A while ago I made mention that the days of the big king salmon are over and it was time to start selling my fishing gear. I may have spoken a little too soon.
I have been reading report after report of big kings being caught by anglers from Chicago all the way up to Milwaukee. Big kings, and in good numbers.
This is great news to anyone who is paying attention to what the lake is doing and what condition the forage base is in. The alewives are making their way back slowly and the fish are also finding other forage besides the alewives.
Recently, Salmon-A-Rama took place and the top 10 spots were all fish over 25 pounds. The winner was a whopping 33.46 pounds. Just recently a king over 30 pounds was caught out of a Chicago port by Storm Warning Charters.
These big fish can only mean that we are going to have a great fall and hopefully it also signals the comeback of the salmon fishery in Lake Michigan. I have been out a few times earlier this year and limits of big cohos were much quicker to come by and they were loaded with multiple sizes of baitfish.
As the saying goes “it aint over till the fat lady sings,” and I don’t think we will be hearing anybody singing anytime soon. Not to put the cart before the horse, but it looks like there is a good chance that my taxidermist may end up with a big king in his freezer to add to my wall in the near future.
Fingers crossed and positive thoughts that this year proves me wrong in my negative attitude about the condition of the Lake Michigan fishery.
Read more about this in the Aug. 11 issue of Illinois Outdoor News.