EARLY GOOSE SEASON

It was the raspy sound of huge wings beating at close range that sent my heart pounding. I couldn’t get the safety off my Winchester 12 ga. fast enough as the morning silence was broken by loud blasts from Scott Goldammer’s Super Black Eagle and giant Canada geese...

SUMMER SLAB GILLS

Catching big panfish during the dog days of summer can be a cake walk if you understand the species and use savvy fishing strategies. I felt my rod tip jiggle as out of the weeds came a solid rod bending strike and I set the hook. For an instant the rod bent double...

MICHIGAN’S SMALLIE BOOM

I could see the fish hugging bottom in 30 feet of water straight out from Acme Creek in East Grand Traverse Bay. I dropped my goby imitation tube to the bottom, let it pause waiting for a bite, gave it a hop or two then inched the wiggly soft plastic across the sand...

SLAB GILLS FEEDING FRENZY

The term feeding frenzy sort of describes the biting characteristics of bluegills in spring when they are schooled in skinny water and smashing any presentation. Soon as your hook taps the water surface and creates a tiny shock wave they turn on the afterburners and...

AFTER DARK ‘EYES ON ICE

I’m not saying a #3 Do-Jigger spoon is the greatest walleye lure of all time, but I have one in my box that has caught tons of fish from a variety of waters from Saginaw Bay to Erie’s 30 foot depths, Lake Macatawa, Portage Lake and beyond. The one...