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DNR says Perch and walleye numbers are on the wane

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By anyone's estimate, the 2006 walleye and perch fishing on the Detroit River and Lake Erie was some of the best ever, especially for walleyes.

It began last April with some tremendous catches brought in during a number of professional and local walleye tournaments held Downriver and it progressed into a summer of seemingly limitless 15- to 17-inch.

But what about the future? Can this level of fishing success continue or will it decline?

At the recent State of The Strait conference, Michigan DNR fisheries biologist Bob Haas made statements about Lake Erie's fisheries resources that I had never considered before.   more...

 



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Let the Good times Roll

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By Ron Anlauf

It’s time to get back on the ice and get after a few walleyes, maybe a bunch of fast-action perch, or even some big crappies or hefty bluegills. Whatever the case, let the good times roll.

But before you grab your gear and go charging out to make history, it might be a good idea to take a little time and make sure you’re prepared. There are some basic items, if overlooked or forgotten, that could make your first trip one to forget. To help with your preparation, a pre-ice mock-up is in order, and includes laying out all of your equipment and then thinking through a full day and what you might need.  more...

 



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Tackling a Deep Freeze

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Tackling the deep freeze

By John Neporadny, Jr.

Fishing can be fine in subfreezing temps
Competitive bass fishing started out as a warm-weather venture, but bass anglers now compete year-round and face the possibility of fishing in Arcticlike conditions.
Fishing on a frigid, snowy day may turn off novices and fair-weather fishermen and can be hard on your equipment; but with the proper preparations, you often can fish just as efficiently in the cold as you can in mild weather.   more...



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Fall weather and fishing

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ABOUT 25 YEARS AGO, MY FISHING BUDDY, ED, CALLED and said he wanted to go to Michigan in the fall to fish for salmon and steelheads. It seemed reasonable to me so we planned the trip.

That fall, we made the drive to Manistee, Mich., a town at the north end of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Manistee River. We hit an Indian summer week and had a delightful time.    more...

 



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Timing is everything, even in fishing matters

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If it was prespawn in April or May, the yellow perch Tim Vaught caught early Sunday might have been the greatest ever taken in the Midwest.

Instead, the 16½-inch perch caught by the Whiting, Ind., man weighed 2.2 pounds, a fraction short of the unofficial verified record for Lake Michigan in Indiana. Fish records are kept by weight.

''I am 45 and have been perch fishing since I was 5 with my dad, and I never caught one like that,'' said Vaught, who was fishing with Don Kuzma in his 19-foot Starcraft in 50 feet of water, five miles off Calumet harbor.

The bait for the jumbo trophy was different. When they saw the tails of gobies sticking out of the mouths of some of the perch they caught, they tried a regurgitated goby as bait.  more...

 



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Steelhead, whitefish action still good

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Steelhead and whitefish action continues along the shores of the Great Lakes, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Many rivers statewide are producing steelhead, but some are experiencing higher water levels that tend to slow catch rates, the DNR said Wednesday in its weekly fishing report.   more...

 



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Some Memories Never Die

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I 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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Fly Fishing in the Years 1800 - 1850

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he first half of the nineteenth century was the period when the winged wet fly emerged, and marked the beginning of the evolution of the fully-dressed salmon fly. It was also a time of experimentation, with improvements to rod design being made, plaited silk lines entering into production, and silkworm gut coming into widespread use.   more...

 



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Don’t forget about fishing

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Low angler turnout is expected between now and the first safe ice, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday in its weekly fishing report. With daytime temperatures in the mid-40s, people going hunting may want to take along some fishing gear as fall fishing is still under way, the DNR said.   more...


 



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Going beyond the basics with fishing accessories pays off in comfort and fun.

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By Marty Grabijas

Fishing is extremely process-oriented. You string your line through your rod, add a lure or fly, change the lure or fly to suit conditions, catch and land fish, and repeat. These accessories will help organize your life and keep you in the game, whether that game involves sunfish on a farm pond or 50-pound salmon.

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No other rod company offers as much value as Temple Fork Outfitters, also known as TFO. From the heaviest spinning rod to the lightest fly rod in their Finesse Series, TFO offers performance comparable to that of rods costing two to three times more. My everyday stick is a 9-foot 7-weight TiCrX Series fly rod from Temple Fork. It is the perfect heavy freshwater/light saltwater/steelhead rod, and has done everything from horsing largemouth bass out of lily pads to bringing in chrome-bright 25-pound salmon fresh from the sea. All TFO rods carry a lifetime warranty.   more...

 



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Late-season bass fishing still productive

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By Bob Gwizdz

MT. CLEMENS -- Joe Balog thinks bass anglers who have already put away their fishing rigs for the season are missing the boat.

Balog, who proved recently that he knows a little bit about bass fishing by winning the $62,000 first prize in a BASS tournament on Lake Erie, says bass fishing can be good right until ice up.   more...

 



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Another reason to close Great Lakes

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ERIC SHARP

A federal agency has banned transporting 27 species of live fish out of eight Great Lakes states or importing them from two Canadian provinces in an effort to stop the spread of a disease called viral hemorrhagic septicemia.

But the ban makes little sense.

It's illegal for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to ship live walleyes to Iowa on the other side of the Illinois River. But Illinois fisheries biologists can pour live walleyes into their side of the river while waving at the Iowa fisheries biologists on the opposite shore.

It's illegal under the ban for Michigan to ship live steelhead and salmon to other Great Lakes states. But Michigan can dump salmon and steelhead into its own Great Lakes waters and watch them swim to other states.   more...

 



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HAIL MARYS: UP river rife with steelhead and salmon

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photoBY ERIC SHARP
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SAULT STE. MARIE, Ontario -- In Michigan, we like to boast that 750,000 firearms deer hunters will head to the woods Wednesday. However, we also have millions of other outdoors enthusiasts who don't hunt deer.

If those people are looking for something to do while the firearms season is on, it would be tough to beat fishing for steelhead and salmon in the St. Marys River, which may be the best in North America when it comes to numbers, sizes and variety of salmonids.   more...

 



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Manitoba's New Trophy Pike Lodge

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By Anthony Licata

I recently returned from four days of pike and walleye fishing at Dunlop’s Fly-In Lodge in Northern Manitoba. Dunlop’s is a new lodge run by Jerry Dunlop and Kip Merke and their families on Lake Waskaiowaka, north of Thompson, Manitoba. Dunlop (pictured above) and Merke are young but experienced guides, and we’d heard reports that a lot of big fish were being caught in their camp. We decided to find out for ourselves.   more...

 



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Caught, but not released

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photoBY ERIC SHARP
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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- When a new disease called viral hemorrhagic septicemia apparently was brought into the Great Lakes from the oceans and killed a couple of thousand muskellunge in Lake St. Clair last spring, fisheries biologists hoped it was a transitory event that would blow over.

Now, VHS has infected up to 27 freshwater fish species from St. Clair to the St. Lawrence River and presents such a threat that the federal government has banned the movement of most live game and baitfish from eight Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces.  more...

 



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