Guide Builds A Wall For Steelhead

March 10, 2014

When at the same moment the tips of all four rods on a drift boat snap down and come alive like things possessed, some call it a fire drill. Some call it a clustermug. Others call it a cat’s cradle, the end result when several steelhead attached to fishing line take off in opposite directions. It’s quite spectacular, though hopeless, watching the fish leap high enough and far enough to clear the boat and crisscrossing lines back-and-forth. And it’s not all that uncommon.

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Fish The Perfect Rig For Spooky Winter River Steelhead

March 10, 2014

Through a wavering lens of low, clear water, they can see birds flitting through branches laden with snow, ducks swimming overhead, mink and otter skirting the pools. And you. All of those things and more can easily spook a dark, wintering steelhead. Take care. Rainbows run into rivers from the ocean or the Great Lakes in fall, then sit in pools all winter. They get antsy, waiting for warmer weather and longer days to deliver spawning conditions.

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Find and Catch Columbia River Chinook Now

March 7, 2014

The Columbia is a sea among rivers. Most of the famous salmon streams in the Northwest empty into this massive resource that drains an area the size of France, and the salmon that run here are funneled into the path of least resistance by the Columbia’s powerful currents.

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Fall Steelhead On The Run

March 7, 2014

When steelhead begin moving out of the Great Lakes and into the rivers, it’s time to break out your floats and get ready to drift some baits. "It all starts with the salmon, after they move up into the rivers to spawn," said Jon Ray, a trout, salmon and steelhead specialist from Manistee, Michigan. "The steelhead begin showing up soon after, because of all the roe."

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Icy Ways For Northern Pike

March 7, 2014

Pike grow big in Minnesota’s Upper Red Lake, where Jonny Petrowske and his family have been outfitting hunters and fishermen for four generations. From the time Upper Red freezes each winter (usually in early December) through the end of February, these big toothy predators are a major attraction both to Jonny P, as Petrowske is best known, and to visiting anglers.

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Go Big For Big Perch

March 7, 2014

When Jeff Sundin targets jumbo perch or slab crappie, he’s not scared to go big with his bait selections. “If I’m fishing big perch waters, I want to use a big bait,” Jeff Sundin said as he unhooked a genuinely large Devils Lake perch. “It helps you get past the smaller fish and get the attention of the ones you really want.”

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Panfish Tactics

March 7, 2014

When you picture fishing educator and former Fishing Facts editor Spence Petros - an image of man with a large grin holding a huge muskie will likely come to mind. After all, Petros has five 'skies over 40 pounds to his credit. He also loves to travel to places like Costa Rica for big 150-pound tarpon. Pictures of him holding big fish grace the pages of every fishing magazine in the land.

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Hot Bites: Bluegill Strategies

March 7, 2014

Often referred to as "America's Favorite Fish", bluegills are popular with adults and youngsters alike. Bluegills are found in practically every body of freshwater in America – with the exception of cold water trout streams, of course. Lots of anglers catch bluegills, but not everyone zeros in on the big ones. In part because not all bodies of water are capable of producing respectable size 'gills. Some waters simply do not have the right combination of cover, depth, food, predators and pH balance to grow chunky-size gills.

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Cold Water Crappie

March 7, 2014

That’s Barry Morrow’s top tip for finding concentrations of winter crappie. A guide on Oklahoma’s legendary Lake Eufaula, Morrow spends several days every month on the water fishing for crappie. Still, the schools move, so Morrow typically spends some time searching, using both his electronics and a pair of Lindy Watsit Jigs to help him hone in on the fish.

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7 Ways to Catch More Panfish

March 7, 2014

Ice expert Bob Bohland offers practical tips that will help you catch more big bluegills, crappies and perch. He spends two-thirds of the year waiting for the ice to return, and when the ice is on the lakes, he spends every minute he can fishing. Bohland’s not opposed to open-water fishing, and he certainly does his share. It’s not the same as fishing through the ice, though. The good news is that Bohland lives in Minnesota, so he’s able to enjoy a pretty long season.

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