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Steve Ryan's Articles

March 2010

  • Trout thru the Ice - Just the Basics with Brad Bricco

    Trout thru the Ice - Just the Basics with Brad Bricco
    by STEVE RYAN

    The bend in the rod foretold the tale of the tape. This was not the pull of a walleye or even a pike for that matter. This fish had a purpose, which did not include making an appearance on the topside of the ice. Jenny fought the fish with all the skill of a professional. After a tense ten minut...

August 2009

  • Summer Perchin'

    Summer Perchin'
    by STEVE RYAN

    Perch fishing is one of summer's simple pleasures. As a kid, I recall waiting all winter for the first warm days of summer to head down to the 'Lake' for some jumbos. A can of crawlers or a bucket full of minnows was all that you needed to catch a stringer of perch. Lake Michigan's perch fish...

July 2009

  • Spinning Your Way to More Walleye

    Spinning Your Way to More Walleye
    by STEVE RYAN

    Summer offers some of the easiest walleye fishing to be had throughout the year. Forget the talk about dog days of summer. Walleye enjoy a nice summer day as much as anyone in the Midwest. Over the last decade, crawler harnesses and spinner rigs have likely won more tournaments for competitive w...

February 2009

  • Northern Pike Nirvana

    Northern Pike Nirvana
    by STEVE RYAN

    Most claim that it doesn't exist. Others whisper in low tones about its possible location. Notes are passed. Satellite images studied. GPS coordinants exchanged. Like chasing the end of a rainbow, the end point keeps shifting. Some prospect the feeder creeks of the Yukon River in Alaska. Others...

January 2009

  • Jigging Success for Winter Pike

    Jigging Success for Winter Pike
    by STEVE RYAN

    Pack away the tip-ups. Grab a jig rod in one hand, a small box of lures in the other and set off on the ice for a full day of pike action. No bait necessary. With a basic understanding of the movement of pike throughout the ice season and a few simple jigging techniques and tackle requirements, wi...

December 2008

  • Ten Ice Fishing Tips and Techniques

    Ten Ice Fishing Tips and Techniques
    by STEVE RYAN

    Everyone can stand to catch a few more panfish through the ice. However, ice anglers typically settle into a routine when they head out onto the ice. They catch several fish and then the action slows down or stops entirely. Maybe they change depths, colors, or holes a few times but that is about it....

July 2007

  • Sizzling Saginaw Bay Walleye

    Sizzling Saginaw Bay Walleye
    by STEVE RYAN

    It was a pleasant July morning when I first boarded Mike Veine's 20' Lund Baron in search of Saginaw Bay walleye. Along with my fishing buddy, we had made the six hour drive the evening before from Chicago to Au Gres, Michigan to test the waters of Saginaw Bay. We had heard much about this famed...

January 2007

  • Ten Ice Fishing Tips and Techniques

    Ten Ice Fishing Tips and Techniques
    by STEVE RYAN

    Everyone can stand to catch a few more panfish through the ice. However, ice anglers typically settle into a routine when they head out onto the ice. They catch several fish and then the action slows down or stops entirely. Maybe they change depths, colors, or holes a few times but that is about it....

April 2006

  • Cabo Marlin

    Cabo Marlin
    by STEVE RYAN

    With the snow and ice lingering this winter, I told my wife it was time to get some salt and sand. Not for the driveway, but for our drinks and for under our toes - it was time to head down to Cabo. The weather forecast was for 80 degree temperatures and sunny skies . . . all month. Plus, the stripe...

February 2006

  • Top Ice Toys

    Top Ice Toys
    by STEVE RYAN

    Lets face it; life on the ice can be cold and boring. What one needs to add excitement to the icefishing game are gadgets. The thicker your wallet, the more gadgets you can afford. Mind you, I have had plenty of fun catching fish with nothing more than a homemade spud bar, a make shift jig rod and...

January 2006

  • Ten Ice Fishing Tips and Techniques

    Ten Ice Fishing Tips and Techniques
    by STEVE RYAN

    Everyone can stand to catch a few more panfish through the ice. However, ice anglers typically settle into a routine when they head out onto the ice. They catch several fish and then the action slows down or stops entirely. Maybe they change depths, colors, or holes a few times but that is about it....

