Tag Archives: planer boards

Early Ice Out Salmon Bonanza

Southern Lake Michigan is the capital of the Coho Salmon fishery. Indiana’s shoreline begins  attracting crowds of boats as soon as the ice leaves, usually in March.  If it warms up and we get lots of warm rain towards the end of February, no doubt it could be early March. Let’s hope so! Small boat […] Read more


Winter Walleyes Why Winter is a Great Time to Walleye Fish Most recent update: Posted: 07:50pm – Nov 9,14 We were prepped for steelies and eyes. We tried store bought spawn sacks for steelies. Floating and off the bottom. No bites. I mainly fished for walleye though, caught 6, lost a big one at the […] Read more

Lake Michigan Top Ports

Lake Michigan is the third largest of the Great Lakes and the sixth largest lake in the world. Bordered by Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin it is the only one of the Great Lakes that lies completely within the borders of the  United States. There are dozens of tributary creeks, streams and rivers that provide […] Read more

Indiana Ports

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife has been stocking salmon and trout along northwest Indiana’s shoreline since the late 1960’s. The area stocked extends from Michigan City to Whiting, Indiana and includes sites along the St. Joseph River, Trail Creek and the East Branch of the Little 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