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Lake Michigan Small Boat and Watercraft Fishing

Lake Michigan Fishing Tips, Tricks, Techniques, Articles and Information
Small Boat and Watercraft Fishing Lake Michigan
Articles, Tips, Techniques, Tactics, and Information

     Friday, April 10, 2020
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day break casting near a river mouth for fall salmonFishing Lake Michigan from a small boat or watercraft gives an angler the flexibility to fish water not normally accessible to the shore angler. Small boats can vary in size from 20 feet in length to as small as a 6 foot car top boat. Kayaks, inflatable boats, and other watercraft can be used in a variety of locations from harbors, marinas, tributary rivers, river mouths, small bays and other near shore areas. Power options for mobility of the watercraft can vary from self propelled man powered watercraft or paddling to outboard motors or electric trolling motors. Fishing methods used include many of the same methods used from shore (casting, float fishing, fly fishing, bait fishing) or a variety of trolling options.

Inflatable fly fishing in a harbor for fall salmonSafety is the most important aspect of fishing from a small boat or watercraft. Choosing your days to fish safely is extremely important. Bad weather, strong winds or wave height can have a major affect on small watercraft. Cold water temperatures can result in hypothermia. Common sense is your most important ally. If the waves are too high or weather is bad, simply fish another day. There are no fish in the lake that are ever worth risking your life to catch. It doesn't take much to be safe on the water. The most important piece of equipment to have is a good PFD (personal flotation device). A dry suit should be used if fishing from an inflatable or kayak in cold water. After that you should have signal flares, an air horn and whistle. Most of the time, small boat anglers are within sight of shore, but if a fog comes in it is easy to become disoriented so a good compass and GPS are very helpful. A GPS is also helpful for keeping track of your speed while trolling.
    The different types of fishing tips, articles and techniques related to Ice fishing are logically separated into several major topic categories:
    • General information, safety and equipment.
    • Species tactics, tips and techniques
    Specific techniques and tips related to each type of fishing can be found in the different categories. Salmon, trout, steelhead, northern pike, bass, perch, walleye and other species of fish fishing articles are also included.

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