Fishing Reports by Captain Jim Hirt

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Company: Blue Max Charters

Area Reporting: Lake Michigan Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Milwaukee Fishing, Master the Kings ! (8/28/2018)
[Milwaukee,WI] Fish are in the colder water out over 80 feet. We fished north and south in 80 to 120 feet. We did not get out over 120 feet of water yesterday. Have a great fishing season
Milwaukee Fishing, On The Bottom ! (8/09/2018)
[Milwaukee,WI] Fish are in the colder water out over 80 feet. We fished north and south in 80 to 150 feet. We did not get out over 120 feet of water yesterday. Have a great fishing season. Let's go fishing!
Milwaukee Fishing, Pounding Out Some Fish ! (7/30/2018)
[Milwaukee,WI] The pattern for me yesterday was deeper presentation on 300 copper or downriggers 100 down to the bottom. A mixed bag of Coho, Chinook and Lake Trout made up the catch.
Milwaukee Fishing, King are On, Right On! (7/09/2018)
[Milwaukee,WI] It was mostly a Reaper Magnum Spoon bite the last several days. with a few fish on white 8 inch flasher and Howie flies. The pattern for me yesterday was deeper presentation on 300 copper or downriggers 100 down
Milwaukee Fishing, Deeper Water Is Better! (6/26/2018)
[Milwaukee,WI] Fish are in the colder water out over 150 feet. We fished east west out to 190 feet. We did not get out over 190 feet of water yesterday.
Milwaukee Fishing, Whitefish Bay is the Place for Rainbows! (6/19/2018)
[Milwaukee,WI] The lake is warming and a thermocline is setting up. The surface action has slowed and the temperature break is at 30 feet to 50 degrees. Rainbow Trout action has been best in the warmer water just above the break in sizes of 4 to 14 pounds.
Chinooks and Coho on the Golden Diablo (6/13/2018)
[Milwaukee,WI] The small Reaper Peacock and Fish n Chip has been hot on the lead cores. Six inch flashers or dodgers with green or blue Howie peanut flies must be part of your presentation for Coho. A hot presentation for us was a size O orange dodger with a 22 inch lead to a medium size blue fly
Milwaukee, Pounding Coho On Flies! (6/06/2018)
[Milwaukee,WI] Fish are in the colder water out over 80 feet. We fished east west out to 160 feet with steady action all day. We did not get out over 160 feet of water yesterday. Have a great fishing season
Milwaukee, Coho Season Has Arrived! (5/21/2018)
[Milwaukee,WI] It was mostly a 00 dodgers and Howie fly bite with a few fish on spoons. The pattern hasn’t changed. A mixed bag of Coho, and Chinooks with limits possible
Milwaukee Fishing, Multi Species Action! (9/25/2017)
[Milwaukee,WI] The fishing was good last weekend. We are finding colder water and schools of baitfish in 30 to 100 feet of water.
Milwaukee, Fishing Kings And Huge Coho!! (9/06/2017)
[Milwaukee,WI] The fishing Was good all week We are finding pockets of colder water and schools of baitfish in 100 to 180 feet of water. The temp break was down 80 feet to 51 degrees. A east to west troll worked best for us.
Milwaukee, Fishing Big Fish Season!! (8/22/2017)
[Milwaukee,WI] It was a special fishing day for Master Adam Schreiber. He boated this beautiful Lake Trout that weighed in at 11 pounds 15 ounces. This was an experience he will remember for a lifetime.
Milwaukee, Fishing Big Kings Out There!! (8/15/2017)
[Milwaukee,WI] I fished anywhere from 100 to out over 180 feet. Follow the temperatures and fish the zone. Near shore action on McKinley pier has been very slow with only a few Browns being caught.
Milwaukee, Fishing The Pockets For Kings!! (8/09/2017)
[Milwaukee,WI] I fished anywhere from 70 to out over 150 feet. Follow the temperatures and fish the zone.
Milwaukee, Mixed Bag Continues! (7/24/2017)
[Milwaukee,WI] I fished anywhere from 70 to out over 150 feet. Follow the temperatures and fish the zone. Near shore action on McKinley pier has been very slow with only a few Browns being caught. Head north in Whitefish Bay and set lines in 80 feet. Troll north east have a great fishing season.
