Everyone has a favorite gadget for Great Lakes fishing and an autopilot is right up there near the top of the list.
Michigan – Mike Schoonveld
Fishing record books provide ample opportunity for recognition.
A charter captain respooling his fishing reels is sign that spring is not far away.
As of mid-February the Great Lakes are considered completely frozen for the first time in years.
Federal plans to keep Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes will take too long to implement.
Many things can go wrong on a duck hunt or fishing trip that leave participants in the water.
Would you rather purchase a product made in America or one that’s been imported from some other country?
There are several options anglers and boaters can take to protect their boats during the off season.
As Michigan’s salmon fishing season winds down on the Great Lakes the best action will come to anglers fishing during low-light periods.
Most anglers dream of catching fish so big their bellies sag when holding them for a picture.
Great Lakes water levels are holding up better than expected
Details often can make or break a summer fishing trip.
High visibility fishing line helps avoid tangles and manage rods on Great Lakes fishing trips.
The best salmon recipies are often the ones you use for other species of fish.
Everyone knows they need to winterize their boats each fall to keep them from suffering from ice damage during the winter months. But what about this time of year?
When you get on a bus, airplane or travel busy highways loaded with commercial trucks, you expect the operators of these conveyances to be alert, sober and not under the influence of dangerous drugs
When the Michigan DNR announced how it plans to reapportion the chinook stocking next spring, a paraphrase of Honest Abe’s maxim came to mind
I gave up on making New Year’s Resolutions decades ago.
It’s deer season and once again people are blaming hunters “chasing the deer” for the spike in vehicle/deer collisions occurring along Michigan highways and roads. ‘Taint so, of course. There are many reasons deer are more active in the fall and being chased by hunters is far down the list. In researching a few bits of data I found some…
Will Lakes Michigan and Huron set a new (modern day) record for low water level this winter? All signs point to yes. For the past decade the levels in these lakes have fluctuated up and down annually a foot or more but always lingering on the down side of normal. Now, last winter's relative warmth and last summer's drought and…
Each of the Great Lakes comes with its own set of problems. That’s been the case for over a century and that’s why the governments of Canada and the U.S. banded together to create an organization called the International Joint Commission more than a century ago – to handle the problems. Along the way, the IJC has done some great…
Lake Michigan salmon fans are all abuzz with the recent announcement that beginning next spring 68 percent fewer king salmon will be stocked in Lake Michigan. Why? Because the best science says there are so many salmon in the lake they are going to eat all the alewives. (Alewives are the small baitfish king salmon depend on for food.) There…
If you see a strange looking, yellow boat being rowed south along Michigan’s Lake Michigan shoreline in the next few weeks or shored up in one of the harbors, don't be surprised. In fact, cheer Jenn Gibbons on to finish her quest. She’s attempting to become the first person to row a boat around Lake Michigan. Gibbons is a rowing…
Some Great Lakes fishermen prefer lures with single hooks. Other prefer treble hooks. Which group is right? Obviously, if one kind was demonstrably better than the other, the argument would be finished. Almost all of us would be fishing with one style or the other. One could surmise treble hooks would be three times as effective in hooking and catching…
My purpose here isn’t to keep rule No. 1 a secret, it’s a takeoff on the saying my high school football coach often eschewed. Odd though it may seem, he’d find a way to fit it into pep talks, chew-outs and general conversation time and again. He’d say, “Watermelon is the second best thing in the world. Everyone has their…
I gave up smoking 30-some years ago but I’ll admit that before I did, I often tossed my cigarette butts into the lake when I was fishing. I didn’t consider myself a litterbug and would never have tossed empty bottles or cans, plastic bags or any other non-biodegradable refuse, overboard. But butts were small, and I thought the remnants of…