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Salmon Fishing The Great Lakes

Posted by on April 22, 2013 0 Comments Category : Fishing Blog Tags : ,

Many people don’t realize how good a fishery the Great Lakes really are.   In fact, I have found that most people don’t even realize that you can catch Salmon on Lake Michigan and the other Great Lakes.  While this fishery started purely as a give and take meaning that there was no natural reproduction, it has evolved into something that could be 100% sustainable if given the chance.

The Salmon and Steelhead in our Great Lakes came from their Native West Coast Habitat and the big game fishing immediately increased in popularity and become a reliable tourist attraction for many of the Great Lakes states including Michigan and Wisconsin.  Nowadays, this big water fishery brings billions of dollars to the Midwest.

It has been a struggle over the last few decades to keep this fishery alive because of many new threats which could possibly ruin the great salmon fishing.  Many invasive species have brought changes and necessary measures needed to eliminate them.  The prime example of this is the sea lamprey.  These really are nasty and they cling onto salmon stealing their needed muscle, fat, and nutrition.  Thankfully, this issue is addressed but it’s not completely solved for good even still.

The most effective way of catching salmon is by trolling.  While there are many different ways to catch them, there is no doubt that trolling dramatically increases your chances of catching a fish.  The best fishermen rely on their tools to help them find and catch fish which include electric fishfinders, downriggers, weighted lines, and temperature gauges.  With so much open water you need any advantage that you can get and having this type of technology certainly helps.  The most popular lure option is the trolling spoon and it’s not uncommon for a boat to have several dozen on board to make sure they have a good array of color options, sizes, and brands.  Another very popular lure choice is referred to as a dodger/fly combination.  This essentially is an extra attractor and it can really be deadly for big lazy kings that are hanging in the deep-water.

Now, the Great Lakes Salmon Fishery is under question again with all signs pointing to a bait shortage.  In order to address this, the DNR has cut stocking by over 50% and increased the cull limits from 3 per person to 5 per person.  The idea here is by eliminating more predatory fiish, the baitfish population has a better chance to survive.  If you haven’t ever fished the Great Lakes, take a trip soon and get to see the action before it’s possibly gone!




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