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4 03, 2019

From the Bait Lab: Spring Spawn Sack 101

2019-03-04T15:26:36-07:00

By: James Swearingen This time of year most anglers think that because there’s colder water you want to use a smaller spawn sacks when steelhead fishing. I don’t subscribe to that. Instead I prefer larger bait and still catch plenty of fish. As with all fishing the key is experimenting. Size Matters When I tie [...]

From the Bait Lab: Spring Spawn Sack 1012019-03-04T15:26:36-07:00
2 03, 2019

Northern Ontario Anglers Chasing Lake Trout

2019-03-02T14:45:37-07:00

By: Tom Armstrong Unrelenting cold temperatures have plagued Northwestern Ontario for months. It’s been cold, ugly, consistently -30C and the wind chills are brining us down to -45C. The frigid temperatures suck the enthusiasm out of most anglers. Hopefully, with March’s arrival we should be seeing slightly warmer temperatures. The end to the madness comes [...]

Northern Ontario Anglers Chasing Lake Trout2019-03-02T14:45:37-07:00
21 02, 2019

Stagecoach Ice Fishing Super Good

2019-02-21T15:06:32-07:00

By: Mike Ainsworth In town for a skication in the Rockies I took an opportunity to go ice fishing on Colorado’s Stagecoach Reservoir. Stagecoach is a popular and productive destination in the Steamboat Springs area and I’d heard that fishing was good this winter. After spending a few hours on the ice the trip didn’t [...]

Stagecoach Ice Fishing Super Good2019-02-21T15:06:32-07:00
20 02, 2019

Michigan Steelhead Report

2019-02-20T15:07:15-07:00

By: Kyle McClelland Northern and Western Michigan offers exceptional steelhead fishing during the winter. However, this winter anglers have had to work harder than normal to catch steelhead throughout the region. Although the numbers have been down and anglers have been working harder to catch them, the size of the steelhead has been larger than [...]

Michigan Steelhead Report2019-02-20T15:07:15-07:00
17 01, 2019

Fewer Bites, But Larger Fish on Bama’s Lake Jordan

2019-01-17T12:05:13-07:00

By: Eric Cagle A colder and wetter winter has altered our normal patterns on Lake Jordan. It’s kind of one of those years where some days we cant find the crappie. However, the fish that we are catching are huge. By huge I’m talking about catching four-to-six fish over two pounds per trip. We’re catching [...]

Fewer Bites, But Larger Fish on Bama’s Lake Jordan2019-01-17T12:05:13-07:00
15 01, 2019

Penns Creek Good for Winter Trout

2019-01-15T12:48:44-07:00

By: Isaac Zettle Although we hear it may be coming this weekend, we haven’t had a winter in Penn’s Valley this year. We had one snowstorm where a foot fell and then it melted in a week, and another with only a few inches. For the most part we’ve had lots of rain. This year [...]

Penns Creek Good for Winter Trout2019-01-15T12:48:44-07:00
10 01, 2019

Northwest Ontario Ice Good for Walleye & Trout

2019-01-10T15:08:36-07:00

By: Tom Armstrong Cold temperatures and major snowfalls have winter in full force in Northwestern Ontario. As our lakes frozen early the region is covered in a layer of snow and ice. In fact, some anglers were drilling holes as early as November! Almost all area lakes are fishable through the ice. Many are even [...]

Northwest Ontario Ice Good for Walleye & Trout2019-01-10T15:08:36-07:00
23 12, 2018

South Carolina Stuffed with Big Brook Trout

2018-12-23T16:09:38-07:00

By: Chris Shaffer South Carolina isn’t recognized as one of the premier trout fishing destinations in the East. Meanwhile, tucked into the Upstate lies some of the best brook trout fishing in the country right now. You are reading this correct. A short drive from Clemson, Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson, the rivers and creeks of [...]

South Carolina Stuffed with Big Brook Trout2018-12-23T16:09:38-07:00
21 12, 2018

Niagara River Kicking Out Big Browns

2018-12-21T15:52:25-07:00

By: Chris Shaffer After the first two drifts Ted Kessler looked worried. His energy level fell from excited to perplexed. Following a month of world-class brown trout fishing, Kessler expected the Niagara River browns to bite on our first drift. They didn’t. Unfortunately, they didn’t on our second drift, either. “I’m not marking anything,” Kessler, [...]

Niagara River Kicking Out Big Browns2018-12-21T15:52:25-07:00
2 12, 2018

Salmon River Steelhead Bigger Than Average This Year

2018-12-02T17:34:03-07:00

By: Troy CreasyJust when we thought the Salmon River and other Lake Ontario tributaries we're going into a deep freeze the recent warm up and rain has opened the creeks back up. Rivers are now running at a higher than normal levels. In fact, it rained all day today and almost all the creeks are [...]

Salmon River Steelhead Bigger Than Average This Year2018-12-02T17:34:03-07:00
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