Category Archives: Salmon

WHY DIPSY DIVERS

If you have avoided fishing with dipsy divers, then you are missing out on a lot of good fishing. The dipsy diver enables you to get your lures into the strike zone, by allowing you to go deep and it works as a side planer enabling you to run lures off to the sides of the boat, thus locating fish that have spooked away because of the boat shadow and motor noise. My choice of all methods possible is using Planer boards….That’s a subject of it’s own […]

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Catching Coho Salmon

Casting For Salmon (Coho)  If coho are tucked tight to shore, then the best approach is casting from the bank. Be sure to cast beyond the fish and reel just fast enough to get the plug within a few inches of the bottom, without getting hung in the rocks. 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 […]

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Spring Coho (The Wild One)

Just after the ice is out in late Winter, and the waters of southern Lake Michigan warm up,  thousands of  Salmon fisherman swarm to the ports of Indiana to troll the shore lines for the “Wild One!, ”  too experience  more fun, excitement and confusion than a power outage at a three ring surface!  Fishing rods go off two and three at a time. Anglers holler, “fish on” while passing rods over and under each other to avoid tangles! If everything goes right, the result is a cooler […]

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Spring Salmon & Trout

Trout and Salmon boat-fishing season along the southern shoreline of Lake Michigan usually begins with the departure of ice around mid-February to April. Between March and mid-May, most of the fishing activity occurs within a two-mile band along the shoreline with coho salmon contributing close to 90% of the catch. Most coho salmon stocked in the lake by Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana will stage in southern Lake Michigan in the spring, due to annual migration patterns. The 2 and 3-year-old coho gain weight rapidly, approximately 2 […]

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Salmon & Trout Trolling Flies

Shown is a typical Trolling Fly & a Spin Doctor In  most novice fisherman minds, the words “trolling”and “flies” don’t seem to fit together in the same sentence. However,truth be told! Trolling flies behind a flasher, dodger or spin-doctor is a very effective way to hook up with a trophy sized Salmon or Trout. Trolling Flies are exactly what the name implies: Artificial flies created specifically to be submerged in water and trolled at varying depths presented to fish as a moving meal. The difference, in case you […]

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Michigan Chinook (King) Salmon Record ((snagging??))

Looking up the State Record Chinook (King) Salmon In Michigan, I could not believe what I saw! The State of Michigan actually recognized S N A G G I N G*  as a legal method of fishing! This is what was published as their state record Chinook Salmon: CHINOOK SALMON- Michigan-46.06 Lbs. 43.5 Inches – in 1978 ((Caught SNAGGING* on Grand River)) *Snagging….. also known as snag fishing, snatching, snatch fishing, jagging (Australia), or foul hooking, is a method of fishing that entails catching a fish using […]

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Salmon Snaggers ((Let Them Spawn))

“It is only the inexperienced and thoughtless who find pleasure in killing fish for the mere sake of killing them. No sportsman does this.”- W.C.Prime, 1888 Here is an article I found written some time back….. I feel the same way about this mindless activity! “Every October and November, a strange and gruesome spectacle takes place along the banks of the boat channel in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Whether I’m riding into work via bike or car I can’t help but ogle the armies of bundled-up men “snagging” […]

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Chinook (king) Salmon State Records

The Power, strength, speed, endurance and awesome fighting ability of an adult (KING) Chinook Salmon makes them worthy of the title “KING OF THE GREAT LAKES”! Listed by the state caught, the weight of the King, body of water caught, who caught the record and the date it was caught: Illinois 37 lbs 0 oz Lake Michigan Marge Landeen 8/7/1976 Indiana 38 lbs 0 oz Trail Creek Rich Baker 1980 Michigan 46 lbs 0.96 oz 43.5″ Grand River Ray Essex 1978…..SNAGGING (It’s beyond me  why this activity […]

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World Record Musky

The largest Muskellunge on record was caught by Louie Spray (pictured above) in the Chippewa Flowage (Hayward, Wisconsin, United States) on July 24, 1949. The fish weighed (69 lbs. 11 oz.) and was (63 1/2″) long….. Louie Spray’s GIGANTIC Musky has remained the World record since the day it was caught….. Is it possible for someone to catch a 70 pound musky? My answer to this question is a definite yes.  Most expert guides and other so called authorities  believe that there are a few swimming in our waters somewhere in the Great Lakes […]

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Salmons Public Enemy # 1

, Planer board trolling….. The public enemy of Salmon, Trout and even Walleye & Muskies! Just after ice out when the waters of southern Lake Michigan warm up,  thousands of  Salmon fisherman swarm to the ports of Indiana and Illinois to troll the shore lines for wild Coho and fighting steelhead. The use of planer boards of all sizes and flat lines are the most productive methods  this time of year. Great Lakes trollers  will experience  more fun, excitement and confusion than a power outage at a […]

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