TROUT-SALMON

Chinook Salmon Near Harbors and River Mouths

There are two kind of situations you want to look for when targeting chinook salmon in the Great Lakes close to shore, near river mouths and in the harbors. The first is during the fall when these fish move in to spawn and then eventually die. This happens early to...

Big Brook Trout in Lakes and Rivers

Dan Lindner and Dave Csanda talk about Brook Trout. Big brookies aren't just bug eaters; they grow large by feasting on minnows and small fish. Spinners, jigs and crankbaits are ideal for provoking strikes and bulldog fights.

Salmon Location Based on Wind and Weather

Wind direction is a major factor determining the depth and location of salmon. Strong winds pushing warmer surface layers offshore draw cool water, baitfish and salmon near shore.

Brook Trout Lures and Tactics

August is prime time for big brook trout, also called "Specs" in Canadian waters, where native river fish are joined by Great Lakes "Coasters" migrating upstream to spawn sometime around Labor Day. Big brook trout respond to many of the same lures and tactics you'd...

Brown Trout Trolling the Great Lakes

It's the beginning of April and James Lindner and Mike Hehner are on a brown trout trolling mission on the south shore of Lake Superior, though they will inevitably run into some bonus brook trout, salmon, lake trout, splake and even rainbow trout! In spring, Great...

Trolling for Spring Brown Trout (FULL Breakdown)

The winter brown trout bite in the harbors has garnered a lot of popularity in recent years, but don't sleep on the springtime bite shortly afterwards. In this video, Nick Nault breaks down everything you need to know to take advantage of this incredible bite,...

Fall Steelhead and Brown Trout in Rivers

The Upper Midwest has been blessed with unusually mild fall weather. Fishing has remained exceptional--like having a few bonus weeks added on to the finest fishing of the year. Yet like all good things, nothing lasts forever. As air and water temperatures finally...

Mine Pit Lakes Provide Excellent Stocked Trout Fishing

Stocked trout fishing at the Cuyuna mine pit lakes is outstanding. The region also provides a unique recreational experience for anglers, bikers, boaters and divers, despite being nothing but a big hole in the ground just a little over a half-century ago. The iron ore...

How King Salmon and Other Species React to Wind

Offshore winds bring cold-water upwellings, baitfish and king salmon inshore. Anglers cast spoons or jigs & softbaits from small boats or off piers for monsters.

Trolling for Great Lakes Brown Trout

In spring, longline troll minnow- or shad-shaped crankbaits for brown trout in bays, harbors and near river mouths flowing into the Great Lakes. Light tackle and small planer boards do the trick.
Early Season Stream Trout

Early Season Stream Trout

Winter is coming to end and anglers across the Midwest are chomping at the bit to get a taste of open water again. There’s one problem -  most lakes are still ice covered as far as the eye can see. Fortunately, for Wisconsin anglers most of the states trout streams...

Fall Steelhead and Brown Trout in Rivers

Fall Steelhead and Brown Trout in Rivers

The Upper Midwest has been blessed with unusually mild fall weather. Fishing has remained exceptional--like having a few bonus weeks added on to the finest fishing of the year. Yet like all good things, nothing lasts forever. As air and water temperatures finally...

Trolling for Spring Brown Trout (FULL Breakdown)

Trolling for Spring Brown Trout (FULL Breakdown)

The winter brown trout bite in the harbors has garnered a lot of popularity in recent years, but don't sleep on the springtime bite shortly afterwards. In this video, Nick Nault breaks down everything you need to know to take advantage of this incredible bite,...

Brook Trout Lures and Tactics

Brook Trout Lures and Tactics

August is prime time for big brook trout, also called "Specs" in Canadian waters, where native river fish are joined by Great Lakes "Coasters" migrating upstream to spawn sometime around Labor Day. Big brook trout respond to many of the same lures and tactics you'd...

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