At Fishing 411, spring is my favorite season. In a typical year there are so many places to fish and so many species to target, we as a TV production crew can’t even scratch the surface. Case in point, to date this spring I’ve fished the Detroit River, Lake Erie, Milwaukee Harbor, Lake Ontario, Green Bay, the Niagara River, Benton Harbor and Grand Traverse Bay. For every place our TV crew has visited, there are two or three others we want to visit and just can’t find the time
For someone who travels to fish for a living, it might come as a surprise that until recently I had not fished the Eastern Basin of Lake Erie for walleye. I guess with the “close to home” fishing opportunities available on the Western and Central Basins of Lake Erie, traveling to the east end of the lake seemed unnecessary. Unnecessary perhaps, but based on the walleye fishing experience Jake and I recently enjoyed fishing out of Buffalo Harbor, it’s a safe bet I’ll be return
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 unfor
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 a
Sportfishing resources in the Great Lakes region are constantly in a state of change. Despite the best laid plans of fishery biologists, aquatic researchers and natural resource managers, keeping fish populations growing or stable is no easy task. In the case of introduced species like king salmon, coho salmon, brown trout, Atlantic salmon and even the steelhead, the challenge of keeping a thriving population of fish is especially difficult. As the Great Lakes have evolved an
Little things often make a big difference in fishing. Several years ago I picked up a fishing tip from legendary trout fisherman Buzz Ramsey that would ultimately change the way I fish wobbling crankbaits. Iconic trout and salmon fisherman Buzz Ramsey designed the Mag Lip to have a “hunting” or “skip beat” action. If you look closely you’ll note that this brown was caught by rigging using a snap on the end of the fishing line and also the factory supplied snap on the Mag Lip.
Trolling spoons are among the most iconic of all Great Lakes trolling lures. The familiar wobble and flash of a trolling spoon have been widely in use to catch lake trout, brown trout, steelhead, king salmon, coho salmon, Atlantic salmon and even walleye for nearly four decades. Few would argue that spoons catch just about every sport species that swim in the Great Lakes. The Jr. Streak is considered a walleye spoon, but they are widely used to catch other Great Lakes species