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A good season for DNR steelhead egg harvest

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STRONACH TWP. — A handful of steelhead flop in shallow water in a stainless steel bin, sending slimy splashes of water over Michigan Department of Natural Resources personnel, zipped up tight in raingear and waders.

Work at the Little Manistee River egg take weir is fast and furious. The DNR collects nearly 4 million steelhead eggs and fertilizes them to raise in the DNR’s hatcheries to support the popular Great Lakes and stream steelhead fishery.   more...

 



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Rainbows more of a shore thing

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By Jim Lee
Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers

MANITOWOC — While the quality of brown trout fishing on Lake Michigan has ebbed in recent years, opportunities have improved for near-shore rainbow trout anglers along Wisconsin's eastern shore.

The rainbow — also called steelhead — resurgence can be attributed to a Department of Natural Resources experimental program designed to improve shore fishing opportunities, according to Steve Hogler, DNR fisheries biologist.  more...

 



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Lake St Clair Presentation at Hanks Flyshop

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Just sending a quick reminder about my Fly Fishing Lake St Clair Presentation at Hanks Flyshop in Novi Mi. this Thursday April 5th at 7pm.
I will be giving a Lake St Clair Fly Fishing power point presentation at Hanks Fly Shop in Novi on Thursday April 5th at 7pm. I will be including some very interesting facts and knowledge on the lake along with covering a vast amount of information on techniques, tactics and flies etc used to fish this world class lake for musky, smallmouth bass, pike and carp. I will be at Hanks until 9pm to talk about and answer all your questions on Lake St Clair’s fly fishing. Refreshments will be served and this event is FREE. Also check out Hanks new online store

Hanks Fly Fishing Novi 43535 East Grand River Road Novi, Michigan 48375 Tel: 248-349-3677
http://www.hanksflyfishing.com/
Captain Steve Kunnath Lake St Clair Fly Fishing Guide Service



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Lake St Clair's prime fishing time is approaching

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Fly Fishing The Lake St Clair FlatsWinter is quickly fading and its almost time to start another world class warm water fly fishing season on Michigan’s Lake St Clair. The ice on the inland lakes has almost melted and the great lakes ice is starting to break up. Vast ice flows are now being pushed down from Lake Huron through the St Clair River into Lake St Clair which is a clear sign spring is almost here.

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A FISHING FRENZY: Expect plenty of steelhead and walleye

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One of the best indicators of what to expect for spring steelhead, walleye and sucker fishing in Michigan is something that happens in Ohio. It's the huge annual walleye run in the Maumee River, and anglers at Maumee say it's about to kick into high gear.

"When I hear the walleyes are thick in the Maumee, I know that the steelies will be good in the Pere Marquette and the Muskegon, and the walleyes will be starting in the Detroit River," said Jim Evans of Monroe. "I used to go to the Maumee, but it's kind of like fishing steelhead or salmon at Tippy Dam on the Manistee, shoulder-to-shoulder stuff.   more...

 



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Bass Bugs & Other Critters

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Deer hair FrogBy: Jerry Kunnath

The flies that we will feature in this article are some of the most productive that you can use in fly fishing for bass, both smallmouth and largemouth. Like many flies that we use in fly fishing, they imitate natural foods preyed upon by lunker bass on the prowl for a quick and easy meal of hearty protein. When fished properly, they are sure to lure a vicious strike from lurking bass, often being taken clean out of the water by a marauding, hungry bucket mouth or an acrobatic, feisty smallie. You might even tempt a strike from a toothy pike or musky if fishing the proper waters where they live.   more...

 



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People I Have Met On A Stream While Fly Fishing

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Vermilion Point Life Saving Station - 1970By: Jerry Kunnath
[Previously published in the
Michigan Outdoor News]

A nice little stream

On the shore of Lake Superior, about thirteen miles due west of Whitefish Point, lies the ruins of the old Coast Guard Vermilion Point Life Saving Station. The last time that I visited that site, it was being restored by Lake Superior State University as an environmental research facility. Years ago, right around 1969 or 70, I used to fly fish for brook trout in a short tiny stream near the station.

Vermilion Point was first settled and developed as a commercial cranberry bog way back in the 1870’s. A pioneer family came to the area, which was mostly a swampy bog with a small stream flowing through it into Lake Superior, and built dikes and dams to help in the harvest of the natural cranberries of the bog.  more...