December 2005

  • Ten Ice Fishing Tips and Techniques

    Ten Ice Fishing Tips and Techniques
    by STEVE RYAN

    Everyone can stand to catch a few more panfish through the ice. However, ice anglers typically settle into a routine when they head out onto the ice. They catch several fish and then the action slows down or stops entirely. Maybe they change depths, colors, or holes a few times but that is about it....

October 2005

  • Rockin' Walleye

    Rockin' Walleye
    by STEVE RYAN

    One of the easiest ways to catch late summer walleye is to fish mid-lake structure - in particular rock piles and reefs. Walleye relate to this structure from mid-summer to late fall. Reefs concentrate bait and provide land marks by which walleye navigate throughout the lake. The most difficult part...

August 2005

  • Keep Canada Fun, Eh

    Keep Canada Fun, Eh
    by STEVE RYAN

    Planning a trip to Canada takes considerable time and effort, including gathering information on lodges, talking to references, selecting the perfect week for the trip, putting together the right group of guys, and packing every piece of tackle known to man. However, upon slamming the trunk shut ...

May 2005

  • Lake Michigan Salmon - Charter Captains' Secrets Revealed

    Lake Michigan Salmon - Charter Captains' Secrets Revealed
    by STEVE RYAN

    The big pond - the name anglers affectionately give that enormous body of water more properly known as Lake Michigan. A great lake by any standards, Lake Michigan's borders stretch across four states and provide boundless fishing opportunities for thousands of anglers. World record size brown trou...

April 2005

  • Leave the bacon in the frig - time to fish with Kirk!

    Leave the bacon in the frig - time to fish with Kirk!
    by STEVE RYAN

    Giggles resounded from the other end of the telephone. Not the reaction I expected while ordering a Texas fishing license over the telephone. After providing the licensing agent with the usual name, address and date of birth information, I inquired about any special fishing tips or locations. T...

March 2005

  • Crankin' Trophy Walleye

    Crankin' Trophy Walleye
    by STEVE RYAN

    Spring is here and the smell of walleye is in the air. As water temperatures creep up, deep-bodied walleye head toward their spawning grounds. With proper planning, this period offers anglers the best opportunity to land multiple trophy walleye in a single outing. LOCATION: Most river syste...

February 2005

  • Top Ice Toys

    Top Ice Toys
    by STEVE RYAN

    Lets face it; life on the ice can be cold and boring. What one needs to add excitement to the icefishing game are gadgets. The thicker your wallet, the more gadgets you can afford. Mind you, I have had plenty of fun catching fish with nothing more than a homemade spud bar, a make shift jig rod and...

January 2005

  • Jigging Success for Winter Pike

    Jigging Success for Winter Pike
    by STEVE RYAN

    Pack away the tip-ups. Grab a jig rod in one hand, a small box of lures in the other and set off on the ice for a full day of pike action. No bait necessary. With a basic understanding of the movement of pike throughout the ice season and a few simple jigging techniques and tackle requirements, wi...

December 2004

  • Ten Ice Fishing Tips and Techniques

    Ten Ice Fishing Tips and Techniques
    by STEVE RYAN

    Everyone can stand to catch a few more panfish through the ice. However, ice anglers typically settle into a routine when they head out onto the ice. They catch several fish and then the action slows down or stops entirely. Maybe they change depths, colors, or holes a few times but that is about it....

November 2004

  • Stripers After Dark

    Stripers After Dark
    by STEVE RYAN

    Ever cast a seven-inch lure into the night, hoping to hook a monster? Ever have the hair on the back of your neck stand straight up as an unseen fish throws water behind the lure? With each crank of the handle, the sound of erupting water intensifies. Ever have to repeat over and over in your hea...

October 2004

  • Rockin' Walleye

    Rockin' Walleye
    by STEVE RYAN

    One of the easiest ways to catch late summer walleye is to fish mid-lake structure - in particular rock piles and reefs. Walleye relate to this structure from mid-summer to late fall. Reefs concentrate bait and provide land marks by which walleye navigate throughout the lake. The most difficult part...

September 2004

  • Classic Bass

    Classic Bass
    by STEVE RYAN

    The sounds of classic topwater bass lures are ingrained in anglers' memories like songs from an old LP. The record spins at 33, 45, or 78 revolutions per minute depending upon the anglers' age. For those anglers who have retired these lures, the tune has faded. For those who have kept these lures...

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