JIGGING! A hot new salmon tactic

The weather was perfect, seas calm, kings were rolling on the surface of Betsie Bay by the truckloads, but I couldn’t buy a bite trolling spoons, attractor flies, meat rigs or plugs. Meanwhile, jiggers nearby were having a heyday, fighting and landing monster salmon....

New Year Waterfowl

The holiday season was in full swing, and New Year’s Eve parties had me struggling to set decoys on the snow-covered ground in the pre-dawn darkness. I scanned the eastern sky and suddenly, they appeared like a dream come true; the sight of several flocks of geese...

OLD BUCKS LOVE SNOW

Have you noticed how big bucks go into hiding during the gun season? But there is one important weather condition that brings them from shadowy lairs…fresh snow. For some unknown reason, falling snow seems to calm wary animals, making them curious, anxious to feed or...

A Great Lakes Record CHINOOK SALMON

Ludington Michigan. On August 7, 2021, a 19-year-old angler, Luis Martinez of Ortonville, caught a huge 47.86-pound Chinook salmon. But not only is the whopper a new State Record, but it will go down in the history books as a new Great Lakes Record too. Martinez was...

Early Season Geese… Cupped Wings

The magical flight of wild geese is alluring, mesmerizing, and draws Michigan sportsmen afield to enjoy the unequaled spectacle. Fact is, goose hunting is a great way to celebrate Michigan’s great outdoors. When giant Canada geese cup their wings, lower landing gear,...