By: Brandon Owczarzak

When anglers in the Great Lakes region think of fall and spring fishing, they often think of trophy sized walleye and smallmouth, or world class salmon and steelhead fishing. We are so lucky to have such incredible freshwater fishing opportunities and so many choices, that some fisheries become an afterthought. From years of aggressive stocking and rehabilitation efforts, the Great Lakes boast phenomenal lake trout fishing. Charter captains rely on this fishery in the summer, but it is often overlooked in early spring and late fall when there are more opportunities for shore anglers and small boats.

Brandon Owczarzak with a big lake trout caught on the new Salmo Rail Shad in Blue Dace