Tips & Techniques

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In-Fisherman

Spring-run steelhead can be difficult to catch in rivers when flows run high and dirty.

In-Fisherman

Stream trout feed more selectively than many gamefish. Whatever big trout are feeding on, whether it's insect larvae or minnows, it's important to use a presentation that looks and moves like the real thing.

In-Fisherman

Steelhead make fall runs in certain tributaries to the Great Lakes. Their movement patterns and habitats change with river conditions.

In-Fisherman

On larger lakes like the Great Lakes, trout move shallow where shorecasters can target them with spoons and swimbaits. Good areas to fish include mouths of tributary rivers, points, and other access areas like piers.

In-Fisherman

Tailraces below reservoirs can provide some of the best fishing for lots of big trout. Big browns migrate upstream and concentrate below dams during their annual spawning run.

In-Fisherman

Nighttime can be one of the best times to target big browns in tailrace fisheries of the South. Big browns are less spooky at night, moving out of heavy cover into areas easily approached and fished.

In-Fisherman

Winter is a fantastic time to catch big lake trout through the ice. This type of fishing often requires mobility as it can take quite a bit of searching to find active lakers.

In-Fisherman

Trout, browns, brookies, and rainbows are coldwater species, so they like cold water and remain active under ice cover.

In-Fisherman

Tracking studies have verified that river largemouths make major spring migrations from wintering areas to shallow backwaters. Though miles may separate these habitat zones, fish unerringly arrive once ice has departed.

In-Fisherman

As lakes warm in the spring, largemouth bass move into shallow cover in coves, canals, and harbors. They seek warming water offered by these spots that also provide plentiful baitfish.