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LAKE MICHIGAN (The Big Pond)

LAKE MICHIGAN (The Big Pond)

     I HAVE SPENT MOST OF MY LIFE FISHING…..THE REST I WASTED! Three-fourths of the earth’s surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple of our time fishing as taking care of the lawn. I have always lived close to Lake Michigan […] Read more
Indiana Ice Out Coho Banaza

Indiana Ice Out Coho Banaza

      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 […] Read more
Boat & Trailer Inspection & Maintenance

Boat & Trailer Inspection & Maintenance

BOAT & TRAILER INSPECTION & MAINTENANCE Trailer: 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! A Cool Winter Sport

Ice Fishing! A Cool Winter Sport

  Ice Fishing Is A Cool Sport (Sometimes Freezing)  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 ice fishing […] Read more
New Fishing Area (Indiana)

New Fishing Area (Indiana)

Three Rivers Public Fishing Area now open   Three Rivers Public Fishing Area now open Anglers will have better and safer access to the West Fork of the White River in Morgan County thanks to a new public fishing area that opened in December. Three Rivers Public Fishing Area is about four miles north of Martinsville […] Read more
The Incredible Skamania Trout

The Incredible Skamania Trout

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 […] Read more
Ice Fishing Safety & Self Rescue

Ice Fishing Safety & Self Rescue

 Emergency Self Rescue – The 1-10-1 principle. Despite what most of you may think sudden immersion into icy water will NOT send you immediately into hypothermia and self rescue IS possible.  Dr. Gorden Giesbrect, a specialist in cold water immersion at the University of Manitoba summarizes what happens to us when we take the plunge […] Read more
Lake Erie Walleye Bite (NOW)

Lake Erie Walleye Bite (NOW)

Great Walleye Bite Gong On Right Now (2/14/2016) On Lake Erie    Lake Erie Spring Walleye Fishing With the exceptionally warm winter and open water conditions the early spring walleye fishing in open water has already begun with a few boats venturing out.  Walleyes are being taken by jigging and by drifting and trolling.   As […] Read more
Ice Fishing bays & harbors of Lake Michigan

Ice Fishing bays & harbors of Lake Michigan

Ice Fishing is a popular winter activity in the bays and harbors of Lake Michigan The methods, techniques, tactics and equipment used for catching Brown Trout and Steelhead Ice Fishing. Popular fishing locations in Wisconsin will be discussed. December 5, 2015 Seminar Information, Schedule and Topics: Open at 9:00am – Free Admission 9:30am Read more
COHO SALMON….. The Wild One!

COHO SALMON….. The Wild One!

 Coho Salmon, 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 (Public Enemy of Salmon)

Planer Boards (Public Enemy of Salmon)

  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 planer […] Read more
70 LB Muskies…..Do they exist?

70 LB Muskies…..Do they exist?

  NOTHING MAKES A MUSKY BIGGER THAN ALMOST BEING CAUGHT! Excitement and disappointment have a way of making the size of muskies grow a bit! So many times over the years I’ve heard fish stories of monster muskies that were hooked, yet for some reason got away. While many lost muskies were reported to be […] Read more
KING OF THE GREAT LAKES

KING OF THE GREAT LAKES

The power, strength, speed, endurance and awesome fighting ability of an adult Chinook Salmon makes them worthy of the title “KING OF THE GREAT LAKES”!       Fighting a 30 pound King provides enough excitement and fun to rank as the ultimate Fresh water trolling thrill! There is no doubt, salmon claim the title as the […] Read more
Illinois Senior Fisherman!Great News…..

Illinois Senior Fisherman!Great News…..

Sport License For Illinois Residents Over Seventy-Five Is Now $1.00!  It 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 Read more
Lake Michigan Boating Myth

Lake Michigan Boating Myth

Don’t Worry…..Be Happy! 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 […] Read more
Take A Kid Fishing!

