Fishing the Great Lakes is a sweeping history of the destruction of the once-abundant fisheries of the great "inland seas" that lie between the United States and Canada. Though lake trout, whitefish, freshwater herring, and sturgeon were still teeming as late as 1850, Margaret Bogue documents here how overfishing, pollution, political squabbling, poor public policies, and commercial exploitation combined to damage the fish populations even before the voracious sea lamprey invaded the lakes and decimated the lake trout population in the 1940s. From the earliest records of fishing by native peoples, through the era of European exploration and settlement, to the growth and collapse of the commercial fishing industry, Fishing the Great Lakes traces the changing relationships between the fish resources and the people of the Great Lakes region. Bogue focuses in particular on the period from 1783, when Great Britain and the United States first politically severed the geographic unity of the Great Lakes, through 1933, when the commercial fishing industry had passed from its heyday in the late nineteenth century into very serious decline. She shows how fishermen, entrepreneurial fish dealers, the monopolistic A. Booth and Company (which distributed and marketed much of the Great Lakes catch), and policy makers at all levels of government played their parts in the debacle. So, too, did underfunded scientists and early conservationists unable to spark the interest of an indifferent public. Concern with the quality of lake habitat and the abundance of fish increasingly took a backseat to the interests of agriculture, lumbering, mining, commerce, manufacturing, and urban development in the Great Lakes region. Offering more than a regional history, Bogue also places the problems of Great Lakes fishing in the context of past and current worldwide fishery concerns.
Steelhead is the most sought-after Great Lakes species, attracting fly fishers from around the country. Guide extraordinaire Karl Weixlmann provides a thorough compendium of information, tips, and tech niques for any angler chasing the elusive salmon, trout, and steelhead of the Great Lakes. Includes recipes for 86 flies and photo sequences of five casting and fishing techniques.
Tactics for Great Lakes steelhead, including new two-handed and switch rod techniques and Spey and tube flies Specifics on key rivers and streams in each of the Great Lakes states and provinces Understanding steelhead behavior, choosing where to fish, and reading the water
The Great Lakes sport fisheries (both in the lakes and the streams that flow into them) are extremely popular and key recreational outlets for anglers around the country who want premier fishing for trout, steelhead, salmon, bass, and other species on the fly fishing frontier such as drum and carp. Jerry Darkes, in his successful book, Fly Fishing the Inland Oceans, only scratched the surface of the innovative fly patterns coming out of the Great Lakes region. Now, working with professional photographer Jimmy Chang, Darkes goes beyond that to compile in this book the first ever collection of GL patterns (steelhead, salmon, brown trout, musky) by contemporary tiers of the region. Over 600 patterns and recipes cover the historically important patterns from well-known tiers such as Schweibert and George Griffith and Swisher and Richards as well as flies that are on the cutting edge from tiers such as Kevin Feenstra, Walt Grau, Jon Kluesing, Rick Kustich, Jeff Liskay, Dave Pinczkowski, Ray Schmidt, Greg Senyo, and Matt Supinski.
When "Steelhead Dreams" debuted in 2001, it was heralded as the new "bible" on Great Lakes steelhead fly-fishing. Ten years later Matt Supinski is back with a fully updated version of this bestseller. With global climate change and new aquatic invaders in the Great Lakes, the river and lake ecosystems have changed drastically--and so have the steelhead and their runs. Master angler and guide Matt Supinski spends 300 days a year chasing steelhead so he's on top of it. He also discusses new tackle technology; Spey, Skagit & Scandi casting and fishing; new fly plates with hot new steelhead flies; pioneering Great Lakes personalities; expands chapters on lake-run brown trout and the emerging Atlantic salmon fishery in the Great Lakes. Everyone can learn from one of America's top steelhead guides.
Great Lakes (North America) by United States. Great Lakes Basin Commission