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Tasty Yellow Perch

Yellow perch travel in schools, and prefer water temperature of 66 to 70 degrees F., generally preferring relatively shallow waters near shore. They are rarely taken from waters more than 30 feet deep, although in spring and fall they inhabit shallower areas than they do in the heat of the summer. They tend to travel shoreward each morning and evening to feed, while during the spring and fall they appear to feed throughout the day. At night they rest on the bottom and refrain from feeding. Unlike […]

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BULL GILLS REPORT

I was looking at a forum, when I ran across this small article about BLUE GILL fishing! I don’t like copy and paste, but I saw this report, and just  had to pass this on….. Here it is, word for word: It’s really good to hear a story about releasing those bull ‘gills. It is the future of having a shot at a 10″ ‘gill or more lakes filled w stunted ‘gills. I’ve got a buddy who used to captain a charter on LM that now fishes […]

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WHY DIPSY DIVERS

If you have avoided fishing with dipsy divers, then you are missing out on a lot of good fishing. The dipsy diver enables you to get your lures into the strike zone, by allowing you to go deep and it works as a side planer enabling you to run lures off to the sides of the boat, thus locating fish that have spooked away because of the boat shadow and motor noise. My choice of all methods possible is using Planer boards….That’s a subject of it’s own […]

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Great Lakes Jumbo Perch

Lake Michigan has a heavy population of ever popular yellow jumbo perch. I fished off the Montrose harbor break wall when I was 16 years old, with trot lines. A fishing pal and I never failed to fill our buckets. One time when trolling for salmon off the 95th street boat launch in Chicago, I noticed a one hundred foot cloud (school) of perch on my locator. Curious, I dropped a line with a bare hook just to see what would happen. Bingo! The three of us […]

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Great Lakes Smallmouth Bass

On the Great Lakes, smallmouth and largemouth bass  move shallow in the spring to spawn and are easily located and enticed into biting before they go on the beds. After spawning, bass typically move out to deeper water, though there are almost always some bass, especially large mouths, in shallow water, usually associated with cover such as weed beds, fallen timber or boat docks. Perhaps America’s top game fish, bass are known for their spirited fight making them one of the most enjoyable catches for anyone. They […]

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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 boards of all sizes and flat lines are the most productive methods this time of year. Salmon trollers will experience more fun, excitement and confusion than a power outage at a three ring surface! […]

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Do Louder Lures Catch More Largemouth Bass?

Largemouth bass are opportunistic feeders. Preferring to lie in wait under a canopy of cover for the next meal to swim by, these fish possess heightened senses that are fine-tuned for efficiency. Bass living in thick vegetation rely on their inner ear and lateral to detect prey. crank up the decibel level to entice more bites. Unlike humans, bass have two sensors for detecting acoustical disturbances (sound) – the inner ear and lateral line. These two systems work independently of each other to hear and feel particle […]

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The Fantastic Door County

Door County Peninsula in northeastern 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 in the waters off the Door County Peninsula in northeastern Wisconsin. As more than one Great Lakes Salmon fisherman has commented, the Door County fishery can make you feel as if you have gone to fishing heaven. So what […]

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ICE-OUT BASS IN NORTHERN RIVERS

Most northern river systems feature both large mouth and small mouth bass, and the Upper Mississippi is no exception. The ice out period offers great opportunities for both, but each species acts a little differently when spring finally rolls around. In addition to warming water, the ice out period brings with it increased water levels, as the system swells with melt water from upstream. For ice out large mouth, the key is to follow the rise of the river. Large mouth predominantly winter in backwater lakes and […]

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Catching Coho Salmon

Casting For Salmon (Coho)  If coho are tucked tight to shore, then the best approach is casting from the bank. Be sure to cast beyond the fish and reel just fast enough to get the plug within a few inches of the bottom, without getting hung in the rocks. My favorite all-around plug for casting for cohos is the Mag Lip 4.5. The 3.5 size also works wonders, and last fall I heard of many people loving the 3.0 for casting in smaller, clear, coastal streams. Wrap […]

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