 



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Finesse Sight-Fishing

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How many times have you given up on a big bed-fish because you couldn't get it to react to a big bait. Maybe a smaller-profile presentation was all that was needed to get that fish to bite.

"A lot of times, I'll take a finesse approach to finicky bed-fish," said 2nd-year Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jared Lintner of California. "If you throw a dropshot rig out there on a little bit heavier line, they might eat that better than they will a conventional tube or a swimbait.

"Over the last couple of years, I've caught a lot of sight-fish using that technique. It doesn't work all the time, but it can be a quick and easy way to get them to eat."   more...

 



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New Regulations Could Cripple Great Lakes Tournaments

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On Oct. 24, 2006, fisheries agencies throughout the Great Lakes area were presented a new federal order that profoundly impacted recreational and tournament angling within and around their borders.

The new emergency order, and subsequent revisions, came from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a division of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA). The order's purpose was explicit: Prevent the spread of viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) – an aquatic virus implicated in a number of large-scale fish dieoffs in the Great Lakes basin.
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Going Deep In The Name Of Trout Research

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By Kirk Deeter
Photos and video by Tim Romano


I am a 6-foot-long cutthroat trout, wallowing near the bottom of Colorado’s South Platte River. The water is perfect, not too high, not too low, 48 degrees and clear. I’m holding in the current with other trout, watching bugs float by. One is drifting right at my head. I turn for a closer look and—foul hooked. I swim to the surface and spit the regulator out of my mouth. "Dang it, Bruce, you snagged me again." I'm in the middle of an experiment to find out what trout really do under the river surface. The only way to truly understand the fish, I figured, was to be the fish, so I got out my scuba gear and jumped in. Here’s what I learned.   more...

 



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Double-nymph will do the trick

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With the best of spring steelhead fishing upon us, fly and spin fishermen can take advantage of the double-nymph technique perfected here in Michigan about 30 years ago.

This is far from pure fly fishing because it requires the use of small weights to get the flies down to the fish, but it's that slight amount of weight that makes the system possible with a spinning rod.  more...

 



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Musky Fishing on Lake St. Clair

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Ohio DNR Drawing of a Great Lakes MuskyLake St. Clair - Best Musky Fishery Bar None

By: Jerry Kunnath

Right in Detroit's back yard is a lake that most people in the know consider to be the world's best musky
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Lake St. Clair, located just northeast of Detroit, fed on the north end by the waters of Lake Huron flowing through the St. Clair River, and emptied on the south end towards Lake Erie by the Detroit River, just teams with giant, toothed, savage, eating machines called the Great Lakes Musky.  There are more musky per square mile here in this lake than anywhere else in North America, albeit possibly the world. The Michigan DNR estimates, with information garnered from surveys and other data, that there are probably over 50,000 musky present in the lake that are over 30'' in length. more...


 



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Learning to fly

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 Simply put, fly fishing makes it possible for an angler to deliver his lure, or other form of bait, to a specific location in a unique fashion, using only the momentum created from the fishing line.

And that, in a paragraph, may be the best way to summarize the sport. Moreover, that definition may be the simplest thing about the sport.

The whats, whys, wheres and hows of fly fishing make it one of the more intimidating endeavors an outdoors person can undertake.   more...

 



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Michigan's Master Angler Pike

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By Steven A. Griffin

The open-water fishing fan of northern pike could get a bit discouraged after taking a close look at Michigan's Master Angler Award list. From lakes that have produced multiple Master Angler-class pike in the last few years, most of the trophy fish have come through the ice, not from open water. Tip-ups and spears did most of the work, not crankbaits and spoons.

But then, when the ice is gone, how many people really focus on pike the same way winter anglers do, with long hours. heavy tackle and single-species dedication? Those fish didn't just appear when ice sealed the lake, after all. That's just when they were caught in the fishing spotlight.   more...

 



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Fish/Veggie Boil

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One of the tastier dishes that my fishing and hunting friends and I enjoy after a great day of outdoor activity at my northern Michigan retreat is my fish/veggie boil. It is simple to make and prepare, tastes delicious, is very low fat and healthy, and satisfies even the most voracious, fresh air created, appetites.   more...



 



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