Michael Hayes-Fishing Columnist

Michael Hayes is an avid angler and writes the fishing column for WildlifeForum.org.

Michael Hayes

With over 20 years of experience fishing freshwater streams and saltwater coasts, Michael loves sharing his knowledge of sustainable fishing practices.


Michael first learned to fish as a boy on family camping trips in the Pacific Northwest. By 18, he knew he was hooked for life when he caught a 40-pound salmon off the Oregon coast.

In college, Michael studied marine biology and ecology. He combined his passion for fishing with an interest in conservation.

Today, Michael enjoys fly fishing mountain rivers near his Colorado home. He also takes regular saltwater trips to pursue trophy fish like sailfish, marlin, and giant trevally.

Fishing Specialties

  • Fly Fishing: Michael particularly enjoys fly fishing for trout in small mountain streams. His go-to flies are caddis, mayfly, and stonefly imitations.
  • Bass Fishing: Whether fishing lakes and ponds from a boat or stalking the shoreline, Michael loves enticing bass with crankbaits, soft plastics, and topwater lures.
  • Offshore Fishing: Marlin, tuna, mahi mahi, and other pelagic game fish are his favorite offshore targets.

Conservation Ethic

As an angler, Michael believes responsible and ethical practices are essential for sustaining fish populations. He’s a strong advocate for:

  • Strict catch-and-release of wild fish
  • Using barbless hooks that minimize harm
  • Volunteering with habitat restoration efforts

Michael shares tips for minimizing impact, maximizing fun, and protecting the incredible sport of fishing for future generations.

Reach Out

Have a question for Michael? Send him an email at michael@wildlifeforum.org.