Thanks for the response. I'd like to tangle with some Kings and Brown Trout. Although it sounds like the Coho are great to eat and are starting to show up. I hear that these fish can be caught close to shore.
Bought a couple "Automatic Fisherman" to use while ice fishing the harbors, but never made it up there.
Do you ever take your boat out on Lake Michigan and fish for Trout or Salmon?
I check out Eric Hattaja's site (www.wibigfish.com) all the time and I'm amazed at the quality fish they catch. I want to come up and try it some time, using my boat. Sounds like certain times of the year the "near-shore" and harbor bite can be good. A lot of fish caught vertical jigging Gulp minnows and jerk shads. Or trollin planer boards using crankbaits and spoons / flies.
I've got a 17' Lund, so I don't want to venture out too far, unless it's relatively calm.
Just curious to see how much of this type fishing you do?
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Rob, I acquired the name "Musky Mod" back in 1983 during my first year as a musky fisherman....known as the fish of a thousand casts, I successfully landed 19 fish over 40" during my first season....I rarely fish for them now, but the name lives on....This imprint was created in the early 80's and can be seen at the end of Johnson Motors pier at the Waukegan lakefront.
Actually, I have some nice relationships with several editors of mags and papers and they are usually anxious to recieve my articles. But you are right...it takes years to get good working relations in the outdoor writing industry. See ya...Jim
Hey Rob...just so you know, I make very little money writing for magazines. Probably fewer than 10% of 'outdoor writers' actually make a living at it...most have other jobs that pay the bills. A good year wring for me will net me about 3,000 bucks, no more. But, it's a lot of fun and pays for all my fishing stuff. I work at a local park as a maintenance man full time.
Hey Rob...I have been writing for fishing mags and columns for a little over 30 years now and I still write about mostly bluecollar types of fishing that the average guy can do. I fish for just about everything but tend to favor panfish and small lakes and cats and smallmouths. Suppose to hit a pond on Thursday that was drained and restocked about 5 years ago....before all that it had given me my biggest gill at 11 3/4 in and bass at 24 in, so I am excited to see how the reclamation has turned out. The small pond eventually got fished out and abused.
Hey Rob...I actually live in Maryland and catch yellow perch from our local lakes, tidal creeks and from DeepCreek Lake through the ice. DCL is an outstanding fishery for big perch and I have some nice pix of jumbos on my photos section. I have taken a 2-2 and a 2-8 from DCL icefishing and both fish looked like they were going to explode. Thanks for the scoop on thos Great Lakes Perch! Jim
We ventured onto Geneva last Sunday morning...gave up by 10 am....we typically find beds in 13-14 ft....try Geneva bay east of the bible camp in these depths....throw a marker if you catch a big spawning male....temp was 70 deg, they should be red hot within the next few days.
Hey Rob, I think you were asking for a pic of a Sacramento Perch ? So far, I've only caught a couple in my life.... and they were tiny, considering these Perch commonly get over 2 lbs, with a record of over 4 lbs... But I did take some shots of one of the little ones I caught. Here you go....