Hi Italo been a fan of the show for years actually got my daughters into fishing just from watching the show. I live in Sault Ste. Marie and I was wondering if you could give me any pointers for the river. I love to fish been doing it since I was about 4 yrs old but I moved to the Soo 5 years ago and havent had much of a chance to learn things. I have also devised an improvement to the tradition walleye crawler harness for bottom bouncing and I would like your input. Ive put a slow roll hook as the trailing hook and just above the first hook Ive put a swivel to prevent line twist. I havent had a chance to try it yet but I think it would do awesome for bigger walleye during a drift or a slow troll. What do you think

Posted on July 20th, 2014

Hi Chris…Thank you for your kind words. Sault Ste. Marie has excellent fishing opportunities right in the St. Mary’s, the Garden River, and also in Lake George. As you probably know from living there 5-yrs., the St. Mary’s River gets excellent runs of salmon in the fall, steelhead in late fall and right through the winter to the following spring, and Atlantic salmon in June. Walleye are there all year long, but most anglers target them during the spring to fall. I am sure your modified worm harness will do exactly what it’s suppose to…run true, with no line twist…excellent idea! Slow-trolling worm harnesses especially works well in Lake George trolling in water as shallow as 5-10′ off the big weedlines on both sides of the lake. Using in-line planer boards is the most effective way to troll with the harnesses there under electric motor power at 1-1.5mph. For the Chinook salmon in the river, one of the best places to target them is around the mouth of the Garden River where it flows in to the St. Mary’s. Try casting a Rapala J13 in fluorescent red/gold in color. Some of the best shoreline walleye fishing in the St. Mary’s is right downtown, at night, casting a Rapala Husky Jerk #14. lastly, the steelhead fishing from April – June can be excellent in the rapids, and just below them. Good artificials to cast for them include; Blue Fox Vibras #2 & #3 spinners, 1/4 oz. casting spoons and the Luhr Jensen Kwik Fish in sizes #5 & #7….God bless you, Italo

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