Eric Haataja's Articles

January 2007


Winter Fishing without ice
by Eric Haataja
If this warm weather is keeping you off the ice then consider taking out the spinning tackle and heading to downtown Milwaukee. That's right smack in the middle of the busiest city in the state we have some excellent open water fishing all year. What to use? Grab a walleye rod some crawler's, leeches, spawn minnows, some casting spoons and be prepared for a potential mixed bag of trout and gam... more
Winter Fishing without ice
by Eric Haataja
If this warm weather is keeping you off the ice then consider taking out the spinning tackle and heading to downtown Milwaukee. That's right smack in the middle of the busiest city in the state we have some excellent open water fishing all year. What to use? Grab a walleye rod some crawler's, leeches, spawn minnows, some casting spoons and be prepared for a potential mixed bag of trout and gam... more

December 2005


Browns and Bows through the ice
by Eric Haataja
If you've never had the chance to experience catching a giant steelhead or brown trout threw then is the time to try it. We finally have some solid ice here in Southern WI harbors a little sooner than expected this year. The Brown Trout are mostly done spawning and the Rainbow Trout will spawn in the Great Lakes Tributaries in the spring. With the right presentations you'll be able to successf... more

January 2005


Lake Michigan Harbors and Tributaries
by Eric Haataja
Recently, I fished in a great Lakes Tributary (river) and we also fished in a near by harbor for Brown Trout and Steelhead. The day started off a little slow but after making a few subtle changes the action really heated up and really never slowed down for us the rest of the day. Sometimes moving a 100 feet or changing the type of bait presentations can make a world of a difference. We prob... more

June 2004


Muskies, Walleyes, Smallmouth & Much More...
by Eric Haataja
Now is the time! If you're looking to catch a big Musky, a limit of walleyes or just have fun catching smallies and largemouth all day! The fishing has been excellent thus far, and will only get better as the water temps warm up in the lakes. The Muskies and walleyes have spawned and the Largemouth and smallmouth are spawning in most other lakes. What to fish for? Many of our lakes in S... more

May 2004


The Fine Details of Fishing
by Eric Haataja
When someone starts a conversation about fishing I'm always ears, after all it's my favorite hobby and there is almost always something to be learned from a fellow angler. There is so much involved in this sport/hobby these days that a person can get overwhelmed very quickly. Every year we see new lures, new laws, new technology such as fish finders and gps units, maps, fishing equipment and man... more

April 2004


Early Ice Out Catfish
by Eric Haataja
One of the best times to catch Channel Catfish is shortly after the ice leaves the lakes and rivers these fish inhabit. As the water begins to warm catfish will go in search of easy meals. Channel Catfish are great table fair and put up a sporty fight. However they remain by- passed by many anglers?? Each spring around this time I will take the time to fish for catfish, mainly just for the spo... more

March 2004


Steelhead 101
by Eric Haataja
If you're tired of cabin fever, and enjoy the thrill of big acrobatic line peeling fish, consider a day of steel heading on a Southern Wisconsin Tributary, such as the Milwaukee, Root, or Menomonee rivers. Starting as early (now) late February when the rivers can start to open up and lasting threw late April is when you'll catch me fishing for steelhead. Each spring and fall steelhead or rai... more

February 2004


Browns & Bows Though the Ice
by Eric Haataja
If you've never experienced the thrill of catching browns or rainbow trout threw the ice, now is the time. These fish are found in almost all of the Lake Michigan Harbors, and also up in many of the rivers. Browns and Rainbows are some of the best fighting fish you'll ever catch threw the ice. SAFETY Before I go into how, where, why, and what to use I want to speak of what I feel is m... more

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