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Mitch Eagan's Articles

February 2016

  • Aim For The O2

    Aim For The O2
    by MITCH EAGAN

    Imagine your home growing darker by the day, to the point you haven't seen sunlight in over a month. Moreover, your surroundings are growing colder by the day. In fact, it's so frigid that your muscles have become rigid; to the point it's all you can do to muster moving few feet…even to eat. And you...

December 2014

  • Ice Fishing Over the Edge

    Ice Fishing Over the Edge
    by MITCH EAGAN

    Surface irregularities serve as a template for pinpoint hole drilling during early-ice Landing a limit of fish through a hole is a lot like running a flourishing retail business - no matter what you're offering, success ultimately boils down to location, location... location. "Close enough"...
  • Spoony Tunes

    Spoony Tunes
    by MITCH EAGAN

    Not any old spoon works wonders when the bite... bites Flip, flash, flutter and fall; jigging spoons have it all. Whether tipped with livebait, fake or sporting nothing but a plain Jane hook, jigging with spoons is one of the deadliest tactics for taking fish through the ice. But not any o...

October 2013

  • Last Chance Smallie Stance

    Last Chance Smallie Stance
    by MITCH EAGAN

    Tumbling water temperatures in lake autumn supply the best big fish bite It took only one quick glance of the sonar screen to realize the end was near. The temperature readout was reporting water cold enough that, in just a few short weeks, would sport a paper-thin layer of ice. Targeting smallmo...

September 2013

  • King Me A River

    King Me A River
    by MITCH EAGAN

    Chinook salmon are brutes in size as well brawny in battle; especially when fresh from the inland seas It's well known fact the environment of a river is ever changing. Trees tumble. Rains fall and load the riverbed. Slowly, holes fill-in while others take shape. This time of year, though,...

March 2013

  • Winter's Last Silver Flash

    Winter's Last Silver Flash
    by MITCH EAGAN

    Success rates look up when anglers recognize that the crappies are feeding up Winter's grip will soon relax. As the season's thick grey clouds thin, elevating rays of sun will slash through the bitter air and warm it to a more comfortable tone. The snowpack's about to melt; the warming environ...

December 2012

  • The High and Sly for Northern Pike

    The High and Sly for Northern Pike
    by MITCH EAGAN

    Big fish frequent the upper reaches of the water column and often go undetected... Bellied to bottom; prowling from within thick masses of weeds- that's the most common contemplation about the whereabouts of northern pike and what they are doing there. While it's true many a monstrous Esox enta...

September 2012

  • The Heavy on Fishing Big Waters Small

    The Heavy on Fishing Big Waters Small
    by MITCH EAGAN

    It's the time of year Great Lakes anglers can catch a stringer full of fish too weighty for one man to carry More often than not, the best way to find fish in big water is to fish it small. With that said, ponder the enormity of the Great Lakes. To say these waterways are massive is the und...
  • Weighty Tips for Fishing Ultra-Lite Crankbaits

    Weighty Tips for Fishing Ultra-Lite Crankbaits
    by MITCH EAGAN

    They glitter. Shine. Shimmer in the light. Minuscule minnows and young-of-the-year fishes are everywhere. Deep, shallow, swimming amongst the thickest cover, suspended high in the water column or bellied to bottom. The fact is there are more of these tiny tidbits swimming about lakes, reservoirs and...

August 2012

  • Reach High for Clear Water Salmon

    Reach High for Clear Water Salmon
    by MITCH EAGAN

    Much has changed within the underwater world the salmon of the Great Lakes swim. Nowadays, it's more than just the common cyclic climbs and crashes in the population of both predator and prey that have sportfishing catches varying year to year. In addition to Mother Nature's natural order is the int...

June 2012

  • Cranks for Capricious Great Lakes Trout and Salmon

    Cranks for Capricious Great Lakes Trout and Salmon
    by MITCH EAGAN

    Contrary to popular belief, the vibrations and gyrations of bodybaits (aka crankbaits) often prevail over the standard spin, flash and roll of conventional metal Cast. Troll. Fish them high in the water column or low. Tie on a bodybait and ply any of the Great Lakes for trout and salmon and you...

January 2012

  • Bait with Bite

    Bait with Bite
    by MITCH EAGAN

    More anglers than you'd think eat bait. Not because they have to as a result of today's hard economic times, but simply because they want to. Now I'm not talking nibbling on waxies and grated white cheddar sprinkled over a wheat wafer, but instead, gorging on a main course of succulent smelt aft...

November 2011

  • Icing Hawgs in Crystalline Waters... the Answers are Clear

    Icing Hawgs in Crystalline Waters... the Answers are Clear
    by MITCH EAGAN

    Three pro anglers make a quiet habit of catching fish from clear waters When lakes freeze over and fishing pros Mark Martin, Mike Gofron and Mark Brumbaugh can't launch their Lund boats, you'll surely find them ice fishing the inland waters and Great Lakes near their homes. The distinguished...

July 2011

  • Search Deep Structure for Late Summer Pike

    Search Deep Structure for Late Summer Pike
    by MITCH EAGAN

    Behemoths may not come easy, but the devoted know beastly pike are worth the time Bait mangling marauders. Lure pilfering predators. Slimy line-shearing snakes. Sad but true, the northern pike often gets no justice. But it's only anglers that have deprived themselves of targeting trophy-size ...

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