Lake Michigan salmon fishing is looking up for a change

Over the last few years, I have talked about selling all of my salmon fishing gear as the lake has seemed to have taken a downturn. However, this year is proving to be a great year for the lake.

This spring has proven to be a very interesting one weather-wise. We have not had any consistent weather patterns. One day we are getting snow and high winds and the next it is 50 degrees.

Because of this cool spring, the water temperatures on Lake Michigan on the south end have been holding in the mid- to upper 30s. This has kept the coho around for some great fishing opportunities when the winds will allow.

Right now, it is not uncommon to get two- and three-man limits of these silver bullets in less than two hours while trolling or even casting. These fish are on the feed and it is time to dust off your equipment and get out there for some great action.

One interesting thing I have noticed is that all the fish we have cleaned do not have any bait in their bellies. We are marking a lot of bait on the graphs, but it just isn’t showing up in the fish that are caught.

Could this be a sign of what’s to come? I guess we will just have to see what happens over the next month as these fish make their way up the shoreline to the north. The size of these fish should increase greatly and that will be a good indicator of the health of the lake.

I do know of several Kings being caught that are in the 17- and 18-pound range. This is a great sign as these fish are proof that the fishery is not dead and could rebound very well over the next few years.

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