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Weather changes alter Michigan's fishing conditions

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Michigan is moving into the fall mode where the weather keeps changing. Unsettled weather always negatively affects fishing, and it has certainly manifested itself over the past two weeks, the Michigan Department of Resources said Wednesday in its weekly fishing report. Watch the forecast and try to fish in between the cold fronts.  more...

 



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Anglers reminded to use legal bait

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Holland, MI —

As salmon begin making their way up the state’s rivers from the Great Lakes, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that the use of uncertified salmon eggs for bait is restricted in some waters as part of a strategy to slow the spread of viral hemorrhagic septicemia.  more...

 



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Rock bass easy to please

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photoA few years ago we were visiting friends in Canada, and while everyone else went off to a local street festival, I grabbed a rod and went fishing.

The friends lived on a lake that had a good smallmouth bass population, but my first cast with a four-inch crankbait was intercepted by a big rock bass. So were the next half-dozen, and I started switching baits to see what these super-aggressive members of the sunfish family would take.

I caught rock bass on spinners, crankbaits, poppers, plastics and even a buzzbait. Finally, I tied a hook to the line, baited it with a strip from a white plastic bag and tried that. Bingo, a rocky on every cast.  more...

 



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Some Memories Never Die

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 spent a good bit of time today remembering many of the fishing trips that my late twin brother George and I had shared. There isn't a day goes by that I don't think of him on several occasions, and today brought back many fine memories.

Thinking of George is a pleasure. We shared so much as twins, and our mutual love of fishing and my thoughts about him, keeps his memory alive and fresh in my mind. Some of today's memories included:  more...



 



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Breaking the surface

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For the past couple of weeks, I've been snorkeling in some inland lakes, making underwater photos and videos.

One day I met some anglers who were just coming off the water after fishing for four hours without a bite. But when I swam under the pier and pilings where they had been fishing, there were a dozen of more legal largemouth bass from 14 inches to four pounds.

These fish let me get within a couple of feet of them, and when I wasn't watching, many would swim in from behind and follow me from a yard away.   more...

 



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Smallmouths hitting it big

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photoIt's testimony to the amazingly increased water clarity in Lake St. Clair since the zebra mussels arrived about 20 years ago.

The jerkbaits we're using are running about six or seven feet down in 17 feet of water. The smallmouths are hanging out just above the cabbage weed on the bottom.

Yet the fish are able to see those lures coming and rocket up 10 feet to intercept them with strikes that feel like the lure has hit a wall.  more...

 



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With growth surge in fish, it's husky muskie time

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photoThe way things have been going on Lake St. Clair this summer, it could be the year we finally see a 45-pound muskellunge weighed on a certified scale. Or -- dare we say it? -- a fish that breaks the state record of 49 pounds, 12 ounces.

Evidence of a super-muskie year was clear during a recent Michigan Ontario Muskie Club tournament when Mike Pittiglio found himself in third place on the last day with a fish over 50 inches long.  more...

 



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New commercial fishing rules draw positive reviews

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CLEVELAND — Chuck Weier said Wednesday proposed state rules designed to protect the Great Lakes fishery and reduce paperwork for commercial fishing businesses and fish wholesalers are long overdue.

Weier, president of the Wisconsin Federation of Great Lakes Sport Fishing Clubs, said the rules would help assure sport fishers that commercial fishing businesses are "playing fair."

He said commercial fishers who overfish their waters can cause "great damage" to the fishery.   more...

 



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Seminole Warrior

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Seminole Running

By Pete McDonald
July 2008

A shallow water boat with deep roots.
The pushpole descends and propels the boat forward so that it glides effortlessly along the flat. The boat silently makes headway as we scan for signs of fish. In the effort to sight and cast to prey, it is easy to overlook one remarkable fact. We are poling in about four inches of water. The bottom of our Seminole flats skiff is floating just above the blades of eel grass bent to accommodate such a low tide. We are able to do this for one reason: Because Ron Hyde wanted to get skinny.   more...

 



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A model rod

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photoWhile fly anglers have been long used to pricey rods, there has been an explosion in the past five years in the number of premium bait-casting and spinning rods that sell for $100 or more.

One of the best I've tried comes from a company more familiar to saltwater fishermen than to freshwater anglers, the Nester Falls spinning model made by Falcon Rods, which retails for $179.99.  more...

 



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Fishing the Au Sable 'Trophy Waters'

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Bob Linsenman with trophy brown troutFly Fishing for Giant Browns
Previously published in the Michigan Streamside Journal
By Jerry Kunnath

Flowing water pressed rhythmically around my legs as I stood knee deep in the pulsing stream of the river. The orange red rays of the waning sun filtered mystically through the black green boughs of a bank of cedars, the refracted light glinting like so many crystals on the dimpled surface of the water. Marauding clouds of tiny flies flitted through the air, seemingly oblivious of the hungry trout waiting beneath them.    more...

 



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Round whitefish restoration going in right direction

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RAY BROOK -- Efforts to revive a dwindling population of round whitefish in New York state continue to make progress.

The round whitefish, a popular sports fish in parts of the Great Lakes, was once a common inhabitant of New York with healthy populations in 84 lakes across the state in 1900.

But those numbers steadily dwindled during the 20th century, mostly caused by the introduction of non-native species such as smallmouth bass, yellow perch and rainbow smelt into their habitat.   more...

 



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The 25 Best-Selling Trout Flies of the Year

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Money Bugs by Kirk Deeter

Wonder what flies the fish are biting on this year? We did. So, like handicapping horses, we "followed the money," and asked Umpqua Feather Merchants, the largest producer and distributor of flies in the country, what the hottest-selling bugs of this season are. In some cases, says Umpqua, age-old standards are still leading the field.   more...

 



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Top Midwest Fishing Lures for 2008

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Here's what every Midwestern angler needs to know about this year's array of new fishing lures and baits. (April 2008)

Lure makers have upped the ante again for 2008, bringing to market a number of innovative new lures, while some old favorites return in brand-new versions. What follows are details on the hot new baits you'll want to check out this fishing season.  more...

 



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Survival of a species

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With headwaters originating in the pristine wilderness of State Game Lands 57, Bowman’s Creek looks like the perfect waterway to harbor a thriving population of wild eastern brook trout.

But it isn’t.

Pelted by acid rain, the stream turned acidic and the Eastern brook trout disappeared. It’s a tragic tale for Pennsylvania’s only native species of trout, but unfortunately it’s also a story that has been replayed throughout most of the wild eastern brook trout’s range, from Maine to Georgia.  more...

 



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