Catching Coho Salmon
Casting For Salmon (Coho)
My favorite all-around plug for casting for cohos is the Mag Lip 4.5. The 3.5 size also works wonders, and last fall I heard of many people loving the 3.0 for casting in smaller, clear, coastal streams. Wrap the Mag Lip with herring, sardine or anchovy, and the presentation gets even better
There is no place in the world to fish for Salmon like Lake Michigan. Come spring, and anglers all over the country come to catch these brawlers.
April Fool’s Day can be great to start your Salmon season. Salmon come into shallow water to feed. You can find them in 10 to 30 feet of water without having to go far offshore!
A typical April catch would be over two dozens of fish, both Coho “Silver” and Chinook “King” Salmon. You can test the waters anywhere from Grand Haven to St. Joseph and Ludington to Muskegon.
The steady bite and non-stop action both nearshore and offshore continue through May. The Coho’s bite slows down in June but only to return in August. King Salmon can also be caught in good numbers in mid-summer.
In late summer and early fall, Salmon come to harbors and ports to chill before they move upstream. The best thing for those who want to catch pre-spawning Kings and Cohos is that you don’t have to travel too far out!
TROLLING FOR SALMON
If you have ever tried to attach your line to a freight train, you will easily understand what King Salmon fishing is like. Chinooks are ferocious fighters and landing them is rewarding.
Coho Salmon are not as aggressive, but don’t take out word for it!
To land your own Salmon, you can troll the lake with artificial bait and wait for the strike. It’s great to have different combinations of baits and lures real to go. If you have multiple lines in the water, mix up colors and lures to know what color Salmon are more attracted to.
Trolling with planer boards is an effective tactic for spring ice out coho fishing.
Be flexible and don’t be afraid to change your fishing grounds. Choose the right spoon to catch more fish, basing your choice on color, size, and action.
Choosing a professional and knowledgeable captain for your Lake Michigan Salmon fishing is one of the most important parts of a successful trip. It makes all the difference since the local guides know the patterns and behavior of the fish. They will make sure you don’t hoarse your catch on the boat but bring it slowly. After all, it can get your weekly dinners sorted out!
The great thing about the following approaches, they can be achieved from the bank or from a boat, all season long.Casting Plugs
When talk of plug fishing for coho comes up, most minds turn to back trolling. While back trolling flat lined plugs for coho works well, casting can be even better.
In spring, just after ice-out, is the best time to fish the shallows for coho salmon. Using the methods above will just about guarantee a limit of the tasty devils. Get out there and give it a try. You will not be disappointed !