Return of the Lawn Lobsters!

Devil Crayfish, also known as mudbugs or crawdads; are the most widely spread crayfish of Michigan… Mysterious miniature “chimneys” are emerging in moist meadows and lawns as well as along stream banks across most of Michigan; just as they do every spring and...

Feely fish theories and swimbaits

Here’s a stupid fish theory for you: The “feel” of a lure can be just as important as its “look…” We came up with this stupid fish theory long ago while trolling for salmon. Stupid fish theories, by the way, are things that anglers think up usually while waiting...

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...

Film your hunt like a pro

These days anyone can get a cheap camera and film pretty much anything they want. Even smartphones can take relatively good video clips for personal use or social media sharing. But taking video in the field, and getting a top-notch production are two very different...

WALLEYES and WORMS

Whether imitation or real, worms work for catching walleye in open water   They wiggle; they squiggle; they’re soft and smell funny. They’re worms. And all that holds true whether they are modern-day fake baits or the real deal. The best thing about worms? They...

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...