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 […] Read more
Great Lakes Trolling Flies

Great Lakes Trolling Flies

Shown is a typical Trolling Fly & a Spin Doctor   In  most novice fisherman minds, the words “trolling”and “flies” don’t seem to fit together in the same sentence. However,truth be told! Trolling flies behind a flasher, dodger or the new spin-doctor is a very effective way to hook up with a trophy sized Salmon Read more
CPR(Catch-Photo-Release)

CPR(Catch-Photo-Release)

    http://www.greatlakestrollingflies.com/articles/musky-national-athem/   Help fish live to fight another day! Lets all practice CPR (catch-photo-release)      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 Read more
Lake Trout PCB Warning!

Lake Trout PCB Warning!

      It might be my imagination but the warnings about eating large Lake Trout because of PCB contamination are what throw me off as far as targeting Lake Trout for food. I know they are kind of sporty when jigged up from shallow water on lighter rods and line but I would rather catch […] Read more
STOP SNAGGING! LET THEM SPAWN…..

STOP 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 mindless activity!      “Every October and November, a […] Read more
Kicked In The Ice-Hole!

Kicked In The Ice-Hole!

  Soon it will be time to go Ice Fishing!  If it is your first time, there are a few things you should know. First of all, do not go out and buy anything quite yet! A spinning rod and reel will  do fine for starters.  I have know some that thought they would like […] Read more
St.Joseph River, Michigan… Special Regulations!

St.Joseph River, Michigan… Special Regulations!

Here are the special regulations fishing the St.Joe River and its trributaries from Twin Branch Dam in Mishawaka, downstream to the Michigan State Line: Minimum size for trout and salmon is 14 inches. No fishing is allowed at any time in the East Race Waterway in South Bend. No fishing is allowed within 100 feet […] Read more
Fall Lake Trout (Burns Ditch Portage Indiana)

Fall Lake Trout (Burns Ditch Portage Indiana)

 November and December trolling and jigging tips:      Always remember to check the water temperature. Lakers prefer 43-56 degree water and will generally be somewhere within that range. Lakers are lazy fish, so troll slowly. When marking fish, change trolling speed and direction often , as it triggers strikes. Never assume Lakers aren’t Read more
Kayak Fishing On Lake Michigan

Kayak Fishing On Lake Michigan

kayak fishing is becoming a fun and exciting way to fish for Salmon and trout on Lake Michigan! Watch it! A monster King just might might pull you in!  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 […] Read more
PROTECT OUR WATERS!

PROTECT OUR WATERS!

  PLEASE 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 Read more
FISHING CALENDAR PERIODS

FISHING CALENDAR PERIODS

The 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 water conditions, they will vary in […] Read more
MUSKY HUNTERS Practice CPR

MUSKY HUNTERS Practice CPR

            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 […] Read more
Northern Pike! Fresh Water JAWS…..

Northern Pike! Fresh Water JAWS…..

Back in the day, up in the Ontario bush a contest for the “weirdest-lure was won by a person that caught an eight-pound Northern Pike on a red toothbrush with a treble hook! Sort of tells you that a Northern Pike can and will hit just about anything you want to throw!  Don’t think for […] Read more
Leaches & Hook Size For Walleye!

Leaches & Hook Size For Walleye!

  Leeches are the most plentiful of all walleye baits. They are  natural to all bodies of water including ponds, creeks, marshes, streams,rivers and lakes. When using leeches for walleye it’s  important that the right size hook is used for the size of the leech that you are using. In general, the smaller the bait […] Read more
Lake Michigan Smallmouth Bass

Lake Michigan Smallmouth Bass

Haven’t done much smallmouth fishing on the big pond! At any rate here is a link you can use to know exactly where to fish for the hardy devils! Some Lake Michigan anglers still do not know the difference between a Smallmouth Bass and a Largemouth Bass: http://www.ifishillinois.org/lmich/index.php With so many fish and chances at […] Read more
Trophy Sized Walleye

Trophy Sized Walleye

  DREAM BIG!! Here is an article for those of you that DO NOT read In-Fisherman magazine….. 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 […] Read more
EYE For An EYE Walleye Fishing System!

