Great Lakes Fishing
Fishing Milwaukee - Hot Lures For Salmon Article 11
previous articles we covered where to start if you have not been out for
a while. In this article I would like to help you with what lures to buy
at the tackle store for a typical July or August trip on Lake Michigan.
This is a very difficult question. While I cannot possibly go into all
species and all situations, perhaps I can define what I believe will catch
fish 90 percent of the time. Please keep in mind that the best lure, not
properly presented will not catch fish. Milwaukee is known for excellent
Chinook salmon fishing, so I will focus on salmon. If I were to run just
one lure day in and day out and consistently catch fish, it would be a
flasher and fly. Flashers come in dozens of colors and sizes. The one
I would select would be an 8-inch Luhr Jensen green with silver and glow
tape with a green fly. The length of the leader from the flasher to the
fly should be give or take 25 inches. I measure from the end of the hook
to the back of the flasher. This measurement may change day to day. The
length of the leader will affect the speed of the fly movement. The bigger
Chinook may require a longer leader. My number two choice would be two
different spoons. For first light fishing I like a Fishlander ultra green
glow in the easter egg color size number two. This spoon has put more
fish in the cooler than any other spoon I run. The other spoon I like
is a Northern King silver with blue and green accent and black dots. Use
this lure when fishing in overcast situations or below fifty feet down.
Run a spoon on your dipsey and flasher flies on your downriggers. A simple
and very effective way to produce fish on calm days with clear skies is
to run just two spoons. The lead from the spoon to the downrigger should
be one hundred fifty feet. This presentation will not allow tight turns.
When the morning bite stops, go long to continue catching fish.
by Capt. Jim Hirt (Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI) 414-828-1094 www.bluemaxcharters.com