2018 Trolling Season in Review

Posted by Runnin' Bare on 01/31/19  •  Send feedback »

Since the temperature was -25F when I woke up this morning, I guess the only thing to do is think about fishing!  Now that 2018 has come to an end and I have had the time to examine the data from my logbook, it is time once again to share how the open water salmon trolling season compares to years past.  Hopefully, tyhis information will help others or, at least, give everyone something to daydream about on a cold winter day.  So here we go; a summary of the salmon fishing out of Waukegan for 2018...

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2017 Trolling Season in Review

Posted by Runnin' Bare on 02/08/18  •  2 feedbacks »

It has been a few years since I was able to post regularly, let alone put together a year-end review.  Due to some health issues, I missed one entire season and was only able to fish a couple of times during the next two years.  Now that I am finally getting back on the water a little more regulary, I am going to give it another try.  So, here is the Runnin' Bare review of the 2017 open water salmon trolling season.  I hope you find it entertaining and maybe a little bit informative.

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2012 Trolling Season in Review

Posted by Runnin' Bare on 02/10/13  •  2 feedbacks »

As the snow flakes fly, it is time to take a look back at the 2012 trolling season.  This is my 8th annual year-end summary, so I hope you find it useful.  The Runnin’ Bare had a really solid season; ranking about 5th best since 1999 in most categories.  Without further ado, here is the Runnin’ Bare review of the open water trolling season out of Waukegan Harbor for 2012.

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Spring Kings (and how to catch them)

Posted by Runnin' Bare on 02/06/12  •  5 feedbacks »


For many anglers, spring on Lake Michigan means coho salmon.  Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with coho; they are relatively easy to catch, the fast action is fun and they are very tasty.  But they are also usually kind of, well, small.  If you’re looking for a fight, coho are usually not the answer.  For that big fish fix, you need to find Mr. Chinook.

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Photographing Your Catch

Posted by Runnin' Bare on 12/09/11  •  1 feedback »

One of the best ways to preserve the memories of a successful day on the water is with photographs of your catch.  Pictures really are worth 1000 words, and can add color and excitement to an online fishing report.  They also make great mementos for your crew, especially first-time anglers.  Here are some tips and tricks to capturing images that you will be proud to share.

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