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Western New York Steelhead Update

By: Isaac Zettle Over the last few days a group of friends and I make our annual winter pilgrimage to Western New York to steelhead fish. Prior to our trip reports indicated that anglers were catching lots of steelhead in Lake Ontario tributaries. However, just before we left the temperature rose, it rained and water [...]

A Shrimp/Egg Wet Brine for Steelhead Success

Even upon return to their native stream steelhead like to eat. Their appetite doesn’t shut down because unlike salmon, steelhead don’t die after spawning. They are always looking for that next protein source. It’s also true that steelhead love prawns, sand shrimp, roe, squid, etc. Meanwhile, when you combine these baits success skyrockets. For example, [...]

Michigan’s Manistee River Producing Winter Steelhead

By: Kyle McClelland Some of our Northern Michigan steelhead rivers can be challenging to access during the winter due to snow, ice and closed roads. Fortunately, the Manistee River doesn’t carry these issues. The Manistee is the one system in the region you can always count on being fishable. It maintains a strong steelhead population [...]

Browns Showing For Wisconsin Ice Anglers

By: Kyle Deavers Despite low numbers of stocking brown trout by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in recent years we’ve had a surprisingly good first half of our ice fishing season. In fact, I’m shocked with the number of brown trout and large browns we’ve caught already this season. We’re averaging one brown bigger [...]

Learn An Easy Egg Cure For Northwest Steelhead

  By: Mike Ainsworth January is primetime for catching hatchery and some wild steelhead. When curing eggs to catch winter steelhead in the Pacific Northwest I recommend keeping your cure simple, except for making it sweet because we all know steelhead have a sweet tooth. This is going to be a short and sweet blog. I [...]

St Johns Crappie Hitting Chartreuse Minnows

By: Dustin Slinker I’ve been excited all fall to fly down to Central Florida to fish crappie. Newnans and Orange Lake are lakes that I’ve read and heard about as being producers of big crappie in the Gainesville area, but I was more excited about the famous St Johns River system. We planned to spend [...]

Winter Bite for PA Golden Rainbows

By: Dustin Slinker I live in Alaska and spend my time targeting salmon and rainbow trout. However, when you browse fishing pages on social media it’s hard not to pay attention to the golden rainbows that are caught in Pennsylvania. These fish have always hung in the back of my mind. I knew one day [...]

PA’s Bald Eagle Creek Fishing Well Now

By: Chris Shaffer Being this late in the Pennsylvania trout season we didn’t expect to catch many golden rainbows while filming Pautzke Outdoors in Central PA Monday. Meanwhile, within minutes of arriving at Bald Eagle Creek we noticed two golden rainbows swimming in the 30-yard long run we began filming at. Two casts later the [...]

Crappie Showing Now On Alabama’s Lake Martin

By: Chris Shaffer Sitting in the Huddle House in Alexandria City, Alabama, at 5:47 a.m. on Monday Eric Cagle of C&M Guide Service called me to ask where we were. We were supposed to meet him at the boat ramp on Lake Martin at six sharp. He was getting restless. The crappie were biting at [...]

The Southern Ontario Fall/Winter Steelhead Preview

By: Bojan Zivkovic This fall the majority Southern Ontario anglers noticed a later start to the salmon and steelhead season. Chinook ran in bigger numbers in October and many have been hanging around until now. Steelhead action didn’t pick up until mid October once water temperatures cooled. The runs are reminiscent of how runs were [...]