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Catch and Release

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from Great Lakes Boating

Obviously, a fish hooked in the lip is going to be better off than one hooked in the gullet or gills. It’s easy to remove the hook from a fish’s lip without doing major damage, but it’s not so easy when the fish is gut hooked. For gill- or gut-hooked fish, simply cut off as much of the hook as possible and release the fish. Never try to pull on the line to free the hook, because this can cause severe damage.



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Jigging, casting for trophy muskies is exciting experience

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photoMost of the muskellunge caught in Detroit-area waters each year are taken by trollers pulling 10- to 18-inch lures through Lake St. Clair. When a fish hits, it usually either hooks itself or gets off before anyone picks up the rod.

That's not Jon Bondy's cup of tea. The Windsor guide prefers the more traditional approach of jigging and casting for the big fish because, he says, "When a musky hits a rod with 80-pound line, it will just about rip your arm off. Once you've felt that, you'll never want to troll for them again."  more...

 



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Prime time for walleye, whitefish

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Many anglers have now turned their attention to hunting, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Late fall and early winter is prime time for hungry walleye and spawning whitefish, the DNR said in its weekly fishing report. Cold rain will bring on the better steelhead and brown trout fishing, the state agency said.  more...

 



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Fishing for compliments?

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Most people who catch a 45-pound muskellunge are delighted to tell you about it. If they caught two in a week, they'd be crowing from the rooftops.

Not Dennis Tuck.

Michigan's most dedicated -- not to mention obsessive -- muskie angler would rather let the furor die down. That way he can resume fishing anonymously for the species that haunts his days and his dreams from ice out to freeze up.

It was about 10 days ago that Tuck, fishing with two other anglers, caught a 54 1/2 -inch muskellunge that weighed 45 pounds on two hand scales. That fish was released.  more...

 



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WOMEN IN WADERS 2009 Calendars

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When you think of fishing, what do you think of. Bait? Tackle? The big one that got away? Gorgeous women? OK, beautiful women don't often come to mind, unless you have Women in Waders 2009. Twelve stunning ladies in ideal settings fill the pages of the tastefully photographed, collector quality calendar. more...

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No plane ride needed to hit St. Marys River's great fall runs

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photo OK, you're not a deer hunter, and you'd still like to get away to the outdoors -- without having people ask, "Did you get your buck yet?"

Well, pick up that fishing rod. Several Michigan streams are enjoying excellent steelhead runs, and one even has at least four species of fresh-run salmon still spawning in its waters.

"I can't believe that," guide John Giuliani said as he landed a fish that had grabbed a nightcrawler he was bouncing down through a hole on the Ontario side of the St. Marys River rapids on Monday.   more...

 



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Largest ever tagging program in works for Great Lakes

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region this October received the first of a series of automated fish tagging trailers -- an initial step in the development of a mass marking program that will eventually mark or tag all salmon and trout stocked into U.S. waters of the Great Lakes. Once implemented, this initiative will become the largest coordinated tagging and recovery program ever envisioned for Great Lakes management agencies.  more...

 



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Managing valuable fisheries

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Ohio’s fish managers are paying close attention to two valuable fisheries with high hopes of preserving and improving the angling fun.

Recent news releases from Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife report the state is studying Pymatuning Lake’s walleye and Lake Erie’s steelhead populations.

Steelhead anglers along Erie’s shoreline and tributaries are being surveyed by the wildlife division and The Ohio State University. Their feedback will be used to gauge the popularity of Erie’s trout fishing, angler success, the size of the fish, and the availability of access areas.   more...

 



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Trolling for steelhead

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 The rod tips were nodding softly in the rod-holders as the small outboard motor pushed the14-foot boat slowly across the mouth of the Manistee River where it empties into Manistee Lake. The water was 10 feet deep, an ideal depth for our lures to be.

I made a slow outward turn into slightly deeper water, and as we made the turn to port one of the rod tips snapped down toward the surface, and 60 feet off our stern a 10-pound steelhead seemed to hang two feet above the water before crashing back down with a heavy splash.   more...

 



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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region will have a mass marking of trout and salmon

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region this October received the first of a series of automated fish tagging trailers; an initial step in the development of a mass marking program that will eventually mark or tag all salmon and trout stocked into U.S. waters of the Great Lakes. Once implemented, this initiative will become the largest coordinated tagging and recovery program ever envisioned for Great Lakes management agencies.   more...

 



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My First Time Fishing

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By Steve Jones / Great Lakes Boating

I can honestly say that fishing has never been on my top-ten list of things to do before I move on to the afterlife. That changed when, almost a year ago, my friend Kris told me an engrossing story about sitting in a boat, bobbing in the middle of Lake Erie, holding a pole in his hands and anticipating a nibble. Quite intriguing, I thought. So intriguing that I decided to partake in his next venture.  more...


 



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A Crew of Kids: Family Team Work

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Boating, like any family activity, is only a “family” activity if all the members are actually involved. If family members are nothing but hostages to Mom and Dad’s hobby, they’ll quickly lose interest. By assigning kids responsibilities aboard you involve them. Your children will enjoy the boating experience, and build the foundation for what may become a lifelong passion. At the very least they will be less bored. The key is to make them — and the process — important, educational and fun. You’ll probably be surprised at how much pride they take in being part of your crew. more...

 



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Grand River anglers: Where's the salmon run?

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Jeromy Butts, of Belmont, showed up at the Sixth Street fish ladder at lunch hour last week, hoping to show his daughter Syndey the big salmon that run up river in the fall, they saw one fairly quickly.

But this year, the run has been more like a walk. It was hardly the slap-dash action of some previous years with fish streaming up the ladder.  more...

 



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Reef project to help struggling sturgeon

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An unprecedented international rescue mission is building a $250,000 lake sturgeon-spawning reef on the bottom of the Detroit River near Fighting Island.

The biggest fish in the Great Lakes -- reaching lengths of two metres in a century-long lifespan and weighing more than 200 pounds -- is also one of its most threatened. more...

 



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How to Find a Fishing Guide

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Open Communication matters. It is important that you provide the guide all the information they need so that they will figure out what kind of fishing trip is best for you. Be sure to be honest in telling the guide how much experience you have regarding fishing. This will help them to know what advice and tips to give you so that you can make the most out of your time. more...



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