EYE For An EYE Walleye Fishing System!

It’s no secret that jigs work on Walleyes. But read on for a system that is simply deadly on Spring Walleyes no matter where you fish! “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 […] Read more
Lake Of The Woods Canada

Lake Of The Woods Canada

  Sabaskong Bay…..Home of my whopper! Lake of the Woods Canada is a tremendous body of water, covering roughly 951,300 acres. There are over 14,000 islands scattered about the lake and about 52,000 miles of shoreline to cast! King Island is located on Sabaskong Bay, on the east side of Lake of the Woods. Sabaskong […] Read more
Early Brown Trout Success

Early Brown Trout Success

 Here’s a twelve pound Brown I caught long lining with a planer board 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 […] Read more
Lake St.Clair Michigan Muskies!

Lake St.Clair Michigan Muskies!

  Musky Fishing at Lake St.Clair After fishing for Musky in Wisconsin and Canada for many years, I think your best shot to hook up with a trophy Musky,  is at  Lake Saint Clair in Michigan. This super fishery system contains Lake St. Clair,  St. Clair river and Detroit river. Studies have shown that this chain has more musky […] Read more
Indiana Perch Over-Baggers Caught!

Indiana Perch Over-Baggers Caught!

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
MUSKY HUNTERS! Cast for show, troll for dough!

MUSKY HUNTERS! Cast for show, troll for dough!

This Musky Hunter has the right idea! Year after year there are a couple of things I noticed on every one of my Musky fishing trips.  Novice musky hunters have one thing in common: All of them, without fail, cast their arms off for hours upon hours with little to show but a tired body […] Read more
Solunar Tables-Truth or fiction?

Solunar Tables-Truth or fiction?

Think The Solunar Tables Work? MUSKY HUNTERS! As you know, there probably has been more written about Musky fishing than there are Muskies! Maybe you think that you know most everything there is about the great sport, or maybe you are just starting out. Well, this article will add to what you think you know, […] Read more
Eagle River Wisconsin Report (Nov 16)

Eagle River Wisconsin Report (Nov 16)

Musky,Walleye,Crappie and Perch Are A Good Bite!  The Eagle River area is a World class fishing destination. The numerous lakes rivers and streams are well known for trophy sized Musky, Northern Pike, Walleye and Smallmouth bass. Wintertime, when conditions are right, offers great ice fishing opportunities. Currently, water temps run from the Read more
STOP WISHIN! GO FISHIN!

STOP WISHIN! GO FISHIN!

 LIFE, IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH.STOP WISHIN’ GO FISHIN’ 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 […] Read more
Walleye Fishing! Do The Jig…..

Walleye Fishing! 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, eye, Read more
MUSKY MYTHS & THE MEDIA!

MUSKY MYTHS & THE MEDIA!

Nothing makes a Musky bigger than almost being caught!   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! Some of what you are about to read might shock you! As with subjects like politics, entertainment, […] Read more
MUSKY FEVER!

MUSKY FEVER!

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
Detroit River Walleye Fishing Mega!

Detroit River Walleye Fishing Mega!

Just after ice out, Walleye fisherman by the thousands try their luck at this Walleye fishing mega!  Last March 2015, the fishing was phenomenal with millions of walleye heading into the river from Lake Erie. Limits were the norm, with eye popping size fish early in the run. In 2013,  the April run was also […] Read more
GIGANTIC MAKO SHARK CAUGHT!

GIGANTIC MAKO SHARK CAUGHT!

