Outdoor Expeditions by Cory Yarmuth

Water levels and the adverse effect on fishing

We have had a very wet spring and start to our summer. This, in turn, caused many lakes and rivers to overflow. In neighboring states this trend has continued throughout the summer and has caused some serious damage. Not only…

An Illinois angler’s spring 'go-to' baits

Even though Mother Nature doesn’t seem to want to give up its grasp on winter, we need to realize that it really is spring out there. The nights are cold and the days are finally starting to get warmer, and…

Angler pre-season thoughts: to keep or to replicate?

As anglers we are all in search of those “trophy” fish.  Some may deny it, but deep down, we all want to catch a fish that we can hang on the wall, remembering every last detail about that day and…

Winter can be tough on a fishing fanatic

Over the last several months, I have been bombarded by work and home obligations that have kept me from spending much-needed time on the water. But if I don’t pick up a fishing rod soon, I'll go nuts. I can’t…

Lure colors to match your needs

The action of the lure is a major part of it, but if you don't have a combination of that and the right colors, you are going to be left disappointed.

Bedding Bass — do you really fish them?

It seems to all come down to environment and habitat. You need to think about what impact you can have on the spawning of these fish if you do pull them off the beds.

Keep on fishing — one day at a time

As outdoorsmen and women, I think that we take the ability to get out fishing and hunting for granted. It isn’t until we lose the ability to get into the outdoors that we realize how much it really can heal what is wrong with us.

Fishing for answers: Is lead dead?

If you had to list all the advantages and disadvantages of lead vs. tungsten, I am sure you will have a list that balances each metal out.

This angler’s creed: whatever floats your bait

As fishermen, we tend to get caught up in the fast changing world of the fishing industry and new techniques are always a tantalizing option that peaks our interest. It is a case of the shiny object catching your attention and…

For a versatile angler, rivers are made for wading

To me, owning a boat is a wonderful thing, but it doesn’t mean that I need it to catch fish. In fact, I have found that some of my best fishing experiences have been in a pair of breathable waders standing in the middle of a flowing river.

About This Blog


Cory Yarmuth is an experienced Illinois outdoorsman who has had a fishing rod in his hands for over 34 years. His father introduced him to the outdoors at an early age by taking him hunting for pheasants or chasing King salmon in rivers. These days Cory can often be found fishing the shorelines of Lake Michigan or out in my boat chasing a number of different species of fish. Along with being an outdoors writer, Cory is a local guide, seminar speaker and tournament fisherman.

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