James Swearingen

Learn A Super Simple Cure For Steelhead Skein

By: James Swearingen There’s two ways to fish eggs in the fall for trout and steelhead: in egg sacks and as skein. It’s good to be versatile and have booth. I always have both. In fact, each is used for a different setting. Normally, spawn sacks are ideal in shallower and faster water. Meanwhile, when [...]

Learn A Super Simple Cure For Steelhead Skein2018-11-14T10:38:36+00:00

Erie Steelhead Run Settling Into Fall Pattern

By: James Swearingen Even though our Pennsylvania steelhead season is about a month behind we in the midst of the run right now. The last two weeks it has rained almost day and put a lot of water in the system. Steelhead are in every tributary and scattered from the lower end to the midway [...]

Erie Steelhead Run Settling Into Fall Pattern2018-11-06T12:51:52+00:00

Western Pennsylvania Catfish Feeding Aggressively Now

By: James Swearingen Now that our Ohio River basin catfish have spawned they are aggressively feeding to prepare for winter. These fish are naturally hungry in late summer and fall and tend to feed for the next few months before their metabolism slows down as the water cools. Now and during the spring is my [...]

Western Pennsylvania Catfish Feeding Aggressively Now2018-08-31T07:24:54+00:00

Try This Bait: Catch More Catfish

By: James Swearingen Chicken and beef liver are soft catfish baits. Almost every time you cast them they tend to fall off the hook. There’s no way to avoid this. Unfortunately, livers are soft, but catfish love them. Livers are two of the best channel catfish baits around. Everyone uses them. Meanwhile, so many times [...]

Try This Bait: Catch More Catfish2018-07-30T12:47:31+00:00

PA’s Standing Stone Creek: Loaded with Trout

By: James Swearingen Central PA’s Standing Stone Creek was packed on opening day. There was a ton of trout caught. However, crowds have thinned and there’s a decent number of trout still available. Fortunately, those numbers will skyrocket this Tuesday as the last in season stocking of the year takes places. The PA Fish & [...]

PA’s Standing Stone Creek: Loaded with Trout2018-04-29T15:24:17+00:00

Learn to Water Harden Eggs for Great Lakes Spring Steelhead

By: James Swearingen As we transition from winter to spring I prefer using trout/steelhead eggs when targeting spring steelhead. I believe steelhead eggs are effective because that’s what the fish are keying in on. This is natural food source and something they see on a regular basis this time of year. Many anglers use powdered [...]

Learn to Water Harden Eggs for Great Lakes Spring Steelhead2018-04-18T18:56:21+00:00

Erie Steelhead Streams Open & Fishing Well

By: James Swearingen Our Erie tributaries usually freeze during the winter. However, recently warmer temperatures allowed for the ice to break loose and bring current in the system. This has given us fishable water in Erie’s tributaries for the time being. Given the current forecast I’m betting that we have fishable water for at least [...]

Erie Steelhead Streams Open & Fishing Well2018-04-18T18:56:35+00:00

Get Awesome UV Eggs Now For Winter Steelhead Fishing

By: James Swearingen Salmon fever is high in the Great Lakes. Many of us are drifting skein or sacks under a float and catching lots of king salmon. Meanwhile, this time of year when we catch Great Lakes salmon most of the skeins are still tight and immature. Because of this many of the salmon [...]

Get Awesome UV Eggs Now For Winter Steelhead Fishing2018-04-18T18:57:03+00:00

Central Pennsylvania Still Has Trout

By: James Swearingen While fishing pressure has fallen off there’s still plenty of trout to be found in Central Pennsylvania. The good news is there’s fewer anglers out there targeting them. There were deer tracks on the shoreline last week, not boot prints, meaning you’ll be able to get your favorite hole to yourself, which [...]

Central Pennsylvania Still Has Trout2018-04-18T18:58:01+00:00

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