Good Lord! I’m glad this  gigantic shark was not caught in one of the GREAT LAKES! A sport-fisherman reeled in a huge Mako shark off the Southern California coast that tipped scales and threatened records. But conservationists criticized the catch, saying shark populations are vulnerable to overfishing worldwide. The female shark caught Monday Read more
Baileys Harbor Door County Wisconsin

Baileys Harbor Door County Wisconsin

  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 […] Read more
10 Walleye Fishing Hot Spots

10 Walleye Fishing Hot Spots

    According to the first 2013 Walleye issue of In-Fisherman Magazine 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
Trophy Muskies & Lure Color!

Trophy Muskies & Lure 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 trophy Musky 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 […] Read more
Practice Clean Boating

Practice 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
Summer Smallmouth Bass

Summer Smallmouth Bass

Pound for pound the mighty Smallmouth Bass is high on the list of being 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. Don’t let the hot Summer months get you down. Take a nap, […] Read more
The Fantastic Door County!

The Fantastic Door County!

The Fantastic Door County 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 last cast in the waters off the Door County […] Read more
Walleye Capital War!

Walleye Capital War!

How many Walleye capitals can there be? You be the judge!   Is Port Clinton 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
Walleye Hunters! Do The Jig…..

Walleye Hunters! Do The Jig…..

    “There are two types of fisherman-those that 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, Read more
Saving Money On Fishing Tackle

Saving Money On Fishing 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 ebay.com ! There is a ton of new and used fishing stuff…..If you don’t […] Read more
Best Wisconsin Fall Fishing Locations

Best Wisconsin 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 […] Read more
Don’t Dump Unused Live Bait!

Don’t Dump Unused Live Bait!

  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
Moon Phase Fishing!

Moon Phase Fishing!

By The Light Of The Silvery Moon! 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. […] Read more
Port Washington, Wisconsin Fish Hatchery

Port Washington, Wisconsin Fish Hatchery

    Thanks for looking! I did not write this article, however I thought it was important enough to pass it on: Check this out: http://www.greatlakestrollingflies.com/salmon-trout-articles/salmon-trout-population-is-down/ Port Washington — “We’re definitely trying to do what we can to help the fish.”  Over the last 50 years many Lake Read more
Lake Vermilion Minnesota

Lake Vermilion Minnesota

Well known for its scenic beauty and fabulous Walleye fishing Lake Vermilion is a freshwater lake in northeastern Minnesota, United States. The Ojibwe originally called the lake Onamuni, which means “Lake of the Sunset Glow”. Way back in the day, when I was 16 years old, I went on a week’s fishing trip with a […] Read more
Smallmouth Bass Mega

Smallmouth Bass Mega

Lake Wissota up in Chippewa County Wisconsin is perhaps one of the best Smallmouth fishing lakes  you will find. Over the past forty years, I have fished this lake many times. I have stayed in cabins, motels and the state campgrounds. There are several boat launches on the lake, and most are free. The surrounding towns are close […] Read more
Boating Safety On Illinois Waterways

Boating Safety On Illinois Waterways

  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 Read more
THINK LIKE A MUSKY

THINK LIKE A MUSKY

Man 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 Hunters, you would think that the elusive Read more
Little Green Lake,Wisconsin

Little Green Lake,Wisconsin

      Most Musky hunters are aware of this great Musky lake located just 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 producing […] Read more
Winter Walleye  (St.Joe River in Michigan)

Winter Walleye (St.Joe River in Michigan)

  Winter Walleyes Why Winter is a Great Time to fish for Walleye! If you are a die-hard walleye fisherman and don’t mind cold weather, the St.Joe river is a good close place to fish for Winter Walleye when  it does not freeze over….. There are many launches  on the St.Joe (Two seen above) to […] Read more
LEADCORE! The Good,The Bad & The Ugly

LEADCORE! The Good,The Bad & The Ugly

  LEAD CORE  FISHING LINE  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,  however you can get it […] Read more
The Mighty Small Mouth Bass!

The Mighty Small Mouth Bass!

