STREAM TROUT

As the dark cedars gave way to the rising sun, the beauty of the clear water trout stream unveiled itself. Robins were announcing daybreak and in the distance I could hear a gobbler greeting dawn as I slipped along the bank, moved silently on needles from cedar and...

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...