or rollers for excessive wearing, broken board, torn Read more

Ice Fishing! It’s Cool & Fun…..

ICE FISHING! A Cool Winter Sport….. Really Cool For These Two! In the winter months, for many sportsmen, a popular activity is ice fishing, Although it might not appeal to all, many fisherman actually prefer fishing through the ice to open-water fishing. For one thing, anglers can get just about anywhere on the lake during the […] Read more

Fishing Calendar Periods

The Calendar Periods Image result for fishing calendar periods The Calendar divides the fishing year into 10 periods of fish response. These Calendar Periods are at the mercy of Mother Nature, so there is no certain number of days, nor do they occur on specific dates each year. Since Calendar Periods depend on climate and […] Read more

2015 Illinois Sport License $1.00

Sport license for Illinois residents over seventy-five is now $1.00! Waives the fee for Salmon Stamps, Inland Trout Stamps,  State Migratory Waterfowl Stamps, State Habitat Stamps, Pheasant Stamps and State Furbearer Stamps for Illinois residents who are over 75 years of age. August 2014 — On August 1, Governor Pat Quinn signed a law that 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

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
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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
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Save On Tackle

If you are like me, you want to save as much as you can on your fishing tackle!  Use these six money saving tips to stretch your hard-earned bucks! 1. Go on-line  Before I buy any tackle, I go to ! There is a ton of new and used fishing stuff…..If you don’t have […] 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