A small ship cruise of Alaska's Inside Passage

A family-friendly southeast Alaska tour for anglers and non-anglers alike
The M.V. Liseron seen from a hiker's perch above Red Bluff Bay (photo: Chad Shmukler).

It’s not just a fishing trip. Remember that. There will be plenty of fishing, but it’s not just a fishing trip.

As I gazed out over the deep, dark water of southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage from the observation deck of the Liseron, a refurbished military minesweeper that now serves as an intimate touring ship that navigates the fjords between Juneau and Sitka, these were the words I kept silently reciting.

It’s not just a fishing trip. It’s an experience.

Going driftless

And the evening sky is why I'm going driftless
Photo: Tim Schulz

Many people—including some who ought to know better—call Michigan’s Upper Peninsula a winter wonderland. But with two feet of snow on the ground in late April, my only wonder is why I still live here. In much the way a puppy accedes to the leash, I’ve come to accept March as a winter month. But April is supposed to be spring. Major League Baseball opened its season three weeks ago—even in Chicago and Milwaukee—and if I have to take one more strike standing in the snow with the bat on my shoulder, I will undoubtedly lose my Dodge Ram mind.

When I tell my wife about the mastodon tracks in our backyard, she hides the sharp knives and suggests I drive south to find open water in the temperate climate of Wisconsin. I would never deliberately manipulate her in this way, but when my subconscious plays a game with fishing as the prize, I don’t hold up the stop sign. Instead, I wave it around third and toward home with the exaggerated windmill motion of an excessively excited coach.

Saltwater anglers have a rare chance to chime in on fisheries management

Will recreational anglers make their voices heard?
Photo: Greg McFall/NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Between now and the end of the year, recreational anglers who fish in the salt have a chance to influence the management practices employed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as it works to update the National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy.

Urban fly fishing

Finding fish in the most unlikely of places
Photo: Rob McConnell

For many people, the art of fly fishing is all about the congress of nature and tranquility. It’s what brings most people into the fly fishing fold. We have a yearning for rocks, trees, water, and solitude. We often equate the activity of waving a long stick in the air, with standing in, or hiking along, a wild and secluded stream.

4 tips for beginner musky anglers

Common sense tips to help cut the musky learning curve
Photo: George Daniel.

Although I’m known mostly as a trout angler, any spare time I have during the late fall is spent chasing musky. For the last seven years I’ve spent almost every free hour chasing the “fish of 10,000 casts.” I got the bug so bad I even purchased a jet boat with musky fishing in mind. Like most musky anglers, so much of my time can be summed up by fishless days and broken spirits.