Coho Are Still King Out Of Milwaukee (6/14/2017)
[Milwaukee,WI] The lake is warming and a thermo cline is setting up. The surface action has slowed and the temperature break is at 35 feet to 50 degrees. Rainbow Trout action has been best in the warmer water just above the break in sizes of 4 to 14 pounds.
Milwaukee, Shallow or Deep Water stacked with Fish! (5/16/2017)
[Milwaukee,WI] It was mostly a spoon bite with a few fish on flies. The pattern hasnít changed. A mixed bag of Coho, Chinooks, Browns and Lake Trout are filling the box with limits possible.
Milwaukee, Chins in Chins out Fishing! (9/13/2016)
[Milwaukee,WI] Headed out to deep water with the Hutchins family to wrestle a nice mixed bag of Chinook, Rainbows and Lake Trout.
Milwaukee, Strong September Fishing! (9/07/2016)
[Milwaukee,WI] When the rod went off and the line started to peel off the reel I knew it was a big one. After a long fight Patty Hampson landing this 14 pound 15 ounce Laker and you can tell by the smile she was very proud and happy.
Milwaukee, Fishing Grand Slam ! (8/23/2016)
[Milwaukee,WI] West wind has been good to us providing a steady bite on all size and types of fish. Howie flies are my go to on the wires and Reaper or Vulcan spoons on the 2,4,6 and 8 color lead core are taking the Rainbow Trout.
Milwaukee, Fishing Huge Rainbows ! (8/15/2016)
[Milwaukee,WI] I fished mostly out over 100 feet all week. East wind has pushed the warmer water in. Fish 75 to 170 feet. Near shore action on McKinley pier has been slow. Some Browns being caught
Milwaukee, Fishing Back On Top ! (8/03/2016)
[Milwaukee,WI] I fished mostly out over 70 feet again. East wind has pushed the warmer water in. Fish 70 to 170 feet. Near shore action on McKinley pier has been slow.
Milwaukee Salmon, Awesome Kings! (7/12/2016)
[Milwaukee,WI] I fished mostly out over 70 feet again. East wind has pushed the warmer water in. Fish 70 to 140 feet. Near shore action on McKinley pier has been very slow with only a few Browns being caught.
Milwaukee Salmon, Steady Kings! (7/05/2016)
[Milwaukee,WI] I fished mostly out over 70 feet again. East wind has pushed the warmer water in. Fish 70 to 170 feet. Near shore action on McKinley pier has been very slow with only a few Browns being caught.
Milwaukee Salmon, Twenty Pound Naturals! (6/27/2016)
[Milwaukee,WI] Coho and Chinook Report 6/26/2016! Join us in Milwaukee! Master Evan Krull after a long battle landed this natural 24 pound 12 ounce Chinook.
Milwaukee, All Silver Salmon! (6/20/2016)
[Milwaukee,WI] Mixed bag all week. Very consistent, lots of fun. Chinooks and Coho have dominated the catch. Chinooks went for Magnum Reaper Peacock spoons in blue/silver.
Milwaukee, Coho Run Is on! (6/14/2016)
[Milwaukee,WI] I fished mostly out over 90 feet again. East wind has pushed the warmer water in. Fish 90 to 200 feet but anglers near shore are catching some fish.
Milwaukee, Winning Salmon Fishing ! (6/07/2016)
[Milwaukee,WI] We did not get out over 160 feet of water yesterday. Head north in Whitefish Bay and set lines in 50 feet. Troll north east have a great fishing season.
Milwaukee, Coho! In or out itís all good! (5/26/2016)
[Milwaukee,WI] Where! Fish are hanging in close to shore or 125 to 200 feet. We did not get out over 200 feet of water yesterday. Head straight out to 125 or fish inside of 50 feet. Have a great fishing season.
Milwaukee, Shallow water is stacked with Hungry Coho! (5/16/2016)
[Milwaukee,WI] Fish are hanging in close to shore or the break wall. We did not get out over 50 feet of water yesterday. Follow the shoreline working 40 feet of water. Have a great fishing season. Let's go fishing!
Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 5/9/2016 (5/10/2016)
[Milwaukee,WI] Fish are hanging in close to shore or the break wall. We did not get out over 50 feet of water yesterday.
Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 4/27/2016 (4/28/2016)
[Milwaukee,WI] Chinook are coming on small or magnum size spoons. Reapers and Vulcans made by http://www.badgertackle.com have been working for us. The small silver Vulcan has been hot on the downriggers. Run them 50 feet behind the ball 15 to 25 feet down.
Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 9/24/2015 (9/24/2015)
[Milwaukee,WI] Limits of fish the rule in Milwaukee! Cold water the key to success. Check out this nice mixed bag of fish caught by Jason and company.
Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 7/29/2015 (7/29/2015)
[Milwaukee,WI] West wind continues and has pulled the fish into fifty to eighty feet. Badger Tackle Reaper or Vulcan spoons getting it done in the regular or magnum size.
Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 7/22/2015 (7/22/2015)
[Milwaukee,WI] Fish are north or south of Milwaukee. Fish 60 feet and up. For the best action set up in 65 feet and fish out to 80 and back in.
Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 6/29/2015 (6/30/2015)
[Milwaukee,WI] Fish are moving out. Badger Tackle Reaper or Vulcan spoons getting it done in the regular or magnum size.
Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 6/25//2015 (6/25/2015)
[Milwaukee,WI] Rainbow Trout Vulcan OL Sherbet Orange spoons on 2,3,4, color lead core best.
Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 6/7//2015 (6/08/2015)
[Milwaukee,WI] How Coho Get out the flashers with Howie peanut flies. Some scattered reports of Coho being caught on spoons as well.
Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 5/25/2015 (5/25/2015)
[Milwaukee,WI] Some scattered reports of Coho being caught. The surface is 49 degrees and they will be here in numbers soon.
Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 5/17/2015 (5/20/2015)
[Milwaukee,WI] Action for Lakers has been the best bet for fish in the cooler. Try long lead spoons and SWR rigs 45 to 60 feet down. Lead cores are also a good choice. Best action has been in 65 feet
Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 9/16/2014 (9/16/2014)
[Milwaukee,WI] Action out deep is slow. Try long lead spoons and SWR rigs 80 feet down.
Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 9/10/2014 (9/10/2014)
[Milwaukee,WI] Chinooks, Lake and Rainbow Trout Milwaukee! Harbor fishing good for Chinook with spoons or crankbaits. Badger Tackle Reaper or Vulcan spoons getting it done.
Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 8/26/2014 (8/27/2014)
[Milwaukee,WI] This is the hot location. Water temperatures near shore are warm. This is no problem for mature salmon.
Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 8/21/2014 (8/21/2014)
[Milwaukee,WI] Water temperatures near shore are too warm too get a bite. The bite has been hit or miss all over.
Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 7/29/2014 (7/30/2014)
[Milwaukee,WI] Chinook are coming on Reaper Magnum Big Joe Silver spoons run long behind the downrigger ball or on SWR rigs 40 feet to the bottom.
Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 7/22/2014 (7/22/2014)
[Milwaukee,WI] Robert, Christian and Ethan Woolums worked together to boat a great cooler of fish. Most of the fish were caught on a Badger Tackle Reaper Magnum spoons.
Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 7/7/2014 (7/08/2014)
[Milwaukee,WI] Lake Trout fill the box in Milwaukee! Catch the buzz from the cleaning station and get full detailed fishing info. James Grugal boated several monster Trout
Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 6/29/2014 (6/29/2014)
[Milwaukee,WI] Water temperatures near shore warmed to 61 degrees on the surface. Coho fishing was good in 80 to 100 feet of water.
Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 6/23/2014 (6/23/2014)
[Milwaukee,WI] Water temperatures near shore warmed to 55 degrees on the surface and Coho fishing was good in 50 to 60 feet of water.
Milwaukee Fishing Lake Michigan Salmon Report 6/18/2014 (6/20/2014)
[Milwaukee,WI] The rainy days continued this week. This has kept many anglers off the lake. When we can get out we caught Coho
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