Pound for pound the mighty Small Mouth 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, […] Read more
Ice Fishing Safety

Ice Fishing Safety

  Safety comes first when ice fishing! To borrow the “be prepared” motto, when you’re properly prepared for the experience, ice fishing is a fun outdoor activity. Below are some guidelines to help you “be prepared.” New ice is usually stronger than old ice. Four inches of clear, newly formed ice may support one person […] Read more
Salmon Fishing “X” Factor

Salmon Fishing “X” Factor

                                                                               Those of us that troll on the Great Lakes for Salmon generally do not know where […] Read more
CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF A THIRTY KIND

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
Musky VS “The King”

Musky VS “The King”

    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 […] Read more
Casting For Musky VS Trolling

Casting For Musky 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”, […] Read more
Early Ice Out (Burns Ditch) Portage Indiana

Early Ice Out (Burns Ditch) Portage Indiana

  Portage, Indiana (Latest fishing report Mar 17,15 Portage  & Pastrick Park Boat launches Not good at Portage…..piers are under water at the boat launch.  However, the piers at Pastrick were up high enough where you won`t need boots to launch. The lake was the color of sandy clay . GOOD LUCK. The wind was […] Read more
St. Joseph Michigan Lighthouse History

St. Joseph Michigan Lighthouse History

Saint Joseph, Michigan Lighthouse History Nearly two centuries old, the historic St. Joe Lighthouse is not only a symbol of the town of Saint Joseph, Michigan but also an icon of the Great Lakes. The original St. Joseph, MI lighthouse was constructed in 1832, making it the second lighthouse on Lake Michigan. The first St. […] Read more
Musky Fishing Myths & Folklore

Musky Fishing Myths & Folklore

  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 […] Read more
Record Chinook Salmon

Record Chinook Salmon

The Power, strength, speed, endurance and awesome fighting ability of an adult (KING) Chinook Salmon makes them worthy of the title “KING OF THE GREAT LAKES”! Listed by the state caught, the weight of the King, body of water caught, who caught the record and the date it was caught: Illinois 37 lbs 0 oz […] Read more
Musky Fishing National Anthem (Release Me)

Musky Fishing National Anthem (Release Me)

  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 […] Read more
Great Lakes Salmon Population Is Down

Great Lakes Salmon Population Is Down

  In general, 2015 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 […] Read more
April Walleye On Detroit River

April Walleye On Detroit River

March 3,2015 Report: The fishing is phenomenal with millions of walleye heading into the river from Lake Erie. Limits are the norm, with eye popping size fish early in the run. In 2014 we went late April and the big females were gone, but there was tons of 2-4lb males. In 2013 we went around […] Read more
Do Walleyes love Weeds?

Do Walleyes love 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 Small Mouth Bass Story

A Fishy Small Mouth Bass Story

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 this […] Read more
Door County-Ice out Browns

Door County-Ice out Browns

The best time to plan a trip to Door County is during the spring! Some call Door County on lake Michigan’s northwest coast the best Brown Trout fishing mega in the Country. The region produces awesome catches every Spring and is in the midst of a trolling boom! Large numbers of Brown Trout congregate around […] Read more
Smoking Ban On Lake Michigan shores

Smoking Ban On Lake Michigan shores

“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 said […] Read more
Musky Hunters! Learn to set the hook…..

Musky Hunters! Learn to set the hook…..

Did you know that most novice, and even many experienced Musky Hunters still don’t know how to set the hook?       Well, you are not alone. I didn’t learn myself until I lost a number of good sized Muskies. As we all know, the goal in setting the hook is to move a lure through […] Read more
Catch More Walleye

Catch More Walleye

Most  die-hard Walleye fisherman know night time is best! 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, […] Read more
Wisconsin’s New Motor Trolling Laws

Wisconsin’s New Motor Trolling Laws

         Trolling defined According to NR 20.03(40) of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, “troll” or “trolling” means fishing by trailing any lure, bait or similar device that may be used to attract or catch fish from a boat propelled by a means other than drifting, pedaling, paddling, or rowing. Casting and immediate Read more

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