I don't claim to be an expert fisherman ... just a guy who loves to fish and has been blessed for his efforts. I learned a long time ago that in fishing, and in much of life, you get out of it what you put into it. I work hard when fishing, I study a lot, and always try to learn something on every outing. I hope you can use the information I post on this blog to learn something as well. Thanks for following along!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Oh, boy ... this has me thinking!

This rig just won the FLW bass tourney at Guntersville, AL. It WILL be in the news. My question is ... are there trolling applications for this rig in the Great Lakes? Walleyes? Coho? Steelhead?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Great way to end "Fishing Vacation".

What a great day on the water! We caught 2 kings, 5 coho, 1 brown, and a pike. As a bonus ... a number of the fish were females. We are LOADED with eggs for now!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

One more time ...

Tied over 170 spawn sacks today thanks to a very generous Coho hen I caught last week. Tomorrow we will pound the marina looking for a few Browns. If they won't eat fresh Coho sacks ... they probably won't eat anything!

This could be the greatest thing since sliced bread!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fall Fishing Vacation - Day 2

Fished today with friends Earl and Collin. Word for the day was .... SLOOOOOOW! We worked our butts off today and ended up with two brownettes (about 8" each), a pike, and a 15" coho. Saw fish in the river and marina but the vast majority had lockjaw. We had a few hits we didn't convert on, but ...

We need this wind to blow its way out of here ASAP! Hope to get out Friday again and maybe Sunday, but things are going to have to pick up on Friday before I drive down again. We're just in this tough transition period. The salmon are upstream and dying ... the browns are starting to move in ... and the steelies are nowhere in sight.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Photo of the Week!

Made the "Photo of the Week" on the Get Reeled facebook page ... and I didn't even know they had one. :) Here's the link: http://www.facebook.com/gettrout

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fall Fishing Vacation - Day 1

My fishing vacation started a little slow today ... Fished with my friend Damien, caught a couple of kings and lost a few other fish, including one brown trout. Clear, cold, and windy was not the weather condition I was hoping for, and it proved to lead to a difficult bite. Saw very few fish surfacing. It appears the king salmon run is 90% complete, and those fish that are still "catchable" are nearing the spawn and the ensuing death that is imminent.

I'll be back at it tomorrow, hoping to chase down some browns. They appear to be moving into the marinas as I saw them in numerous locations today following crank baits. A slight weather change is being predicted, including rain in the afternoon ... and rain certainly can't hurt at this point.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock ...

In 24 hours I go on vacation for a week. The forecast calls for overnight lows in the low 40's. I'm guessing my sleeping bag and a pillow are all I'll need to stay comfortable in the boat overnight.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Tying Up Some Trout Candy!

One of the Coho’s I caught over the weekend had loose spawn. Tonight I started tying that spawn up into sacks. I tied some of it in pink mesh and some in orange. Both were then cured with the corresponding color of Borx O Fire. Normally I would not tie up pink sacs but with the Coho’s still around I’ll make sure I have some available for them.

This is a bit of a cross-over time as the fish will some be transitioning from a skein bite to a spawn bite. I’d really encourage you to be prepared and make sure you have both with.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

I Got a Loose Ho!

No ... I did not get spammed! That's trib slang for a female Coho with loose eggs. A real GEM this time of year. Of course that means ... tomorrow night I'm tying up sacks! Tying sacks and watching the Brewers take a two games lead. Does it get any better than that?

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Three Run Homer!

I was a steelhead away from the Great Lakes Grand Slam today. The bite was hot until about 10:00 a.m. ... when the weather got hot and the bite slowed considerably. Special thanks to Joe and Collin for letting the old guy take most of the fish today! We ended up with 6 ... 2 Kings, 3 Coho, and a Brown.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Time to Chase Some Hos!

No, not that kind! Word is that there might be a bit of a Coho bite going on. I'll be dragging the boat over tomorrow for a day of trolling, casting, and soaking. Hopefully I'll have a few pics to post tomorrow night!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Looking for Salmon or Trout Stuff You Can't find?

You need to do yourself a favor and check these guys out. Rob Wendell does a great job down there! Follow this link to get there!

Or visit them at:

Lake Michigan Angler
1038 Sheridan Rd
Winthrop Harbor, IL 60096

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Great New Fishing Forum

Blake from illinoiswisconsinfishing.com just created a new forum on his site. Check it out and JUMP IN ... Here's the link!

Saturday, October 1, 2011