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Bob Gwizdz

Bob Gwizdz
Career-long newspaper outdoor writer with long-time gigs in Mississippi, Texas and Michigan. Took early retirement in 2007. Thousands of magazine credits over a 35-year period including Bassmaster, Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, Salmon-Trout-Steelhead, American Angler, American Hunter and many more. Currently writing a weekly, self-syndicated hunting and fishing column in Michigan.

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Although mostly known for smallmouths, Lake St. Clair boasts excellent largemouths, too.

Lake St. Clair Offers Prime Summer Bass Fishing

Ask 10 bass fishermen to rattle off the best bass lakes in Michigan and if nine of them don’t mention Lake St. Clair right off the bat, there’s something wrong with your sample. Lake St. Clair is and always has been one of the best bass…

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Charter boat skipper Dave Engel shows off a nice lake trout taken out of Saugatuck.

Lake Michigan Charter Boat Fishing is as Fun as Ever

Fishing on Lake Michigan (which is under the microscope now because of significant questions about the alewife population) is better than some think, says charter boat skipper Dave Engel. But it’s different. Engle says he’s been catching 17 to 20 fish a trip pretty regularly. But…

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Drew Blackall caght this giant brown trout on the Muskegon River.

Throwing Big Baits for Big Michigan Trout

For once, the weatherman was right. He’d promised mostly overcast and some rain, and by 8:30 a.m., it started falling. Which is just what we wanted. Most guys don’t especially want to fish in the rain. But that’s the prescription for what we were doing—throwing…

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Michigan has an abundance of panfish for the prospective angler, including yellow perch like these.

Michigan Family Panfish Fun is Just a Lake Away

Merriam-Webster defines panfish as “a small food fish (as a sunfish) usually taken with hook and line and not available on the market.” I take exception to the last part of that definition as yellow perch, one of the most toothsome of all pisces, is…

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Muskies become fair game on Michigan's Lake St. Clair on Saturday.

Get Ready for Lake St. Clair and Detroit River Muskies

The last significant opening day of fishing season in Michigan, the opening day for muskellunge in Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair River, and the Detroit River, arrives the first Saturday of June. Because the water drains from Lake Huron, which is cold, through the St. Clair…

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