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Spring Salmon & Trout

Trout and Salmon boat-fishing season along the southern shoreline of Lake Michigan usually begins with the departure of ice around mid-February to April. Between March and mid-May, most of the fishing activity occurs within a two-mile band along the shoreline with coho salmon contributing close to 90% of the catch. Most coho salmon stocked in the lake by Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana will stage in southern Lake Michigan in the spring, due to annual migration patterns. The 2 and 3-year-old coho gain weight rapidly, approximately 2 […]

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Go North Young Man!

Chicago area fishermen!  Go north for the best fishing you can find anywhere! 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 […]

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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….. What would fishing on our great oceans & freshwater fishing be without trolling? Most people know what trolling is when used in terms of fishing, even  people that don’t  even fish! Over the years when  I just mentioned I was going trolling, I got […]

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LET EM’ SPAWN….. LET EM’ LIVE

Every year or two, millions of pink salmon return to local rivers to spawn. It makes for great fishing, but it’s also tempting with so many fish ripe for the plucking to break the rules and poach or snag them. As a result of poaching, the Fall-Run Chinook (King) Salmon population has been declining sharply, and getting worse every year! One poacher can wipe out a whole generation of salmon. Poaching is just one of the threats facing salmon stocks, but is one which can be prevented. […]

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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 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 […]

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Salmon Snaggers ((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 strange and gruesome spectacle takes place along the banks of the boat channel in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Whether I’m riding into work via bike or car I can’t help but ogle the armies of bundled-up men “snagging” […]

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Lake Michigan’s Door County

My Lake of choice of all the Great Lakes is the fabulous Lake Michigan! Naturally I’m extremely partial to this lake, not just because I live only 30 miles from its shore, but more importantly because of its diversity of the sport fishing population. Lake Michigan is the third largest of the Great Lakes(when measured by water surface) and the only Great Lake located entirely in the United States. Its name is derived from the Ojibwa Indian word Mishigami, meaning large lake. Lake Michigan’s water surface is 22,300 square miles (57,800 square kilometers). What […]

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Skamania Trout “SUPER FISH”

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 believe the press it has gotten over the years. Much of what has been published about this “Super Fish”, has been penned by writers who pulled into town, fished a day […]

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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 too rough for me!” I asked him if he ever fished the lake before. He answered, “No”….. I told him that I have been fishing for salmon on Lake Michigan with a […]

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