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How to Catch Great Lakes Salmon

Freshwater

How to Catch Great Lakes Salmon

Biologists originally stocked Pacific salmon in the Great Lakes in the 1960s to help control the population of invasive alewives. Fifty years later, those first few little salmon smolts have turned the Great Lakes into one of the greatest salmon fisheries on the planet. Unlike their cousins in the...
Best Lures and Baits for Lake Trout

Freshwater

Best Lures and Baits for Lake Trout

“Uh, I think we’re out of gas.” I was 13 years old, finally old enough to take the boat out on the lake at my family’s cabin. My 10-year-old brother and I had decided to celebrate this newfound freedom by going out to catch a limit of walleye and were on the return trip when the engine sputtered to...
How to Fish Terrestrials for Tricky Trout

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How to Fish Terrestrials for Tricky Trout

One of the most commonly frustrating elements of dry fly fishing is matching the hatch. While you will sometimes see dozens of trout rising to hatches so thick you get bugs in your mouth as you scramble down to the river, those moments are rare. Most of the time you’re faced with a pod of rising...
How to Catch Pressured Bass

Freshwater

How to Catch Pressured Bass

When I was a kid, my dream was to become a professional bass fisherman. Every Saturday morning, while other kids were wasting their time with cartoons, I was up early watching the tournaments on ESPN. The pros in those competitions, standing on the podium or in the back of their glitter-finish speed...
How to Catch Muskie in Small Streams

Freshwater

How to Catch Muskie in Small Streams

There’s something inherently terrifying about a dark alley at night. While most of us might think a midnight ramble through a starlit field sounds downright romantic, we enter unlit side streets with at least some trepidation and adrenaline. In that condensed space there is no room for escape. Every...
How to Troll for Walleye

Freshwater

How to Troll for Walleye

Walleye are a bit of an oddity in the fishing world. Unlike pike, muskie, and bass, walleye rarely grow to any particularly great size and aren’t renowned for their fighting ability—even though the big ones really do pull. Even still, certain anglers pursue these fish with borderline fanatical...
How to Catch Giant Northern Pike

Fishing

How to Catch Giant Northern Pike

“Jaws” is the greatest horror movie of all time. Despite its complete lack of the CGI ghosts or masked psychopaths so prevalent in horror films today, there is something about “Jaws” that still resonates. The movie is about a giant beast of a fish that appears out of nowhere to chow down on a...
How to Fish Stonefly Hatches

Fishing

How to Fish Stonefly Hatches

Nearly all of us go through “the bug stage” as kids. We watch spiders spin webs, catch fireflies in jars, dig for worms in the garden, and obsess over every tiny being that creeps, crawls, flutters, or flies around us. Thankfully, most grow out of it. But not all. Some people never lose their love...
17 Years Waiting: How to Fish the Brood X Cicada Hatch

Freshwater

17 Years Waiting: How to Fish the Brood X Cicada Hatch

There are two types of dry fly trout fishing. First, you have the standard style in which the angler casts a miniscule and carefully selected offering in a graceful loop out over a feeding trout. The fish rises and sips the fly gently, leaving barely a dimple on the placid surface of the river. Then...
How To Catch Landlocked Salmon

Fishing

How To Catch Landlocked Salmon

For many anglers, catching salmon is a dream as unachievable as winning the lottery or marrying a model. It might be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that has to be planned for years. This is especially true with two of the most iconic salmon species: Atlantic and sockeye. Generally, Atlantic salmon...