Mark Romanack

        They say in war all give some and some give all. The annual Walleyes For Wounded Heroes event that takes place out of Little Ted’s Cottages near Port Clinton, Ohio is made up of military, police, fire fighters and first responder veterans who have served their country honorably. These brave men and women not only served, but they were also wounded or injured in the line of duty.

Walleye For Wounded Heroes brings Military, police, fire and EMT veterans together with volunteer “Captains" who make it possible to get these men and women on the water to experience what Lake Erie is famous for.

            Seven years ago event coordinators Joe Steltzer and Ferd Lohman pulled together the first Walleyes For Wounded Heroes event with a handful of veterans and local charter captains who volunteered their time to take the “vets” fishing. In 2018, the most recent event, attracted 97 military veterans, plus 7 police, fire and EMT personnel along with dozens of volunteers from...

             Sometimes failure breeds success. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources tried for about a decade to establish Atlantic salmon in Lake Ontario. The unsuccessful effort cost staggering amounts of tax payer money in hopes of creating a new and exciting sport fishery.

            Atlantic salmon are actually indigenous to Lake Ontario and get into the lake via the St. Lawrence Seaway. The idea of stocking this popular species to establish a self-sustaining population had merit, but unfortunately the Ontario MNR stocking efforts generated few adult fish. The failed hatchery program was a disappointment to sport fishermen and eventually became an embarrassment to the Ministry of Natural Resources.

            I find it ironic that some of the most experienced, talented and best funded fisheries biologists in North America failed at the task of raising and stocking Atlantic salmon in a place where t...

            It’s not often you catch king salmon, coho salmon, Atlantic salmon, lake trout and smallmouth bass on the same fishing trip. Our recent visit to the Niagara Falls region of New York however is one of those rare fishing destinations that offers great fishing for these species and also brown trout, walleye and steelhead.

King salmon like this one caught by the author are the big draw to the Niagara Region of Lake Ontario, but coho salmon, lake trout, brown trout and steelhead are also in the daily mix.

            The beauty of a trip to the Niagara region is that Lake Ontario and the best trout and salmon fishing in the Great Lakes is at your doorstep. Nearby the Niagara River provides year around fishing opportunities for salmonids in the winter, spring and fall and also some of the best smallmouth bass fishing found anywhere.

            The Niagara River is also a gem that off...

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