Great Lakes Fishing
and June Presentation Tips - Article 7
previous articles we covered general overview and the specifics of temperature
breaks and their location. Now let's continue with spring presentation
and location. If your season starts early as we do at Blue Max Charters,
you will be on Lake Michigan when the surface temperatures are below the
preferred temp of your target species.
will cover late May and early June in this article. This time period provides
great action on Brown trout, Chinook, Coho and Rainbows. Browns, at this
time of the year, will come on similar presentations, lures and locations
as I described in the last articles. Look for temp breaks with bait fish
and the warmest water. This time of year you won't find water that is
too warm for Browns. I like small spoons with silver, green or white blades
with green, orange or blue accent stripes. Work the top 25 feet of water.
I set up 90% of my lines on planer boards working the top fifteen feet
of water. The remaining 10% of my lines are on diving planers or downriggers
for deeper fish. On all my rods in spring, I run a 20-25 pound test monofilament
with a 12-pound leader. You need to go with a light leader to produce
good action in clear water near the surface. Run the heavier test to a
bead chain sinker or barrel swivel then an 8-foot leader with a cross
lock snap. I don't go nuts with Micro Filament or Super Braid lines because
I think they are over kill for this application and add to expenses. Starting
out this way I will have the rods loaded with the correct line for most
presentations throughout the season. I set my boat speed at 1 to 2 mph.
Slow presentation is key in spring. The lures you run is all about the
amount of light, baitfish size and the size of fish you are looking to
catch. Mix it up! When one lure produces, I would double up on that lure.
For Coho I prefer 6 inch orange flashers and a variety of different colored
flies instead of spoons. Adjust the length of the leader from the flasher
to the fly to get the best results. The general rule is one and one half
times the length of the flasher. My experience is the colder the water,
the longer the leader. Longer leaders slow down the action. There are
times when I run up to three times the flasher length. Most Rainbows will
hit the flasher flies. When only looking for Rainbows, substitute bright
color spoons for flasher flies. The Chinooks should also take spoons.
by Capt. Jim Hirt (Jim charters out of Milwaukee, WI) 414-828-1094 www.bluemaxcharters.com