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Lake Michigan Salmon Report

Specialize your Salmon tackle for fishing in Milwaukee!

Grand slam is a normal catch with all species available. You must fish top to bottom to put numbers in the box. Most normal years pounding the big Chinooks was the way to go but to this point fishing has been far from normal. Coho action has slowed but hard work on the water will produce. Everyone likes big fish and Clayton Robinson after a long battle boated this 19 pound 2 ounce Chinook. Magnum spoons are a good bet for the big fish. Surface water has warmed to 68 degrees and most of the action is 15 to the bottom.


Clayton Robinson with Milwaukee Lake Michigan SalmonTop to bottom presentation is answer with fish scattered and a lot of good water available. I run a mix of all size spoons on boards, divers and downriggers. Throw in a flasher fly and keep moving till you find action.

On the high board lines regular Vulcan spoons in silver, silver blue and silver green is the best for Brown Trout. Coho will hit all size spoons from 30 to 55 down off downriggers fifty to one hundred feet behind the ball.

Some Rainbows hitting at the same depth or a little higher. When you can find them the Reaper Magnum Big Joe on a SWR has been the best for Chinooks. Looking for Reapers and Vulcans made by you may only order them online. Try them their shipping is cheap and they arrive fast.

It hasn’t been a easy bite but changing presentations and depths will offer rewards. 225 copper behind a Church Walleye Board is one of our best presentations. Three, six, eight and ten color leadcores are also working.

Wire divers have replaced the braid divers set to #2 with 120-150 feet if line out. Silver spoons have taken Rainbows to twelve pounds the last several days. A little faster speed about 2.5 is required for Rainbows. I use the Depth Raider to measure speed at the ball.

The boat speed of 1.9 to 2.2 has been best. Don’t forget the Lake Trout near the bottom magnum Reaper glow spoons SLOW, SLOW, SLOW 1.5 or less will net Poor Mans Lobster. Currents are crazy out there if your not catching fish change directions and speed.


Fish east of Milwaukee 65 to 120 feet of water. Head out the Main gap Milwaukee north or south there is no hot spot for the best action.

Have a great fishing season.

Let's go fishing!
Capt. Jim

Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI. with Blue Max Charters. He can be reached at 414-828-1094 or visit his web site at Copyright© 2011, James J. Hirt, All Rights Reserved.


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