Category: Fishing Techniques

The what, where, when and how of catching fish!

Alternatives to live bait

As I explained in a recent post on the best live bait for trout, live bait is the most effective approach to catching fish in the majority of situations. Still, anglers aren’t always able to find or use live bait. There are places with no bait shops around and waterways where the use of live bait …

Doing well on Western PA’s Delayed Harvest waters

I recently had a chance to fish some special regulation waters in Western Pennsylvania with a bit of success. While most of the “approved trout waters” in the state are closed in March and the first part of April, the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only (DHALO) sections offer good opportunities for catch-and-release trout fishing. Anglers fishing …

Spin fishing rigs for Great Lakes steelhead

Steelhead are an anadromous (sea-run) strain of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) native to the Pacific Ocean and the rivers of western North America and Siberia. But they also exist in large numbers in North America’s Great Lakes, thanks to ambitious stocking programs launched by several states that have at least some of those waters under their …

How to use Trout Magnets, trout worms and micro jigs

I’ve noticed that a lot of people are interested in finding out how to effectively fish micro jigs (especially Trout Magnets). If presented correctly, these increasingly popular lures can work very well for trout, steelhead, crappie and other species. The most effective aspect of the Trout Magnet is the presentation used when fishing it, namely a …