Illinois – Cory Yarmuth

Time to prepare for the fall kings

With the fall weather arriving, it is a sure sign that the king salmon will be making their fall runs into the harbors up and down the lakefront.  For these beasts there are a few tricks I have learned to increase your opportunities and hooking into one as well as keeping them on the line. 1. The first thing is…

It's Time For Plastics

There are all different styles of fishing, and one of my favorites is fishing with plastics.  Plastics offer an opportunity to fish cover that you might not be able to with any other baits.  They also allow you to fish much slower and work an area with much more precision.  These combined will mean more fish in the boat. Plastics…

A new forage base In the Chain

As you may have heard, the Chain O' Lakes has developed a large shad population as of late.  This increasing forage base has changed the ecosystems in the lakes and will certainly affect the way you will fish these bodies of water. One can argue that the increase has bad consequences. However, if you take a minute and think about…

Still able to fish in the boat

Well we didn’t have a white Christmas this year, but that sure didn’t dampen my spirits any less as the weather outside allowed for some late season trout action from the boat. The cooler nights with warmer days was just what the doctor ordered. The harbors are open and the launches, although a bit icy, are open as well. The…

But I don’t Want to Stop!

This time of year the cold north winds blow and it seems that everyone has hard water on his or her minds. Hard water is fun, but I would rather put it in my cooler to keep my lunch cool as I worked the deep weedline in search of a trophy of a fish. Too often people give up on…

It's Time to Winterize!

Cory Yarmuth www.legend-outdoors.com It is time to winterize your boat and Outboard to get it ready for that long winters rest. Some boat owners may store their boat all winter or others will want to use it thru the fall for a duck hunt or chasing some smallies and walleyes. Even though the boat may be used during this period, you…

Introduce a Youngster to the Outdoors

The future of our sport and tradition lies within our youth. As sportsmen/women we take for granted our privileges of being able to fish, hunt, and enjoy the outdoors. It would be like preaching to the choir to talk about everything that threatens our sports, but I would like to offer up a suggestion on how to keep our privileges…

Illinois anglers should take advantage of fall

Where has the summer gone? It seemed like just yesterday I was walking around in short sleeves, shorts and sandals, now its jeans and a sweatshirt. Now don’t get me wrong, I am by no means complaining. Fall is probably my favorite time of year. With fall, come cooler temperatures, shorter days, and probably the best fishing of the entire…

Four-Year-Old Kings Are Coming!

In my spare time I have been daydreaming of what is to come this fall. Spare time? What’s that? Well, I tend to find time in my day to think ahead and get excited about the return of the king salmon to the harbors. If I am not shooting my bow, my blackpowder rifle, or checking out my camo gear,…

The Draw of the Northwoods

Every year we plan a family vacation up to the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Mercer, Wisconsin, to be exact. My wife’s family owns a small cabin up on a small lake chain and their family has been going up to the area for well over 40 years. It is just one of those annual vacations that you don’t want to miss out on. Yes,…

Christmas (for anglers) In July

Only days away and the ICAST 2011 show will be here. This is an event that allows all of the big name tackle companies to showcase their new products for 2012 release. The show will be packed with vendors and celebrities showing off their latest and greatest in the fishing world. The spotlight will be on these new products and it is the only…

Father’s Day is about appreciating the man

Every year the day rolls around and takes us by surprise. Caught off guard and empty handed we twist our brains in knots trying to figure out what to do for the guy that has it all. What do you get a man that loves the outdoors and seems to have every gadget, contraption, or gizmo related to the outdoors?…

The Fishing Is just Starting

It’s that time of year again when the south end of Lake Michigan starts to clear of ice and the feisty coho start to feed heavily. The time to cash in on this great action is now.The coho and smallmouth bass are starting to get active and feeding heavily. If you are fortunate enough to be able to get out…

Springtime Brown Trout

If you are fortunate enough to have a boat that can handle the waters of Lake Michigan then there are several opportunities out there to get into a good fight with a bruiser brown trout.  Fish can be caught both by casting or trolling near the warm water discharges or anywhere you find baitfish.Setting up for fishing for these cold-water…